Good morning ladies and gentlemen and welcome to our mid-week edition of the Rebrand Nigeria Ambassador Series! Meet Samson Itodo, a legal practitioner, on-air personality and human right activist who is the convener of the Not Too Young To Run campaign.
Samson Itodo is the Founder and Executive Director of Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA) AFRICA, a Nigeria-based nonprofit founded in 2007 as a student group at University of Jos, Plateau State.
YIAGA focuses on building sustainable democracies in Africa that is anchored on the principles of inclusion, justice, accountability and constitutionalism. The organization has offices located in Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Gambia.
Samson is the convener of the Not Too Young To Run movement that led the successful advocacy for the reduction of age limits for running for public office in the Nigerian constitution in 2018. The campaign was adopted by the United Nations, African Union and ECOWAS as a global campaign.
YIAGA deployed 3,000 observer teams to 1,500 poling units to monitor the Nigeria’s 2019 Presidential Election. They published a number of information during and after the election using their social media handles.
In 2018, Samson was appointed by the Gates Foundation as a Goal keeper and honored by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) Washington DC as Rising Democracy leader in Africa.
He is winner of the prestigious The Future Africa Award Young Person of the Year 2018 award and the Leadership Newspaper 2018 Outstanding Young Person of the Year award.
He was also inducted into 100 Most Influential Young Africans by the African Youth Awards in 2017. In 2017 and 2018 he was recognized amongst YNAIJA’s 10 most powerful names in advocacy in Nigeria. He is currently among the 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians, 2019.
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God bless Nigeria!!