Co-Editors

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Abdulmu’min

I am Abdulmu’min Edidi, from Nigeria. I live in Lagos and I am a student of Civil Engineering. I believe in diplomacy and democracy, and I believe everything is possible, including a violence-free universe.

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Adan

I’m Adan from Somalia, I’m 21 yrs old senior in my last semester of Simad University with the Department of Public Administration. I’m an online course-exposed person; I have 7 certificates from online including YaLa Citizen Journalism. I’m a finance officer at Banadir Zone Primary and Secondary School and a part-time direct sales representative at Premier Bank of Somalia. I’m a reader, sometimes a writer-blogger, a humble, fictional-character, funny poster at Facebook, and a grade A student at the University.

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Adebisi

Hi people, my name is Adebisi from Nigeria. I am a computer professional, education advocate, United Nations Global Champion for Women’s Economic Empowerment and mentor at Empower Women. I founded the first exclusively feminist education and entrepreneurship hub in Africa – http://www.leaps.in – but my real satisfaction comes from the grassroots work I do in under-served communities. I’ve got countless compelling stories from these little communities and as co-editor, I’ll be sharing these stories in a way that drives social change.

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Adelakun

AnuOluwapo Adelakun is a passionate girl child and women rights advocate working on issues affecting marginalized girls and women in Nigeria. She’s a UNICEF Voices of Youth alumni, Carrington Youth Fellow of the US Consulate in Lagos, Nigeria and a UN WOMEN/Empower Women Global Champion for Change who grooms and mentors girl leaders across the globe.

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Akhona

Good morning everyone, my name is Akhona, a rural girl from the outskirts of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Born and bred here but came to Johannesburg to nurture my journalism passion, but along the way that passion died down a bit… I am currently working as a Social Media Strategist Intern.

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Ajayi

Hi everyone, my name Ajayi, a graduate of psychology from Nigeria. I am 22 years old. I am a people person which made me pursue my career in Human Resources. I am passionate about empowerment (youth and women) and human capital development. I believe humans are the greatest asset. I am an independent writer and I publish my articles on http://www.creativefunke.wordpress.com. I believe in gender equality and that providing women and girls with equal access to education, health care, decent work, and representation in political and economic decision-making processes as men and boys will fuel sustainable economies and benefit societies and humanity at large.

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Alexandrine

Hello. I am Alexandrine. I am native of Togo but I live in Burkina Faso for some reasons. First, I am Broadcast Journalist at Omega FM, a privately-owned radio. When it comes to hobbies , I love reading, traveling a lot and spending some time on photography.

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Amaka

Hello Everyone, my name is Amaka. I’m from Nigeria, 29 years old, and a graduate of Mass Communication currently doing a Master’s Program in Journalism. I have for the past 3 years been involved in voluntary social/community services while working part time with a local newspaper. I am particularly interested in online journalism and as part of my work project, I’m looking at online news objectivity in my country, the problem and prospects.

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Angesom

Angesom G. Teklu is a civic leader, social entrepreneur and a citizen journalist from Eritrea. Currently he is the coordinator of the YALI-Eritrea community and a YaLa alumni. He also represents his country in various regional and international organizations.

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Anibe

Anibe Idajili is a conscientious creative who writes articles that explore limits and refute edges. She’s a fan of old school jams and is rarely bored alone.

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Assumpta

Hello, I’m Assumpta from the Country of a Thousand Hills (Rwanda). I’m a journalist and I’m very happy to be a part of YaLa Africa Press. I do believe that we will have good time and learn new things from each other and work together to make the world a better place for everyone.

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Chimezie

Hello all. I am Chimezie, I am 30 years old and I have an MSc in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. I have been involved in volunteering for more than 10 years now, particularly in the areas of youth advocacy, social change, community development, education, literacy and self development. I currently run a blog http://www.ojisi.com and speak at events. I am also a compère.

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Chinemerem

Chinemerem Onuorah from Enugu, Nigeria. A writer, blogger and Journalist.

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Clare

Hello everyone. I am Clare and I am a journalist and social media specialist from Uganda. I have graduated with a Bachelor of Journalism and Communication in 2016.

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Denis Duke

Denis Duke

Hello all, my name is Denis. I am a professional and practicing broadcast journalist born, raised, and currently living In Uganda, the pearl of Africa. I am an outgoing person, loving, caring and friendly.

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Denis Nsubuga

My name is Denis Nsubuga from Uganda, East Africa. I am a freelance journalist with major interests in arts and culture, diplomacy, and social development. I graduated with a diploma in Journalism in 2017.  I live in Kampala, Uganda from where I pursue a successful career in the media.

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Doose

Doose is a YaLa Alumni who lives in Benue, Nigeria. She spends most of her hours working in corporate communications. Other times, she spends following her interest in music and photography.

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Eddy

Ogbemudia Eddy Uwoghiren is a Nigerian medical student passionate about transforming Nigeria’s health sector through advocacy, collaboration and education.
He is a freelance campus/ feature medical journalist with national dailies in Nigeria. He investigates underreported issues in the Nigerian health sector, demystifies misconceptions about health issues, and assumes a position on health issues all in an effort to influence government health policies and make healthcare a mainstream issue in Nigeria. An active volunteer with organizations involved in rendering free healthcare to underserved communities in Nigeria, Eddy wants to leverage on investigative medical journalism to transform Africa’s health sector and rewrite her narrative.

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Edem

Hi, my name is Edem and I am a development practitioner in Nigeria. Before transitioning fully into the civil society space, I worked for over 6 years in areas of human rights and criminal defense litigation as well as community civic initiatives and fostering a democratic orientation. In 2011, I founded MAYEIN-Mentors Assistance for Youths & Entrepreneurs Initiative, a registered NGO which provides training in leadership, civic engagement processes and enterprise development for youths in Nigeria. My organization also operates a mobile library and civic hub in Ibadan. I also volunteer as a resource person on civic engagement at the American Corner. I’m a real bookworm and I enjoy reading the children’s books in my mobile library collection. I would love to build a youth city in my country with workshops, skills training, vocational education, research and accommodation facilities for adolescents and youths. I also intend to pursue a career as a law maker in the near future.

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Editoro

Hello everyone, I’m Editoro, a 20-year-old Nigerian and currently a student of communication arts at the University of Uyo. I also work as a freelance writer for a couple of blogs. I am awed by the diversity of culture, ethnicity and careers here and I am inspired by what we can achieve together, in learning and networking. I am strengthened by the fact that we will become beacons of hope in our respective places of abode.

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Ejiro

Ejiro Sharon Okotie is the CEO/Founder of the Hope Inspired Foundation for Women and Youth (HIFWY), a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow and has a passion to empower women and youth particularly those with Disabilities, for productive living and equal participation in society. Since inception, the Hope Inspired Foundation, has helped to economically empower about a hundred women with Disabilities in Delta state through the Entrepreneurship and Business Startup project as well as projects for youth employment to ensure income generation for improvement in their standard of living. Ejiro has actively involved herself in mentoring young girls in schools through the InspireLife project and her participation in other programs like the Africa for Her; Maurra Mentor and the goal achievers girls group, helping them develop life skills to make informed decisions, set goals and aspirations and maximize  their potentials. Ejiro holds a Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Lagos, a lover of music and presently lives in Lagos.

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Elvis

Hello everyone. I am Elvis from Burundi. I am studying Agriculture and I work in a Jewish NGO in my country.

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Emmanuel

My name is Emmanuel Amarh Ashitey. I am 26 years old, from Ghana, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Information Studies at the University of Ghana. I am currently a Ghana Psychological Association (GPA) students representative and have been on the executive board since 2015. Also, I have been an executive board member of the Global Organisation for Humanitarian Work Psychology since 2016. My future career goal is to become an industrial  psychologist .

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Epiphane

Hello I am Epiphane from Benin Republic. I am working in a not-for-profit Danish NGO providing education to children and youth people in rural disadvantaged areas through sponsorship. I am passionate about civil rights, women empowerment, child protection, and lots of other topics like knowledge management, community development and …… I am in love with the net, want to know how to use it to address many issues affecting the youth and my community.

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Festus

Greetings from the most populous black nation, Nigeria. I am Festus, a humanitarian with a deep-seated desire for human interest stories. I kickstarted my journalism career in 2014 with a national newspaper, the Nation. I am currently a senior reporter for U.S based Youth Journalism International. Did I remember to tell you I’m also a fresh graduate of Mass Communication, University of Nigeria, Nsukka?

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Francis

Hello I am Francis from Sierra Leone, living and studying in Turkey. Francis is a creative person with a broad outlook, constantly developing and expanding experience. Francis speaks two languages very well and three languages badly. He loves to travel and is an avid bachata dancer and a scrabble enthusiast.

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Franklin

Hi everyone! I’m Franklin. I am Nigerian and I live in Lagos, Nigeria. Currently, I’m a graduate assistant at a university in Nigeria. It’s part of a program called NYSC where graduates get to work in different states far from home and serve their fatherland. I’m also a writer for OMGVoice Africa. I love to travel and I get to see the world so I’m sharing this picture of Idanre Hills in Ondo State, Nigeria. I’m also a lover of the arts, movies, TV shows and music.

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Harvey

Hi I’m Harvey, 25 years old from Malawi. I thought I had nothing to share about Malawi, like everyone else I took it for granted thinking we all know the same things. But thats not true, we may know and share same experiences but it is our individual differences with regard to the way we see the world that makes our shared experiences different. YaLa Young Leaders program made me realize i have a voice and that sharing my views about Malawi would go along way towards helping people understand the society I live in from my point of view.

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Hellen

Hello, my name is Hellen Roberta from Kenya. I am 26 years old with a background in communications and journalism. I’m passionate about community work and working with young people.

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Ibrahim

Warm greetings everyone. Ibrahim Bahati is my name and I come from Uganda. I am currently an MA student of Gender Studies and the co-instructor of the Gender and Development program at SIT for Study Abroad, Uganda. I also have had previous hit publications in Op-ed writing on post modern wars and today’s terrorism, peace, violence (appeared in Huntington News, Las Vegas Informer, etc.) and gender issues. I also volunteer for the Global Education Conference Network in moderating global education conferences that take place annually. Recently, I was also working as a Secretary for the International Summer School Students Council at the University of Oslo, Norway.

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Ifeoluwa

Ifeoluwa Watson is a freelance writer from Nigeria. She has had a stint writing for a development radio drama and a TV series. In June 2016, her radio play, ‘The Waterloo’ was shortlisted for the BBC International Radio Play competition. Ifeoluwa is passionate about girl and women rights.

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James

Hi, my full name is James Ekenedilichukwu (Thanks be to God) Odigwemmadu (Multitude of persons) but friends call me Kay so let’s just stick to that. I am from an Igbo speaking ethnic group in Nigeria and studied languages and linguistics. I currently anchor a youth platform, a radio program that channels positive reinforcement to young people’s participation and involvement in governance, advocacy, networking, and rural youth outreach. I double as an editor and producer of programs and news reports on the network service of Radio Nigeria. Listen to some past editions on http://www.soundcloud.com/ekene-odigwe. Oh yes, I also anchor Opinion Monday, a weekly show that advocates press freedom and objectively analyzes political development in the country while serving as a watch dog to bad governance.

On the side I produce and present 15 minutes celebrity webisodes on YouTube. Feel free to check them out, you might see your favorite Nigerian star: http://www.YouTube.com/RedCarpetShowTV

I enjoy amazing and delicious meals though I don’t know how to cook (don’t judge me). I worship on the altar of fashion and music and I appreciate my space and comfort. Yes, I know that sounds vain. I travel a lot. At this stage in my career, I am keen to learn more from an institution like YaLa that will provide me with opportunities that will last a lifetime.

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James

Hello everyone, my name is James from Kenya. I’m currently a PhD student of communication and a teacher at Rongo University College. I’m happy to meet all of you from diverse cultural and academic backgrounds but with one common interest: activism. My interests are in Media and Information Literacy (MIL) and international communication.

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James

Hello I am James, Malawian teacher by profession and a current law student at the University of Malawi, Chancellor College. I’m also a member of World Youth Alliance (WYA), just completed CTP, and as a member of Amnesty International have an Honor Code Certificate in Human Rights: The Right to Freedom of Expression.

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Kearoma

Hey guys. My name is Kearoma, but everyone calls me Mido. I’m a 23-year-old Motswana who’s currently finishing off a degree in Applied Sciences. I’m also a writer who’s only wish is to travel, write and sit by a river bank reading African classics.

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Kennedy

I am Kennedy Lesiew, an award winning journalist based in Eldoret, Kenya. I am a graduate of Multimedia University of Kenya in Nairobi. I have worked with various media companies both local and international. My passion of journalism has seen me travel far and wide around the globe. Prominent personalities I have interviewed include former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and World Health Organization Director Margaret Chan.

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Lealimo

Hello everyone, I am Lealimo (Lea) from Lesotho. I am a journalist and a news anchor at People’s Choice Radio (PCFM) in Lesotho. I’m delighted to be part of this group.

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Lena

Hello Everyone, I am Lena from Malawi, also known as the Warm Heart of Africa. I am a communications specialist working in the civil society space. I love site seeing, chatting and playing netball. I am a journalist by study, but haven’t been active in the mainstream media — hence I want to contribute more. It makes me so happy to get to know new people and learn from their experiences and also to get to understand their context. I am always amazed by how much interaction makes me wiser and sharpens my thinking capacity.

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Linus

Hello! I’m Linus from Nigeria. I just graduated from the University of Nigeria’s Department of Mass Communication. I’m an associate editor with Youth Journalism International based in Connecticut, U. S.

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Lova

Hello everybody, I am Lova from Madagascar. I have graduated in Communication and I would like to pursue my studies in international relations. I have co-founded a youth-led organization that empowers young people.

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Mamadou

I’m Mamadou Adama Diallo. I am a Guinean living in Senegal. I am a computer engineer and blogger. For me, the role of African youth is not to complain about history, but to make it. I am fighting ever day to make this world a better place to be for all humanity. I am also fighting against all forms of discrimination.

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MacDonald

Hi my name is MacDonald from Blantyre, Malawi, in the southern region.  I am an up-and-coming young journalist with passions in writing, researching and telling stories on public interest through videos (documentaries) and photos that bring change to societies, regardless of social differences.

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Maria

Hi everyone, my name is Maria from Uganda. I am a communications professional. I ❤ reading! Last week I bought six books…. now I just need to find the time to read them 😦 I have a personal blog called ‘Happily Flawed‘.

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Mark

Hi everyone, my name is Mark and I am 24. I am currently in my final year of university and I’m from Zimbabwe. I’m an aspiring photographer and graphic designer. I love traveling, meeting new people and helping others.

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Millicent

Hi all, I am Millie from Kenya. I am a lawyer by training and a traveler by heart. Traveling has been close to my heart and I decided to share my adventures and all things that I learn from it through my blog. I believe traveling is a good way to promote peace as terrorism is an act to scare us from visiting places and create animosity among us.

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Mmabatho

Mmabatho Motsamai I am believer in African development through leadership, community engagement and the power of pen.I am the founder of The Afrolutionist, a blog that promotes dialogue on African Development in all sectors viewed in over 130 countries across the globe which further runs CSR projects that promote sustainable development goals, centering all projects around SDG 17.I am also the founding member of the United Nations Association of Botswana, and a key correspondent of Positive Vibes KP REACH program.Further, I am an alumni of the YALI RLC leadership initiative, the APCIEU & UNSECO 2nd Youth Leadership Workshop on GCED, A Pioneering Anzisha Media Finalist.

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Nomalungelo

I”m Nomalungelo Ntobela from South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal province, in Durban. I have a journalism diploma, sign language certificate, a gap year this year but I have 1 year of movie technology and next year I’ll continue. My husband, our friend and I have a foundation named Linolutho NPO, where we educate road accident victims’ families about challenges and finances (RAF claim).

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Nobantu

Hello! I am Nobantu Modise from Johannesburg, South Africa. I studied International Relations & Political Science at University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. I split my time between being an independent writer and producer as well as being a Content Editor for Creative Mind Space (www.cmindspace.com). I proudly serve on the board of an exciting youth NGO called “Vuka Mngani”, which is Zulu for “wake up friend!” (www.vukaco.wordpress.com).  I LOVE Africa!!! I am very passionate about “third world” development and am so excited to see more innovative developments springing through our generation to help us fulfill our potential and improve our quality of life on earth. Lastly, I confess to being an avid reader who suffers from wanderlust and harbours an acute weakness for baked cheese cake 🙂

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Onyemeh Antony Tobenna

I am an applied microbiology and brewing major at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Agbani, Enugu State, Nigeria. Passionate about change. Writing is my escape. I recently discovered the beauty and power of classical music, and I’ve been hooked!

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Rebecca

Hi everyone! My name is Rebecca. I am from Burundi originally but I have spent all my childhood in a refugee camp in Tanzania. I am 24 years old and have a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences. I have been back in Burundi since 2008 and I am engaged in civic leadership. I enjoy teaching, traveling, reading, and volunteering. I value teamwork and respect the opinions of others. Further, I have a great passion for youth empowerment. I am fluent in four languages: English, French, Kiswahili and Kirundi, my mother tongue. I am always eager to learn new things that relate to my values and field of interest.

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Sam

Sam Jumbwike is a freelance writer based in Kampala, Uganda.

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Samantha

Hello everyone, I am Samantha Mercella Osanjo from Nairobi,Kenya. I study Mass Media and Journalism. I love art thus my blog: http://thestrokesituation.wordpress.com/. I’m a news junkie (both local and international) which leads to lots of competition over the remote.

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Sanet

Hi everyone! My name is Sanet and I am from the sunny, intriguing and complex country of South Africa! I am thrilled to meet so many of you from entirely different regions and countries because that’s part of my essence: meeting interesting individuals that can teach me about themselves and their experiences, especially from different countries. I LOVE traveling and exploring. I have recently decided that I want to be a journalist.

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Sebastiane

My name is Sebastiane and I am a YaLa Citizen Journalist from Nigeria. I write under the pseudonym ‘sebthegenius’. I was created to give a voice to the silent thoughts and hush whispers that are often unheard. ‘Omosede’, the old village midwife, who cut my umbilical cord testified saying; ‘this one will tell the tales for all those without a voice. I am not the writer you know, I am weirder. My writing is like nothing you have come across, I know. I was born with a sacred quill and ink pot; a voice thundering from above saying ‘this one has been created to scribe’. Strike the venerated ‘gong’ ONCE, and I will be at your service. I was created for this purpose and schooled by masters of this art. I have earned my right to practice. The choice is yours and the power to be God lies in your hands!

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Sophie

My name is Sophie and I am from Madagascar. I am a telecommunication engineer. I like to read and to write. I am a women’s empowerment and gender equality advocate, and I am interested in science and technology.

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Steven

Hi all my name is Steven from Namibia. I am 27 years old. My dream is to rewrite the narrative of not only Namibian youth but youth across Africa. I am a social worker by profession. I have been part of various social justice initiatives including The Young Achievers Empowerment Project, which I co-founded in 2004. We have been involved in campus ministry equipping students for marketplace impact the past seven years. I also freelance on several youth programs and radio broadcasts.

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Sulaimon

Eniayewu Oluwole Sulaimon is a young African leader with passion for good governance,  peace,  civic engagement and leadership.  He has led almost 200 young African leaders in project management,  communication and market research.  He is currently the volunteer lead of Young African Leadership Initiative Face2Face Network in Lagos,  the official blogger of the Young African Leaders Forum (YALF),  and a Research Executive for the Communication and Marketing Research Group (CMRG).

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Teclit

I live in Israel as an asylum seeker and am working part time as a reporter and participant with Radio Arena from Paris (Eritrean radio programme from Paris). I am an activist within my community in Israel on many sites: feeding information to refugees, Refugee Status Determination (RSD), filling out forms, and translation. I started to study journalism and mass communication in Eritrea but as the situation got worse, I left my home country due to the political problems.

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Thato

Hey all! My name is Thato, I am a 34 years old activist journalist from Lesotho. I am passionate about giving oppressed communities a voice through my work. I am a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow and am currently heading a campaign called 5000 steps to the future, which aims to collect 5000 new school shoes to give to orphans who walk the longest distances between home and school. I hold a bachelor’s degree in English language and Geography.

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Theodora

Hello everyone! My name is Theodora. I was raised in Nigeria but i am 100% Ghanaian. I currently work as a news editor at a private television station in the Ashanti region of Ghana. I graduated from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism in 2012 and in 2015 I graduated from the Ghana Institute of Journalism. I am someone who is not like anyone you know. I hate to see girls/women unable to maximize their potentials just because they are females. I crave for a violence-free society for women. Anytime I read books on motivation, I’d tell myself that someday someone would read my book. I am a potential writer, author, teacher and speaker.

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Thomas

Hello everyone. I am Thomas from Liberia. I am originally from the southeastern Liberian city of Zwedru, but now I live in Paynesville City, near Monrovia. I have been a refugee and lived in Ivory Coast for 5 years and Ghana for another 6 years. I returned to Liberia in 2006 and have since been involved with community service initiatives. I have been especially involved with community peace-building, social cohesion initiatives, and crime awareness and prevention activities among youth and students. Liberia has been a country coming out of conflict. With its youthful population heavily involved in the battle as child soldiers, we need programs to re-integrate them, empower, and develop them into useful citizens.

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Tiamiyu

Hi! My name is Barakat Tiamiyu. I was born to Nigerian parents and I reside in Nigeria. I am a BSc student of Urban and Regional Planning at Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria and I am 19 years old. I am a youth and peace advocate, environmentalist and ready volunteer. I am passionate about youth inclusion in policy making, open governance and youth participation in environmental actions.

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Ubwiza

My name is Ubwiza Chiyungi and I majored in Environmental Studies at Mulungushi University. I live in Chingola, Zambia. I am a part-time writer with a blog called E-Wiza (EnvironmentWiza). I love nature, travel, filmmaking, and to read a lot, . I have a passion for doing things to create a better world.

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Yuh

Yuh Acho is a freelance political analyst and researcher with special interests in political leadership and strategy and specifically passionate about the grooming of young leaders. He is a graduate of Political Science, Public Law and Forensic Investigation. He is also an alumnus of the Young African Leaders Initiative, YALI.

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Zanele

Hello everyone! I’m Zanele from South Africa. I’m a Youth Advisor for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in South Africa and the Founder of The Young Social Entrepreneurs Academy – YSEA. I am currently an Epidemiology (Public Health) postgraduate student at the University of Stellenbosch. As a youth passionate about youth participation, leadership, and representation by collaborating with people to co-create innovative solutions to pressing socioeconomic challenges, I am currently the National Youth Representative to the the UNFPA Safeguarding Young People’s regional program steering committee, a youth board advisor for the Wits Reproductive Health & HIV Institute, and a member of the Public Health Association of South Africa.

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