Nnamdi Eseme is an academic, gender expert and a global voice in advancing gender equality by engaging men and boys in the global south. With over 8 years work experience in not-for-profit consultancy and development, he currently serves as the senior technical advisor for YNCSD, driving programmes on improving the sexual and reproductive health and rights of young people. His experience also spans across the media, academia, managing multi-country programmes in supporting gender transformative education in vulnerable settings in West Africa and leading key interventions in post-Ebola settings such as Sierra Leone in Africa.
Bold and radically challenging patriarchy of all forms, his strong advocacy skills have influenced policy change both locally and at regional level. As an organisational builder, Nnamdi has led the formation of several social start-ups across Africa and continues to serve as a leading changemaker in galvanising youth voices to speak for issues affecting them
Raymond Ukwa is a sustainable development advocate, working on issues of women and girls advocating for the elimination of harmful traditional practices and gender-based violence. He served as a country ambassador of the Girl Generation and an SMA at the UNICEF/UNFPA joint program on FGM/C abandonment in Nigeria (endcuttinggirls). He currently serves as Community Engagement Manager for Youth Network for Community and Sustainable Development. He has several awards and nominations including the United Nations SUTA
Olachi Peace Ojimadu
Olachi Peace Ojimadu is a vocal youth activist and entrepreneur from Nigeria, who has, since the last five years, been actively working to promote sexual and reproductive health and to influence social change critical to ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Nigeria. She is an International Exchange Alumni of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). She was also the First Runner Up for the premier Edition of the Frown Awards organised by UNICEF/UNFPA Joint Programme on FGM abandonment.
Ola believes in empowering communities to develop and achieve their vision for the future
Ugonnanyere is an economist who is passionate about development with
specific interest in strategic communications in the development
sector. She has previously worked and volunteered with non-profits
like Junior Achievement Nigeria and WIMBIZ. Some of her previous work includes teaching marginalized young entrepreneurs financial skills, planning and executing empowerment programmes for young people.
Ugonnanyere believes that sustainable development can be achieved through gender equality and so she strives to contribute to sustainable development by advocating for gender equality through education and sexual and reproductive health and rights.
Ugonnanyere holds a
Bachelor’s degree from University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
On days when she is not active in the development space, she can be found reading African fiction, exploring new dishes or expressing herself through creative writing.
Udodi Stanley Onwuamah
Stanley is a women and girl’s rights advocate, and has spent years working to advance their sexual and reproductive rights. He openly advocates family planning and stands against forced and early marriage.
He currently serves as the Technical Assistant with YNCSD where he helps the development of official documents and position statements.
Stanley considers himself an active gamer, and in his spare time, likes to collate interesting pictures and play football.
Chiderah is an innovative and enthusiastic SRHR advocate and development analyst who is also a very versatile entrepreneur. She is well versed with SRHR policies and has major interest in economic development and financial analysis with a demonstrated history of working in the public policy and private industry. She has a knack for budgetary and administrative management which has made her excel in her work.
Victoria Abutu is a Public Health professional that is specialised in Population and Reproductive health promotion and education. She is passionate about helping marginalized population and key population attain full autonomy on their sexual and reproductive health and rights.
She has special interest in program / project management aspect of the development sector.
She has previously worked and volunteered with several non-profits
like APIN public health initiative, Global women’s Health, Education and rights Initiative (GWHERI) and Women at Risk international Foundation (WARIF).
She is an advocate for family planning, birth control and Women rights
She hopes to one day lead programmes that will create lasting changes in the lives of women and marginalized populations.
She is an avid reader and dabbles in writing fictions and poetry. She also loves classical music and movies.
Helen Adaji is a communications intern and a feminist with several years experience in creative writing. Most of her work is fictiononal and centered around women’s right and empowerment. With a little over 2 years experience in the development space, she has acquired skills in communication and undergone trainings in advocacy working on projects that look to provide sexual and reproductive health rights and access to young people especially women and girls and also see to the abandonment of harmful traditional practices.
She loves designing and tries her hand on graphics and fashion in her leisure time. She hopes to incorporate her passion for creative writing with advertising and marketing to empower women. Her long term goal is to see women all over the world winning!
Grace Iho is the Programme Support Assistant with over 6 years in the development space. She has developed skills in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Gender-Based Violence prevention and management especially for adolescents and young people. She’s a young person who is passionate towards developing strategies that make the world a better place for you and I.
“Do the little things in a big way”
She has gained certification in advocacy, budget tracking and analysis, mental health studies, sexual & reproductive health and rights 101, HIV/AIDS, sexual and gender-based violence etc.
Fun fact: She loves babysitting, it helps her relax and seize my moment.