Second cohort of the Active Citizen Fellowship

Posted by I Take Actions Admin in Active Citizen Fellowship, 08 Nov 2021 19:47


There’s a famous quote attributed to Leila Janah,

Talent is equally distributed, but opportunity is not.

This quote is globally accurate but even more accurate in Africa and a country like Nigeria. Millions of talented young people are doing great work in their corners. But finding opportunities to scale beyond their immediate environment and eventually sustain their work is a big challenge.

The situation described above led us to launch the Active Citizen Fellowship. The fellowship was explicitly designed to train young people committed to improving democracy or the quality of life in their communities. The fellowship builds the fellows’ capacity in areas that make them stand out from the crowd and deepen their impact. And fellows join a life-long learning community after the fellowship period. The fellowship was launched on the 15th of June, 2021, and the second cohort started on the 7th of November, 2021, with a session on how organizations can leverage ‘Active Citizenship’ for impact. The session was taken by Charles Omofomwan, the Executive Director of Noble Missions. In the session, Charles described Active Citizenship as one of the most important steps towards healthy societies. He went further to show practical ways Noble Missions has utilized the concept of Active Citizenship to scale impact beyond its immediate environment. The interactive session ended with the first task of the week, which is for the fellows to write a story of not more than 300 words about themselves and their work. Each fellow will receive feedback on their story, and the best stories will be featured on the iTakeActions’ blog.


Selected applicants present at the session were:

 Jane Omonor Apollos-James

Mrs Jane Omonor Apollos-James Esq. is a legal practitioner, human resources manager, human rights advocate, mediator and Marriage Counselor. Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Legal Care Advocacy Foundation, whose aim is human rights advocacy and legal representation/rehabilitation of prison inmates

Isaac Gimbason

Isaac Gimbason is the Founder of Primesage Center & Job-Up 100 initiative helping unemployed youth in Nigeria ages 18–35 find gainful employment through employability training & counselling drawn from 4 years of HR/Recruitment experience. He has trained over 3000 graduates on & off the NYSC program in FCT, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Jigawa & Borno States.

Yetunde Adeseluka-Oladejo

Yetunde Adeseluka-Oladejo holds a Master of Public Health Degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is a Nutrition Specialist, IYCF counsellor, Women and Girl advocate, and the Girls’ Count Initiative (AHSI) founder. She is a 2020 fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative, West Africa and finalist of 2019 YALAwards, The Gambia.

John Akinpelu

A result-driven human resources personnel and consultant working with a non-governmental organization where we give keenness to improving the lives of marginalized and vulnerable groups through programs and strategic consultations in Nigeria and beyond.

Ikemba Johnson

Ikemba Johnson is a transdisciplinary life and brand strategist helping upwardly mobile individuals, and corporate entities experience mental breakthroughs that help them maximize potential, optimize peak performance and increase productivity in their life and business.

Dinatu Emmanuel Ishaku

Emmanuel Ishaku is a Graduate of Bayero University Kano with an MSc (in view) in Health Education, working on the Dissertation topic” Correlation between Menstrual Hygiene and STI’s among Female Adolescents in IDP camps in Southern Kaduna. She is the Founder of Kasham, Girls, Women, Youth and Community Development Network (KGWYCDN).

Imande Nguemo

Nguemo Brown Imande is the co-founder of Standsafe Society Against Drug and Substance Abuse (SSADASA). The organization fights against drug abuse through advocacy, sensitization, counselling and other clinical services. The organization has sensitized schools, organizations and individuals within the middle-belt.

Akoji John

John Akoji is a serial entrepreneur; he is the founding director of Singles Oasis International (SOIFoundation), an Abuja based non for profit organization that supports vulnerable communities and people to get to the point where they could single-handedly become independent. He is also the co-founder of TULEFED Foods and beverages Limited.

Blessing Akpan

Blessing Akpan is the CEO/Founder of EDIG-KEN VENTURES. A social enterprise that adds value to people lives through skills acquisition training at no cost in Nigeria. The venture has trained 87 youths and 70 women in different skills such as domestic essential production, catering, agribusiness, barbing etc.

Samira Usman Adam

My name is Samira Usman Adam, a student of Business Administration and Management (AdDip), a Social Policy and Administration (Dip) and a mother of three lovely kids, born in Ogun. My passion for advocating for the Girl Child is my strength, and I am ready to continuously pursue my dream of reducing the high rate of out of school children, especially the Girl Child.

Mayowa Oguntade

Dr OGUNTADE Mayowa is the founder of Maytad Health Initiative. Maytad is a nonprofit organization that has reached out to over 500 youths in Nigeria and other African countries about mental health awareness. He has organized the “save the least from mental illness” project. He achieved these by leveraging digital technology platforms for his advocacy.

Kafilat Olanrewaju

My name is Kafilat Olanrewaju, and I am the Founder/Executive Director of KOA Education Foundation, an NGO whose main aim is Quality Education for all. The NGO currently sponsors ten less-privileged learners via scholarship program/one-time payment of school fees. It also established a free public library for all since 2019, which currently operates.

Temitope Odusanya

Dr Temitope Omotola Odusanya is an extraordinary chartered legal executive called Temi’. Her professional purpose is to be a champion of good corporate governance. She comes at these issues through academic research and public policy advocacy.

Osariemen Omoruyi

Osariemen Grace Omoruyi is the founder of Restorative Justice for Africa Initiative, a social enterprise leveraging technology to improve access to justice for marginalized people. She has provided access to justice interventions for over 150 indigent people behind bars in over 4 Correctional facilities across Nigeria through her organization.

Peace Okebugwu

Okebugwu Peace is the team lead/co-founder of the Beulah Future Leaders Foundation. An organization that seeks to provide protection and create awareness on emergency issues related to women and children. She has reached out to the Kaduna populace through radio and television for sensitization on sexual health and gender-based violence.

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