Meet Kenneth Gyamerah – A Changemaker from Ghana

It is with great delight that we introduce this change maker – Kenneth Gyamerah

Kenneth Gyamerah is an enthusiast on all issues concerning youth and Education. He feels fulfilled by engaging in policy related discussions and deliberations on youth empowerment and development. He is very passionate about organizing for an African Youth agenda. Kenneth wants to be the voice for the less privilege in society. This led to his involvement with a number of global youth-related organizations. He is part of the 500 young Global Youth Ambassadors advocating for education change in underserved communities around the world. He has organised youth dialogue for 3 districts and 300 young people have benefited from this program. This has increased their sense of patriotism tremendously. He has spoken on many radio stations to help champion youth activism and talk about issues affecting the youth in Ghana and how they can go beyond any limitations to becoming change makers and problem solvers. Kenneth Gyamerah is part of the Civic Society Organization leaders Coalition of Sustainable Development Goals on Quality Education in Ghana.

Recently, he was appointed as the team leader for the review of research papers on youth soft skills development in Ghana which is part of the thematic areas in the SDG Goal 4. Currently, he is the Coordinator of the Youth Alliance for Development a non profit organization committed to empowering young people to contribute to the development aspirations of Ghana. He has mobilized about 500 young people to learn civic leadership and ethics. As Anti Teenage Pregnancy Campaign Ambassador for the Youth Alliance for Development, he has been involved in many school outreach sensitizations, campaigns and empowerment programs for students in underserved communities in the Adansi South District and Obuasi Municipals. 1,500 students have benefited from the initiative.

In February 2017, together with his team, they started a community radio program dubbed “Ellimah Youth Program ” with the Youth Alliance for Development to talk about the issues like drug abuse, decriminalization, Civic responsibilities, entrepreneurship opportunities for young people and promotion of the SDGs in three districts. The one hour youth radio program gives young people the opportunity to share their ideas and help them to deepen their understanding of governance processes in Ghana and also become responsible citizens. As the Coordinating Officer of the French Ambassador Club an initiative of Nuclous Plus Company Limited, they are currently organizing regional French Reading Competition for the Senior High Schools in Ghana. The aim of this programme is to promote the Integration of the French Language in Ghanaian Schools. As part of his advocacy work on Education and Youth Activism, he has been awarded a distinction of Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society. This award is given to young African leaders in the age Cohorts of 18-29 who are contributing to community development and promoting the works of the Commonwealth in their countries.


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Meet Enow A Georges – A Changemaker from Cameroon

We are pleased to introduce this amazing AYC’s Changemaker – Enow A. Georges!

enow-ayc-changeEnow A Georges is a Cameroonian Youth Development Worker and an esteemed Emerging Entrepreneur. He is a YALI fellow from the Regional Leadership Centre in Accra, Ghana cohort 4. A firebrand youth rights activist and public speaker with a deep passion for seeing young people issues brought to the front burner. He is a reproductive health, researcher, consultant and Ambassador to sexual and reproductive health issues especially Menstrual Hygiene.

With a strong desire to restore the dignity of women especially those in the rural communities he organises  reproductive health workshops, educate young girls on how to adequately manage their monthly menstrual flow, advocate at higher levels on the importance of implementing policies that favours menstruation for females. He is also a  consultant at self-consult, an online platform that connects physicians, patients and the pharmacist. In 2013 he was awarded the prize of Youngest youth Ambassador in Cameroon for the fight Against Malaria (KO PALU). In 2015, Enow was a nominee for the Future Awards Africa in Enterprise Support after supporting 500 women in rural communities on adequate menstrual management via provision of menstrual materials and educative workshops. He is also a recipient of the Princess Recognition award for my outstanding work on community service and Leadership. His vision is to see a world where Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) will have full inclusion in society and the underprivileged will access health care.

Enow is a motivational speaker and health adviser who has authored three books on leadership. His leadership teachings have been able to build up to 300 Cameroonian youths to become Social Entrepreneurs of change. He is currently an Ambassador for Harambe-Cameroon which aims at bringing out the untapped potential in Cameroonian youths. He is the community leader for the fight Against Cancer in the North West Region and Vice President for the Global youth Coalition against Cancer (GYCC).

Enow holds several post of leadership including:

  • Managing Director of Young Medical Volunteers;
  • Vice President Global Youth Coalition Against Cancer (GYCC);
  • CEO and Founder of Excellensia Accademia;
  • Programmes Coordinator at Believers Nation Incoporated;
  • Central Africa Regional Representative at African Union Students Council;
  • Reproductive Health Reseacher for Value Health Africa, Build our women and Centre for Livelihood and support to substainable development.

Enow is also an Ambassador for Harambe-Cameroon, Art of Giving and Oya Opportunities. He has represented Cameroon in the following international Conferences:

  • 3rd International Submit of Sexual and Reproductive Health Lagos, Nigeria;
  • 3rd international Submit on Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Creation;
  • Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) RLC West Africa, Accra Ghana

Apart from that Enow spends most of his weekends volunteering as a tutor in a Community Library in the NothWest Region of Cameroon.


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Get Featured on AYC’s Changemakers Corner


The African Youth Corner is pleased to introduce the Changemakers’ Corner. Beginning in 2017, we shall be featuring young changemakers across Africa. The aim of this is to know the extent to which young people are driving change in their localities, to measure our progress and challenge other youth in Africa to rise up and take initiatives to better their communities. Your work may be related to Education, Health, Environment, Energy, Sustainable Development Goals, etc.


Open to young Africans and other young people who are not of African origin, but are driving change and resident in an African country.

Send a summary ofyourself and the work you are doing (in not less than 250 words) to

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AYC’s Great African for May 2016 – Wilberforce Kakaire from Uganda

May 2016

We are pleased to introduce our Great African for the month of May 2016, Wilberforce Kakaire from Uganda.

Wilber having studied for a Bachelors of Information Technology at Makerere University, one would have expected him to practice his profession. He however chose to take on a Volunteer Peer EdNew York 684ucator role in a rural community in Uganda just after he graduated in 2011. It was this foundation that has curved his passion and the work he does even today. Wilber is now very passionate about development that he is not only pursuing a Masters Degree in International Development but was present as a youth Delegate in the 70th United Nations General Assembly that launched the New Sustainable Development Goals last year in New York. Back Home, Wilber is working with a network of youth led organizations to hold Ugandan government accountable to all commitments on youth priorities under the SDGs.

Having picked interest in youth issues as a Volunteer in 2008, Wilber has been instrumental in the Post 2015 youth involvement, including channeling the youth voice on Means of Implementation and Global Partnership. He has good competency in this area, especially in regards to the Central and South

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Wilber at the UN General Assembly in 2015

ern Africa context, being an active member of the United Nations Major Group on Children and Youth (UNMGCY) and the UNDP local for a in Uganda. Wilber has engaged constructively with a variety of government, CSO and community stakeholders in increasing meaningful youth participation in their programs. He trains up youth to have a strong voice in government negotiations and is himself an outstanding speaker on behalf of young people’s views.

Wilberforce signed up to be an Accountability Advocate, meaning he will be taking a lead in holding leaders accountable to their commitments and citizens demands. He is also referred to as the SDG Youth Ambassador. This is so because of the cause he is championing of ensuring that Young people are not left behind, because he believes the Global Goals are about us. “It’s us who will be there in 2030 running governments, we will be parents and leaders of all kinds” he says . This therefore means that we have to create an accountability Network comprised of like minded Civil society organization with the objective of monitoring the implementation of the sustainable development Goals and advocating for under-served critical areas that need urgent attention to ensure sustainable development.” he says.

Wilber is a great team player, great leadership and interpersonal skills and is passionate about youth participation and generating leaders. Wilber has workArusha traininged with NGOs since 2008, building his skills, knowledge and expertise around youth issues. Wilber has steadily moved through different positions and is currently in a management position with Restless Development as a Skills Development Manager for young people supporting the USAID Youth Leadership in Agriculture projects in Uganda.

Wilberforce says: “It’s time for youth to explore their potential, fight for their space hold our leaders accountable, seek knowledge build our skills and networks. If we don’t stop forward as rights bearers we will be denied the space we need to curve our future.”

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Great African: Ndifreke Andrew-Essien

March 2016

Still in the spirit of celebrating – the International Women’s Day, Mother’s Day and other campaigns for women – we would like to celebrate our Great African for the month of March – Ndifreke Andrew-Essien.

10457907_10152639817754384_4208602617902658891_nNdifreke Andrew-Essien (born August 26th) is the Executive Director and founder of Freky Andrew-Essien Care Foundation well known as FAECARE Foundation, a Non Profit Charity Organization that adds value to the lives of vulnerable groups: Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Persons With Disabilities, Youths, and less privileged in society. She has worked and volunteered with International and local NGOs and has had a stint as a presenter of her own program on radio and television. A Motivational speaker and a Music minister with a passion for God and life.

Freky as she is fondly called has a heart of gold and is an inspiration to many, because she defied the odds in her life and is making something purposeful out of it. In 2002, she was involved in a major accident which resulted in Spinal Cord Injury and paraplegia and the use of a wheel chair. She returned to school – against all odds to earn a Bachelors degree in Physiology from the University of Port Harcourt in 2008, and an MSc in 2014.10355398_752233718143912_1339047486946507403_n

Some Services and Honors

Below are some services and honors of Freky Andy:

  • Served on several committees and associations while in the University till date;
  • Volunteers with Local and international NGOs working in communities, with OVCs, PLAs, in-school youths 2001-till date;
  • Has since been a motivational and inspirational speaker at various youth gatherings and in-school youths with a myriad of messages. One of the core ones being “my story” , “No Excuse”, “Values”, “Make it out”, etc;
  • Organized and hosted various empowerment seminars for youths;
  • A peer educator/trainer;
  • Registered and inaugurated a Non- Profit Charity Organization; Freky Andrew-Essien Care Foundation (FAECARE Foundation), with focus on OVCs, Youths, PWDs and less privilege in society;
  • Hostess of PURPLE “Children’s Charity Concert” 2013-date;
  • A Mandela Washington Fellow 2014 (President Barack Obama’s Flagship and Inaugural Young African Leaders Initiative);
  • A disability advocate.

Freky represents the strength and resilience of an African. She is passionate and committed to affecting her community in every way she can.

In her Words

My goal is to live legacy and affect generation(s), by adding a little extra (passion, focus, creativity) to the ordinary to make it extra ordinary.

You could connect with Freky on Twitter @FrekyAndy or visit to learn about her work.

Great African: Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy

February 2016

This name may not be familiar to many but she was one outstanding African.

Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy (MBE)

Chinwe Ifeoma Chukwuogo-Roy was born in 1952 in Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria but moved with her family to Ikom in Cross River State, where her father had extensive cocoa plantations. As a teenager she was a refugee in the Biafran War after which she moved to the family home in Awka and in 1975 she moved to Britain. She studied at East Ham College of Art (now part of Middlesex University) in 1978. She took up painting professionally in 1988.

Chinwe’s talent spans a wide and varied canvas. She captures the essence of her subjects with her life studies in oils and pastels and has earned international recognition. Although the subjects nearest her heart are potraits in oils, the artist also sculpts in clay.

This amazing African first gained international fame for painting the official Golden Jubilee portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, commissioned by the Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon on Commonwealth Day, 2002.

Chinwe and the Queen’s Portrait

Other high-profile commissions include portraits of Kriss Akabusi, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, the Lord Mayor of Norwich. She was commissioned by Martin Keown to paint Arsenal’s Highbury Stadium. In 2003, Chukwuogo-Roy represented the United Kingdom at the European Council Committee in Paris, advising on Contemporary African Art and Artists. In December that year, she also instigated and organised the “Celebrate” Exhibition for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Abuja. Chinwe was a founding member of the renowned Sudbourne Printmakers, involving several leading Suffolk artists. Examples of Chukwuogo-Roy’s work are held in many public and private art collections, including that of Queen Elizabeth II, and that of Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of Nigeria. She exhibited throughout Britain as well as internationally. Her work is represented in public and private collections in Antigua, Argentina, Australia, France, Grenada, Ireland, Kenya, Malaysia, Mozambique, The Netherlands, Nigeria, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, the United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and USA. She had many solo exhibitions including those at Christchurch Mansions, Ipswich; the Mall Galleries, London; The Royal Commonwealth Society, London; Sainbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia; Reve’s Cork Street Gallery, London; Connecticut University, Connecticut; Didi Museum, Lagos; UNESCO, Paris; Aldeburgh Festival Gallery. Suffolk; Colchester and Ipswich Museum Saatchi Gallery; Suffolk.

Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee Portrait

Chukwuogo-Roy’s portrait of the 1990-2000 Commonwealth Secretary-General Emeka Anyaoku was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II in 1999 and hangs alongside the Golden Jubilee portrait of the monarch herself in Marlborough House. There has been a permanent exhibition of her work in the Menzies and Hancock Rooms at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study since May 2006.

Chukwuogo-Roy won many awards and was featured prominently in the international media, both for her art and also for her charitable and educational work with young people. A biography entitled Chinwe Roy – Artist, published by Tamarind books, is now studied by children in the UK as part of the National Curriculum. In 2003, Chukwuogo-Roy was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of East Anglia. Her work appeared on the national postage stamps of seven countries during 2006. In 2008, she was invited to address the Cambridge Union. In 2010 Chukwuogo-Roy was made a Member of the Most excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) for her contributions to Art.

In December 2012, after a lengthy illness with cancer, she died at her home in Hachetson, near Framlingham, Suffolk at the age of 60.


Source: Wikipedia and Chinweogo-Roy Website

Great African: Strive Masiyiwa

Ever heard the name Strive Masiyiwa? The AYC is proud to celebrate him as her first Great African.

Strive Masiyiwa is an African, Entrepreneur, Businessman and Philanthropist from Zimbabwe. Born on the 29th of January 1961 in his home country, Strive attended primary school in Zambia before completing his secondary education in Scotland. He studied Electrical Engineering and obtained a degree from the University of Wales.

He is the founder and executive chairman of the diversified Econet wireless. After being away from Zimbabwe for seventeen years, Strive returned and worked briefly as a Telecom Engineer for the state owned telephone company. One of Masiyiwa’s most successful ventures is the London-based privately held Liquid Telecom Group , Africa’s largest satellite and fibre optic business spanning over 14 countries. Other activities of Econet include enterprise networks, financial services, renewable energy, and solar-powered solutions (Solarway Industries).

Strive has influence both in Africa and beyond. He serves on the boards of some global organisations, including The Rockefeller Foundation , US Council on Foreign Relations International Advisory Board, the Asia Society , the Africa Progress Panel (APP), Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), The Micronutrient Initiative of Canada, Grow Africa, The African Union ‘s (AU) EBOLA Fund, Morehouse College Board, and The Pan African Strategic Institute. Masiyiwa also sits on two United Nations Advisory Panels and is the only African member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Conscience.

An active philanthropist, Strive supports a diverse range of health issues including campaigns against HIV/AIDS, Cervical Cancer, malnutrition, and more recently EBOLA. He is an avid environmentalist and together with Sir Richard Branson founded the environmental group, the Carbon War Room. He took over, from former UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, the chairmanship of AGRA, an organisation that supports Africa’s smallholder farmers. He is also co-Chair of Grow Africa, the investment forum for Africa’s agriculture, which has helped mobilise over US $15 billion in investments for African agriculture. His family foundations support and educate more than 40,000 children. Masiyiwa is also a member of the Bill Gates and Warren Buffett, initiative known as the Giving Pledge.

Strive has received multiple honours and awards for excellence in business and humanitarian services. He is married to Tsitsi Masiyiwa and they have six children.

Reference: Wikipedia

Amazing! Meet the Youngest PhD Holders in Nigeria

In Nigeria, one of the very difficult situations students find themselves in is securing admission into tertiary institutions of learning. Hence, the reason many resort to part time education as a means of catching up with their peers who were lucky enough to advance ahead of them.

But there are some people who have been exceptional in their endeavours and have managed to emerge as doctorate degree holders at the early stage of their lives.

A list of Nigeria’s youngest PhDs has been compiled and it is presented below:

5. Dr Olabisi Adeyemi – PhD obtained at Age 26

This young intellectual earned her PhD in Botany from the University of Lagos. Though
she had maintained a track record of academic success right from her secondary school, she acknowledged that having a PhD at her age, and the record of being the best graduating PhD student, did not come easy. Born in Lagos Island local government of Lagos state, Dr. Adeyemi attended Girls’ Academy, L/Island where she was the best student in WAEC, with seven distinctions. She proceeded to University of Lagos and graduated with a first class degree in botany in 2006. She completed her PhD in record time in 2012.

4. Dr Opeyemi Shodipe – PhD obtained at Age 25

This young Nigerian scholar received her bachelor’s degree at 19, from Babcock University. After the mandatory NYSC programme, she entered for a masters at University of Ibadan, graduating best in her department. She capped it with a well-deserved doctorate degree in information science from her alma mater, Babcock University when she was 25.

3. Dr Salihu Dasuki Nakande – PhD obtained at Age 25

Born in October 1987, he is one of Nigeria’s youngest PhD holders, and arguably the youngest in northern Nigeria. He graduated with a first class degree in information technology from Eastern Mediterranean University (EMU), North Cyprus at 21. Dr.
Salihu completed his Master’s degree at Brunel University, UK. He capped it with a
PhD from the same university in 2012.

2. Dr Olaoluwa Hallowed Oluwadara – PhD obtained at Age 24

Acclaimed as one of Africa’s youngest PhD holders, Olaoluwa is a spectacular Nigerian intellectual and scholar, because of his achievements. He entered university for a
bachelor’s degree at 15. He earned two B.Sc degrees in mathematics and physics, from
University of Bangui, Central African Republic (CAR), run simultaneously. He received his
master’s degree from the same university. He crowned it with a PhD in mathematics at
the University of Lagos, Akoka, where he was the best graduating PhD student. Dr.
Olaoluwa H. Oluwadara won University of Bangui’s all-time best student award from
the department of mathematics, best BSc student award in physics, 2007 and best MSc
awards in physics and mathematics respectively in 2008. He currently is a
research fellow of the Mathematical Analysis and Optimisation Research Group.

1. Dr Nkemehule Karl Omebere-Iyari – PhD obtained at Age 22

Here we have the leader of the pack. A colossus of intellectual ingenuity. Dr.
Omebere-Iyari, received his PhD in chemical engineering from University of Nottingham,
UK, in 2006, then aged 22. This amazing Nigerian, an old student of Kings College,
Lagos had 8 As in his WAEC result at age 16. He proceeded the same year to Oxbridge,
Ikeja, where he wrote and passed his A-levels, scoring ‘A’ in physics, chemistry and
mathematics. He entered the University of Nottingham immediately and graduated three
years later with a first class degree in Chemical Engineering at 19 in 2003.
He was also the best graduating student in chemical engineering that year. With a
university scholarship, Omebere-Iyari wasted no time, and pursued his PhD. He received a
EU grant of €17,000 every year, and finished his doctorate in the record time of three
years, specializing in multi-phase flow. Omebere-Iyari has distinguished himself as
an exceptionally gifted Nigerian. Since graduation, he has worked with many
multinational corporations such as Shell, Halliburton, etc. He earned an MBA with
distinction from INSEAD/Wharton, and is a member of many professional groups.

Source: Naij

African Student Tops UK University

A Nigerian student, Oluwatobi Olasunkanmi has won the William Charnley Prize for the best First Class in Law at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

The 24-year-old Oluwatobi who is the son of the former Minister of Youth Development, Senator Akinlabi Olasunkanmi, happened to be the only student of black descent in the graduating set. In an official correspondence dated June 26, 2015, addressed to the best First Class Law student, the University’s Senior Tutor, Dr Philip Johnson, congratulated the Nigerian lad for the feat.

“Many congratulations on obtaining the best Hughes Hall First Class in your BA in Law. In recognition, the College has awarded you with the William Charnley Prize” said Johnson.


Meanwhile, the father of the award winner, Senator Olasunkanmi, has expressed his joy at the achievement attained by his son, noting that it has not only brought honour to his family but to Nigeria as a whole.
“Sincerely speaking, my joy is not only because he is my son but because he has represented Nigeria well by bringing a laurel which has manifested in the best First Class Prize in Law.”

Source: Daily Post

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Meet Gambia’s Youngest Magistrate


At only 23 years of age, Omar Jabang is Gambia’s youngest Magistrate. He was appointed First Class Magistrate in February 2014, shortly after bagging a law degree at the University of The Gambia (UTG) . During his time at the UTG, Omar was a top notch student, graduating with distinction. Also, he was once selected as Best Arts Student at Nusrat SSS in 2009. He is currently presiding over high profile cases at the Kanifing Magistrate Court. He is an exemplary young man.

He is just one of the many amazing Africans and we would be highlighting them here at the African Youth Corner.

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