I am a young Nigerian International Tobacco Control Advocate of over seven years of experience. I am a dynamic and passionate advocate in the area of tobacco control policy, advocacy and youth mobilization. With this passion, I started tobacco control activities in 2003 in collaboration with the like-minded young advocates in Nigeria. In 2003, Youth Action on Tobacco Control and Health (YATCH) was established to provide a platform for reaching out to a wider spectrum of the society on tobacco control and health related issues.
Since the organization’s inception in 2003, I have demonstrated my potential to plan, organize and coordinate tobacco control projects and programs with unquestionable excellence. My ability to mobilize youths for collaborative efforts with other local, regional and global tobacco control organizations/networks shows that I am a natural youth and community mobilizer.
Over the years, I have used the platform of YATCH to engage in collaborative works with the Campaign for Tobacco Free-Kids, the USA in marking the annual Kick Butt Day, a day set aside for the global tobacco control youth organizations to expose the gimmicks and antics of tobacco multinationals all over the world. As the coordinator of YATCH, I contributed immensely, alongside others from the Environmental Rights Action and Nigerian Tobacco Control Alliance, to the sustained advocacy that led to the signing and eventual ratification of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control in October 2005. I have been coordinating World No Tobacco Day for the past 6 years.
In an effort to ensure that the FCTC is domesticated by the Nigerian government, I was selected by the consortium of Civil Society Organizations in Nigeria to present a memorandum to the Senate Committee on Health in Nigeria. Above all, I have used YATCH to organize campaigns on the domestication of FCTC in 12 Local Governments in Nigeria. And now embarking on a project to support and mobilize youths in Nigeria for effective advocacy on the 2009 National Tobacco Control Bill in Nigeria.
The need to educate the youth on various dangerous effects of tobacco consumption and cultivation coupled with the desire to reduce tobacco related deaths in third world countries such as Nigeria inspired me to become a tobacco control advocate. I am currently the West African Coordinating Committee member of the Global Youth Action on Tobacco (GYAT), a coalition of more than four hundred youths from more than thirty countries, which was formed at the 13th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Washington DC, the USA.
I am both national and international speaker and have presented policy and advocacy papers in so many conferences locally, nationally and internationally. I also presented an advocacy paper entitled, “The Need to Encourage Teenagers and Make Them Volunteer Against Tobacco Smoking” at the 14th World Conference on Tobacco or Health in Mumbai, India. I am an award winning advocate with many Recognition, Rewards and Awards (RRA), notably the Success Partners Innovation (SPI) Award, in my kitty. I am an effective manager of both human and material resources. I relish challenges, communicates well at all levels and forms good working relationships with professional colleagues, other advocates, organizations and networks.
I am an active member of Globalink, Framework Convention Alliance (FCA), Global Youth Action on Tobacco (GYAT), Nigerian Tobacco Control Alliance (NTCA), African Tobacco Control Alliance (ATCA), African Regional Tobacco Control Initiative (ATCRI), African Youth Network on Tobacco Control (AFYNET), British Council Global Change Maker, Global Dialogue for Effective Stop Smoking Campaign, Taking It Global and Global Youth Meet on Health. I am a young Nigerian International Tobacco Control Advocate of over seven years of experience. I am a dynamic and passionate advocate in the area of tobacco control policy, advocacy and youth mobilization. With this passion, I started tobacco... (more)
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