The Executive Director of Yiaga Africa, Samson Itodo, is continuously learning to become wiser, smarter and stronger.
Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx) has awarded him a scholarship to study Masters of Public Policy at the University of Oxford Blavatnik School of Government.
Samson, the convener of the successful #NotTooYoungToRun movement in Nigeria, is part of six scholars selected by AfOx.
The selected scholars have demonstrated strong convictions in global citizenship, leadership capacity, and commitment to Africa’s development, according to AfOx.
During his time at Oxford, the Yiaga Africa boss will focus his study on building public policy frameworks that put citizens at the centre of politics and governance in Africa.
Samson, who is a respected development practitioner, holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Law.
He has 13 years of experience in elections, governance, and civic engagement; and he provides policy advice to parliamentary committees, electoral commissions, political parties, and international donors.
The University of Jos alumnus has facilitated legislation and policies on constitutional and electoral governance, youth, and civic engagement that transformed Nigeria’s political and civic space.
Samson’s #NotTooYoungToRun campaign has been adopted by the United Nations, the African Union, and ECOWAS as a global campaign for youth political inclusion.
Additionally, he leads ‘Watching the Vote’, a citizen-led election observation initiative that promotes electoral integrity.
Samson has led international election observation missions across Africa and in the United States of America.
Source: Africa Oxford Initiative
Photo source: Samson Itodo