In line with the global commemoration of International Youth Day, we recognise the amazing efforts of these young Nigerians who in their own space and sector have been outstanding and moving development forward;
Dr Ola Orekunrin – At the age of twenty-one (21) Ola wrote her final medical exams and emerged as one of the youngest doctors in England. Born and bred in England, Ola remains a true Nigerian with a sincere passion for development in the health sector and gender equality. After studying air ambulance models in other parts of the world, Ola returned to Nigeria and set up Flying Doctors Nigeria, what remains one of the biggest breakthroughs in Nigeria’s health sector. Ola made the Forbes list of ‘Best Entrepreneurs Under 30’ this year.
Chibundu Onuzo – Aside being voted as UK’s ‘Best Black Student’ last year, at age nineteen (19) Chibundu became the youngest female to be signed to publishing giant, Faber & Faber. Her first book, ‘The Spider King’s Daughter’ being an amazing read made the shortlist last year for the Dylan Thomas Prize and longlisted for the Desmond Elliot Prize, and this year has her on the shortlist for the Commonwealth Book Prize. She is currently studying History at Kings College, London.
Chude Jideonwo – Chude is the Executive Director of the Future Project, but you won’t be wrong if you referred to him as the Apostle for youth in Africa. The Y! Naija brand, the Future Awards and the Future Project are testaments of his gospel and passion for young people across Africa. For eight years now, with the Future Awards, he and his amazing team have been inspiring young people in Nigeria and beyond by celebrating outstanding contributions from young Nigerians making a difference to the society. At twenty-eight (28), Chude also made this year’s Forbes list of ‘Best Entrepreneurs Under 30’.
Raphael Afaedor and Tunde Kehinde – Pioneers of online retail in Nigeria and co-founders of Jumia, Raphael and Tunde have perhaps set up what is yet the biggest ‘shake up’ in business in Nigeria. With massive investments pouring in from every corner and expansions happening in the business, they are building perhaps Africa’s largest mega store and creating jobs and opportunities for other young people as they go along.
This was first published on www.yedinaija.org, a Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative.