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A big welcome to 50 new ONE Champions in Nigeria! Selected from nearly 3000 hopefuls, the new Champions kicked-off by learning all about ONE, the issues and how to drive social change.

ONE Champions arrive at the ONE office in Abuja, Nigeria.

ONE Champions arrive at the ONE office in Abuja, Nigeria.

Passionate about equality and sustainable development, many of the Champions have been working in their communities to drive positive change. By becoming a ONE Champion, they’re able to take their activism to the next level.

Melanie Tejiri Idehen

Melanie Tejiri Idehen

“I am super excited for this opportunity to be on the frontlines of ONE’s fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases for the next one year… The ONE Champions training was a dynamic blend of empowering lectures, interaction with experienced activists, hands-on learning, unforgettable experiences and of course fun,” said Melanie Tejiri Idehen, ONE Champion, Edo State.

Knowledge is power

The Champions sharpened their campaigning skills, gained insights into grassroots mobilisation, got tips on using the media for campaigning and, brushed-up on their public speaking skills. They also picked-up pointers on social media campaigning from well-known Nigerian influencer Chioma Agwuebo.

ONE Champions Amina Mubarak (left) and Osaro Adamu (right) share their ideas.

ONE Champions Amina Mubarak (left) and Osaro Adamu (right) share their ideas.

“The training was a lifetime learning experience that will stay with me forever. I learnt so much about the issues facing young people in Nigeria and how we can strategically tackle our challenges if we are a team… Power belongs to the people, but the people don’t realise it and it is up to us all to take steps to build a collective and brighter future,” said Fausiat Modupe Bakare, ONE Champion, Lagos State.

ONE Champions debate the issues.

ONE Champions debate the issues.

They got a great insight into how Nigeria is governed by visiting the National Assembly and watched the House of Representatives in session.

Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Hon. Muhammad Usman talks with ONE Champions at the Nigerian National Assembly.

Vice Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Hon. Muhammad Usman talks with ONE Champions at the Nigerian National Assembly.

And back at ONE Nigeria HQ, they heard from Senator-elect Ibrahim Oloriegbe, who supported ONE’s Make Naija Stronger campaign. He shared his insider knowledge of how ONE effectively campaigns and influences national policy.

Serah Makka-Ugbabe (left), ONE’s Country Director in Nigeria, and Dr. Ibrahim Oloriegben (right), Senator-elect, Kwara State.

Serah Makka-Ugbabe (left), ONE’s Country Director in Nigeria, and Dr. Ibrahim Oloriegben (right), Senator-elect, Kwara State.

Making connections

For many of the Champions, connecting with other grassroots activists was a big highlight. During a visit to YIAGA Africa — an organisation that promotes democracy, human rights and political participation — they shared ideas with Yiaga Programme Manager, Dr. Isaac Olufadewa

ONE Champion Dr. Isaac Olufadewa talks with Cynthia Mbalu, lawyer and Programme Manager, YIAGA Africa.

ONE Champion Dr. Isaac Olufadewa talks with Cynthia Mbalu, lawyer and Programme Manager, YIAGA Africa.

“I know many programs where you are told WHAT to do to change your community, but few programs talk about HOW to do it. The ONE Champions Advocacy training did both! The ONE training was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn, grow and network with influential leaders… I strongly believe now that the power of the people can influence the people in power,” said Isaac Olufadewa, ONE Champion, Oyo State.

Star quality

Singer Waje Iruobe and rapper/actor Banky W dropped by and stayed for dinner! They shared their experiences of campaigning with ONE. Banky W recently ran for the House of Representatives and was able to give a great insider view.

Singer Waje Iruobe (left) and rapper/actor Banky W (aka Bankole Wellington, right) with ONE’s Innocent Edache (middle).

Singer Waje Iruobe (left) and rapper/actor Banky W (aka Bankole Wellington, right) with ONE’s Innocent Edache (middle).

Ready to go…

Nwabuisi Gospel

Nwabuisi Gospel

“ONE’s training gave us the tools and strategies needed to be a voice in the fight against extreme poverty. With the best global hospitality, facilitators and staff we felt at home. Networking with other Champions, sharing our passions and experiences. I wish the induction didn’t end. We are the future and the future is now. I Am Proud to be a One Champion,” said Nwabuisi Gospel, ONE Champion, ABIA State.

 

ONE Champions with their Certificates after a full-on, but fun, three days.

ONE Champions with their certificates after a full-on, but fun, three days.

By the end of the induction, ONE Nigeria’s 50 new Champions were trained-up and raring to go. It’s going to be an exciting year!

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    ONE Champion Titilayo Ogunbambi asks a question during the Emotional Intelligence session.
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    ONE Champions hard at play enjoying the after party!
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