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.
“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.
“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.
They got a great insight into how Nigeria is governed by visiting the National Assembly and watched the House of Representatives in session.
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.
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
“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.
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.
Ready to go…
“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.
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!
ONE Champion Titilayo Ogunbambi asks a question during the Emotional Intelligence session.
ONE Champions hard at work.
ONE Champions hard at play enjoying the after party!