The Nigeria We Want

UNICEF and partners host the first edition of the Naija Youth Talk event to mark the 2019 International Literacy Day.

UNICEF Nigeria
Young people in Nigeria
UNICEF Nigeria/2019

05 September 2019

Young people today live in a world of unlimited potential. However, despite gains in the situation facing Nigerian children and young people in recent years, much remains to be done. Too many Nigerian children and young people are being left behind, especially when it comes to education.

Nigeria has the world’s highest number of out-of-school children – about 10.5 million Nigerian children are not in school.

UNICEF wants to build on the momentum of young people as we approach the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child this year, and keep youth voices at the center of debate.

As such, UNICEF and partners hosted the first edition of the Naija Youth Talk event on 9th September 2019 at the Silverbird Cinemas in Abuja to mark the 2019 International Literacy Day. The event, themed ‘The Nigeria We Want’, allowed young people reflect on and celebrate the progress made by the youth to create the Nigeria we all want, as well as to build momentum and support for further action.

The event is part of UNICEF’s global Youth Talks where young people come together to discuss and proffer solutions to crucial issues facing them and their peers.

Here is a list of youth change makers who shared their stories at the event:

  • Aisha – Young girl from Borno
  • Musa Musa – Programme Assistant, Centre for Citizens with Disabilities
  • Olaoluwa Osinbajo - Founder, AWA Customer
  • Seyi Oluyole - Executive Director, The Dream Nurture Foundation
  • Segun Araromi - Chief Executive Officer, SAEDConnect
  • Sagir Musa - President, UNICEF Youth Advocates for Education

Here is a list of the panelists who talked about education and its challenges:

  • Tolu Ogunlesi - Special Assistant to the President on Digital Media
  • Maryam Laushi - Communication Expert
  • Hamzat Lawal - Founder, Connected Development
  • Farida Kabir - Advocate for women and girls in STEM, founder of OTRAC

There was a Livestream of the event via the UNICEF Nigeria Facebook page on the 9th of September, 2019.