After 10 years of volunteering, Olumide Idowu is one of the emerging young leaders of Africa. He will be one of the young people who can make the difference in COP 22. Profile.
“When it comes to tackling climate change, everyone needs to be brought to the table, especially women and young people, ” said Olumide Idowu.
Olumide has been engaging youth in Nigeria and Africa with making their voice to be heard both “offline and online” for 10 years. “I want a better place for all”, he proclaims. After COP 21, Olumide reacted quickly by involving social networks, reporting, strategic projects to fight against climate change in Africa . He worked with many organizations such as the United Nations Environment Program, UN-Habitat as Youth Champions for Africa, Save the Children Nigeria, Amnesty International . He is part of different strategic team: Environmental Leadership Academy, Mentorship HUB Africa, Climate Wednesday, Youth Initiative Africa. He raises issues such as waste management, smart agriculture, water management and climate finance.
Olumide has a Bachelor of Statistics and a diploma of Computer Science & Communication from the University of Abuja in Nigeria. Recently, he attended the 10th conference of the the African Youth Initiative on climate Change ( AYICC). Olumide is currently the Senior Communication of this organization. Launched in 2006, AYICC aims to mobilize young people to have one voice on climate change issues. This year themes were:
-Promoting the role of youth in having access to climate finance through the Green climate fund.
-Integrating youth in climate related policies, plan, projects and program at national and regional and international levels.
-Building capacity of youth on climate science and negotiations in order to increase their participation and influence on Climate governance
By Houmi Ahamed-Mikidache