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DAMILOLA NELSON

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DAMILOLA NELSON - 2017 Nominee
Position: Executive Director/Public Health Media Specialist
Organization: Naijahealth
Current Location: Lagos/Nigeria
BA Theatre arts from Lagos state university
As a young media guru in public health in SRHR and FP. Nelson is the producer, artistic director of NaijaHealth and leads over 70 casts in the “A NEW WHOLE WORLD”, a 13 episode series shown on popular Nigerian stations – Temitope Kuku, PhD. Lagos State Director for Media and Communication and Advisory Board Chair at Naijahealth
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

I have used my documentary videos to pass strong messages to general public on the importance of family planning and other health related issues. I have crew of about 20-25 members who volunteered to assist me on various projects. And we have been able reach out to more than hundred people through our videos with positive reviews.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

Am a strong observer of my environment and I know that in my country family planning is still a thing of less importance, despite the strong challenges it poses to us as a nation. Nigeria family planning scheme is quite porus and that's why we rate high in terms of maternal death. So it is my duty or our duties to continue to educate our people most especially in rural communities.

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

Using the media( TV, radio) etc. Digital media, word of mouth and regular seminars and campaigns. Through this I have gotten quite encouraging feedback from people who have been touched by my works.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

We recently shot a television series which we plan on airing on cable stations. It will be a huge investment for me as I would continue to use the funds to continue the series as well as other projects that Naijahealth is involved in.

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