- Award:Honors AwardAwarding Organization:National Youth Service Corps/Katsina State GovernmentDate Awarded:February 13, 2014
- Award:Commendation LetterAwarding Organization:District Head of Kurfi, Katsina StateDate Awarded:January 20, 2014
- Award:Youth ShcolarAwarding Organization:Women DeliverDate Awarded:May 6, 2015
As a Youth Rescuer with Association for Reproductive and Family Health, Nigeria, I served as a Peer Educator and Facilitator where I provided over 5000 young people with correct information on sexual and reproductive health, family planning, counseling and referrals. As a Development Knowledge Facilitator with the National Youth Service Corps-MDGs, Katsina State, I initiated 1000daysplus project in partnership with the local health facility and community stakeholders where I trained rural nursing mothers in northern Nigeria on the various components of child survival strategies including access to family planning information and services, also breaking cultural barriers and superstitious beliefs. So far, the project has reached over 400 women some of whom are victims of early marriage.
I grew up in Agbowo, urban slum in Ibadan where I witnessed young promising girls fall victim of teenage pregnancy and poor women give birth to children they didn’t plan for. This shatters their dreams; increase their economic hardship while some even lose their lives to unsafe abortion. This ignited my passion for family planning, wanting to make sure every woman or girl is protected from the consequences of unwanted pregnancy through timely access to quality FP information and services.
Through implementing 1000daysplus project in collaboration with the local primary health care board in northern Nigeria, I have worked to get buy-in from community stakeholders and men involvement in FP thus strengthening support for women and girls to access FP information and services.
Aside this, I have led advocacy visits and facilitated peer education trainings on sexual and reproductive health, rights including family planning information and services for over 5000 young people and women.
120under40 presents a unique platform to access new ideas, strategies and efforts in promoting family planning especially in a multicultural setting like Nigeria, also building strong network and accessing needed mentorship. As a Research Associate with Future Health Systems and a trained Public Health Practitioner major in Health Policy, I want to promote FP research that will strengthen evidence for policy makers, broaden health policy and financing for FP as well as reset government agenda.