6:05 am - Friday January 24, 2020

INSPIRING! TIME Magazine names Nigerian born Commonwealth Young Person of the Year, OLUWASEUN AYODEJI OSOWOBI among 100 Leaders of Tomorrow …’Dubbed ‘Rising Star shaping the future’ *Nigeria’s woman rights activist celebrated as one of world’s most ascendant leaders * How Survivor of sexual violence set up ‘Stand to End Rape’ initiative provide support to women, men and young people who are experiencing any form of gender-based abuse, Helped thousands of sexual and domestic abuse victims in Nigeria * “As young people, our relationship must surpass government collaboration on financial relations. We must collectively protect the human rights of those within our community, especially vulnerable women and girls, persons with disabilities and LGBTQI people across the Commonwealth”-OSOWOBI * “The Commonwealth Youth Awards, particularly the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year, shines a spotlight on the unsung efforts of our young people who have made a major impact in transforming our communities. We are happy our Commonwealth Person of the Year, Osowobi, is being recognised for her outstanding work beyond the Commonwealth”- Layne Robinson, the Commonwealth’s Head of Social Policy Development BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief


INSPIRING!

TIME Magazine names Nigerian born Commonwealth Young Person of the Year, OLUWASEUN AYODEJI OSOWOBI among 100 Leaders of Tomorrow

‘Dubbed ‘Rising Star shaping the future’

*Nigeria’s woman rights activist celebrated as one of world’s most ascendant leaders

* How Survivor of sexual violence set up ‘Stand to End Rape’ initiative provide support to women, men and young people who are experiencing any form of gender-based abuse, Helped thousands of sexual and domestic abuse victims in Nigeria

* “As young people, our relationship must surpass government collaboration on financial relations. We must collectively protect the human rights of those within our community, especially vulnerable women and girls, persons with disabilities and LGBTQI people across the Commonwealth”-OSOWOBI

* “The Commonwealth Youth Awards, particularly the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year, shines a spotlight on the unsung efforts of our young people who have made a major impact in transforming our communities. We are happy our Commonwealth Person of the Year, Osowobi, is being recognised for her outstanding work beyond the Commonwealth”- Layne Robinson, the Commonwealth’s Head of Social Policy Development

BY GEORGE ELIJAH OTUMU/AMERICAN Foreign Bureau Chief

A NIGERIAN lady, OLUWASEUN AYODEJI OSOWOBI, winner of Commonwealth Young Person of the Year has been maned among the TIME Magazine 100 leaders of tomorrow. She was named among 100 world rising stars who are shaping the future.

Nigerian woman’s rights activist Osowobi is one of 53 women on a list of 100 names Time has dubbed “the world’s most ascendant leaders” who are “rising stars in their fields”. In March, she won the title of Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2019 after helping thousands of sexual and domestic abuse victims in Nigeria.

Osowobi, who is a survivor of sexual violence, set up the ‘Stand to End Rape’ initiative to provide support to women, men and young people who have experienced any form of gender-based abuse. Speaking with the Commonwealth, Osowobi said this recognition reinforces her belief in young people’s potential to create change.

Her words “As young people, our relationship must surpass government collaboration on financial relations, rather, we must collectively protect the human rights of those within our community, especially vulnerable women and girls, persons with disabilities and LGBTQI people across the Commonwealth.”

In a statement released by Snober Abbasi, an Assistant Communications Officer, Communications Division, Commonwealth Secretariat she said that Owosobi’s firm was founded in 2014, as her initiative works to advance women’s sexual reproductive health rights, advocate against gender-based violence and provide medical, legal and psychological support to survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

Advising the survivors of gender-based violence, Osowobi said: “Don’t stay silent. There is no judgement or condemnation as nobody owns the rights to your story or healing. My advice to you is first to stop blaming yourself and seek mental, legal and health support.”

Layne Robinson, the Commonwealth’s Head of Social Policy Development, said: “The Commonwealth Youth Awards, particularly the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year, shines a spotlight on the unsung efforts of our young people who have made a major impact in transforming our communities. We are happy our Commonwealth Person of the Year, Osowobi, is being recognised for her outstanding work beyond the Commonwealth.”

Time magazine unveiled its first annual collection of the next generation of world’s 100 young leaders today in New York City. Every year, the Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work recognise the exceptional contribution of young people from across the Commonwealth’s member countries who are leading initiatives to help deliver sustainable development goals.

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