Samson Itodo is the founder of the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA) an initiative that works with youth to raise awareness for inclusion of youth in the democratic process. Samson and his team began YIAGA while in the university as an avenue to discuss human rights and student unionism. Now it has grown into a national advocacy organization that led the Not Too Young To Run campaign which aimed at relaxing some of the stringent and discriminatory provisions of the Nigerian constitution.

YIAGA AFRICA is a youth-based non-governmental organization that promotes democratic governance, human rights and youth political participation. It focuses on in-depth research, capacity development and public policy advocacy.

YIAGA is “a frontline youth organization promoting democratic governance, human rights and youth political participation.” Through capacity-building, research and public policy advocacy, It is educating and empowering the youth in order to promote participation in democratic and governance processes.

We celebrate Samson for his commitment to the development and empowerment of  young people.