Where We Work: Sub-Saharan Africa
Peace First began funding a small number of projects in Nigeria in early 2018, and soon began supporting a growing and thriving community of young social entrepreneurs across the country. The program spread quickly through word-of-mouth from young social change leaders, and now Peace First supports young people to solve community problems across the continent, with particularly large hubs of youth supported in Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Zimbabwe, and Malawi. Peace First’s training and direct grants have enabled young people to launch projects to improve infrastructure in their communities, implement evidence-based sex education programs, create impactful out-of-school-time educational programs, and a lot more. Our young African change leaders are closely connected through virtual and occasional in-person meetups, collaborating and partnering on shared projects and benefitting from the wisdom and resources of their peers in the Peace First community.
Duke faced a lot of challenges growing up, with an absent father leaving Duke’s mother behind as the main breadwinner. His mother provided for the family by selling groceries in the market while Duke’s grandmother attended to him and his sister. His grandmother was often sick, causing Duke to miss school at least twice a week. Despite the challenges, Duke managed to get into university to study finance and banking. It was there that he met Brian, a friend who introduced him to the ideas of active citizenship and changemaking. Duke began to think about how he can apply what he learned to help his community, but it wasn’t until he witnessed a harrowing incident that he decided to become a changemaker.
Babatunde decided to introduce a mobile eye care service - first of its kind to the Ishor community. This service would make eye care affordable to the marginalized members of the community. He would also use this service to educate and spread awareness on how to prevent eye diseases. The service, being mobile, also meant that these members did not have to worry about how they would get to clinics where eye care services would be available to them. Instead, the eye care service would be brought to them.
What do you do when you realize you’re inheriting all the best and worst traits of your parents? Anyama Akomi Jonathan was caught up in all the freedoms that going away to university brings. He attended the local schools in the rural villages of Adjumani District in Uganda all his life. So when he found out he had been admitted to Makerere University medical school, it was like a whole new world was at his fingertips.
Fellow in Residence & Regional Manager, Sub-Saharan Africa
Seun is a social entrepreneur who founded Beyond the Surface Development Initiative to create educational solutions that empower teenagers in low-income communities in Africa. Through the initiative, Seun works to provide quality education to every child, with a focus on social and emotional learning programs. She has worked with schools and organisations within her local communities to establish a sustainable system of education development in African teenagers through clubs, programs and other resources. Seun has established three education clubs across three local communities in Ogun State, Nigeria and reached over 1000 teenagers through her different programs.
In 2019, Seun was featured by Leading Ladies Africa as a young woman transforming Africa through impact at the community level. She is also a 2019 Subomi Plumptre fellow and a 2020 Peace First grantee.
Oluwaseun Kayode is the Regional Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa at Peace First. For nearly 30 years, Peace First has supported thousands of young people all around the world to address issues in their community, from poverty and violence to gender inequality and climate change, and invested millions of dollars in their ideas for social change. They serve young people in over 140 countries, investing real resources -- tools, coaching, funding -- in their ideas, and building a community of young leaders from all over the world working for peace, justice, and the Sustainable Development Goals. With six years of experience in the education space, he has worked on a lot of local and over fifteen international education projects. He was invited to speak at the Teach For All Global Conference in Armenia about his work and also got accepted into the Peace First Accelerator Program in Austin, Texas then transitioned to becoming a Fellow-in-Residence and Regional Manager for the same organization.
When he is not working at Peace First, He spends time at Schoolinka (a social enterprise he founded), designing exciting professional development opportunities for low-income teachers in Africa leveraging technology. Schoolinka was recently mentioned as one of the African Union Top 50 Education Innovations in Africa.