International Women’s Day: Meet Nine Young Women Advocating for Sustainable Futures in Nigeria

Every day young women in Nigeria are working to ensure sustainable futures for everyone especially with the impact of the COVID19 pandemic. From fighting food insecurity in their communities to ensuring access to power and clean water, they are using their strength, ideas, innovation, leadership and resilience to create meaningful change for women and youth. 

We will be introducing a few women who are using their voice and platform to advocate for sustainable futures in Nigeria.

Adesuwa Obasuyi

Adesuwa is the Climate Change Policy Manager at the British High Commission, Abuja who is passionate about building sustainable climate-friendly environments. She has a Master’s in Environmental Quality Management from the University of Benin, Nigeria. Adesuwa uses her experience as an environmentalist and climate change advocate towards wastes and wastes data management in Nigeria. Her work revolves around advocacy and sustainable livelihoods for women and youth.

You can follow her on Twitter.



Adenike Oladosu

Adenike is a climate activist, and founder of I Lead Climate. She advocates for the restoration of the Lake Chad region by highlighting the difficulties that women and youth face and the importance of achieving climate justice with education. Adenike is a first-class graduate of Agricultural Economics from the Federal University of Agriculture, Makurdi. In 2019, she attended the first United Nations Youth Climate Summit in New York. She has been recognized globally as a young leader taking climate action in the global south.

You can follow her on Twitter.


Temilade Salami

Temilade is an environmentalist and circular economy enthusiast who advocates for the education of young children in taking care of the environment. She is the Executive Director of EcoChampions, an organization that advocates for ocean conservation, tree planting and education to improve the environment. Temilade is currently studying for a Masters in Environment, Development and Policy at the University of Sussex courtesy of the Chevening Scholarship Awards.

You can follow her on Twitter.



Rita Idehai

Rita is a geoscientist and a social entrepreneur who founded Ecobarter, an organization that provides sustainable waste management services to local communities in Abuja, Nigeria through sensitization, recycling and repurposing. She is a graduate of Geology and Earth Science from the Obafemi Awolowo University. Rita’s work helps disadvantaged young women especially those displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency to acquire decent work through the repurposing of waste.

You can follow her on Twitter.


Adejoke Lasisi

Adejoke is an environmentalist and textile artist who is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Planet 3R and Jokelinks Weaving School. She creates eco-friendly products from textile and plastic wastes. Adejoke She has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Obafemi Awolowo University.

You can follow her on Twitter.




Sakeenat Bello

Sakeenat is a gender and environmental activist whose work relates to the protection of the environment and provision of education to young girls in northern Nigeria. She was appointed a Special Assistant to the Kaduna State Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai on Environment.

You can follow her on Twitter.






Jennifer Uchendu

Jennifer Uchendu is an ecofeminist and sustainable development advocate. She is the founder of SustyVibes, a youth-led organisation making sustainability actionable and relatable to young people. Jennifer’s interests lie at the intersections of youth, women and climate action. She holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies.

You can follow her on Twitter.


Doyinsola Ogunye

Doyin is an environmental and child rights activist and founder of the Mental and Environmental Initiative for Children where she works with her team to teach young children about environmental stewardship. She has a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Lagos. Doyinsola’s passion for the environment inspires her organization’s work in supporting endangered species and initiating beach clean ups in Lagos, the coastal city of Nigeria.

You can follow her on Twitter.




Yetunde Fadeyi

Deborah is a social entrepreneur and the founder of Renewable Energy & Environmental Sustainability for Africa Initiative. She is passionate about providing renewable energy alternatives to disadvantaged communities in Nigeria. Deborah has a master’s degree in Sustainable Energy and Environment from Cardiff University.

You can follow her on Twitter.