Global Founders | YALI 2017 in the Potter Studio




Timi Olagunju, Precinct YALI Fellow, enters House of Representatives race in Nigeria

EDITORS NOTE: Timi Olagunju came to Charlottesville in June 2015 as a part of the second cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows at the Presidential Precinct. Still a University of Virginia student working as a summer staff member, I remember Timi’s infectious energy from the day of his arrival. He […]

BBC World Service appoints Precinct Fellow as leader for West African Languages

The BBC World Service has appointed Rachel Akidi Okwir and Toyosi Ogunseye as heads of language services for East and West Africa respectively. The appointments are part of the BBC World Service’s continuing expansion in Africa.

Rachel Akidi Okwir, Head of East Africa Languages, is based in Nairobi, Kenya […]

Temitope Kalejaiye | YALI 2017 Impact Story

“I want to be a reason why younger Nigerians love Nigeria and are patriotic about Nigeria.” – Temitope Kalejaiye

Temi is an Amnesty International award-winning broadcast journalist and human rights filmmaker focusing on advocating for children and women. She has a BSc in Mass Communications from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, […]

Rebecca Ojedele | YALI 2017 Impact Story

“I came to this fellowship with an idea of what I wanted to do. Right now that idea has expanded way beyond the scope I ever imagined it was going to be.” – Rebecca Ojedele

Rebecca currently works as Project Coordinator at the African Radio Drama Association (ARDA). She has […]

Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem | YALI 2017 Impact Story

“I am passionate about my family [and] about being a model muslim in the face of the very negative view about Islam.” – Ahmed Adetola-Kazeem

Ahmed is the Founder and Executive Director of Prisoners’ Rights Advocacy Initiative, where he focuses on advocating for the rights of prisoners and rehabilitating them. […]

Precinct Fellow Awarded Amnesty International Film Prize

Presidential Precinct’s 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow, Temitope Kalejaiye is an Amnesty International award-winning broadcast journalist and children’s rights advocate. Her documentary “Almajiri is Begging” (2015) explores the unpromising fate of young children in northern Nigeria sent away to Koranic schools and forced into begging.

On June 30, the documentary […]

Global Founders | Episode 04: Next Steps for the Chibok Girls (with Bukky Shonibare)




Democracy in Action Project Goes Live in Nigeria

IBADAN, NIGERIA – On Tuesday, January 10, 2016, Youths in Motion (YIM) in partnership with the US Embassy, Nigeria, will launch the #DemocracyInAction (DIA-Oyo) project, which aims to develop the capacity and engagement of young professionals, nonprofit leaders, and student leaders in civic advocacy, human rights, civic leadership, and […]

Timi Olagunju Offers a Leading Voice in Mark Zuckerberg’s Visit to Nigeria

This month, Facebook’s CEO visited Lagos, Nigeria – his first trip to Africa. Zuckerberg met with software developers and startup founders, led a town hall event, and had the opportunity to shake the hand of Nigerian President Mohammed Buhari.

An underlying theme of Zuckerberg’s conversations remained the idea of “free […]