Grace Jerry

Location: Jos, Nigeria
Precinct Program: Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
Date(s): Summer 2015

Grace Jerry is a music artist, disability rights advocate, and peace promoter in Nigeria. She brought freshness to advocacy efforts through her unique blend of passion and music, bringing prominence to the important roles of persons with disabilities in development. Since emerging Miss Wheelchair National queen she has remained consistent in her passion to mainstream disability in development issues, through her work at Inclusive Friends where she works as director, providing direction and inspiration for change. As WaterAid Nigeria’s official spokesperson on disability in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Grace works to ensure inclusive access for persons with disabilities and to end violence through benefit concerts, the proceeds of which have provided toilets for schools serving children with disabilities. Grace plans to use the knowledge and experience she gains from the Fellowship in deepening her advocacy efforts to end discrimination and violence against women with disabilities in Nigeria.

Blog Entries

Grace Jerry – YALI Impact Story

Grace Jerry, a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow, is a music artist, disability rights advocate, and peace promoter in Nigeria. In this video blog, Grace shares her story and her experience as a Mandela Washington Fellow.

NPR Profiles Precinct YALI Fellow Grace Jerry On Her Disability Advocacy Work in Nigeria

By Nadia Whitehead for NPR | 8/3/2015

Grace Alache Jerry is everything you’d imagine a pageant winner should be — beautiful, smart, articulate. She’s a gifted musician, holds a diploma in law and even campaigns for the less fortunate.

But Jerry is no ordinary beauty pageant queen; she’s Miss Wheelchair Nigeria. […]

Presidential Precinct Fellow Grace Jerry Introduces President Obama at Summit

Grace Jerry is a music artist, disability rights advocate, and peace promoter in Nigeria who served as inspiration for hundreds of leaders attending the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI) Presidential Summit in Washington D.C. when she introduced President Obama. The Presidential Summit followed six weeks of academic study […]

Grace Jerry Performs YALI Tribute

June 25, 2015 | Grace Jerry | 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow

Mandela Washington Fellow Grace Jerry performs her original single “E Go Happen ( Yes, We Can )”. Grace’s inspirational song is about all people, regardless of backgrounds, finding their voice to become a catalyst for change.

Grace Jerry is a music […]