- Young Nigerians continue to make the country proud on the global stage
- One person like this is foremost Nigerian activist and anti-corruption campaigner, Hamzat Lawal
- Lawal has been listed as a Malala Fund Education Champion with 57 others from around the world
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Foremost Nigerian activist, Hamzat Lawal, has been listed as a Malala Fund Education Champion with 57 others from around the world.
The recipients of the list were recognised for their efforts to accelerate progress towards girls’ secondary education.
Lawal was named alongside other notable Nigerian campaigners: Olabukunola Williams of Education as a Vaccine and Benjamin John of Restoration of Hope Initiative.
The announcement was made by the chief programmes officer at Malala Fund, Maliha Khan, on the Malala website.
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According to Khan, as COVID-19 threatens to force millions more girls out of school, champion-led programmes and advocacy work is now even more important.
Lawal is the chief executive officer of Connected Development and founder of Follow The Money.
His advocacy for policy and programmatic solutions in the education sector has been a reference point for social accountability in Nigeria and beyond.
Reacting to the announcement, Lawal said: “it is an honour to be listed to contribute to the fight for a right to education, especially for the girl child in Africa.”
He noted that: “The increasing number of out-of-school children especially in Nigeria’s north continues to be an issue of great concern.”
Three years ago, Follow The Money won the ONE Africa 2016 award presented by Bono, the lead singer of the UK group U2, and co-founder of the ONE Campaign held in Marrakech, Morocco.
The award is granted to civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations and other groups based in Africa, that have demonstrated commitment and success in advocacy to promote the attainment of one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Lawal has also championed and co-organised other key campaigns for girl-child education in northern Nigeria stressing that even during a crisis, education cannot wait for girls.
Late last year, Lawal joined thought leaders from all sectors of Canada’s foreign policy at the annual summit on Canada’s global leadership.
The Follow The Money chief campaigner gave a keynote address linking climate change and migration for better Canadian foreign policy at the event.
A month before the event, Lawal spoke about the implications of illicit financial flows on humans at the 2019 Innovation Partos Festival in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
The activist spoke at a high-level expert panel, alongside Anika Altaf, co-author of Trickle Up & Eddie Krooneman, a political analyst from the Netherlands; to explore current challenges and the changing landscape of support for development and social justice.
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