Ayomide Ogundeji

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Ayomide Ogundeji - 2017 Nominee
Position: Program Officer:Nutrition & Reproductive Health/Team Lead
Organization: Food Basket Foundation International/Hearts Connect Initiative
Current Location: IBADAN
Bachelor's degree from University of Ibadan /Nutrition and Dietetics
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
MS.c Public Health (Population and Reproductive Health) in view(2018).
Programming in Infant and young child feeding (UNICEF, Cornell Nutrition works) 2017
Project management professional (Institute of Professional Studies) 2016
Understanding the Rights of Women and girls, Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), 2016
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    University of Ibadan Meritorious Award of excellence
    Awarding Organization:
    University of Ibadan, Students Affairs Division.
    Date Awarded:
    July 11, 2014
  • Award:
    Distinguished Service Award
    Awarding Organization:
    Kuti Hall, University of Ibadan.
    Date Awarded:
    February 24, 2015
Ayomide has been committed to raising awareness and advocacy programs on issues bordering sexual and reproductive health rights. He is currently the Team lead for the Hearts Connect initiative where he is involved in campaign programs nationwide. – Nominator
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Family planning fundamentally advances human rights. Ayomide is currently the Team lead at Hearts Connect Initiative where he supports Family planning through campaigns and advocacy for the rights of the girl child to remain unmarried and childless, until she is physically, psychologically, and economically ready, and desires to bear children. Ayomide facilitates programs through the Hearts Connect initiative 's Gender based violence Club at secondary schools on the rights of adolescent boys and girls to information on how rapid, repeat pregnancies will affect their future. Ayomide is the Program officer: Nutrition and Reproductive Health at Food Basket Foundation International where he implements intervention programs on areas of reproductive health for mothers in Nigeria.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I had personal encounter with young girls in my community and was shocked most do not know about the use of contraceptives and also found out about women with unmet need (those who want to stop or delay childbearing but are not using modern contraceptive). These issues gradually sparked my passion to do more as regards family planning in line with SDGs 3.7 and 5.6 to support “universal access to sexual and reproductive healthcare services and reproductive rights including for family planning".

Give one or two examples of how you display leadership in your family planning work.:

I have been able to display youth leadership as a Team lead for the Hearts Connect initiative in areas of coordinating our volunteers during our campaign and school visitation programs on sexual and reproductive health rights for boys and girls in the community. I have been able to inspire youths in the fight for sexual and reproductive health rights and use of modern contraceptive methods.

If you are named a winner of 120 under 40, how will you use this new platform and the $1000 grant to advance your work? :

Being named a winner of 120 under 40 would be a great platform and opportunity to leverage on especially in creating more awareness and campaigns on sexual and reproductive health rights for the girl child and access to modern contraceptive methods for youths and women with unmet needs in my community.

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