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Bless-me Ajani

Bless-me Ajani - 2019 Nominee
Position: Youth Program Officer/ FP2020 Youth Focal Point,Nigeria
Organization: Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative
Current Location: Lagos/Nigeria
Bachelors Degree from Obafemi Awolowo University/ Microbiology
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Certificate of Merit
    Awarding Organization:
    National Youth Service Corps
    Date Awarded:
    April 8, 2017
  • Award:
    Certificate of Meritorious Service
    Awarding Organization:
    Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife
    Date Awarded:
    September 15, 2015
  • Award:
    • Certificate of Service,
    Awarding Organization:
    Nigerian Association of Microbiology Students, Obafemi Awolowo University.
    Date Awarded:
    July 20, 2014
75 Public Votes Reached!
Engaged Faith based leaders on issues of FP for Young people. Based on this religious leaders now finds it easier to discuss issues on reproductive health in their place of worship with youths As a result of advocacy effort, things have changed. – Aisha Waziri, Development Worker at JHU CCP NURHI2
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Series of advocacy efforts made by me to Lagos state ministry of Health influenced meaningful youth participation in the development of the state Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan(2019-2023) which made it youth-focused unlike before. To create a supportive environment for AYSRH in Lagos state, I engaged over 50 religious leaders(both male and female) on AYSRH communication issues, they now effortlessly discuss AYSRH in their place of worship. Through intergenerational dialogues, community leaders in the 10 LGAs we are implementing are giving their support to youth access to FP services. Also, I built the capacity of 20 social media influencers on AYSRH/FP needs who now generate discussions with their platforms using the #FPFriday with over 600000 Twitter accounts reached.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

During my undergraduate, as a member of the student union welfare committee, I was privileged to intervene in rape cases where I saw a first year student get pregnant from a rape incidence and died of unsafe abortion complications and students who got pregnant as a result of ignorance and could not continue with their education due to financial and motherhood responsibilities.This will not be their story If only they had access to accurate Emergency contraceptive and FP information and services

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

I realized that partnership with older advocate provides strategic advocacy platforms, I built capacity and mentored 25 FP young leaders who have now been co-opted into existing advocacy structures such as the Adolescent Health Technical Working Group,INTER-FAITH Forum,Lagos State Advocacy Working Group where they discuss AYSRH issues, engage with religious leaders on AYSRH issues and actively participate in advocacy meetings with key stakeholders on increase AYSRH/FP budgeting &release

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? :

I will use these to engage more youth advocates and youth focused/led organizations/initiatives in the development sector (health, education, vocation, disability, economic) in a Family Planning visioning meeting that will propel them to integrate SRH discourse in their engagement with young people and key stakeholders. It will be used to implement my already designed concept to engage parents on Parent-Child Communication and through the School Parents' Forum meetings and women associations.

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Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Capacity session for youth leaders as AYSRH/FP advocate one of the Intergenerational dialogue conducted to commemorate 2018 World Contraception Day Engagement with faith based leaders on communicating AYSRH in their place of worship

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