Michael Adewole Ajadi

Michael Adewole Ajadi - 2019 Nominee
Position: Life Planning Ambassador/ Human Physiologist / Health Care Professional
Organization: The Challenge Initiative
Current Location: Nigeria, West Africa
Bachelor of Technology (Hons) in Human Physiology from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomosho, Nigeria
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Project Management Professional
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    NYSC Merit Award
    Awarding Organization:
    National Youth Service Corp, Nigeria
    Date Awarded:
    October 24, 2017
  • Award:
    Royal Ambassador Award
    Awarding Organization:
    First Baptist Church Adjame, Cote d'ivore.
    Date Awarded:
    October 2, 2008
75 Public Votes Reached!
Ajadi Michael Adewole is a Bilingual Advocate presently serving as a Life Planning Ambassador of The Challenge Initiative (TCI) Nigeria. Via advocacy, he continues to attract FP interventions for the marginalised populations in his community. – Elvis Okolie, Programme Officer at Corona Management Systems
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

To accelerate country progress toward the FP2020 goal, I engage in life planning advocacy working with civil society groups and community leaders to increase the use and accessibility of family planning services for youth and ultimately to improve maternal, new born and child health in the region to advance the country achieve the sustainable development goals of the United Nations. I led teams of health workers and social mobilizers at the integrated health outreach to undeserved communities in Ogun state where i was able to reach more than 150 youths on family planning service delivery by providing the sexually active ones with FP commodities in order to prevent them from sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy, also sensitizing them about the risk of not been protected.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

My passion for family planning is fuelled by the continuously high rates of adolescent pregnancy{Approximately 16 million girls aged 15 to 19 years & 2.5 million girls under 16 years give birth each year in developing regions}which is one of the leading cause of death among adolescent girls worldwide.Also, engaging men as supportive partners can lead to improvements in couple decision making and better health outcomes for men, women, and their families leading to significant work potential.

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

As a Life Planning Ambassador I intervene in the (TCI) Health facility assessment prior to 72 hours’ facility makeover of health facilities by inputting young people perspective, ensuring a right based approach of which young people’s reproductive rights are viewed as human rights. As a Leader i was able to motivate 13 state Life planning ambassadors which eventually led to creation of infographs that flooded the social media to raise the Life Planning Profiling in Ogun state, Nigeria.

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 120 under 40 winner will mark a key highlight which would provide easier access to remote areas with a bigger voice, I'll also use this platform to broaden my online advocacy&reach out to as many advocates in Nigeria,creating new coalitions&partnerships.Finally the grant will help me organize 2 workshops on family Planning in Ogun state targeting young people and leveraging FP on Nigeria youthSDGs Network which is an alliance of over 200 youth-led civil society organizations.

Video Introduction
Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Ajadi Michael Adewole at Youth Friendly Centre Assessment (Family Health Clinic, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria) Dr. Andrew WHO Zambia and Ajadi Michael Adewole at SAYPHIN 1st National Conference on Adolescent Health in Nigeria   Ajadi Michael Adewole at Intergrated Outreach to Underserved Community in Ogun State

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