Ogechi Vinaprisca Amadi

Ogechi Vinaprisca Amadi - 2019 Nominee
Position: Communication Assistant
Organization: Knit Together Initiative (KTI)
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
BSc. Biochemistry from University of Port Harcourt
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
Digital Marketing Training for Female Entrepreneurs
Community Based Family Planning
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Presenter of the year
    Awarding Organization:
    Positive Vibes TV Show
    Date Awarded:
    May 3, 2008
  • Award:
    Best in Science
    Awarding Organization:
    GloryLand International School
    Date Awarded:
    June 6, 2009
75 Public Votes Reached!
Vinaprisca uses the social and mainstream media to make investment case for adolescents use of contraception – Jennifer Amadi, Founder/Program Advisor at Knit Together Initiative (KTI)
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

Recently, there has been an improvement in the level of awareness and response to family planning services since I began leading a monthly family planning tweet-a-thon, in partnership with the Rivers State Ministry of Health. Also as a trained adolescent & youth advocate I have been vocal for the right of young people in accessing family planning services in the South South region, Nigeria. Through radio and television I promote adolescents health and wellbeing and make investment case for youth forward sexual and reproductive health and rights programming including access to contraceptive use.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

I was 14 when a friend of mine dropped out of secondary because she got pregnant. She never went beyond that level of education. In the years that followed, I watched the same thing happen to more girls in my neighborhood and a few of them opted for unsafe abortions that left them scarred, emotionally and physically. I just want a world where women and girls can decide when and how they like to have children.

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

In September 2018, prior to the International Conference on Family Planning in Kigali, Rwanda. My organization hosted a satellite event in Rivers State, Nigeria, and I was on the planning team. I mobilized academia, (example, the Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt), Director of Public Health, religious & traditional rulers, students etc. Also, being a business coach, I have helped to empower 100 girls and young women by organizing business training.

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 come from Rivers State in the South South region of Nigeria, an area that is being ravished by poverty and underdevelopment among a large percentage of the rural settlers. If I am named a winner, I will use my grant award to provide family planning information for more people, particularly those that are difficult to reached via social media and mainstream media who lives in the coastal communities.

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