Sani Muhammad

Sani Muhammad - 2019 Nominee
Position: Executive Director
Organization: Bridge Connect Africa Initiative
Current Location: Nigeria, Africa
Bachelor of Science, Sociology from Bayero University, Kano/B.Sc. Sociology
Additional Degrees and Certifications:
• Trained Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health Advocate by the Populations Reference Bureau, Washington D.C. between May to September, 2018.
• Certificate of Achievement as an In-Country Volunteer with the International Citizens Service, United Kingdom program for a 3-Months (20th September to 10th December 2018) project on “Improving the Quality of Education in Nigeria through Inclusive Learning in Kwara State”.
• Delegate at the International Conference for Family Planning in Kigali, Rwanda between 12th to 15th November, 2018.
• Certificate of Participation, Knowles Educational and Charitable Trust for International Leadership, Atlanta, Georgia, 2018.
• Certificate of National Service, Graduate Assistant (Corps Member), University Staff School, Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero, Kebbi State, 2018.
• Certificate of Completion and Participation, Study of the United States Institute for Student Leaders on Social Entrepreneurship at California State University, Chico, from July 6th to August 10th 2016, presented by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
• Certificate of Completion, Purple Youth Social Movement organized by the Voices for Change (V4C) on “Young People and Change Processes in Nigeria” on 13th September, 2017.
• Course participant, “Engaging Men towards Gender Equality: Why and how should we do it?” Organized by Institute for Development Studies and Voices for Change, DFID, from 1st March, 2017 to 31st March, 2017.
• Certificate of Completion, Active Citizens Programme Training on the “Understanding of the Power of Global Connections and Development of Skills towards establishing Global Networks and Engagement in Social Development.” Organized by the British Council, from 1st October, 2014 to 31st March, 2015.
• Certificate of Completion, Heartland Alliance International-Nigeria, 12 Weeks Capacity Building Session on Life Skills for Adolescent Boys and Men for Post-Secondary Schools. Organized by Heartland Alliance International, from July, 2014 to September, 2014.
• Certificate of Completion, 12 weeks Voices for Change (V4C), Purple Safe Space Sessions towards the Acquisition of Knowledge and Skills in Life Management and Self-confidence. Organized by Voices for Change, DFID, from July, 2014 to September, 2014.

• Consultant, “Engaging Government and Stakeholders on Investment in Family Planning” Videography Project in Nigeria with support from the Population Reference Bureau and Association for Reproductive and Family Health, Nigeria, March, 2019.

• Consultant/Project Coach, Multimedia Training Series on Policy Issues on Youth Reproductive Health and Rights and Child Marriage in Northern Nigeria from April - September, 2019.
Awards Received:
  • Award:
    Outstanding Purple Ambassador, Kano
    Awarding Organization:
    Voices for Change, Department for International Development/Palladium
    Date Awarded:
    August 6, 2017
  • Award:
    For commitment in the fight against extreme poverty and inequality (gender equality)
    Awarding Organization:
    ONE Campaign
    Date Awarded:
    April 3, 2019
  • Award:
    In recognition of taking up the challenge to change your world and completing the UK Government's international volunterring programme
    Awarding Organization:
    International Citizen's Service
    Date Awarded:
    March 30, 2019
75 Public Votes Reached!
Creation of the Inclusive Neighbourhood Space (INS) where rural community members come to learn about SRHRs issues, training of some group of young SRHR advocates on SRHRs advocacy, #speakup (against child marriage) video screening at the 2018 ICFP. – Fatima Musa Aliyu, Head of Programs at Bridge Connect Africa Initiative
Describe your contributions to and achievements in family planning.

The video I produced created a sensation on Facebook & sparked lots of discussion in the North for weeks about child marriage, family planning & the need for population control. Over 2,000 young people watched the #SpeakUp video, reaching over 10,000 in two weeks. This video was screened as the ICFP 2018 by the PRB reaching over 30,000 people virtually. A #FreePadForGirls movement was birthed afterwards, an inclusive neighborhood space created for girls & adolescent mothers on FP + menstrual hygiene, & a Youth4FP programme designed to address FP issues. I am presently training some youth SRHR advocates on a video campaign in Northern Nigeria. We are creating a Youth FP movement in Northern Nigeria to open up the space for more service accessibility and usage to unmet needs in the region.

What sparked your passion for family planning?

In 2018 I met Lubba, at age 15 she was already divorced with a child & no education. Many girls in the community do not get to finish school. Girls here had little or no knowledge about contraceptive use, a factor in the high rate of adolescent birth rates in these communities. Heartbroken, I started my organization to empower girls with the right information to live dignified lives, make decisions about what happen to their body, when to have children, save their lives & improve their health.

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

I support a group of young FP/SRHR advocates in Nigeria with training on improving the policy environment of SRHR advocacy and open up space for accessibility of FP friendly services by young people and also create demand. I champion an inclusive neigbhourhood space that encourages discussions around FP issues and unmet needs in rural communities. The inclusiveness of this space, creates community local structures that supports our advocacy and protects women, especially for young mothers.

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? :

My goal will be to invest in a programme I designed called “Youth4FP”, where we create a network of young people passionate about FP/SRHR across Nigeria to articulate ONE strong goal that will be the focal point of our FP advocacy until the government listens and invests more on FP issues. I will also invest my energy on the Inclsuive Neighborhood Space in rural communities, this time, to promote demand generation for FP services among rural populace especially adolescent girls & boys

Video Introduction
Photos of the nominee in the field/at work
Launch of Inclusive Neighbourhood Space in a rural community in Kano With the President of Population Reference Bureau and the President of DKT International at the ICFP 2018 in Rwanda With members of the Kano State 2018 Child Protection Coalition during an advocacy march to the Kano State House of Assembly on the quick passage of the bill that will reduce the incidence of child marriage, enable girls complete their education and create an atmosphere for youth FP advocacy in terms of usage & acceptability in the state

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