Desmond Tutu, Nomination
Victoria Ohaeri, Executive Director, Spaces For Change

Executive director of Spaces for Change, Victoria Ohaeri has been named one of the 24 candidates selected for the 2016 Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme.

Out of 305 top-quality nominations from 32 countries who competed for a slot in the programme, Victoria Ohaeri was selected as one of ”Africa’s highest-calibre emerging leaders who have the potential to lead the continent to a bright future, and who are already doing amazing things.”

The 24 candidates were selected from 13 different countries, including less-represented ones like Somalia, South Sudan and Guinea Bissau.

They also represent a wide spectrum of sectors, from government, business, civil society, entrepreneurs, education, etc – which provides a platform for rich dialogue and learning. You can view the full list here.

Victoria Ohaeri, an Harvard University alumni, is the founder and executive director of Spaces for Change – a non-profit organisation that leverages on digital technology to crowdsource policy research data, facilitate public dialogues and mobilize the participation of the often-unheard segments of the population – youth, women and local communities –in the development of social and economic policies in Nigeria.

She is a regular commentator on national and international television and radio programmes in Nigeria and beyond. Her fields of scholarly work criss-cross energy, gender, urban governance, oil sector transparency, human rights and environmental sustainability.

When NAIJASHOWBIZ asked how she feels about the nomination, she has this to say, “My work on human rights, policy advocacy, and community engagement gives me a strong sense of fulfillment, especially knowing how my work impacts the lives of the less-privileged in the society. This prestigious recognition simply provides additional motivation to do more”.