On Sunday the 17th of December 2018, Samson Itodo, Executive Director at YIAGA AFRICA Executive Director, emerged the Young Person of the Year at The Future Awards, 2018. Samson Itodo was nominated alongside David ‘Davido’ Adeleke, Tomi Adeyemi, Nemitaru Ajienkaand Dr. Mahmoud Maina for this most coveted award category endowed this year by Amstel Malta. This award is coming few days after Samson was honored as a rising democracy leader by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) during its 35th Anniversary Gala in Washington D.C.
The award is in recognition of Mr .Itodo’s efforts as Convener of the Not Too Young To Run Movement which successfully advocated for the reduction in age requirements for political candidacy in Nigeria, culminating in the Bill’s eventual assent by President Muhammadu Buhari. The efforts of the movement have been acclaimed as one of the most successful movements globally in recent times.
The award also recognized the immense contributions YIAGA AFRICA have made under his leadership over the past eleven years towards building movements and enhancing sustainable democracy and development on the continent. With a focus on the credibility of elections in Nigeria, YIAGA AFRICA engages in pre and post-election observation, and the deployment of observers via its Parallel Vote Tabulation (PVT) methodology. PVT collects and analyses real-time data during elections to ensure credibility of the process. PVT has so far been deployed for gubernatorial elections in Ondo,Anambra, Ekiti and Osun states.
The Future Awards Africa, now inits 13th year, are a set of awards given by The Future Project (TFP), a social enterprise set up with a strong, practical commitment to Human and Capital development especially in Africa. The awards, described by Forbes as most important awards for outstanding young Africans, celebrate young people who have made outstanding achievements in the year under consideration.