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Yetunde Bakare
Senior Programme Officer, Centre for Legislative Engagement
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Yetunde Bakare is a resourceful and results-driven civil society actor who believes in the limitless possibilities of a government with youth participation. As the Senior Program Officer at Yiaga Africa Centre for Legislative Engagement (Yiaga Africa – CLE), she provides support for strengthening democratic institutions and the sustainability of democratic governance in Nigeria and Ghana by relating with their lawmakers.

She has a wide spectrum of interests including democratic governance, women’s rights, institutional strengthening, constituent’s relation, digitalization of elections and politics, cyber security, and media productions.

Prior to joining Yiaga Africa, Yetunde worked at the advertising agency Noah’s Ark Communications as a brand executive managing high-profile brands such as Indomie Noodles, Hypo and Paga.

Yetunde holds a Bachelor’s degree in English Language from the University of Jos, a Master’s degree in International Law and Diplomacy from the University of Lagos and a Certificate in the Management of Democratic Elections in Africa from the University of South Africa. She is also an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM).
Yetunde has participated actively in various advocacy campaigns including the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) campaign and the State of Emergency on Sexual Gender- Based Violence (#StateofEmergencySGBV). She is also a member of the Strategy Team of the NotTooYoungToRun Movement , whose campaign led to a constitutional amendment to reduce the age for running for elective office in Nigeria. 

Yetunde is married, and a proud mum of two daughters.
 

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Yiaga Africa is a non-profit civic hub of change makers committed to the promotion of democratic governance, human rights and civic engagement. With its operational base in Abuja, Nigeria, Yiaga Africa focuses on in-depth research, providing critical analysis on key democratic and governance issues, crafting practical solutions, training and empowering citizens to lead change in their community. Yiaga Africa implements several innovative programs aimed at stimulating active citizenship, protecting human rights and deepening democratic governance. We invest in building networks and social movements to drive social change and transformation. Yiaga Africa has leadership structures and members in all 36 states and 774 Local Government Areas (LGA) of Nigeria.