By Sola Ogundipe
Adaku Efuribe, UK- based Nigerian, has been selected as a 2019 Youth Ambassador for the anti-poverty group The ONE Campaign.
Adaku, a pharmacist by profession, will be working in Rotherham to highlight the importance of democratic engagement and campaigning to shape the wider world.
A key focus will be about how local campaigning can make a big difference for international issues, and Adaku will show the importance of international development and how their community can get involved.
Adaku said, ‘’I am really excited to begin working as a Youth Ambassador in my local area because I think it is important to end extreme poverty.
“I also want to show people that it can be easy to campaign on these issues and that their voice does make a difference!”
Adaku will be working to raise awareness of the fight against extreme poverty, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa.
As part of the programme, she will be looking to meet with her local MP, Sarah Champion/Rotherham, news outlets, and local community members – and travel to Parliament to take part in large national events.
As well as promoting the positive impact that UK aid has around the world, she will be campaigning around the G7 meeting of government leaders to ask them to take action on extreme poverty.
Adaku will also be working to promote the upcoming replenishment conference Global Fund for AIDS, TB and Malaria, an organisation that’s dedicated to fighting killer diseases.
Romilly Greenhill, UK Director of The ONE Campaign, said: “This year’s Youth Ambassadors are amazing. I know with their energy and passion they will change the world for the better.
“There are some big moments coming up this year – especially the G7 summit and the Global Fund – that could really help the fight against extreme poverty.
“I know that Adaku Efuribe, alongside all the Youth Ambassadors, will be showing people in Rotherham how important these are.” This is the sixth year the Youth Ambassador programme has run in the UK.