- Country: Nigeria
- Course: Masters in Public Policy
- College: Wadham College
- Scholarship: Standard Bank Chairman’s Scholarship
Samson Itodo is a lawyer and Founder of Yiaga Africa, an NGO whose mission is to promote democracy in Africa. For the last 12 years, Samson has worked to facilitate the inclusion of young people in politics and promote electoral integrity. One of his biggest achievements has been the successful #NotTooYoungToRun campaign to reduce the age at which you can run for elective office in Nigeria. The NotTooYoungToRun campaign has been adopted by the United Nations, African Union and Economic Community for the West Africa States. Samson is interested in the impact of social movements on public policy and their role in qualifying or refining public policy. He aspires to become Chairperson of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission.
You can read a report authored by Samson on Nigeria’s Movement for Transparency and Accountability here: https://www.usip.org/publications/2018/10/nigerias-movement-transparency-and-accountability
You can watch his latest interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeibJHgybgI