Kansi Udochukwu

She is a 17-year-old advocate for societal change starting with community-based needs. She founded an organization called Plastic Alternatives that advocates, not for a total ban on plastics, but for the use of alternatives because of the alarming mass of plastic waste in Lagos streets (you can find more about this organization at plastic-alternatives.com).

To address issues in both the Nigerian society and the government, she writes frequently on YNaija, a progressive newspaper directed to young Nigerians. She is also actively involved in an organization called Unveiling Africa, a group (mostly consisting of teenagers) focused on changing society through community service and online campaigns.

    Never has there been such weighty responsibility on the shoulders of young people. Never has there been the influence in the hands of young people like the influence they carry now. But for Africa to reap the dividends she has longed for, it is up to our generation to make sure that influence is channelled correctly and directed towards relevant issues that affect not only ourselves but generations after us. This can only be achieved if we come together as young people and begin to address the challenges before us as a continent.


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