Jan 29, 2018
Hannah Donovan

Each week we are introducing you to the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders, sharing their stories and celebrating the incredible work that they are doing in their communities. Take a look at last weeks post featuring Mavis Elias from Namibia and Hauwa Ojeifo from Nigeria.

This week we are getting to Isaac Ezirim and Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph from Nigeria.

Isaac from Nigeria

Isaac Ezirim

Isaac is a computer programmer who teaches coding to 11 – 22 year olds in low-income areas.

He is the founder of Teens Can Code whose mission is to provide computer programming training to students and equip them with skills to be creators in the digital economy. The programme is currently training 200 teenagers from the Ajegunle, Alimosho and Ejigbo communities of Lagos about computer coding and how to build web and mobile applications using the same tools that are used by professionals in the tech industry (Ruby, HTML, CSS, Sql, JavaScript, Php, Python and others).

Isaac also created a Teens Hub, where teenagers from the community can go to learn about coding and create applications together. It hosts monthly demonstration days for teenagers to help them build their entrepreneurial skills: participants are tasked with developing and pitching a tech-based approach they themselves can build to help solve a problem in the community.

In addition, Isaac organises a Teens Code Conference for students aged 11-18 to provide an opportunity for people in rural areas to learn how to code. Through the conference and career day events, Isaac and his team have reached more than 3,500 teenagers.


Follow Teens Can Code –  Website     Facebook     Twitter     Instagram

Kennedy from Nigeria

Kennedy Ekezie-Joseph - Nigeria

Kennedy from Calabar was chosen as a Queen’s Young Leader in recognition of the work he is doing to promote women’s rights in Nigeria.

He is the founder of the Calabar Youth Council for Women’s Rights (CYCWR), which supports the rights of women in the areas of female genital mutilation (FGM), domestic abuse, forced child marriage and access to education for girls.

The CYCWR is a youth non-profit organisation which works with rural community members to educate them on the dangers of gender-based violence. CYCWR has worked with The Girl Generation to end the practice of FGM in over 200 communities, and has also worked with the government to run safe houses for victims of FGM.

Kennedy is currently working with the government to introduce anti-FGM laws in his state, and anti-FGM and gender-based violence education into the curriculum of all secondary schools.


Follow Calabar Youth Council for Women’s Rights –  Website     Facebook     Twitter

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