Doha Debates, a leading media organization that engages people in conversations about global issues through films, podcasts, debates and videos, yesterday unveiled a new list of some of the world’s top young climate activists .
The winners include five young men and women who are making a positive difference for African countries, including Nigeria.
Amjad Atallah, Managing Director of Doha Debates, praised the winners of # SolvingIt26, saying: “As the earth faces serious climate-related challenges, these young change-makers are providing hope and inspiration. that we need so badly. They deserve the admiration, support and gratitude of the world.
A statement released by the organization’s public relations consultant Jocelyn Austin said the recipients were Joshua Gabriel Oluwaseyi (Nigeria), Shaama Sandooyea (Mauritius), Nyombi Morris (Uganda), Marie Christina Kolo (Madagascar) and Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim (Chad).
Joshua Gabriel Oluwaseyi is a 20-year-old climate activist, global adolescent leader and social entrepreneur who was born in Benin-City and currently lives in Lagos, Nigeria.
Joshua began his environmental activism in 2018, when he became severely allergic to toxic irritants from air pollution. In 2019, he was recognized as one of Nigeria’s 100 Most Influential Young Leaders and received the Young Entrepreneurs Summit and Awards for Excellence.
Shaama Sandooyea is a 24-year-old marine biologist and climate activist from Mauritius, an island nation in East Africa. Shaama creatively inspired headlines and media coverage around the world when she organized the world’s first underwater climate strike at the bottom of the Indian Ocean as part of the ‘Fridays for Future’ initiative. By Greta Thunberg.
Nyombi Morris is a 23 year old climate justice activist from Luzira, Kampala, Uganda. He is also the social media manager of the “Rise Up” movement.
Marie Christina Kolo is a young climate activist, ecofeminist and social entrepreneur passionate about protecting her native Madagascar, an island country off the south-eastern coast of Africa.
Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is a 37-year-old indigenous woman from the Mbororo people in Chad. The Mbororo are a nomadic group whose herds have grazed the area around Lake Chad for thousands of years.
The statement said the Doha Debates mission is to showcase and celebrate climate activists and innovators whose vision and work inspires hope and real change. Doha Debates is a production of the Qatar Foundation, a non-profit organization made up of more than 50 entities working in the fields of education, research and community development.