Doha Debates, a top 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 honourees include five young men and women making positive difference for African nations, including Nigeria.
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Amjad Atallah, the managing director of Doha Debates, praised the #SolvingIt26 honourees, saying, “As the earth faces grave climate-related challenges, these young changemakers provide much-needed hope and inspiration. They deserve the world’s admiration, support, and gratitude.”
A statement issued by the organizations Public Relations consultant, Jocelyn Austin, said the recipients include 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 teen 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 100 Most Influential Young Leaders in Nigeria and received the Award of Excellence from the Young Entrepreneurs Summit and Awards.
Shaama Sandooyea is a 24-year-old young marine biologist and climate activist from Mauritius, an island nation in East Africa. Shaama creatively inspired worldwide headlines and media coverage when she held the world’s first underwater climate strike, deep in the Indian Ocean, as part of Greta Thunberg’s “Fridays for Future” initiative.
Nyombi Morris is a 23-year-old climate justice activist from Luzira, Kampala in 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 who is passionate about protecting her native Madagascar, an island country off the southeastern 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 flocks and herds have grazed the region around Lake Chad for thousands of years.
The statement said Doha Debates has a mission of featuring and celebrating climate activists and innovators whose vision and work inspire 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 education, research, and community development.