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Samson Itodo

Samson Itodo heads of one Nigeria’s foremost youth think tanks on democratic governance and citizens participation, the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA). YIAGA is a youth non-profit promoting democratic governance and youth participation in Africa through research, capacity development and policy advocacy. He was the pioneer National Coordinator of the Youth Alliance on Constitution & Electoral Reform (YACORE), the first Youth coalition on constitution and electoral reform in Nigeria. Itodo started as a student union activist at the University of Jos where he held several leadership positions. He was chairman Student Representative Council (SRC) at the Nigerian Law School, Abuja. A lawyer by profession, Itodo has in the last ten years worked on widening civic space for youth in Nigeria and Africa at large. He is a co-founder of Amplified Online Radio; a pan African youth talk and music radio station. He is an on air personality on Nigeria Info FM has appeared on local and international media stations such as AIT, Channels, NTA, BBC, Wazobia FM and RFI etc. He has facilitated and presented papers in many conferences locally and internationally. His interests span democracy, rule of law and constitutionalism, youth development and elections. He has facilitated the development of policy documents on electoral reform, constitutional review, open governance and youth participation. Samson has a decade experience in working on elections. He has led election observation teams to Ghana, United States of America and South Africa. He has also initiated several voter and civic education projects aimed at increasing youth participation in the electoral process. Samson is the co- editor of African Youth Journal of Democracy, an annual publication of the AU African Governance Architecture, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA) and National Endowment for Democracy (NED).