Nigeria’s Oluwaseun Ayodeji Osowobi has won the overall prize of the 2019 Commonwealth Young Person of the Year, in recognition of her efforts to end sexual violence. She also emerged The Commonwealth Youth Awards regional winner for Africa and Europe, with her project focus on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5: Gender Equality.
The ceremony was recently held at the Commonwealth’s headquarters in London, where Osowobi and three other young people from India, Solomon Islands and Saint Lucia also won prizes, with a grant of £12,000 for their innovative projects.
Having sexual violence herself, Osowobi set up ‘Stand to End Rape’ (STER) initiative, to support women, men and young people who have experienced any form of gender-based abuse in Nigeria.
Osowobi’s work has reached over 200,000 people providing pro-bono medical, legal, mental health, educational and empowerment services.