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Nafisa Atiku: Young People Are Taking Responsibility for the Future



The crisis generation is a term which succinctly describes our generation at this point in time. With a lot of societal issues such as job unavailability, insecurity, environmental degradation, sexual violence and raising living standards, we seem to be confronted by a myriad of problems that demand we solve them.
However, history recognises the people who strove to better their society with their potential and not just simply allowed life to happen to them. It is pertinent to realise that the young people of this generation are the ones who will drive strategic, positive social change. It is dependent on us to change our society, speak out against wrongs and stand in unity for the betterment of our society and the generations coming after us, especially in the time of crisis.

We are a generation confronted with so much, but we are the generation that will accomplish the most.
If there’s anything the past has taught us, the government will not solve our problems, to be honest half of the time they’re either creating more problems or plainly just not solving anything. The government in Nigeria has to be the worst employee in the world and definently needs to be fired. Neither are outsiders going to solve our problems for us. We must build our country ourselves, solve our problems ourselves.
However, over the past few years, we have seen an uprising of young people who have taken responsibility for their communities and against incredible odds, created innovative solutions to serve their communities and are leveraging on technology to do it.

A few months ago I discovered a podcast called ‘The Clime‘ by Toyosi Bakare. It was created to educate people on environmental issues. Knowledge is key to action.

There is a film titled ‘Mercy’, directed and produced by Leonard Chukwuleta, which preaches against the vices of teen pregnancy. The movie was shot during his NYSC period and we all know financially challenging that period usually is. The short film is officially going to premiere on the 11th of October at the United Nations Information Centre in honour of the International Day of the Girl Child. A hundred teenage girls are going to benefit from this at the premiere.

There’s EarthPlus, an environmental non profit created by Caleb Adebayo in his final year in university. They recently did an environmental clean up in about three different states on independence day.

There’s Aimcare, a social enterprise run by Mmekidmfon Umanah established to ensure every child has proper personal hygiene and instigate behavioural change by engaging in hygiene education.

So many young people are beginning to take responsibility and solve the problems our society faces.
To be honest, we are a country, not to talk of a continent bedevilled with many problems, but the future is ours for the taking. Let history remember us as the generation that changed our world for the better.

When I was young, I used to watch a lot of Marvel movies and absolutely adored the comics. The heroes might be a character out of another person’s imagination but they bear real significance in our daily lives. The heroes we need today are not going to come out from another continent or fall down from the heavens to solve our problems. We are our heroes. Lupita Nyongo during a recent TV interview when she was younger, her mother always looked for female superhero action figures to buy for her, and never found. Now she’s a superhero to many young girls among the globe. She is a symbol of a strong, inspiring woman changing the world.

Never doubt as a young person that you can make a change that matters.  There is no better time to start but now.

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Atiku Nafisa Emmanuella is a legal practitioner, public speaker, CEO of Kambi Hair Products and founder of NYouthSpeaks; a civic education platform that sensitizes Nigerian youth on critical national issues and through economic empowerment helps them to make a difference in their local communities. She is an advocate for young people in politics and this passion led her to become one the founding members of LASO Youths, an organization meant to inspire Nigerian youth to take responsibility for their nation. She is a 2018 Walter Carrington Fellow, a fellowship created by the US Consulate Lagos.


  1. Abdullahi uthman

    January 22, 2019 at 7:12 am

    honestly, I was so excited when I saw the comments of Nafisat Atiku, I have to read it very well and all she said is very true,we have a lot of potential but they are not opportune in order to make it effective.

  2. Fatima Muhammad

    February 3, 2019 at 10:24 am

    When I saw the surname “Atiku” all my mind could think of is “she must be the daughter of the PDP presidential candidate and anything she says will just end up in form of campaign for her father” But alas, I mistakenly cliqed on and here I am thinking deeply on all the possible things I can do. Kudos Nafisat, you are an inspiration to your generation and even those much older. I’m 40 but you inspired me positively. Weldone and best of luck in what you do.

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