In commensuration of the International Day of the Girl Child 2020, themed “My voice, our equal future”, TOLwithVeronica is celebrating and shining the light on Nigerian girls who are leading differently and making a difference in the country.#DayOfTheGirl

1| Baliqees Salaudeen

Baliqees Salaudeen is an emerging development expert with about 3 three years’ experience working with non-profit organizations and social enterprises across Africa.

She is an Alumnus of the prestigious Accra Business School with an MBA in Leadership and Management. She’s also a certified 2019 Fellow of the Africa Young Leadership Fellowship from Accra Business School.

She is the Founder and Executive Director at Bays Planet Foundation, a registered not-for-profit non-governmental organization centered on educating, rehabilitating, and creating safe spaces for victims of rape, domestic violence, child abuse, and drug addicts. The organization also spearheads advocacy projects and awareness campaigns in line with the realization of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Baliqees is the CEO at Qees Boutique, a contemporary fashion brand helping made-in-Nigeria manufacturers and designers connect to a larger crop of audiences who’ll buy, love, and continually become advocates for their brand products.

She currently acts as the team lead for #PickThatTrash in Kwara State, with over a hundred volunteers. #PickThatTrash sanitation and sensitization projects have reached and impacted over 4000 people in Kwara State.

She is passionate about youth development and active citizenship, this she has demonstrated volunteering with notable local and international organizations such as Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI), One campaign, PickThatTrash, Brain Builders International (BBI), TEDx, PickThatTrash, Junior Chambers International, World clean up, Brain Builders International (BBI), World Bank for the Country Private Sector Diagnostic (CPSD) analysis for North Central Nigeria.

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2| Blessing Akpan

Blessing Akpan is an author, educationist, and a tech enthusiast with major strength in social media marketing. She currently studies English Education at the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria.

Blessing is the Founder, Innovative Child Network, which provides a skill-based learning opportunity to the next generation of innovative thinkers and creators. It further provides for the training, accessibility to mentors, and visibility to boost and accelerate their growth.

Passionate about programming and coding, Blessing is a Scratch educator, introducing and enlightening kids about technology via the Scratch programming platform.

Blessing acts as a student mentor for Technovation. In this role, she trains and supports young girls to solve real-world problems in local and global communities using technology. Alson passionate about Gender equality and female leadership, She Leads Women Will Uyo, a global Google Brand & Reputation initiative focused on creating economic opportunity for women everywhere, so that they can grow and succeed.

Helping women make the most of technology to build skills, get inspired, and connect with each other through training and thought leadership. Blessing is passionate about providing solutions to issues in the community through education, leadership, and capacity building.

You can check out and join her nonprofit on Facebook.

Read more about Blessing here


3| Oluwadamilola Akintewe

Oluwadamilola Akintewe is a feminist, born and raised in a small Ondo village in Nigeria, my personal experiences fuelled a deep need to advocate for gender equality.

She is the Leads, Forbidden Topics, an Initiative which amplifies feminist voices against inequality, Gender-Based Violence (GBV) to reduce the stigma, break the silence, and influence change. You can join here

I am an Ashoka young Changemaker, a nominee in the Best Idea Category of 2018 Youth Citizenship Entrepreneurship Competition, and named a “Next Generation Female CEO” by Sesewa and World Connect.

I have been selected for several international youth leadership conferences like International Youthopia Conference in Karachi, Pakistan 2018, the Global Education and Skills Forum Dubai, 2019, and participated in the World Innovation Summit for Education 2018 in Accra, Ghana.

I am currently a top 10 Miss Career Africa 2020 contestant, a fellow of the inaugural Margaret Ekpo Youth Fellowship, and a 2020 Ford Community Impact Fellow sponsored by Ford Fund Education.

One of the 20 persons selected globally by Melton Foundation for the 2020 Global Solvers Co-Lab and named one of the “top 100 women creating a better Africa” list by We for Good international with the likes of Aya Chebbi (AU Youth Envoy) Chimamanda Adichie and others plus a feature on Business Day magazine.

You can read up more about her and her work here

4| Oladosu Adenike

Founder, Disarmament Center on Climate Change Crises For Peace Security Equality & Climate Governance, Oladosu Adenike, also know as the “eco-feminist”, is passionate about youth involvement in climate action through climate education; and the importance of women’s rights which she links with environmental rights. Oladosu earned a first-class degree in Agricultural Economics and is an ambassador for Earth Uprising and African Youth Climate Hub, an initiative of the Mohammed VI Foundation for Environmental Protection. She is also head of the “ILeadClimate” movement for peace, security, and equality in Africa, particularly in the Lake Chad region. As part of the “Fridays For Future” (FFF) movement in Nigeria, she shared in the 2019 Ambassador of Conscious award by Amnesty International to Greta Thunberg and the FFF movement in recognition of the youth fight for climate justice.
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