The convener of the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ bill, Samson Itodo, has been named the young person of the year at the 2018 Future Awards Africa on Sunday.
Itodo is the head of the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA), a youth non-profit organisation promoting democratic governance and youth participation in Africa.
Itodo beat other nominees like singer David ‘Davido’ Adeleke, Mahmoud Maina, a researcher and scientist, Nemiatari Ajienka, the youngest lecturer at UK’s Edge Hill University, and Tomi Adeyemi, a best-selling writer, to emerge winner of the top prize.
Itodo, a UNIJOS-trained lawyer, said his award would spur him for greater responsibility.
“The journey has not been easy because when we are pursuing the Not too Young to Run bill, we were met with rejection but we stood our ground until it was signed into law,” he said.
“I am advising all the youths to come out to vote come 2019 because the future of this country belongs to us.”
He also took to Instagram to share photos from the event and celebrate his latest achievement.
He wrote: “I was humbled last night, as I received the @TFAAfrica award for the 2018 Young Person of Year endowed by @AmstelMalta.
“This recognition is for everyone who contributed to the success of the #NotTooYoungToRun movement “To fix politics, is to engage politics”.
“We will not relent #Grace #TFAA2018 @ynaija @tfaafrica.”