Samson Itodo, a Nigerian youth advocate and executive director of YIAGA Africa, a civil society organisation, has been awarded a scholarship to study masters in public policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford in the UK.

The Africa Oxford Initiative (AfOx), which awarded the scholarship, shared the news in a blog post on Friday.

According to the organisation, Itodo was among six scholars “selected through a rigorous, multi-stage review and interview process”.

AfOx also explained that in “addition to academic merit, the six chosen scholars demonstrated strong convictions in global citizenship, leadership capacity, and commitment to Africa’s development”.

The convener of the Not Too Young To Run movement is expected to focus his study on building public policy frameworks that put citizens at the centre of politics and governance in Africa while at the university.

“The scholarship aims to provide outstanding African graduates the opportunity to undertake a fully-funded masters’ degree at the University of Oxford,” the organisation said.

“Going beyond providing course fees and living costs to the scholars, the scholarships will deliver tailor-made training programs, networking opportunities, and support students before, during, and following their time at Oxford.”

The scholarship is a joint partnership with Standard Bank chairman’s scholarship and Oppenheimer fund to support six graduate scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Other Nigerians selected for the scholarship include Olugbenga Adeoba, a poet, and Nkechi Eze, founder and CEO of AsoEbiBella.



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