Bridge Awards 2020 – Education for All: Access, Quality and Technology Adoption!

Education in Nigeria continues to face a myriad of challenges in Nigeria as it is in most African countries.  This is made more complicated with the COVID-19 pandemic which is awakening us to certain realities that shows that Nigeria is not well prepared and equipped to deal with the immediate and potential dangers of such or any crisis alike.

Nigeria is the largest country in Africa in terms of population and has approximately 20% of the total out-of-school children population in the world. This challenge is further complicated by the demographic pressure of newborns every day averaging about 11,000 daily – this overburdens the system capacity to deliver quality education on any given day, much more so, with a crisis like COVID-19.

There is a huge and urgent need to ensure that every citizen in every society access education, and a responsibility to ensure that education is qualitative enough as Nigeria ranked 124th out of 137 countries in terms of quality of primary education (World Economic Forum (2017) if anything, the realities of COVID-19 has made us see the need to integrate technology as a tool to ensure we achieve the goal of education for all. This we understand would require coordinated efforts of governments, private entities, civil society groups, and development agencies such as UNESCO and the World Bank Group partnering on this.

How far and how well have we fared? More importantly, how can we collectively take action together towards actualizing this all-important goal?

Join us as we discuss “Education for All: Access, Quality, and Technology Adoption!” for this year’s Bridge Awards.

Date: Friday, 4th December 2020

Time: 2:00PM (WAT)


Meet our Keynote Speaker:

Dr Modupe (Mo) Adefeso-Olateju is a recognized policy expert specializing in public-private partnerships in education. She is Managing Director of The Education Partnership Centre (TEP Centre); Nigeria’s pioneering education partnership organization.

She advises education sector policymakers, leads workstreams on a range of education sector support initiatives funded or assisted by international donors and corporate funders, and trains public sector officials and development organizations on strategic planning, and monitoring and evaluation.

She will be speaking at the 2020 Bridge Awards

Meet Our Panelists:

Kennedy Ekezie founded Africave with two inspiring co-founders (after building experience at leading FTSE 100 companies) to develop Africa’s elite talent and connect leading organizations to reliable African talent.

He has been awarded and personally recognized by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England, PM Theresa May, Sir John Major (Former British PM), David Beckham, Caroline Kennedy (John F. Kennedy’s daughter & US Ambassador), and Nile Rodgers.

He is a One Young World Ambassador and presented a keynote at the United Nations Youth Assembly and 2 TEDx talks. In 2017, Kennedy was named one of the Top 30 Teens in the World by WAFF.

He will be speaking at the 2020 Bridge Awards

Victoria Ibiwoye is the Founder of OneAfricanChild, a youth-led organization focused on building the capacity of low-income community children in Nigeria and within Africa through global citizenship education workshops.

She has spoken at the United Nations and at several high-level consultations, calling for leaders to prioritize education in law and practice.

She is the current Youth Representative to the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee and previously served as an ambassador of the Global Education Monitoring report on Accountability in Education.

She will be speaking at the 2020 Bridge Awards

James Okina is recognized for his work with children and youth, as a Global Teen Leader, Future African Leader Award Recipient, a 2018 Global changemaker by Global Changemakers, named one of 20 young Nigerians, a Davelar Entrepreneur, Ashoka Africa Youth Champion, and featured by the BBC, NPR, Forbes, Stanford Social Innovation amongst others.

In addition to completing his degree in Social Entrepreneurship as a Watson Scholar, James is currently working on a research project from his field studies on the problem of Street Children in the Dominican Republic, Brazil, and The United States. An astute believer that children deserve better, James would stop at nothing to create a better world.

He will be speaking at the 2020 Bridge Awards

Imrana Alhaji Buba is the Founder of the Youth Coalition Against Terrorism (YOCAT), a youth-led organization working to unite youth against violent extremism in north-eastern Nigeria. He is a sought-after expert and public speaker, particularly regarding political instability in Nigeria.

He has consulted for international organizations like USAID, Creative Associates International, International Alert and Mercy Corps as a youth engagement specialist, community development facilitator and conflict sensitivity expert.

He will be speaking at the 2020 Bridge Awards

Meet Our Moderator:

Uke Ogah is a bilingual Multimedia personality (Radio, TV, Social Media). She is a graduate of International Studies and Diplomacy from the prestigious University of Benin, Edo State and also French at Alliance Française.

She is passionate about young people and has successfully developed a brand which is centred on building vision, creating value and transforming lives. She also leads the Read Up Initiative; a movement that encourages literacy among young girls and women.

She will be moderating at the 2020 Bridge Awards


The Bridge Leadership Foundation is a non-profit leadership and capacity development Foundation established in 2011 committed to raising generations of transformational leaders.

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