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Edem Ossai

UChicago Obama Scholars 2018-2019

Role

Founder and Executive Director, Mentoring Assistance for Youths and Entrepreneurs Initiative

Location

NIGERIA

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Biography

Edem is Founder and Executive Director of Mentoring Assistance for Youths and Entrepreneurs Initiative (MAYEIN). MAYEIN seeks to empower young Nigerians to become early leaders, innovative problem solvers, engaged civic actors and citizens through mobile library outreach, community dialogues focused on correcting misconceptions around girl’s education, and active citizenship trainings on participatory budgeting, political decision-making, and electoral access. In the last seven years, MAYEIN has engaged over 1000 stakeholders and gatekeepers in community dialogues on girls education and trained over 400 students in active civic participation.