Mr Wilson Atumeyi, Founder, Water with Development (WaterWide), a non-profit organisation, has bagged the 2020 Africa Youth Award.
Atumeyi, who is a “Water, Sanitation and Hygiene” (WASH) advocate, was selected among 10 nominees, including men and women, from different African countries, as the winner in the Advocate of the Year category.
With strong representation from South Africa and Ghana on the nominees’ list, the award also featured 18 Nigerians, 14 Kenyans and 9 Ugandan and Tanzanian nominees.
The awards committee shortlisted nominees that comprised of 45 females, 65 males and 18 organisations.
The Awards ceremony, which was held virtually, had no fewer than 129 young Africans and organisations nominated for the 2020 Pan African Awards Scheme.
The awards scheme is aimed at honouring young Africans who are championing Africa’s development in diverse fields.
In a statement on Saturday, Atumeyi explained that the awards scheme was inspired by the dearth of recognition for young Africans who had selflessly dedicated their lives to ensure that the future of Africa was guaranteed.
Atumeyi said: “The award brings together like-minded young people who are passionate about the development and progress of Africa.
“The Advocate of the Year category is designated to award young Africans who have adopted legal means to represent the voice of the marginalised in their communities.
“They must exhibit courage, leadership and passion, in championing their causes which must bring change to their communities.”
WaterWide is an organisation that tracks government spending on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) projects for improved public access to safe water in rural communities.
Atumeyi, through his organisation, has provided access to safe water in communities in Nigeria and provided hand hygiene materials for over 430 households to guard against the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
He has also trained no fewer than 1,000 Nigerians on budget analysis and project tracking for water, sanitation and hygiene.