Today we are crushing on an outstanding Nigerian entrepreneur who was recently named Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2019, she is no other than Ayodeji Osowobi.
The 28-year-old who founded Stand to End Rape’ (STER) initiative is the first Nigerian recipient of such prestigious honor.
Oluwaseun was presented the gong by Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth secretary-general at Marlborough House, the Commonwealth Secretariat’s London headquarters.
Nigeria’s Osowobi was recognised alongside other “exceptional young people from India, the Solomon Islands, and Saint Lucia have won prizes at the 2019 Commonwealth Youth Awards in recognition of their efforts to end hunger, sexual violence, sanitation issues and climate change.”
Oluwaseun who is a survivor of sexual violence herself set up the service to offer support to women, men and young people who have experienced any form of gender-based abuse in Nigeria.
STER trains healthcare workers on how to deal with survivors and provides them with free health kits such as HIV tests. Speaking at the awards, she said: “I dream of a future where this work is not required. I dream of the day when sexual violence is completely eradicated from this world.”
Owosobi’s work has reached over 200,000 people providing pro-bono medical, legal, mental health, educational and empowerment services.