Olasupo Abideen, 25 years old, has been named as the 2018 Building Blocks for Peace Most Outstanding Young Peacebuilder for his contributions to Youth Participation in Decision making Processes and Peacebuilding in Nigeria at the first edition of the Nigeria Youth 4 Peace Award.

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L-R is Rafiu Lawal, the Executive Director of Building Blocks for Peace foundation; Olasupo Abideen represented Tijani Sherifdeen of Brainbuilders International and Dr. Tola Winjobi, National Coordinator of Civil Society Coalition on SDGs in Nigeria during the Award presentation.

The awardee who is the founder of Brainbuilders International (BBI), stood out among the three finalist which included Samuel Adewunmi and Tim Adepoju due to his leadership and contributions to the #Nottoyoungtorun movement in Nigeria at the award ceremony which had in attendance peacebuilding bigwigs, representative of government ministries, youth leaders and representatives of youth-led organisations held on 6th December 2018 at the American Corner, Ibadan, Nigeria.

Nigeria Youth4Peace Awards is an annual event designed to reward, celebrate and showcase young people who are making an exceptional effort to peacebuilding and sustainable development in Nigeria. The project is designed and aimed at raising awareness and mobilizing resources for the domestication of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace and Security adopted on the 9th December 2015.

According to the Executive Director, Building Blocks for Peace foundation- the organizer’s of the Nigeria Youth 4 Peace Award; Mr Rafiu Lawal, since the adoption of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 which was initiated and pushed for by countries including Nigeria, there has been relative or no serious effort towards its implementation and domestication in Nigeria. According to him,  young people are been killed in conflict zones across the country, there is evidence of shrinking space for socioeconomic engagement and development, youth unemployment, poverty to mention a few.  The event which is part of activities to commemorate the third year anniversary of the resolution under the theme ‘UNSCR 2250: Designing a Roadmap for National Implementation in Nigeria”, is expected therefore to kick-start the exploration of modalities for the domestication and implementation of UNSCR 2250 in Nigeria.

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R-L is Rafiu Lawal, the Executive Director of Building Blocks for Peace foundation; Tim Adepoju (Runner-up) Founder, Triade Peace foundation; Olasupo Abideen (Awardee) represented Tijani Sherifdeen of Brainbuilders International and Samuel Adewunmi (Runner-up), Founder of Gwise Constructive Peace Initiative during the Award presentation.

WANEP Nigeria, a recipient of the award of excellence during the ceremony, charged the youth to ensure that more awareness is done around the resolution at local, state and national levels and ensure that all relevant stakeholders are consulted and carried along as efforts are taken towards designing a National Action Plan (NAP) for Nigeria.

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