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Citizen Commons International

Abuja, Nigeria
Joined November 2019

Citizen Commons is a non-profit committed to empowering citizens, communities and organisations to leverage technology and collaborative platforms (Innovation Hubs) to power citizen-led solution

Presence in: Nigeria
Focus: Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice

Citizen Commons International, a non-profit committed to empowering citizens, communities and organisations to leverage technology and collaborative platforms (Innovation Hubs) to power citizen-led solutions for accountability, open government and improved citizen actions for change and development.

 

Citizen Commons empowers everyday people to take action to solve small and big societal challenges using the power of collaboration, innovation and technology. Through our Community spaces, we provide the platform to incubate big social ideas, empower citizens to take action and tackle big problems, increase civic participation, engage in conversations and dialogue that challenges status quo, and increase civic engagement. Our community bring together visionaries to explore innovative solutions to everyday societal challenges, we empower and raise a new generation of leaders and active citizens. We provide resources and tools for change-makers to pursue ambitious ideas and everyday people to join the mission to make our world a better place.

People Associated With This Organization

Abiola Akinyemi

Nigeria  
Citizen Commons International
Joined December 2019
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Criminal Justice, Family, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods
My name is Abiola Akinyemi, I studied insurance and then economics but my passion for art led me into professional photography and graphic design. My passion for Nigeria has made me take on varying roles in organization that seek a better Nigeria through civic participation and advocacy. I was member Save Nigeria Group, National Youth Coordinator: New Nigeria Club, and pioneer member of 96advocacy. I am currently a project lead with Citizens Commons International and facility manage of eCovespaces. I am to join the network with hopes to share knowledge as well as gain some knowledge from the experience of other members which i believe will help us work better.

Benita Ezumezu

Nigeria  
Citizen Commons International (Unverified)
Joined December 2020
Interests: Citizenship & Identification
I am Benita Ezumezu, a self oriented and motivated person who is always ready to learn. I am the program associate of Citizen Commons and the hub management/administrative officer of Impact Cove.

Olalekan Oshunkoya

Nigeria  
Citizen Commons International
Joined November 2019
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Criminal Justice, Education, Environmental Justice, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Livelihoods, Peace-building & Transitional Justice
Olalekan is an astute community mobiliser, idea strategist, social entrepreneur, author, leadership and enterprise development consultant. His interest and professional competencies span across a wide range of areas including youth empowerment, leadership development, democracy and citizen participation, peace and development, media and legal empowerment.

He is the Lead Program Advisor of Citizen Commons International, a non-profit committed to empowering citizens, communities and organisations to leverage technology and collaborative platforms (Innovation Hubs) to power citizen-led solutions for accountability, open government and improved citizen actions for change and development. He also serves as a board member with Accountability Lab, Nigeria. an incubator for young people interested in accountability and integrity. His latest A Nigeria for the many: ideas and conversations for the Nigeria we desire, is currently under development, the book explores ideas from young Nigerians on what it means to be Nigerian and what role young people can play as champions of Nigeria’s socio, economic and political development. He was the founding chair of the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE) West Africa and the National Administrator for the Alliance for Young Nigerian Entrepreneurs (AYNE). As a policy analyst, Olalekan frequents local and international TV to discuss topical issues and share insights that support the principle of accountability, open government and active citizenship.

As a strong believer in New Nigeria, He champions and supports initiative(s) that help bring about national transformation across-board. Mobilising and working with committed and passionate students, young professionals, policymakers and political leaders who believe they have a picture in Nigeria’s future, raising change-makers and positive role models for the next generation. Amongst other initiatives, he is the Chair/Founder of Diaspora Action for New Nigeria (DANN) a campaign platform that seeks to mobilize Nigerians for Nigeria.

Olalekan holds bachelor degrees in Mass Communication and Law (Kingston University, London), a masters in Peace and Conflict from Coventry University in the UK and currently finalising his doctorate degree specialising in judicial corruption in Nigeria at the University of Baltimore, USA.

He is widely travelled and currently shares his time between work and study (research) in the United Kingdom, Nigeria and the United States.

Roseline Okoro

Nigeria  
Citizen Commons International (Unverified)
Joined January 2022
Interests: Children's Rights, Criminal Justice, Education, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law, Policy Advocacy, Right to Information, Women's Rights
I am a lawyer and social activist. My practice spans across human rights, advocacy particularly as it relates to accountability and rule of law. In the past I prosecuted public interest cases but in my current position, I coordinate a network of lawyers advocates and social entrepreneurs who pull resources together to promote access and justice, accountability for rule of law. I have also picked interest in the functioning of the criminal justice sector as it relates to police brutality and use of torture. I am joining the network to share experiences, compare approaches and learn from fellow activists across the globe.
Olalekan Oshunkoya is the network champion (main point of contact) for Citizen Commons International.

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