2013 Tutu Fellow Tomiwa Aladekomo has been been appointed as the Acting National Chair of the Youth Party, a registered political party in Nigeria, in preparation for the 2023 general elections. This appointment was announced by Party Chairman Seun Sule and the Board of Trustees in a statement in late October 2020. Tomiwa's appointment is expected to be ratified at the party’s convention in March 2021.
The Youth Party recently regained the right to compete in all elections moving forward till 2023, following a Federal High Court ruling.
Tomiwa is an experienced media and marketing professional who has worked in a range of businesses across several sectors in both North America and Africa. He is currently the MD and CEO at Big Cabal Media, but prior to that, he had served in various media, publishing and managerial roles at companies like Quirk, Ventra Media Group, Atlantic Records, Guardian Nigeria and Nigerian Breweries Plc.
In his acceptance speech, Tomiwa said, “I am excited to take on this position in a moment where the youth have shown that we live in a new world, where their capacities and organisational skills can build national structures. They've done in weeks, things that would take our current governance structure multiple years to build with billions of Naira budgeted annually. My mandate, therefore, is to aggregate the collective strength of the youth in the political space by leveraging the platform that the Youth Party affords us.”
According to their website, the Youth Party is seeking to develop an equitable society, where the gap between the rich and poor is not too wide through the provision of basic social amenities, particularly decent health, social housing and basic education for the poor.