2018 Tutu Fellow Adebola Williams has been appointed as a Global Champion by the United Nations Generation Unlimited. Adebola is a media entrepreneur, journalist, political activist and the co-founder and Group CEO of Red Media.  He is the youngest Global Champion appointed so far by GenU. 

His appointment sees him join GenU ranks that include Rwandan President Paul Kagame; Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta; the First Vice President of Costa Rica, Epsy Campbell Barr; the African Union’s Moussa Faki Mahamat. Their role is to help steer the United Nations Generation Unlimited vision.

In his keynote address at the event where he was announced, Williams remarked that only we can build our own countries, and the future we envisage will only be realised if we empower Africans to do so. He pointed out that Africa will be demographically young for decades and that this will be either a generational blessing or burden. It was for this reason that the Generation Unlimited challenge was so crucial.

Launched at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly, Generation Unlimited has sparked interest from government and industry as well as other key sectors committed to efforts to empower young people for large-scale impact. GenU Global Champions lend their voices to support the creation of public-private partnerships – globally and in countries – to co-create and support investment opportunities, programmes and innovations at a large scale, and to help young people become productive in life.

You can read more about the announcement at Vanguard news.

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