STER’s Oluwaseun Osowobi is 2019 Commonwealth Young Person of The Year.


Oluwaseun Osowobi is the mind behind Stand To End Rape, an initiative she founded as a voice and helping hand to domestic and sexual abuse victims in Nigeria. Seun who happens to be a survivor of rape during her National Youth Service Corps days is actively in the fight against rape, the treatment of victims and punishment for the perpetrators of the horrendous act. Since inception, the programme has offered educational, medical and legal services to over 200,000 people so far. She was named the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year at the Commonwealth Secretariat Headquarters on the 13th of March.

Winning this award encourages me to keep working hard to build a safe community for women, girls and men in Nigeria and that my story is valid. To my team and I, the award is a reminder that our work is seen, felt and should not stop now.

Oluwaseun Osowobi after receiving the award.

The ceremony took place at the Commonwealth Headquarters in London yesterday. Osowobi was first announced as the regional winner for Africa & Europe’s Excellence in Development Work prize, before going on to take home the title of 2019 Commonwealth Young Person of the Year. She was chosen as the winner after getting nominated with 15 finalists and four regional winners winning €5000 (N2,384,820) to support her initiative.

Richard Ogundiya

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