2020 Fellow

Blessing Ashi is a Digital Skills Programs Manager and Sexual Reproductive Health Advocate who has spent the last 7 years advocating for the Sexual Reproductive Health Rights of young people. Currently, Blessing serves as a Programs Manager for Sustainable Impact and Development Initiative, a Nonprofit organization focused solely on improving the Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights of young people. She is also the Program Manager for the Basic Digital Literacy for rural clusters in the Northern & Southern Nigeria project. This project is funded by the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Organization and is aimed at equipping 2000 women & girls, Persons with disabilities and vulnerable individuals across 20 states in Nigeria with basic digital skills.

In addition to this, Blessing is currently involved with Tech4Dev – Technology For Social Change and Development Initiative, a Nonprofit whose major focus is using technology to create access to decent work and entrepreneurship opportunities for Africans in order to foster economic prosperity, financial freedom and sustainable development, working as the Programs Lead.

Blessing possesses over 10 vocational skills, driven by her passion to provide young people with access to health education and effectively equip them to become self-reliant. She has volunteered and is still volunteering to work with other health and digital skills NGOs where she supports in carrying out community interventions related to SRHR in underserved communities.

Some of her notable achievements include her nomination as a United Nations Population Fund Youth Participatory Platform Member in Lagos and an Alumni of the 2020 Youth in Development fellowship program organized by Sozo Networks and sponsored by the US Embassy in Abuja. Blessing was also one of those who reviewed the Family Life and Health  Education manual/curriculum used by the Lagos State Ministry of Education to teach Junior Secondary school students. A graduate of Human physiology from the University of Calabar, she enjoys taking up new challenges, meeting new people and travelling to new places. She is committed to youth development and growth and her mantra is “we all need each other to survive as no one is an island of knowledge”.

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