Joshua Alade, a member of the Class of 2018, has a personal mandate: To mobilize 1,000 youths to become involved in public advocacy on the importance of the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Joshua’s commitment to service and to his community has not gone unnoticed. The international charity, ONE Campaign, has appointed Joshua a Youth Champion, an ambassadorial role for youths in the African region. Joshua will be serving as a Champion for Nigeria. Co-founded by the American musical icon, Bono, ONE is a global nonpartisan organization that campaigns against extreme poverty and preventable diseases, especially in Africa. Through the lobbying of political leaders and raising awareness on evidence-based programs and policies, ONE saves and improves millions of lives.
Joshua is an ardent advocate on issues of social justice. He uses his work in community youth development to address some of the challenges faced by youths from poor communities, especially informational and educational challenges. A self-styled ‘Community Evangelist’ for his leadership role in his initiative, NextGen Africa, Joshua also uses his organizational platform to empower indigent youths with digital and leadership skills. He is the National Project Coordinator of the Nigerian Youth Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Network – an offshoot coalition of youth-focused and youth-led organizations aimed at achieving the inclusion of young people in advocating and ensuring local accountability for the implementation of the UN’s SDGs in Nigeria.
Joshua Alade (first line, first from right) with youth participants in the Nigerian SDGs Network, which he founded to raise awareness about the United Nation's SDGs, 2030.
One of fifty young Nigerians honored by Serah Makka, the ONE Nigeria country director, Joshua will work towards raising awareness on the benefits of education for female children and the importance of free access to basic education for the first twelve years after a child attains school age. The ONE Campaign plans to achieve this through electioneering and open governance policy. Joshua’s work with the ONE Campaign will enhance the demand for better commitment and investment in youth. It will also bridge gaps between various generations, cultural and religious groups. Joshua will be instrumental to advocating for the recognition and appreciation of youths as a major human resource for development, innovation and positive social change.
Joshua holds a Certificate in Youth Intervention from the Youth Intervention Program Association, Minnesota, USA and a Bachelor’s degree in Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of Lagos. He is a member of the Class of 2018 in the PEIF Fund Mentorship Program, where he is working collaboratively on a number of educational support initiatives, including the creation of a Career Club for senior secondary school students. Through this initiative, he aspires to empower 100 school students with knowledge to create a personal career plan (PCP).