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Ebenezar Wikina is a digital journalist and storyteller who currently writes for the Huffington Post, and is managing City News Port Harcourt’s transition from print media to new media.

He is also Co-founder of Write Paragraphs; an online hub that nurtures and connects young volunteer writers to opportunities on the internet. His globally-read interview column, The Stroll, has featured guests like, Mr Ahmad Alhendawi (The UN Youth Envoy), UN Under-Secretary-General Gyan Acharya, Richard Wurman (Founder of TED), The CNN Freedom Project, Stephen Sackur (Host of BBC HARDtalk), Femi Oke (Host of Al Jazeera’s ‘The Stream’), to mention but a few.

In 2014 he organized TEDxYouth@OrdinanceRoad, the only TEDxYouth event in West Africa in that year.

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  • A Stroll with Siamak Sam, Global Coordinator, UN SDSN-Youth
    A Stroll with Siamak Sam, Global Coordinator, UN SDSN-Youth “I feel strongly about Goal 10, Reduced Inequalities, as that goal reflects on a lot of my experiences that I had in Pakistan with poverty and inequality. I think a lot of our issues stem from that problem of inequality…” ~ Siamak Sam Loni By year 2030, I will be 38 years old. This statement doesn’t make any sense until you realize that 2030 is the deadline we set for ourselves to actualize the ambitious 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The results of these goals will be inherited by today’s young people who by then will be in their 30s and 40s. Will it be a richer, cleaner, and more equal world? Or will it be one filled with death and decay? Our actions today will determine that to a large extent. So, considering this don’t you think it is important that we involve today’s young people into the implementation of the SDGs considering that the results of this process will be borne by them in the next 15 years? These are some issues I discussed with Siamak Sam Loni, Global Coordinator of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network - Youth. Siamak, a young Australian who is originally of Iranian descent, shares with me different steps young people can take to contribute meaningfully to the SDGs implementation process in their countries and communities; his thoughts on the 2016 World Happiness Report; as well as a political secret about his family. I’ve been “strolling” around the world since 2013 but it’s the first time I’m strolling with a guest from the other side of the Equator, so in case you hear us say “Good Morning” and “Good Evening”, we mean that literally (Lol). It’s 9am in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and 7pm in Melbourne, Australia, and we had this wonderful conversation.
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  • A Stroll with Kola Tubosun, Founder, YorubaName.com
    A Stroll with Kola Tubosun, Founder, YorubaName.com “Because of my field Goal 4, Quality Education, is very important to me, and I am equally passionate about ending hunger, Goal 1, and gender equality, Goal 5. Education should be equitable and it should be done in a language the children can understand” ~ Kola Tubosun Kola Tubosun made history in January 2016 when he was named 2016 recipient of the Premio Ostana International Award for Scriptures in the Mother Tongue—the first African to win this prestigious award. I got really interested in his work when I came across his project YorubaName.com, a website that can tell you the meaning and pronunciation for over 2,900 yoruba names and counting, and when I got to read about his exploits and activism for Nigerian Indigenous Languages and the Yoruba language in particular. Kola, who had also previously translated the Nigerian constitution and the SDGs to Yoruba, shares with me some ideas to revive the Nigerian indigenous languages; his work with Google, and how his background and family influenced his current career path. Listen to our conversation on the #StrollPodcast
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  • #MWF2016: A Stroll with Dehab Ghebreab
    #MWF2016: A Stroll with Dehab Ghebreab “Goal 4 and 5 are very important to me and they are connected. I believe if there’s good and equal education in a country, and if there are fair laws that protect women & girls and give them equal opportunity to excel, I think the overall political and economic situation of a country will change” ~ Dehab Ghebreab I was not so lucky this year with my 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship application, and I know a couple of other young Africans who are feeling quite disaapointed because they didn't makeit too. Not too worry, today's stroll has good news for you. The US Government’s diplomatic mission in Nigeria—and Africa in general—provides a lot of developmental opportunities via exchange programs for young people who are passionate about impacting positive change in their communities. Dehab Ghebreab, Public Affairs Officer, US Consulate Lagos, told me about the Mandela Washington Fellowship and other exchange programs by the US Government in Nigeria and Africa and how young people can take advantage of these opportunities. Dehab and I also discussed #Africa4Her, International Women’s Day 2016, her journalism and political science background, and how she’s personally contributing to the SDGs in her corner of the world. Hope you enjoy our conversation
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  • A Stroll with Amina J Mohammed, Min for Environment, Nigeria
    A Stroll with Amina J Mohammed, Min for Environment, Nigeria Two decades after the struggle started for the cleanup of Ogoni land and other areas of the Niger Delta polluted by oil, there is finally some light at the end of the tunnel—and that light is carried by Nigeria’s Environment Minister, Amina J Mohammed. Before her current role as Nigeria’s Environment Minister, Ms Mohammed played a key role in the post-2015 development process as she served as the Special Adviser to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on post-2015 development planning. Some other previous roles she has played include; Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on the Millennium Development Goals—serving three presidents over a period of six years; Founder and CEO of the Center for Development Policy Solutions, and Adjunct Professor for the Master’s in Development Practice program at Columbia University. On this episode of #TheStroll Amina, a proud mother of 6 who considers her children as her greatest achievement, shares more details about the cleanup process of the Niger Delta and President Buhari’s commitment to this project, an advice on how partnerships can make the SDGs work, as well as her personal success recipe.
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  • A Stroll with Chude Jideonwo (For World Radio Day 2016)
    A Stroll with Chude Jideonwo (For World Radio Day 2016) On this episode of #TheStroll, I speak with Lawyer, Journalist, and Media-entrepreneur, Chude Jideonwo, on the rise of RED, his book, "Are We the Turning Point Generation?", and in the sponsored segment , #MySDGs, he shares what his favorite SDG is and how he plans to contribute to its achievement by 2030. Hope you enjoy it. Feedback let's me know you've got my back! Let me know what you think about this and other 100+ conversations I have had with guests from around the world at --> http://bit.ly/Strolls
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  • Beyond COP21 -- My Stroll with Wanjira Mathai
    Beyond COP21 -- My Stroll with Wanjira Mathai “I am not living in my mother’s Shadow, I am basking in her light…” ~ Wanjira Mathai Backdrop SDG 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, and 15 all have to do with preserving the environment and putting measures in place to combat Climate change. COP21 was one of the most anticipated events of 2015, and it ended with a high as, after much negotiation, an agreement was reached by member states with targets to drastically cut down on carbon and mitigate the effects of climate change. Wanjira Mathai, Director, wPOWER Hub, Wangari Maathai Institute, Chair, the Green Belt Movement, and daughter of Late Prof Wangari Maathai (first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize) was one of the delegates at COP21 as Head of the Green Belt Movement delegation, and so we discussed amongst other things, her takeaways from that conference, her mother’s legacy, and her work to take renewable energy technologies to the grassroots in Africa.
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  • #FollowtheMusicaLuca--My Stroll with Luca Berardi
    #FollowtheMusicaLuca--My Stroll with Luca Berardi Luca Berardi is 12. He has released 3 songs, one of which he performed at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in 2014. Luca is also founder of an organization called YARH which stands for, Young Animal Rescue Heroes through which he advocates for wildlife and environmental conservation. Luca joins me from Nairobi, and we discussed among other things, his plans for music, the support he receives from his Mom and Dad (who are Kenyan and Italian respectively), and his plans for teenagehood as he clocks 13 next year.
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  • What's Up Africa 3-- My Stroll with Ikenna Azuike
    What's Up Africa 3-- My Stroll with Ikenna Azuike Ikenna Azuike is the creator and presenter of What's Up Africa (a show produced by RNW Media and BBC World News) and co-founder of Strawberry Earth. What’s Up Africa returns for its third season, and in this new series Ikenna travels across the region to uncover some of East Africa’s most compelling stories. He finds out what it really takes to be middle class on the continent and why Zambia may be turning its back on China for a new best friend… What’s up Africa, which was recently nominated for an AIB - International Media Excellence Award in the category of specialist programme, has already received over 1.5 million views online over the last two and a half seasons and is now making its content even more appealing to its mostly young, digitally-savvy audience. By airing two 90-second episodes a week – on Wednesdays and Fridays - instead of one longer piece, the new series will be more clickable and shareable on social media. On this episode of #TheStroll, Ikenna and I discuss; What’s Up Africa 3, the current state of press freedom on the African continent, and he also shares some advice for young people on self-discovery. Enjoy listening.
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  • World TV Day 2015--My Stroll with Pavlina Osta
    World TV Day 2015--My Stroll with Pavlina Osta November 21st is Word Television Day, and the UN acknowledges that television is one of the most influential forms of media for communication and information dissemination. My guest today, Pavlina Osta, is one name you should watch out for because she will soon be hitting the big screen in your living room. Pavlina started hosting her own radio show at 11. Currently, at 18, she holds two Guinness world records. First for conducting the highest number of interviews within 24 hours; she interviewed 347 people in one day. Secondly, for the longest marathon playing steel drum; she played for 26 hours non-stop with only 5-minute breaks every hour. Her show, Pavlina’s Kid’s Place, is on 17 radio stations in the US including iHeart radio, and she has already received 2 Gracies—an award given to outstanding women in the media industry. Pavlina told me about the secret behind her “super power”, as well as her dreams of getting her own television talk show in the nearest future.
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  • WEF Africa at 25-- My Stroll with Elsie Kanza
    WEF Africa at 25-- My Stroll with Elsie Kanza This interview is so close to my heart because I finally got the chance to speak with one of the people who have made my 2015 a year to remember. Thanks to Prof Klaus Schwab’s undying support for the Global Shapers Community and Elsie’s constant push to increase the number of young people allowed to participate at World Economic Forum meetings, I was lucky to be selected as one of the 80 young Africans and Global shapers who got the opportunity to “rub shoulders” with continental and global leaders at the 25th Anniversary of the World Economic Forum on Africa, as we discussed Africa—then and now—we took a sneak peek into the future and considered what we have to do to get there from the present. At 22, it was my first time traveling out of Nigeria, my second time ever to fly in an airplane, and it’s an experience I’ll never forget. Let me tell you a bit about Elsie… Born to Tanzanian parents, she has completed, between 1997-2006, a BSc (Hons) in International Business Administration, United States International University - Africa; MSc in Finance, University of Strathclyde, UK; and MA in Development Economics, Center for Development Economics, Williams College, USA. She has served in various capacities with the Ministry of Finance and central Bank of Tanzania. From 2006-2011, she was Personal Assistant to Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, responsible for Economic Affairs. She joined the World Economic Forum in 2011 and in 2014 she became Senior Director and Head of Africa of the World Economic Forum. Her other accolades include, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow (2008); Young Global Leader nominee, World Economic Forum (2011); Rising Talents nominee Program of the Women's Forum for the Economy and Society (2011). Elsie and I discussed everything. From Africa to her journey so far, and even her bucket list. Enjoy listening (Image Credit: World Economic Forum/ Jakob Polacsek)
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