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Samson Itodo

Board Member

Samson is a lawyer from Nigeria and Founder of Yiaga Africa, an NGO whose mission is to promote democracy in Africa.

Over the last decade, Samson has worked to facilitate the inclusion of young people in politics and promote electoral integrity. One of his biggest achievements has been the successful campaign #NotTooYoungToRun to lower the minimum age for elective office in Nigeria. The campaign was later adopted by the United Nations, African Union and Economic Community for the West African States. Samson is interested in the impact of social movements on public policy and their role in qualifying or refining public policy.

He is also a member of the Board of International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) and has worked with the organization for the mitigation of electoral and political violence in various countries in Africa. He has also served as Research Facilitator for the United States Institute for Peace (USIP).