David Effiong

2022 Fellow from Nigeria

David Effiong has more than 10 years of experience in child development, youth empowerment, and non-profit management. Currently, David is co-founder and lead strategist at Dahel Consultants and Techies Limited. He is also vice president of Anti-Suicide Global Initiative, where he connects experts and professionals with young persons, curates child-centered events, raises funds, and advocates for communities with recorded challenges of child abuse, abandonment, and suicide. In 2020, he initiated the first virtual COVID-19 response to childcare that featured child protection experts in Nigeria. He anchored the first children-centered fashion show out of West Africa. David holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy and a mini master's degree in Business Administration, and he is certified in social protection from the Institute of Development Studies, Ireland. He is committed to reducing educational inequalities for children and vulnerable populations, especially in rural areas and places that have not had government interventions. After completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, David plans to use the leadership skills he acquired to continue promoting inclusive education and to curate more events for differently abled children and vulnerable young populations, especially in low-income areas and in migrant or riverine rural communities in Nigeria.

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