Jake O Effoduh

Public Human Rights Lawyer and African Broadcaster of the Year (2016)

Renowned broadcaster, human rights defender, health activist, and lawyer, Jake Okechukwu Effoduh works in one of the world’s most youthful and fast growing regions. As a host for the BBC's Media Action radio channel, Effoduh reaches 25–30 million weekly listeners across West Africa, addressing sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS prevention, whilst exploring the ways people can participate in governance decisions that affect their lives. His broadcasting career, rooted in his youth to fund law school, has become a primary means to engage in grass-roots empowerment across an entire region.

Meanwhile, Effoduh’s human rights work includes defending workers’ rights, advocating for those imprisoned on the basis of sexual orientation, and promoting the legal protection of sex workers as a strategy for HIV/AIDS intervention.  He is a legal officer working on anti-corruption measures; Assistant Director and a Fellow of the Council on African Security and Development; founder of the Lawyers League for Minorities in Nigeria, as well as an Oxford alumnus following a Masters in International Human Rights Law.In 2015, Ventureburn.com listed Effoduh as one of 50 Africans who would transform the continent.

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