“An active citizen promotes the quality of life in a community through both political and non-political process developing a combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to work to make a difference in the society." (EUCA)

“Active Citizens are people who feel inspired. They are people who feel motivated and empowered to make a difference. People who have the drive and the know-how to make sure ideas don’t just remain ideas. Active Citizens don’t wait around for change to happen; they make the change to happen." (British Council)

The Active Citizen Fellowship is a rigorous hands-on learning program designed for young leaders in Nigeria who have demonstrated passion and commitment in the past to promote democracy and/or improve the quality of life in their communities through their initiatives. The fellowship offers opportunities for the fellows to learn from skilled and experienced industry experts on how to deepen their impact.



Fellows will have the opportunity to learn from highly experienced industry experts. They will spend time carrying out real-life active citizenship activities based on what they have learnt.  All selected participants will be given premium access to itakeactions.org for one year, worth N15,000, to run their campaigns and mobilize citizens for support. But only participants who graduate from the learning phase will be awarded a certificate of completion and added to the life-long learning community of fellows.


Apply if you are not more than 35 years of age, you run a registered nonprofit organization or a social movement in Nigeria, you can dedicate two hours weekly for online training, and you have access to a computer with a webcam and good internet connection.

May 1, 2022: Call for application opens

May 31, 2022: Call for application closes

June 15, 2022: Selected applicants announced

June 27, 2022: Virtual orientation by 12 noon

July 4, 2022: Virtual training/meet-up by 12 noon

July 11, 2022: Virtual training/meet-up by 12 noon

July 18, 2021: Virtual training/meet-up by 12 noon

July 25, 2022: Virtual training/meet-up by 12 noon

August 9, 2022: Virtual graduation by 2 pm

*Please note that some of these dates could be adjusted during the program

We invite all active citizens who have a registered non-profit organization or movement to apply. The call for application will close on the 31st of May, 2022.

Charles is the founder of Noble Missions, an organization dedicated to empowering young people in Africa with digital tools and opportunities. He enjoys designing and implementing projects that directly impact marginalized groups. He is also a Transparency and Accountability Practioner in Nigeria and a Rhize Global Coaching Fellow. Charles is an alumnus of Y Combinator Startup School, Accountability Lab Incubator, Founders Cafe and Startup Africa.

Gabriel Okeowo is the Principal Lead/CEO of BudgIT Foundation, a civic organization that applies technology to intersect citizen engagement with institutional improvement, to facilitate societal change. He is responsible for the organization’s program development, operations management, as well as fundraising and strategy development.

Crystal is a social entrepreneur and a development consultant with a Focus on children and teens living with disabilities. She was formerly a sales and marketing manager with 12 years experience from one of the world’s largest multinational consumer goods company Procter and Gamble (P & G), founder and executive director of THE IREDE FOUNDATION. She is a member of the business and professional women of Nigeria, a member of the Nigeria Network of NGOs, an alumnus of the enterprise development centre of the Pan African university where she lectures. She is a fellow of Acumen fellowship program award recipients of life transformation award from WISE WOMEN AWARD, the Ebony love TV sponsored sisterhood award for philanthropist of the year (2014), Naija diamonds award (2014) sponsored by the Diamond bank. Her work has been featured on CNN. Crystal is a social change maker, and she is passionate about persons with disabilities and believes disability is a mind game.

Oyebisi Babatunde Oluseyi is the Executive Director of the Nigeria Network of NGOs (NNNGO) and has for over 14years been an internationally respected authority on the growth of civil society, campaigning, and advocacy particularly as they concern development on the African continent.

Wemimo Elizabeth Onikan is a communications professional, with over 11 years of experience in the non-profit, public and private sectors. She has led communications for high impact, performance-based projects in Africa and North America, leveraging her expertise in strategic communications, media engagement, impact documentation, qualitative research and storytelling. She currently works with a PR firm and is based in Ontario, Canada.

Femi oversees Malala Fund’s campaign in Nigeria for new sources of finance in order to reach the SDG target for all girls to receive free, safe, quality education. He is a tech-savvy development practitioner with 12 years of experience in government relations, project management, grant making and development communications.

Funke Adeoye is a multi-disciplinary lawyer with 9 years of experience in legal practice. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Hope Behind Bars Africa, and a Partner at Azright Legal, a legal consultancy firm based in Abuja Nigeria. Her Interest areas include Criminal Justice, Human Rights, Inclusion, and international development.