Samson Itodo

Samson Itodo

Executive Director, Yiaga Africa

Samson Itodo is the Executive Director of Yiaga Africa and the Convener of the Not Too Young To Run movement. He has 13 years of experience and expertise in elections, legal research and analysis, parliamentary strengthening, constitution building and social movements.

He has facilitated the development of policy documents on electoral reform, international development cooperation, constitution review, public governance and political inclusion.

He is winner of the popular The Future Africa Award Young Person of the Year 2018 award and the Leadership Newspaper 2018 Outstanding Young Person of the Year award. He is a fellow of the prestigious Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership program. He was also inducted into 100 Most Influential Young Africans by the African Youth Awards in 2017. In 2017 and 2018 he was recognized amongst YNAIJA’s 10 most powerful names in advocacy and 100 Most Influential People in Nigerian Politics.

Samson is a recipient of the Junior Chamber International, Nigeria 2019 Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Nigeria Award for Political, Legal and or Government Affairs. He is a fellow of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape town; International Visitors Leadership Program of the US Department of State, Swedish Visitors Leadership Program, European Union Visitors Program (EUVP) and the UK International Leaders Program.