‘Wale Salami is a youth development expert, democracy and good governance activist,community organizer and a highly sought after speaker. He is an alumnus of the prestigious ‘Youth Leadership Programme’ (YLP).
Until recently, Wale was a Program Officer at Africa Women and Youth Organization (AWYO)-a non-government, not-for-profit organization with offices in Berlin and Abuja. At AWYO, he pioneered the highly successful ‘Y-Count Campaign’ (www.facebook.com/groups/ycount)-arguably one of the largest youth advocacy group in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan Africa with a mandate of shaping the face of governance in Nigeria and across the African continent.
Y-Count Campaign served and still serves as an advocacy tool in ensuring that voices of young people are heard in the election process and post-election events. Through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, Y-Count reached over 50,000 young people and Wale served as the project lead across Nigeria with a number of personal appearances on electronic media broadcast, TV interviews and radio features.
He also played a crucial role in inspiring youth consciousness that gave birth to the fuel subsidy removal protest tagged: ‘Occupy Nigeria’ across Nigeria in January 2012.
Wale is currently with the Commonwealth Youth Programme Centre for Africa (CYP RCA), Commonwealth Secretariat where he is involved in shaping national, regional and global policies on youth development. The Africa Centre responds to youth development for 21 countries of the Commonwealth including Cyprus, Malta, and United Kingdom. These 21 countries together have a total population of 347, 339, 251 million people.
‘Wale wants to be remembered as a witty but devoted husband, a disciplined but considerate father, an accommodating son, an uncomplicated but atypical brother, an unpredictable but dependable friend, an uncompromising but trustworthy colleague and a saint in the hereafter.
He is a winner of the ‘Most Outstanding Alumni’ Award at the 6th Annual Nigerian Youth Leadership Award (ANYLA) in November 2009 for his contribution towards the vision and mission of LEAP Africa. He is a member of the Political Transformation Group (a think-tank) of the Apostles In the Market Place (AiMP).
He lives in Lusaka, Zambia.