YNaija launches the Y! Policy Hub featuring Mfon Ekpo, Zainab Usman, Femi Longe and others


Announcing the Y! Policy Hub Series starting today! Meet the Columnists – Zaynab Usman, Modupe Adefeso, Femi Longe, Mfon Ekpo, Saidat Akanbi, Tola Sunmonu & Mondiu Jaiyesimi

Continuing in its mission to provide a platform for young people to drive dialogue and purposive conversation, the team of editors at YNaija.com has announced a new series – the Y! Policy Hub series.

“We are passionate about this particular platform because we believe it is solely lacking in the youth space – where we have a lot of talk and activity around politics, but very little around actually issues and policy, which happen to be the more important factors that drive development and growth,” said the editor-in-chief, Chude Jideonwo.

The column will go beyond corporate and government criticism, and focus on constructive and purposive conversations and ideas that center on solutions, alternatives and practical pathways to rebuilding the nation – especially those that are knowledge, fact and experience-based.

The columnists will contribute monthly for the first month, and evolve into fortnightly columns beginning in March. The series kicks off on Monday, February 4, 20123.

“From Ivy League scholars to professionals working directly in the sectors they will be writing about, we are excited to welcome the columnists who will lead this conversation,” Jideonwo said.


The profiles of the Y! Policy Hub columnists and publishing schedule are below:

Modupe Adefeso [PhD] (Education) – Monday 

Mondiu Jaiyesimi (Oil & Gas) – Tuesday 

Mfon Ekpo (Law) – Wednesday 

Dr. Saidat Akanbi (Health) – Thursday 

Femi Longe (Technology) – Friday 

Zaynab Usman (International Development) – Saturday 

Tola Sunmonu (Agriculture) – Sunday 

 Mo Adefeso (Y! Policy Hub)

Modupe Adefeso-Olateju is an Education Policy Consultant, with expertise in public and private school effectiveness, and the design of Public-Private Partnerships in Education. She holds a PhD in Education and International Development from the Institute of Education, University of London. Modupe sits on the board of the Commonwealth Youth Exchange Council London, and is passionate about helping young people fulfil their academic and career potential.

 Mondiu Jaiyesimi (Y! Policy Hub)

Mondiu Jaiyesimi: is an Energy Economist passionate about energy and public policy, empirical research and energy finance. He studied Energy Economics and Policy at the University of Surrey and has done extensive research work in Liquefied Natural Gas markets, UK energy markets, shale gas revolution and energy demand in developed countries.  He currently engages in independent energy consulting focusing on energy modelling, climate change and trends in oil and gas supply in Africa and other emerging markets. He currently works for Barclays, Deloitte and is a member of the International Agency for Energy Economics and the British Institute of Energy Economics. He tweets from @MDGunner.

Mfon Ekpo (Y! Policy Hub)

Mfon Ekpo is a Maritime Lawyer and a professional negotiator, who has served in the Legal department of the National Assembly and as a training consultant for the Supreme Court of Nigeria on Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has majored in Business Law, Private and Islamic law and Aviation law. She is also a multiple award-winning bestselling author. She tweets from @mfonekpo


Dr. Saidat Abisola Akanbi: (nee Bello) is presently undertaking the mandatory one year National Youth Service at the 2Div Military Hospital, Ibadan after graduating in 2010 from the University of Ibadan Medical School where she was a prize-winning student. She hopes to specialise in Public health & community medicine. She tweets from @drsaidah.

 Femi Longe (Y! Policy Hub)

Femi Longe is a co-founder and Director at Co-Creation Hub Nigeria (CcHub), an uber-cool social enterprise dedicated to co-creating innovative solutions to social and commercial challenges in Nigeria using technology. He is a learning experience designer, facilitator and social enterprise consultant. He tweets from @femilonge

 Zainab Usman (Y! Policy Hub)

Zainab Usman: is a research student (PhD) in International Development whose research focus is on governance and political economy in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her broad interests are in international political economy, development within the African context and women and youth empowerment. Zainab regularly blogs at www.zainabusman.wordpress.com. Follow her on Twitter @MssZeeUsman

Tola Sunmonu

Tola Sunmonu: is a recent graduate from Stanford University. Tola has a rich background in the agricultural sector where she started an NGO called Harambe Nigeria, which focused on training young people to enter the sector. Today Tola works for an Agricultural Impact investment firm called Doreo Partners where she leads business development and provides advisory services to various high profile clients. She tweets from @omotolas

More information about the Y! Policy Hub and other series including the Y! FrontPage, Y! Politico, 30 Days, 30 Voices, and the Y! Arena are available on www.ynaija.com.

Comments (2)

  1. Wow! I’m thrilled! I can’t wait 2 see the content… Nice one guys!

  2. Sick! Can’t wait to read this!

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