A Nigerian student, Success Aladeselu, has emerged victorious in the just concluded Global Youth Climate Summit 2023 held in Tanzania.
The summit, organised by the Global Youth Leadership Centre in collaboration with the Tanzania Forest Service Agency, and the University of Dar es Salaam, among other partners had no less than 500 changemakers from across the globe.
“When the announcement was made, and my video appeared on the screen as the first winner among nine others from different countries, coupled with my friends at the summit congratulating me, I felt overwhelmed with gratitude, joy, and a bit of embarrassment.
“It took me a moment, but eventually, I was able to embrace the thrill and honour that came with such recognition and opportunity. It didn’t end with my selection as a delegate but I also won The Youth Climate Champion Prize/Grant for my project entry. This was incredibly elevating,” Aladeselu said while speaking with our correspondent on Wednesday after her emergence at the summit held October 4 to 7.
The 400-level Law student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Ondo State, described it as “an opportunity to represent her country, family and school.”
The event aimed to enhance attendees’ understanding of climate science, develop leadership skills, and provide grants for launching climate action projects in their communities.
While speaking, Aladeselu noted that her participation virtual and physically made her exceptional out of other applicants across the globe.
While 500 youths aged between 18 and 32 were selected to participate in the summit, 300 youths attended the program virtually, Aladeselu was among the 200 youth who attended the program in person in Tanzania.
The selection process was based on applications and applicants were required to answer personal stories and express opinions on various topics.
She added that the prize would help her implement her ‘greener period project’ on climate action.
The law student urged fellow Nigerian students desiring to take prospects of such to volunteer, be passionate and connect with like-minded individuals while seeking opportunities to widen their knowledge.
In his message, GYLC Chief Executive Officer, Ejaj Ahmad, said, “I am mobilising youth to tackle the climate crisis. Over the next 10 years, I am committed to working with youth from 55 member countries in the Climate Vulnerable Forum, to educate them about the science behind climate change, equip them with leadership skills to take individual and collective action, and enable them to launch businesses that contribute to climate mitigation or adaptation.”