#Women4theClimate: Jiata Ekele is leading climate activism in Nigeria

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#Women4theClimate: Jiata Ekele is leading climate activism in Nigeria

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Welcome to #Women4theClimate on CleanbuildVoices!

It is another Wednesday and for today’s Woman Crush Wednesday (WCW) special, we’ll shine the spotlight on an amazing woman who is actively working in the climate space to effect a change.

She is none other than Jiata Ekele who is part of the climate justice movement in Nigeria and by extension, Africa and the world.

Owing to the fact that women and children are disproportionately affected by climate change, it is not surprising that more women are now speaking up and calling for actions to mitigate its effects.

Like these women, Jiata has taken a stance to fight against climate change and support efforts to ensure a safer planet.

Jiata Ekele is passionate about climate change, the SDGs especially food security, and imparting excellent knowledge to the younger generation.

Her desire to combat climate change is what motivates her to participate in, and support environmental campaigns and activities geared towards sustainability and climate justice in Nigeria.

She leverages her academic knowledge in her quest for environmental advocacy, believing that prioritizing the ecosystem over personal and corporate gains is the only way to address the climate catastrophe.

Jiata Ekele holds a first-class Bachelor’s degree in Plant Science and Biotechnology from Kogi State University, Nigeria, and has over a year of experience in climate/environmental advocacy as well as digital activism.

She is currently the Knowledge Management and Extension Assistant at the Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet).

Jiata also works as a Research Assistant at Akanu-Ibiam Federal Polytechnic Unwana, Ebonyi State, Nigeria and volunteers as Secretary to The Editorial Committee in the Environmental CDS Group under the NYSC scheme.

She is part of The Online Executive Training – Young Women Leadership on Climate Adaptation organized by Ban Ki-Moon Centre for Global Citizens in collaboration with Care Climate Resilience Academy, Diplomatische Akademie, The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA), and Norad.

Jiata Ekele volunteers with the Nigeria chapter of Commonwealth Youth Climate change Network (CYCN), and the Nigerian Red Cross Society as a certified First Aider. She has also interned with Kaduna State Environmental Protection Authority (KEPA).

She was one of the guest speakers at Climateaction.africa’s Climate Conversations for Africa bi-weekly Twitter Spaces event where she spoke extensively on deepening climate change awareness and activism in youths and made key contributions and recommendations.

As a result of her dedicated activism, Jiata Ekele has meritorious achievements, awards, and numerous certifications to her credit.

Watch this space as we’ll be back to feature another amazing woman for our next edition of #Women4theClimate.

Featured Image: Jiata Ekele, a Nigerian environmental activist

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