Philip Obaji was awarded the biggest prize at the Future Awards Africa. He beat the likes of Trevor Noah to the highly coveted award termed, African young person of the year.
Philip Obaji’s is no stranger to anyone who is conversant with the sports scene in Nigeria. He served as staff of Nigeria’s Local Organizing Committee for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup played in Nigeria and has played a major part in grass-root soccer in the country.
Philip Obaji Jr, founded the 1 Game initiative, which has helped in catering for disadvantaged and vulnerable children for more than 3 years in a variety of roles.
Perhaps the most important part of his achievement is the fact that Obaji has shown extraordinary courage and commitment in advocating for basic primary education for Almajiri children in North-East Nigeria. This is a region where Islamist militants fight against western education and attacks those in support of it. Philip Obaji has defied those threats and continues to make huge contributions to improve access to school for Almajiri children, many of whom have been recruited into insurgent groups.
The 31 year old indigene of Cross river state, Nigeria, has implemented innovative strategies to help Almajiri children in violence-torn Borno State deal with a history of violence, abuse and neglect. Bringing together Christians and Muslims to help deal with these issues, thereby bridging the religious divide that exist in most parts of the state.
In addition to his Campaign work, Obaji is a member of the Cross River State Football Board. While his achievements may not be mainstream or conventional, there are noteworthy and he is a worthy winner of the Africa young person of the year award.