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Nigerian youth wins prestigious Young Superhero for Earth Award

A Nigerian youth, Oluwaseyi Moejoh, has been decorated with the 2024 Young Superhero for Earth Award by the Captain Planet foundation.

Oluwaseyi Moejoh
Oluwaseyi Moejoh speaks at the 2024 Captain Planet Foundation Gala on Saturday, March 16, 2024, in Atlanta. Photo credit: Todd Kirkland/AP Images for The Captain Planet Foundation

Moejoh, 22, is the Executive Director, U-recycle Initiative Africa.

She has reportedly joined the ranks of global environmental visionaries like President Jimmy Carter, King Charles III, Dr. Jane Goodall and Xiye Bastida that the Captain Planet Foundation has presented awards.

A campaigner against plastic pollution, Moejoh is said to have developed and designed novel solutions implementing over 50 youth-led projects over the last six years to tackle the plastic pollution crisis and catalyse climate action in Nigeria and Africa, especially through her nonprofit, U-recycle Initiative Africa.

To increase more youth involvement in tackling plastic pollution worldwide, she suggested deploying recycling bins across leading universities in Nigeria, developing a tech-enabled gamified learning platform about plastic pollution, and hosting climate education workshops in low-income schools across Nigeria. Moejoh and her team have been described as “a determined force on a mission to accelerate unprecedented youth-led solutions to the plastic crisis in Nigeria and Africa.”

Her interest in tackling plastic pollution reportedly started when she was a 16-year-old high school student who was tired of seeing the increased levels of pollution around her and was concerned that the next generation was not being meaningfully involved in creating solutions to addressing the ticking time bomb of plastic pollution.

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