ABOUT ME

Babangida Ruma is one of the true examples of how far concerns for global well-being and regional development can lead a young person, He is widely recognized as an expert on youth development issues and empowerment, He has been actively involved in youth activities at both national & international levels championing youth empowerments through leadership & capacity building. He is the director of Programs and development of The Ruma Initiative, Founder/President of Arewa Youth Awareness Initiative Forum (AYAIF) He previously worked as a Team Leader during four days workshop on Climate change organised by World Youth Foundation, Ruma appointed as Peace Ambassador for the Commonwealth Youth Council’s Youth Campaign Against Election Violence (Y-CAEV) in Nigeria 2015. He is Community Organizer and Nigerian Social Activist, An active Youth leader in Nigeria who contributed to informed Youth policy dialogues in African Region. and a Member of the Commonwealth Youth Council Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN), Member of the United Nation Interagency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality. First African International Student Ambassador representing Nigeria in Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Malaysia.

He is Computer Professional a Google certified digital marketing trainer and United Nation Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) HP LIFE trainer, He is a Computer Certified Professional of Nigeria (CPE). Member, Nigeria Computer Society (NCS), Member Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), Member, Information Technology System & Security Professionals of Nigeria (ITSSPN). Ruma has received several trainings at home and abroad where he studied Information Technology at Limkokwing University Of Creative Technology and Civic Leadership at the YALI Regional Leadership Center West Africa Accra. He Obtained an Executive Certificate in Employee Behavior Management at the Centre for Entrepreneurship, Leadership And Business Management Development (CELBMD) Africa, Kumbo, Cameroun. He is also a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) from the Internetworkz Institute Bangalore, India. He holds a certificate in social sector leadership from the Philanthropy University.

Ruma is a Very tactical leader with a strong drive and passion for service and development, with the ability to initiate/manage cross- functional team and multi – disciplinary projects. He is Open minded and broad thinking personality with innovative approaches to new and existing challenges. Noteworthy history and experience in the field of youth leadership, advocacy, volunteerism, project organizing and public speaking. Constantly challenging the status quo, to breach barriers and reach new boundaries. Very approachable, friendly and understanding but very firm and particular on punctuality and discipline.

Ruma has extensive experience working on youth issues at the local, regional and international level having previously worked in various international organizations as well as starting his own initiatives. He is among the top Social Media Influencers in Nigeria. Because of his contribution to youth development in Nigeria, he was nominated to Contest for the Vice chairperson of the Commonwealth Youth Council General election in Malta 2015. Ruma is currently serving as a Member Commonwealth Youth Council Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN) and Member of the United Nation Interagency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality. He was nominated as the first ever Commonwealth Young Achiever in 2015 who’s his story of Community Organising Inspired more than 2.5 Million Young people from 53 countries.

Ruma has initiated and implemented numerous projects and campaigns with high school students, youth organizations and civil society institutions across Nigeria and Malaysia including founding The Ruma Initiative, a voluntary youth movement working on promoting sustainable environmental practices among young people.

Ruma is a firm believer in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and believes with the right investments in young people, they can contribute significantly towards attaining the goals. He’s also contributed to the consolidation of peace efforts in places like Nigeria, Gambia, Somalia, Niger Republic, Namibia, South Africa and Lake Chad.

 

  Awards and Nomination

 

  • Head of ICT Talkto100 Project
  • Peacekeeper of the Year 2016
  • Social Worker of the Year 2016
  • Facebook Personality of the Year 2016
  • Commonwealth Young Achiever 2015
  • American Ambassador To Model United Nation.
  • Global Youth Ambassador at the United Nations a World at School Campaign.
  • Social Media Ambassador For The Night Of The Spoken Word.
  • Peace Ambassador by Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) 1.2 Billion Young People.
  • Candidate for Vice Chairperson – Inclusion and Engagement Commonwealth Youth Council
  • Student Ambassador Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Malaysia 2014 – 2015
  • Member Commonwealth Youth Council Peace Ambassadors Network (CYPAN) Member of the United Nation Interagency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality.
  • Delegate During Intergenerational Dialogue session Youth Taking Action on SDGs with Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary General and the Launching of Commonwealth Youth Council Secretariat.
  • Delegate at the World Youth Foundation (WYF) Four Days workshop on climate change 2015
  • Delegate at 15th Melaka International Youth Dialogue organized by World Assembly of Youth
  • Delegate at the 7th Annual Millennium Campus Conference culminating at the United Nations.
  • Delegate at 11th Conference of Youth on climate change (COY11) Paris.
  • Delegate at CSW Youth Forum held by UN Women, World YWCA and the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality.
  • Delegate The Nigerian Youth Parliament Retreat on Federation, Pluralism and National Building in a Secure Nigeria, Niger State 2012.
  • Delegate 14th Melaka International Youth Dialogue, Melaka, Malaysia: 2014.
  • Delegate at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum on the theme: “Youth taking action to implement the 2030 Agenda” New York, United States of America: 2016.
  • Delegate at the Insight 2016 Cybersecurity Conference by Wanostar, UK, Lagos, Nigeria: 2016
  • Delegate at the Women Deliver 2016 conference in Budapest, Denmark 2016
  • Delegate at the Preparing Global Leaders Institute, Skopje, Macedonia 2016. Delegate at the 2nd International Road to Right and Peace Expo Summit in Colombo, Sri lanka 2016
  • Delegate at the Hive Africa Global Leaders Program, Lagos, Nigeria 2017.
  • Delegate at the Global Entrepreneurship Conference in Kolkata, India 2017.
  • Delegate at the Wanostar, UK,  2017 Insight Cyber Security Conference with the theme: Cyber Warfare, Defence and The Modern Day Threat Actors in Lagos, Nigeria 2017.
  • Delegate at Youth for Environmental Sustainability: Our Future, Our Care. organized by the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) in Collaboration with the Melaka State Government, Malaysian Youth Council, Asian Youth Council and Ministry of Youth and Sports, Malaysia.
  • Delegate at the GoCamp Afterschool Volunteers Program in Kyiv, Ukraine: 2017.
  • Delegate at the Girls Education Forum Youth Consultation, London, United Kingdom: 2016,
  • Delegate at the OpenCon (Open Access, Open Data and Open Education for all) Washington, United States of America 2016,
  • Delegate at the Africa Peace Summit in Nairobi, Kenya 2016
  • World Assembly of Youth, Volunteer (WAY) (2011 till date)
  • Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS (GYCA), Member (2003 till date)
  • Delegate at the GoCamp Afterschool Volunteers Program in Kyiv, Ukraine: 2017
  • Delegate at the Girls Education Forum Youth Consultation, London, United Kingdom: 2016
  • Delegate at the OpenCon (Open Access, Open Data and Open Education for all) Washington, United States of America: 2016
  • Delegate at the Africa Peace Summit in Nairobi, Kenya: 2016
  • Delegate at the Young Diplomats Forum, Zaghreb, Croatia: 2016
  • Delegate at United Nations World Youth Skills Day in Abuja, Nigeria: 2017
  • Delegate at the 2016 International Day of Sport for Development and Peace by Commonwealth Youth Sport for Development and Peace working group of the Commonwealth secretariat, Abuja, Nigeria: 2016
  • Delegate at the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Youth Forum on the theme: “Youth taking action to implement the 2030 Agenda” New York, United States of America: 2016.
  • Committee on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Member (2011 till date )
  • Special Guest of Honor on One Asian Youth Mongolia XIII Asian Youth Council General Assembly, Mongolia: 2015
  • Special Guest of Honor on Youth Consolidated Development For Peace in Africa, Cotonou, Benin Republic: 2015
  • Nigerian Representative on Consultative Forum for the Establishment of a Regional Platform For National Youth Councils, Associations and Stakeholders (ECOWAS Commission), Abuja, Nigeria: 2015.
  • Nigerian Representative at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) 16th General Assembly, Tirana-Albania: 2014
  • Nigerian Representative at the 2nd International Youth Forum on Peace & Security in Africa, Niamey, Niger Republic: 2015
  • Speaker at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Paper Presentation with the title (Youth Future within & outside the campus & the need for upgrade in the participation of youths in Nation Building)
  • World Merit Award of recognition for organizing a World Merit day event focusing on SDG’s 2016:
  • Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Africa4Her Champion 2016
  • Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Earth Day 2016 Merit Badge
  • Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Challenge Merit Badge 2016
  • Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Green Champion 2016
  • Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Fellow 2016

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