Gambia-based environmentalist receives Africa Innovative Volunteer award

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Ahmed A. Salami, a Nigerian-Gambia based environmentalist, community developer, social justice activist and President of Ecosystems Based Adaptation for Food Security Assembly –The Gambia (EBAFOSA) have been decorated with an Africa Innovative Volunteer award at the 2018 African Cleanup in Lome, Togo.

The Africa Clean-up Award for Excellence is being powered by the African Cleanup Initiative in partnership with Jeunes Volontaires pour l’Environnement (JVE) International in Togo. The first edition was held in Lagos, Nigeria in 2016 and second edition in Cape Coast and Ghana in 2017.

Mr. Salami won the award after demonstrating unflinching support for environmental protection and food security in Africa through innovative volunteerism and contribution to the promotion of clean energy and energy efficiency and waste management.

“I intend to promote activities of the Africa Cleanup initiative (ACI) and facilitate the hosting of the conference and awards in The Gambia, where participants at the conference will be rejuvenated, inspired and motivated to attain new level of success in the environmental industry through enhanced educational opportunities,” Mr. Salami told our reporter in an interview.

He said, he would be focusing on development of ideas for research, establishment of collaboration and get new strategies to further address The Gambian and African environmental narratives.

Founder of Fortress of Development for Africa (FDA), Mr. Salami said as a young environmental expert, he has organised various cleansing exercises, sensitisations, advocacy and campaigns on environmental protection in communities and facilitated and involved in organising several development and environment related conferences, fora, seminar and trainings.

According to him, the awards conference was organised to provide a platform for Africans to change the African narrative, and set a roadmap for grassroots and national development. “It also targets to spotlight environmental and social issues in Africa and utilise available local solutions to produce developmental change through re-engineering of mindset and setting principles for transformational growth.”