Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan a human rights activist who organised widespread protests to have a longtime Gambia dictator Yaya Jammeh step down has been awarded as the 2018 Africa Advocate of the Year by the Africa Youth Awards.
Mr. Saidykhan is one of the Co-Movement Coordinators of Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity.
He was also nominated for the African Youth of the Year (Male) but lost to Ato Ulzen- Appiah, director, GhanaThink Foundation (Ghana).
Speaking to reporters last Friday, Saidykhan described the award as critical and important for him as a young person, saying he dedicated it to young people and women of the Gambia that he has worked with and also Africa.
He added that the award will serve as a motivation and encouragement for him, noting that with dedication; “we can make Africa a better continent that our children will be proud of.”
He highlighted that small Gambia can do big things as well as pave the way in championing human rights and democracy across the continent.
He called on Gambians to be more proactive as well as put the country first and do away from dividing elements.
Saidykhan, Gambian is the Movement Coordinator for Africans Rising Movement a Pan African grassroot Movement of the people and organisations working to foster an Africa-wide solidarity and unity of purpose of the peoples of Africa to build the future we want – a right to peace, social inclusion and shared prosperity.
He is a Gambian with a back ground of youth and women development, campaigns for social change, policy advocacy and movement building.
Prior to joining Africans Rising, he coordinated an Alliance of 11 member farmer based organisations called National Alliance for Food Security. He served as trainer for First Aid, Disaster Management, and Humanitarian law in the Red Cross.
Muhammed Lamin also served as co-chair of ActionAid International Youth Working Group and was lead coordinator of the youth-led Activista initiative, where he was leading and coordinating ActionAid work with young people in 47 countries around the world.
Meanwhile, the Africa Youth Awards is a prestige award scheme with the prime aim of appreciating the works of young Africans in Africa and the Diaspora.
Launched in 2014, the awards scheme was inspired by the lack of recognition for young Africans who have selflessly dedicated their lives to making sure the future of Africa is optimistic.