About Us

Our History


Since 2010, we have vigorously pursued our aim of helping Africa discover young leaders who would use their potential to build a rewarding political, social and economic space for the continent, meeting our target one community at a time. We have done this by initiating various programs and youth-driven response mechanisms in states across Nigeria and beyond. More-so, we are joining efforts with other youth organizations across the world to lend our voices on issues of growing concern, and to foster knowledge sharing. Presently, we are deepening our relationship with organizations working within the UN/AU Framework and Charter on Youth, to ensure compliance, and timely implementation of Plan(s) of Action, as we seek to accelerate the repositioning of African youth in alignment with 21st century opportunities.

We provide the leadership and guidance needed to manage young people’s development

Our Values

Operational Strategies

Never has there been a period in history when young Africans are taking part in the responsibility of shared leadership like now. With bold actions translating to groundbreaking results, young Africans have brought the continent to a point of emergence and reckoning.

With the Not-Too-Young bill from Nigeria, Sylabs from Algeria, African Youth Movement in Tunisia, DNA from South Africa, to Farmerline in Ghana, it is safe to say YOUTH ARE THE FUTURE OF AFRICA.

The resolve to DRIVE Africa’s transformation is largely a reflection of common traits shared by African youth which informed our values at YiSHDA: Dedicated, Resilient & Resourceful, Innovative, Visionary and, Enterprising (DRIVE).

Our twin operational strategies revolve around the overall priorities of YiSHDA for the period 2017-2021 and, 2020-2030. The former is a strategic plan, and framework for the next five (5) years. It provide guidance for program formulation and prioritization, while the latter is an evolving plan that seeks to address the conceptualization of a strategic framework for “Youth Ownership of Agenda 2063.”

We are primarily focused on playing a crucial role as curating flagship platforms to foster youth inclusion on the margins of Africa’s emergence. Click to download. Click to download YiSHDA Strategic Plan 2017-2021

Our Supporters

Those who have the ability to be grateful are the ones who have the ability to achieve greatness.


We would like to acknowledge and thank all our donor, funders and sponsors who generously give to YiSHDA and make our work possible. This support comes in many different ways; money, materials, services or an extra hand. We would like to highlight a few of our sponsors to show our pride and gratefulness

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