Wadi Ben-Hirki is a development worker, writer and public speaker. She is the Lead volunteer of Wadi Ben-Hirki Foundation and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Covenant University. She has been trained by the Satyagraha Institute on non-violence, peace building and conflict resolution and the Youth Organizing School on policy advocacy & civic engagement.
She is a strong believer of equity and justice. Her principles are founded on the belief that everyone deserves a fighting chance because we are humans first before belonging to any other group. Wadi is convinced that proper education encompasses every other thing needed to make the world better because it will bring about enlightenment, empowerment and progress. Wadi also believes one does not have to be in a position of power to be a change agent and we all play vital roles in improving our world and sustaining it for generations to come.
Wadi is an Ashoka change maker and served as a ONE champion for two years. In 2017, she was the focal point for Canada High Commission’s #SheCANLead campaign in Nigeria. In 2016, she participated in the Africa Union’s Regional Consultation on Human Rights with a major focus on Women’s Rights. She was a youth delegate at the Global Partnership for Education Financing Conference 2018 and served as a Special Guest on education & skills for the 21st century at the Y20 Summit 2018. She also participated in the 2018 United States Institute of Peace (USIP) Generation Change Fellowship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
She currently sits on the African Leadership Institute Youth Advisory Board and serves as a Country Representative for the Chatham House Common Futures Conversations.
Wadi is a 2019 Diana Award Holder and was one of the recipients of the World Youth Forum Award 2018 which was presented by H.E President AbdelFattah El-Sisi (President of Egypt). She emerged as one of the winners of the Thailand Village Academy Competition 2019. She was enlisted as one of the 100 Most Influential Young Africans in 2018. Some of her awards include the Ribena Good Values Awards Hero 2018, Her Network Woman of the Future Award 2017, The Ebony Life TV Sisterhood Advocate and People’s Choice of the Year Awards 2017, Top 10 young people in Africa working towards achieving Gender Justice and Reconciliation Award and Civil Society Award 2017.
Wadi has been nominated on several occasions and has volunteered for a few organizations that focus on education, gender equality and peace which are her major areas of knowledge, interest and expertise. Her passion has led to her voice being heard on Aljazeera, BBC, Agence-France Presse, Channels TV and Arise News among others. She has also been featured on La Nacion, Elwatan News and “RESISTERS,” a book highlighting 52 young women making Herstory right now by Lauren Sharkey