James Okina - Nigeria


James Okina is an 18 year old Nigerian, who is in his third year at the University of Calabar, Nigeria currently studying to earn a degree in Business Management.

An ardent Child rights advocate and Educator, James founded Street Priests Inc. a youth-led non profit with the vision to transform the lives of street children and have their potentials turned into assets for society.


Since Inception Street Priests has reached over 3000 kids through various community programs, taken 300 kids off the streets and facilitated the enrollment of 215 kids back to school. A remarkable endeavor that has been recognized locally and internationally by the BBC, NPR, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Zoomin TV amongst others.


James has been recognized as "Global Teen Leader" by the We Are Family Foundation, A "Future African Leader Awardee" and a "Young Emerging Leader" by the Leaders Den Network and most recently a "Young Leader to watch" by the Cross River State Government but to mention a few. Over the next decade James hopes to educate 2 million out of school children utilizing technology and implement his innovative community programs for street kids around the world.

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