Constitution Lab Co-founder Emerges First Female Speaker of Nigerian Youth Parliament

Dr. Azeezat Yishawu has added another feather to her already impressive cap of youth advocacy as she emerged as the first female speaker of the Nigerian Youth Parliament.

She is a medical doctor and an advocate for good governance and informed citizenry participation in the Nigerian polity- especially young people.

Rt. Hon. Dr. Azeezat Yishawu

5th Speaker, Nigerian Youth Parliament, and Co-Founder, ConstitutionLab

She emerged as the speaker of the fifth Nigerian Youth Parliament at an election held at the Senate arm of the National Assembly in Abuja on Wednesday 8th December, 2021 by polling 50 votes to defeat her Oyo State counterpart who polled in 48 votes after a rerun.

She achieved this victory by presenting two major objectives that would help boost the operational efficiency of the parliament; Improve Political Acceptance and Practical Strategies To Achieve Four Parliamentary Seating

Dr. Yishawu is however no stranger to firsts as she was also the first female Speaker and 12th Speaker of the Lagos State University Medical Students Association between 2017 to 2018. She is a former member of the Lagos State Youth Parliament with over four years of active experience in grassroots mobilization, citizen engagement and stakeholder management.

The new Speaker is a Carrington Youth Alumnae, a Fellow at the USA International Visitor Leadership Program and the Young Women Political Leadership School.

Dr. Azeezat Yishawu has worked with NGOs like Involve Africa and participated impactful projects and engaged in conversations focused on engendering quality political leadership at all levels. She also mentors many young people, as she believes that their energy and potential if properly harnessed, can serve as a catalyst for exponential sustainable development.

It is this passion for social impact and youth advocacy for active and informed participation in governance that led to her co-founding Constitution Lab to advance democracy and human rights. Asides just providing Nigerians with a working understanding of the constitution, Constitution Lab also engages in various community drives and projects to boost public interest and education the people on their rights in the democratic setup

One of such drives is the PCV4Her Campaign. This is a Permanent Voter’s card campaign specifically targeting women in communities in Lagos state who would ordinarily be disenfranchised in the fort-coming general elections. The drive will reach about 2.040 women across 20 communities in the State adopting a “train-the-trainer” model as well as sensitization visits to ensure the women are informed, encouraged and inspired to engage in the electoral process from campaigns, registration, voting and monitoring of results.

A big congratulations to Dr, Yishawu from all of us at Constitution Lab as we will join hands to continue to make strides of impactful leadership and sustainable development to ensure a delivery of real dividends of our democracy.