Oluwatosin Folarin – first Nigerian VSO award winner


Oluwatosin Folarin, a graduate from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria has been awarded the National In-Country Youth (ICS) Volunteer Award, the first by a Nigerian.

The National In-Country Youth Volunteer Award recognises the contribution that an in-country youth volunteer has made during their placement with the Volunteer Service Oversees.


Oluwaatosin’s three month award-winning work involved working with malaria-ravaged communities by providing free malaria tests and nets. Her team worked with the Igangan, Oke-Agbede, Ilosi and Asuku communities. 90% of households don’t have mosquito nets to protect them, so Oluwatosin led a campaign which provided free malaria tests and nets. Her team also provided training for farmers in how to use organic pesticides, understanding effective routes to market for cocoa, adult literacy and basic English, so they could communicate with a wider base of customers. Young people were trained in bag making, hairdressing, business / employability skills and IT. Oluwatosin carried out research about IT skills within the community, which directly fed into bespoke training which she delivered. She also led research about the community’s cocoa market, which led to the construction of a cocoa nursery. This created more sustainable livelihoods and raised money for other community projects. Given Oluwatosin’s proficiency in Yoruba, she’s a great translator who effectively negotiated resources for various projects at a good price.

Source: Volunteer Service Overseas (VSO)

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