Mr. Samson Itodo

Mr. Samson Itodo

2019 Speaker


A highly regarded legal practitioner who took his first degree from the University of Jos, Mr Samson Itodo is the Executive Director of YIAGA AFRICA, a community of change makers focused on building sustainable democracies that is anchored on the principles of inclusion, justice, accountability and constitutionalism. Most notably, he led the ‘Not Too Young To Run’ advocacy that successful championed the reduction of age limits for running for public office in the Nigerian constitution.

 Itodo has led international election observation missions to Ghana, Liberia, Sierra Leone, United States of America and South Africa. In 2018, he was appointed by the Gates Foundation as a Goal keeper and honoured by the National Democratic Institute (NDI) Washington DC as Rising Democracy leader in Africa. He is a fellow of the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance at the University of Cape town; International Visitors Leadership Program of the US Department of State, Swedish Visitors Leadership Program and European Union Visitors Program (EUVP) among several others.