Nigeria’s Margaret Bolaji to speak at International Conference on Family Planning


Nigeria’s Margaret Bolaji to speak at International Conference on Family Planning

Margaret Bolaji has emerged the only Nigerian among 47 other young people from around the world that would be speaking at the International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) holding from 9th to 12th of November in Nusa Dua, Indonesia.

Similar to the 3rd Nigeria Family Planning Conference that held last year in Abuja, the conference’s organizers recognize the important roles played by young people in leading and driving actions that promote family planning demand and uptake. The youth pre-conference has therefore, become an integral part of these conferences to promote active youth participation.

The conference organizers announced a youth video contest to select speakers and moderators at this year’s youth pre-conference. Margaret Bolaji emerged as the only Nigerian to make the list among a total of 47 other young people from around the world. According to the conference’s website, 180 young people aged 18 to 25 from all over the world applied to be speakers/moderators during the 2015 ICFP. All applications received were reviewed, and the selection process was based on a double-blind review process that rated the creativity, engagement, experience, and speaking skills of each applicant.

Margaret is a Research Associate at Population and Reproductive Health Initiative. She also works as a presenter at Kaduna State Media Corporation’s Queen FM.

In an exclusive chat with, she revealed she only heard about the video contest just three days to the close of submission of entries. Within that period, she said she researched, produced, recorded and uploaded the video. The video was recorded with her Nokia phone and it was her first YouTube upload.

Although a bit concerned while looking at videos from the same contest in 2013, she said she was encouraged by the submission from a Nigerian winner, Isaiah Owolabi. The highlight of her victory came when she was asked to make a presentation at the opening ceremony of the Conference on November 9th.

Margaret said she hopes to bring back knowledge and experience from the conference to make more impact in her works with young girls in the Northern part of the country.

Click here to see the full list of all the winners and their video submissions.


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A medical scientist and global health enthusiast. ICFP2016 and AIDS2016 rapporteur, country coordinator (Nigeria) for the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning.

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