Closeup On Prince Israel Orekha

Closeup On Prince Israel Orekha

By Chinedu Nsofor

Background and Education

Prince Orekha is a prominent figure in empowering marginalized communities, particularly in Nigeria’s Niger Delta region, with over eight years of dedicated experience in environmental and climate justice advocacy. He is a dedicated local community activist, passionately advocating for environmental rights and climate justice advocacy, while tirelessly promoting inclusive democratic governance and also looking forward to see an end to fossil fuels colonialism and exploitation. His commitment to empowering communities and fostering sustainable practices exemplifies his unwavering dedication to creating a more equitable and environmentally conscious society. Prince Orekha’s journey towards environmental advocacy began with a strong educational foundation. He attended the National Open University of Nigeria, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education, with a major in environmental resource management and care. His commitment to continuous learning led him to pursue further studies at the University of Cambridge, where he obtained a Cambridge International Diploma in IT Skills. Additionally, he attended the James Lind Institute to pursue a Master of Science in Environmental Economics and Policy (in view) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) to obtain a Certificate in Environmental Governance.

Professional Journey

Prince Orekha’s professional career has been marked by a series of impactful roles and achievements. Currently serving as the Executive Director of Connected Advocacy for Empowerment & Youth Development Initiative, based in Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, he has been instrumental in building a team dedicated to local policy implementation and capacity development for marginalized communities. His efforts have focused on strengthening intergenerational partnerships and facilitating technology transfer for sustainable clean energy transitions.

In addition to his work with Connected Advocacy, Prince Orekha has been actively involved in various international initiatives. He served as a campaigner for UN-Action 2015, contributing to the global campaign for social justice. Furthermore, as the West Africa Regional Coordinator for UN – Youth Employment Decade in Africa, he has played a pivotal role in coordinating program implementation across 15 countries in the region, with a focus on empowering youth through employment opportunities.

Advocacy and Impact

Prince Orekha’s advocacy extends beyond environmental concerns to encompass governance and human rights issues. As a co-convener of the Africa-Europe International Forum for Sustaining Democracy & Human Rights, he has worked tirelessly to promote democratic values and human rights on the international stage.

His contributions to the global climate change effort have been widely recognized. Prince Orekha has represented local community positions at various international forums, including the Conference of the Parties (COPs) and the Africa Climate Summit. Notably, he organized the Niger Delta Climate Change Exhibition in London and participated in COP 26 in Glasgow, where he presented local community perspectives on environmental justice.

Research and Publications

In addition to his advocacy work, Prince Orekha is a prolific researcher and author. His research focuses on “The Global Politics of Deep Decarbonization and Community Participation in Environmental Governance: Scaling Up Net Zero Intervention in Africa.” He is also the editor of “The Fix Climate Crisis Now: The Story from Africa,” a publication aimed at raising awareness and driving action on climate issues.

Recognition and Awards

Prince Orekha’s dedication and impact have earned him recognition and awards, including the Social Impact Award and the Young Africa Leadership Initiative – Edo Community Development Award. These accolades underscore his significant contributions to environmental justice and community empowerment.

In conclusion, Prince Israel Orekha stands as a beacon of hope in the fight against climate change and environmental injustice. His unwavering commitment to empowering marginalized communities and driving meaningful change serves as an inspiration to activists and advocates worldwide. Through his leadership and advocacy, Prince Orekha continues to pave the way towards a more sustainable and just future for all.

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