Comr. Oladele John Nihi, fondly referred to as “OJN” by friends and associates, hails from Aiyegunle (Ohon) Gbede in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State, Nigeria. He was born to the family of Chief Joshua and Madam Elizabeth Nihi on July 15, 1988. He obtained his first School Leaving Certificate from Model Primary School, Iyah, Iyah Gbede and West African Examination Certificate from Ogede Secondary School, Aiyetoro Gbede in 2007 both in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State.
OJN is a graduate of the prestigious Kogi State University, Anyigba, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science in the year 2011. His passion and belief in peaceful conflict resolution propelled him to go for higher studies in that discipline and he obtained his Masters Degree in Peace Studies & Conflict Resolution from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
A comrade to the core, OJN began his involvement in student and youth activism and rose to the top echelon in students and youth activities in Nigeria and abroad holding the following positions:
As part of his contributions to the development of the socio-political landscape of his beloved country, Nigeria, OJN founded organisations that worked towards mitigating against some social ills which he identified. Amongst these are Youth Initiative Against Unlawful Emigration (YINAGUE) www.yinague.org which is involved basically in education and advocacy amongst youth and young people to resist the temptation to risk their lives through illegal routes and means of emigration; and the Okun Illiteracy Eradication Foundation to fight against illiteracy in Okun land which is the Yoruba speaking part of Kogi State. He founded the unregistered Nigerian Youth for Change which was used to canvass youth involvement in political process in Kogi State from 2007 to 2011. As President, Nigeria Association of Youths for Agricultural Growth (NAYAG), OJN worked tirelessly to raise the consciousness of his peers to engage in agriculture for self and community development.
A prolific communicator and very savvy in the use of information technology, OJN was Head, Information and Communication Desk, Office of the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Youth & Student Matters from 2012 to 2015.
OJN is a kind, enthusiastic believer in humanity and promoter of Youth socio-political and economic emancipation especially at the grassroots; Youth Education and Empowerment.
OJN has been involved in numerous peace-building activities and championed peaceful resolution of conflicts at various levels with a track record of outstanding successes. These have earned him various Recognition and Merit Awards in different parts of the country. They include:
As an entrepreneur with a special interest in Pageantry, OJN founded the prestigious Little Miss Nigeria www.littlemissnigeria.com with the objectives of promoting cultural and moral heritage of Nigeria and Africa. The pageant helped interested young girls boost their confidence and develop their potentials in pageantry and modeling. Comr. Oladele John Nihi is currently serving as the Commissioner, Youth Political Participation at Pan-African Youth Union (PYU) an umbrella body of all Youths and youth organizations in the continent of Africa.
OJN is a natural leader, development initiator and implementer, of high integrity and a man of the people.