Sani Muhammad is the Founder and Executive Director of Bridge Connect Africa Initiative. He is a development expert and young activist passionate about women’s rights and youth meaningful engagement, promoting gender equality and ending poverty in Africa. Sani is also interested in grassroots movements that promote transparency and accountability in health and education, using digital technology as a tool in advancing the sustainable development goals. He is an MSc. Student of Sociology (with Specialization in Demography) from Bayero University, Kano. He holds a B.Sc. in Sociology where he made history graduating with a First Class, breaking a 36 years’ record from his faculty.
Sani has trained thousands of young people across Nigeria on sexual and reproductive health. He is skilled at community mobilization for social action and has mobilized thousands of young people in some of the most successful policy and social behaviour change campaigns in northern Nigeria. He has great deal of experience working to formulate, review and create evidence-based strategies and policies that increases reproductive health services for young people, criminalize child marriage, strengthen child protection and improve livelihoods for the most vulnerable communities.
Sani serves as a Consultant for Population Reference Bureau on the PACE Youth Multimedia
Fellowship program. He is currently a member of the Advocacy and Accountability Subcommittee for the International Conference for Family Planning, Thailand 2021; the Co-Chair of the Technical Sub-Committee of the SAYPHIN Conference 2021; a Women Deliver Young Leader 2020. He is a two-time ONE Champion with the ONE Campaign in Nigeria, and the only ONE global activist from Africa to meet with the ONE Board and Global Leadership Circle in Palo Alto, San Francisco in 2020. He was the lead Youth Consultant in Kano state for the dissemination of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (PMNCH) “Advocating for Change for Adolescents” by Education as a Vaccine.
Sani is a Fellow of the Study of the United States Institute on Social Entrepreneurship, California State University in 2016, learning from global institutions like the Kauffman Foundation, Ashoka, Creative Associates International and the Business School of the University of Missouri Kansas City. He is an Alumni of the International Citizens Service program with Voluntary Service Overseas 2018; a CHANEL Scholar and ONE Young World Ambassador, London 2019; and a Youth Social Media Advocate with the United Nations Populations Fund (UNFPA) Nigeria 20192021. He has received numerous awards for his work and serve as a member on many youths focused organizations Boards.