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Adewunmi Emoruwa

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Adewunmi Emoruwa
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BornAdewunmi Samuel Emoruwa
September 4, 1990
🏳️ NationalityNigerian
🎓 Alma materGraduate Institute Geneva
💼 Occupation
Thought Leader, Investor
TitleLead Strategist

Adewunmi Emoruwa is a Nigerian political thought leader and media investor. He is a global opinion contributor on Africa for a number of international media platforms including BBC World and Al-Jazeera. He is known as an initiator and one of the leaders of the successful campaign to reduce the age eligibility requirement for elective political offices in Nigeria.[1][2]


Adewunmi is an alumnus of the Graduate Institute Geneva where he completed his master's degree in Advocacy in International Affairs and Policy Making. Prior to this, he obtained an executive certificate in Political Communications and Campaigning at King's College London. He was also part of the 2014 cohort of the Harvard Kennedy School's Emerging Leaders Program.


As the Chief Operating Officer at Gatefield, a Sub-Saharan Africa public strategy and media group, Adewunmi has led investments in media ventures including online television platform Gatefield TV. He also recently acquired minority stake in policy-focused news website TheScoopNG.

Social Impact[edit]

Journalism and Media[edit]

The Election Network[edit]

Adewunmi is a partner at The Election Network, a civic organisation focused on elections and elections integrity across the globe. The organisation became a go-to source for analysis on the situation with the Nigerian 2019 Elections with him as the key spokesperson.[3][4]


He initiated and funded Machaha.com (Make Change Happen), a social impact journalism project that supported journalists to create reports on pressing social and development challenges in underrepresented communities that are often ignored by mainstream media and made it available for free under the Creative Commons license.[5] The project funded several respected and upcoming Nigerian journalists including Eromo Egbejule, Mercy Abang and Nelly Ating. One of the stories published and funded by this project was reused by CNN in 2017.[6]

Freedoms and Democracy[edit]

Building democratic societies and freedoms appears to be of significance to Mr. Adewunmi. On several occasions Adewunmi has risen and lent his voice in defence of journalists, activists and institutions whose independence are threatened. In one of such instances, he spoke and mobilized against the politically motivated arrest of a Nigerian blogger by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.[7] On several occasions, he has supported Zimbabwean activists in their efforts to become a more democratic society. In 2017, he was one of the key speakers at the Shoko Festival. A Zimbabwean newspaper also reported him as condemning the recent internet shutdown by the President Mnangagwa administration.[8][9] Ahead of the Nigerian general elections, Adewunmi warned in a widely circulated article for AlJazeera English, that the democracy in his country is "fading away."[10]

Non Communicable Diseases[edit]

He is passionate about the control of NCDs with a special focus on Tobacco Control. His company, Gatefield leads digital advocacy activities on behalf the Washington DC based Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids in Nigeria including providing support for the passage of policies that help to protect young people and minors from its harmful consequences.[11][12]


  1. ""You can contest elections at age 25 soon" – LEPAN Celebrates Youth as #NotTooYoungToRun Bill Scales 2nd Reading". Bella Naija. 10 June 2016.
  2. "Age Eligibility For Elective Positions: Ezekwesili, Abati,LEPAN Seek Reduction". Vanguard. 23 May 2016.
  3. Mbah, Fidelis (24 February 2019). "'Dozens killed' in Nigeria poll violence, counting under way". Al Jazeera.
  4. Maclean, Ruth (27 February 2019). "Nigerian opposition leader rejects Buhari's election victory". The Guardian.
  5. "About". www.machaha.com.
  6. Ating, Nelly (18 July 2017). "They survived Boko Haram, now returnees are fighting hunger". CNN.
  7. "LEPAN says EFCC arrest of blogger is abuse of power". Ripples Nigeria. 10 August 2016.
  8. "Speaker Profiles – The Hub Unconference 2017". Pachikoro. 18 September 2017.
  9. Lisa, Tazviinga (25 January 2019). "Internet shutdown disastrous for brand Zim". Zimbabwe Independent.
  10. Emoruwa, Adewunmi (8 February 2019). "Nigeria's democracy is fading away". Al Jazeera.
  11. Ekugo, Daniels (23 February 2018). "Activists Want NBC to Sanction Multichoice Over Smoking Scenes in BB Naija Show". TheNews.
  12. Emoruwa, Adewunmi (23 March 2017). "A Nigerian Representative's Moves On Tobacco Control Will Roll Back Progress In The Industry". Huffington Post SA.

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