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Runcie C.W.Chidebe

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Runcie C.W.Chidebe
Runcie C.W. Chidebe, Founder & Executive Director, Project PINK BLUE- Health & Psychological Trust Centre, Abuja, Nigeria.jpg Runcie C.W. Chidebe, Founder & Executive Director, Project PINK BLUE- Health & Psychological Trust Centre, Abuja, Nigeria.jpg
Born26 December 1985
Talata Mafara, Zamfara State, Nigeria
🏡 ResidenceAbuja, Nigeria
🏳️ NationalityNigeria
🎓 Alma materUniversity of Nigeria Nsukka
💼 Occupation
Cancer control advocate, entrepreneur
Cancer research

Runcie C. W. Chidebe (born 26 December 1985) is a Nigerian cancer control advocate and social entrepreneur. He is the founder and executive director [1][2][3][4][5] of Project PINK BLUE- Health & Psychological Trust Centre, a Nigerian cancer non-profit organization that is engaged in cancer awareness, free cancer screenings, advocacy, patient navigation and support to indigent women battling with cancer.[6][7] He is one of the 1000 winners of Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme(TEEP) in 2015.[8] An alumnus of the United States Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) [9][10]

Early life and family[edit]

Chidebe was born in Talata Mafara, Zamfara State to father Wilson Chidebe, the last of five sons. He is from Oba, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra state.[2]


Chidebe attended Government Secondary School, Gwarimpa, Abuja and later obtained Diploma in Social Work with distinctions and bachelor's degree in Psychology, Sociology & Anthropology, both from University of Nigeria, Nsukka where he emerged as the 2011/2012 best graduating student from his department.[2][11] He also has a certificate on Entrepreneurship from Enterprise Development Centre in 2015.

Career and work[edit]

During his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in 2013 at Abuja, he developed a breast cancer campaign that provided free screening and counseling to indigent women in Kabusa, Kuje, and Kubwa. That project led to him establishing Project PINK BLUE.[2], where over 700 women have benefited from the free cancer screening and more than a million have been reached.[12]


Chidebe has called on Nigeria's Federal Government to make national health a priority;[13] to save her women, men and children dying of cancer. By establishing the National Agency on Cancer Control, there will be more awareness and significant reduction in the prevalence of cancer in Nigeria.[14] Chidebe has recently co-authored an article on Advancing access and equity: the vision of a new generation in cancer control.[15]

Awards and recognitions[edit]

Year Class Category Awarding body
2015 Alumnus Top 1000 African Entrepreneurs TEEP 2015 Tony Elumelu Foundation
2015 Winner Young Cancer Leader Award at World Cancer Leaders' Summit (WCLS), Istanbul, Turkey Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Geneva, Switzerland.
2015 Recipient Green October Humanitarian Award La Mode Magazine.
2015 Recipient Award of Recognition for contribution to National Development in Health Sector Harvest House Christian Center, Abuja.
2016 Recipient 2016 Community Service Award Rotaract Club District 9140
2016 Alumnus 2016 U.S. International Visitor Leadership Program(IVLP) U.S. Department of State
2018 Winner World Cancer Day Spirit Award Union for International Cancer Control,Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.[16]


Runcie C.W. Chidebe receiving Prize 201Best Graduating Student, Department of Psychology, University of Nigeria Nsukka
Runcie C.W. Chidebe receiving Green October Humanitarian Award, La Mode Magazine, 1 October 2015
Runcie C.W. Chidebe recognized with Young Leader Award at World Cancer Leaders Summit, Istanbul, Turkey. See Runcie squatting by photo with Chidinma Ekile


  1. UICC. "SPARC grant awardees - Meet Runcie from Nigeria". www.uicc.org. Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "Exclusive Interview with Runcie Chidebe". MED-Q Health Magazine. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  3. BellaNaija.com. "Meet these Young Change Makers! All You Need to Know about the LEAP Africa 2015/2016 SIPA Fellows". BellaNaija.com. BellaNaija.com. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  4. CIVICUS, WorldAlliance (25 November 2014). "Project Pink Blue: Winner, Nelson Mandela Graça Machel Innovation Awards. Category: Organization". YouTube. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  5. Unah, Linus (20 March 2017). "'I thought cancer was a disease for the elderly': tackling Nigeria's 80% mortality rate". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  6. U.S. Department of State, INTERNATIONAL EXCHANGE ALUMNI. "A Champion for Cancer Care in Nigeria". Alumni.State.Gov. Alumni. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  7. "I wasn't really outstanding in secondary school, but I chose to be better –Chidebe, winner, World Economic Forum for Africa award 2014". Transparent Nigeria. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  8. "#TEEP2015 Winner Feature: Runcie Chidebe". Areedi. 8 April 2015. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  9. Global, Ties US. "NIGERIAN NURSES LEARN CANCER PATIENT CARE". Global Ties. Global Ties. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  10. United States Diplomatic Mission. "U.S. Fulbright Specialist Trains 34 Nigerian Nurses in Cancer Patient Care (November 29, 2016)". Nigeria US Embassy. U.S. Embassy in Nigeria. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  11. "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH RUNCIE CHIDEBE". MedQmag. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  12. 12.0 12.1 "Runcie C.W. Chidebe's Page". YP-CDN. Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  13. Konbini, Nescafe (23 May 2017). "How Runcie Chidebe Is Helping Phase Out Late Diagnosis Of Cancer In Africa". Konbini. Konbini. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  14. Business, Day. "NGO seeks establishment of National Cancer Control Agency". Business Day Online. Business Day. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  15. "Advancing access and equity: the vision of a new generation in cancer control". The Lancet Oncology. 18 (2): 172–175. February 2017. doi:10.1016/S1470-2045(17)30041-4. Retrieved 18 July 2017. |Authors list= missing |1= (help)
  16. https://www.uicc.org/uicc-award-winners-announced. Missing or empty |title= (help); External link in |website= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)
  17. "The America You Don't See on CNN". United States Diplomatic Mission, Nigeria. U.S Embassy Nigeria. Retrieved 4 October 2016.
  18. "Discover the selected Young Leaders". Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). 18 November 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  19. "Winning Wednesday with Runcie Chidebe". Tony Elumelu Foundation. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  20. "Photos: La Mode Magazine Green October Event 2015!". La Mode Magazine. 5 October 2015. Retrieved 15 October 2016.
  21. "EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH RUNCIE CHIDEBE". MedQmag. 13 July 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2016.

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