The Climb Podcast

Extraordinary Stories from African Youth

Hosted by Channels Television and the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa

Building on our Programme for African Leadership (PfAL), LSE is proud to embark on this pioneering co-production with Channels TV to tell the stories of some extraordinary young Africans to inspire a generation of future leaders.

Firoz Lalji, January 2023

The Climb is a joint podcast production from Channels Television and the Firoz Lalji Institute for Africa. It tackles themes of youth leadership, innovation, and development through unique stories of individual achievement and panel discussions. 

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The podcast

Channels TV, one of Africa’s leading news organisations, and the FLIA have jointly launched this ground-breaking podcast, the first of its kind on the continent, specifically curated for and about African youth.

In a compelling, narrative-focused style The Climb showcases young Africans, including LSE’s African Alumni, and explores how they are combatting the brain-drain by using their skills and knowledge to assist Africa’s development.

The Climb will run twice a month, telling unique stories of individual achievement, and presenting panel discussions on issues relevant to young Africans living on the continent and in the diaspora.

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The Climb Series 1

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Episode 1

Hosted by Jewel Atedou Bright and Khadidiatou Cisse, the first episode follows the remarkable story of John Oseni, a 17 year-old tech prodigy from Akure, Nigeria. 

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Episode 2

In the second episode, our hosts hear Mariam Dahir's story. Mariam is a doctor, researcher and anti-FGM activist - her remarkable work has culminated in an historic FGM ban in Somaliland. 

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Episode 3

Episode 3 follows Steven Wani, who grew up during the Sudanese Civil War. The war claimed thousands of lives, including that of Steven’s father. Now a lawyer and politician, how is Steven continuing his father's fight?

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Episode 4

In episode 4, we hear Mavis's story. When she was just 18, Mavis set up EM Love Foundation, a non-profit that aims to give underprivileged Namibians access to basic needs. 

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Episode 5

When he was an undergraduate student, Gideon Olanrewaju set up the foundation, Aid to Rural Education Initiative. The organisation has become one of the most important educational charities in Nigeria, promoting equitable access to education, and digital literacy among children. Hear his story in epsiode 5. 

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