- Muhammed Lamin SaidykhanMovement CoordinatorMuhammed Lamin SaidykhanMovement Coordinator
Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan is an award winning Pan African Advocate of the year 2018 and was named as 100 most influential young people leaders in Africa in 2019. He was recognized as one of the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) 100 Under 40 Worldwide in support of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent in 2020.
As a human rights activist he organised widespread protests to get long Gambian dictator Yaya Jammeh to step down. Muhammed Lamin is the Movement Coordinators of Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity. He is a Gambian with a background on business management, organisational development, community organising, youth and women development, leadership, campaigns for social change, policy advocacy, movement building and non violence activism. He is an organiser, an activist, a trainer, mentor, coach, development programmer, humanitarian and a passionate Pan Africanist to the core.
He leads and coordinates campaigns against gender based violence, women rights, youth rights, rights to food, women land rights , tax justice and budget advocacy across the African continent and beyond. Muhammed was one of the leaders and initiators of the women land rights campaign and famous clam of women to the peak of Mountain Kilimanjaro for Women Land Rights in 2015 in Arusha, Tanzania.
Prior to joining Africans Rising, he coordinated an Alliance of 11 member farmer based alliance called National Alliance for Food Security (NAFs) in The Gambia. Muhammed Lamin also served as first youth co-chair of ActionAid International Youth Working Group and was lead Coordinator of the youth-led Activista initiative, where was leading, directing, guiding and coordinating ActionAid work with young people in 47 countries around the world.
Muhammed Lamin, have lead and supported the creation of many youth lead organisations and networks across Africa and elsewhere including Youth Action Movement (YAM)in The Gambia, Activista in The Gambia, Kenya, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Ghana, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Burundi and Sweden, just to name a few. He contributed to the development process of national youth policy and other national documents of The Gambia. As a civil society leader, he helped facilitate many national forums and trainings for young people and women.
Mr. SaidyKhan led campaigns that help women to recover their farm land that have been grabbed from them by authorities in Gambia, Tanzania and Kenya. He and his team of activists have lobbied the National Assembly for an increment of budgetary allocation to Agriculture in The Gambia.
Muhammed Lamin started his youth work with The Gambia Red Cross where he served in different capacities from community leader, to regional and national leadership positions. He was a national organiser and trainer on First Aid, Disaster, International Humanitarian Law, Restoring Family Links, etc for many years.
- Coumba ToureMovement CoordinatorCoumba ToureMovement Coordinator
Born and raised between Mali and Senegal, Coumba Toure is a writer and storyteller. She publishes children stories and organizes art events targeting children’s minds through Falia. She also designs popular education programs with a focus to impact women and children. Coumba is the chair of the board of TrustAfrica and Aci Baobab as well as the co-coordinator of Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity. She has extensive experience in facilitating meetings internationally, engaging young people, designing, implementing, and evaluating training programs to promote human rights especially those of women. She has worked with organizations such as the Institute for Popular Education in Mali, the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement in Selma Alabama, and the Youth for Environmental Sanity in Santa Cruz California. She is a member of the African Feminist Forum and the Per Ankh collective. Coumba has served on the board of Urgent Action Fund for Women in Africa. Coumba is a loving mother, a sister, and a daughter.
- Maurice SambaTechnical Assistant
- Dorothy AdebanjoResource Mobilization Lead
- Ousman SarrFinances & Admin Lead
- Langwa Ancel LeinyuyCommunication & Media LeadLangwa Ancel LeinyuyCommunication & Media Lead
- Hardi YakubuEngagement and Collaboration Lead
- Aleesa MannCommunication & Media Officer
- Harrison Boakye OwusuResource Mobilization Officer
- Marie Hélène NdiayeArtistic Activism Project Coordinator/Sénégal
- Prince AkpahEngagement & Collaboration Officer
- Patricia Lokwa ServantEngagement and Collaboration Diaspora
- Tobias WanyoikeSocial Media Associate
- Ann NjagiCommunication and Media Consultant