Mercy Abang-Asu

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Abang Mercy (born Mercy Banku Abang on 1984 and now Mercy Banku Abang-Asu)[citation needed] is a Nigerian journalist, environmental consultant and social media expert. She has gone on several election observation missions on the West African sub-continent. She has an interview series, "Conversations with Abang Mercy", which has had guests such as Reno Omokri, Dele Momodu and Chude Jideonwo.

In 2012, she was named as one of 10 Young Nigerian Women to Watch.[1] She is currently a consultant with the Heinrich Böll Foundation,[2] and Managing Editor of the online newspaper Citizens Platform.[3] She hails from Boki, Cross River State.

Background[edit]

Mercy was born in Ogoja, a neighbouring town to Boki. Her childhood was divided between there and Abuja where her parents eventually moved to. She studied at Holy Child (Convent) Primary School and later at Holy Child Secondary School (Mount Carmel), both in Igoli- Ogoja. The schools were owned by the Catholic Church.

After that, she moved to Abuja with her parents to continue at Gwarinpa Secondary School, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, and later proceeded to the International Institute of Journalism to study Journalism, concluding with a Post-Graduate in Advertising and Public Relations.

Recently, she studied Digital Story Telling at the Grimme-Institut in Bonn, Germany and had in the past studied Media in Peace Keeping Operations and Elections Observation at the Koffi Annan International Peace Keeping Training Center in Accra, Ghana amongst others.

Career[edit]

She started her work on television – as a political correspondent with Independent Television and Radio, Abuja – at a very young age, saddled with the responsibility of covering the political parties and the electoral commission. She became knowledgeable in Nigeria's politics and election matters. At ITV Abuja, she worked as a non-linear editor, presentation director and producer. One of the programs produced was This Morning on ITV, a breakfast show.

In the past, she has worked with her fellow African youths and civil societies organisations in lobbying and advocacy, organisations like Oxfam GB Nigeria, West African Civil Society Forum, Heinrich Boell Foundation, amongst others.

In the course of her work with Heinrich Boll Foundation, she has done articles and presentations on Nigeria's environmental situation and postulations for the future[4][5][6][7][8] in several Nigerian cities including Lagos, Abuja[9] and even internationally, in Berlin and London.[10][11][12]

At age 20, she represented Nigeria alongside other influential Africans lobbying against the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with the European Union and the African and Caribbean Countries (ACP) in Senegal and the Gambia.

Mercy worked as a media assistant to then Cross River State Governor Donald Duke, during his presidential campaigns on the platform of the Donald Duke Campaign Organization.

In 2014 she was invited to the African Union's Third Annual High Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa; Trends, Challenges and Prospects that held at Nairobi’s Safari Park - a meet with participants from over 40 African countries.[13][14]

She contributes to other media like YNaija[15] and EcoJournalism.[16]

Advocacy[edit]

Mercy is an member of the advocacy coalition, Enough is Enough Nigeria founded by Chude Jideonwo, serving at one time in the capacity of Communications Coordinator.[17][18] Under EiE, she organised and facilitated town hall and campus hall meetings for young Nigerians in the six (6) geo-political zones of Nigeria, educating them about the electoral process and getting them informed about the country's electoral laws. As a public speaker and commentator, she has motivated youths in and outside Nigeria.

She also assisted in the LightupNigeria advocacy project founded by Amara Nwankpa.

She also pushed for the release of funds pledged by President Goodluck Jonathan towards rehabilitation of victims of the 2013 lead-poisoning in gold mines in Zamfara.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who Runs The World: 10 Young Nigerian Women to Watch (Part II) « Belinda Otas". Belindaotas.com. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Heinrich Böll Foundation". Ng.boell.org. 14 December 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Citizens Platform : A New and Better Nigeria". Citizensplatform.net. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Green Deal Nigeria – Alternativen zum Öl | Heinrich Böll Stiftung" (in German). Boell.de. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "'Nigeria's total dependence on oil suicidal' – Vanguard News". Vanguardngr.com. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Internalising the Green debate for a post oil economy". ecojournalism.org. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Internalising the Green debate for a post oil economy ~ by @AbangMercy". Omojuwa. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  8. ^ "Green Deal Nigeria". Boell.org. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  9. ^ "Group advocates for a national Green Agenda – Premium Times Nigeria". Premium Times. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  10. ^ "Add an article". London 21. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Green Deal Nigeria Tickets, London – Eventbrite". Greendealnigeria.eventbrite.com. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  12. ^ "Jean Lambert Green MEP for London". Jeanlambertmep.org.uk. 10 November 2012. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  13. ^ http://newswirengr.com/2014/09/15/the-2nd-annual-youth-consultation-on-democracy-human-rights-and-governance-in-africa-dgtrends/
  14. ^ http://www.punchng.com/opinion/africas-turning-point-generation/
  15. ^ "Mercy Abang: It is cool to be called an activist, but not cool to join a political party? Give me a break". YNaija. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Government dams not responsible for floods – Minister". ecojournalism.org. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  17. ^ "Mercy Abang | Think Africa Press". 72.27.231.67. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  18. ^ "Press Release->Enough Is Enough". Omoyeni-disu.blogspot.com. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 31 October 2013. 
  19. ^ Oladipo, Tomi (12 April 2013). "BBC News – Cleaning up Nigeria's toxic playgrounds". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 31 October 2013.