Chi Yvonne Leina is a Cameroonian journalist, community leader, and digital media change agent dedicated to shining a light on the unheard voices of ordinary women in Africa and transforming their fate.
After years of discrimination working as a woman in traditional print and broadcast media in Cameroon, Chi Yvonne Leina broke with the status quo and began to use her journalism experience to expose negative cultural practices, such as the inhumane treatment of widows and breast ironing which affects 3-4 million girls in Africa.
After making international headlines on the little-known practice of breast ironing, she went on to launch a campaign to eradicate the practice. Through a combination of public awareness campaigns, grassroots organizing and digital media she was successful in reaching over 20,000 women and girls who have sworn to end the practice.Her work with Gender Danger is now spread across Africa as she ignites campaigns against Harmful Cultural Practices in different countries.
Fomuso Blessing Nabila Blessing offers peace building services to women and grassroots groups in her country and helps them make an impact in their local communities by finding ways they can be involved in decision-making processes and helping them to find their voices and transform their lives. In all her endeavors, she dreams of a transformed society where there is respect for human dignity, equality, and lasting peace.
Blessing attended the Pan African Institute for Development West Africa, where she acquired training and skills in Peace, Gender, and Human Rights. She is holder of a Bachelor of Laws Degree and a Master’s Degree in Peace and International Relations. She has worked as a support staff for several non-governmental organizations in Cameroon that deal with with human rights and issues pertaining to Women and Girls. In all her work, Blessing has emerged as a good team builder who is excellent at managing intra-group conflicts. Blessing is a fun-loving person who loves traveling, singing, cooking, and putting smiles on the faces of everyone around her with her sense of humor.