Named after the Ancient Greek public place of assembly, Young Voices’ Agora Fellowship followed in its namesake’s footsteps with grace. The four-month program took five international writers and helped them further develop their fundamentals of advocacy.

Through media mentorship from Young Voices’ staff and outside mentors, our five fellows were cumulatively able to successfully self-pitch four articles for publication and try their hand out at broadcast interviews twice on TV and podcast.

From Mauricio Bento’s commentary at to Abdulsamod Balogun’s editorial in Business Insider by Pulse, the Agora fellows proved their prowess from a variety of international topics.

Please find below a quick synopsis of our fellows and their accomplishments this season:

Mauricio Bento is a Brazilian libertarian who helped found Students For Liberty Brazil and Novo, the country’s first classical liberal party. His piece with discussed Brazilian censorship!

Read “The Brazilian People Reject Censorship” at

Oluwasegun Ajetunmobi is a Master student of Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the Institute of African Studies at the University of Ibadan, Nigeria and local coordinator for African Students for Liberty. His piece tackled the Nigerian federal budget.

Read “The Nigerian Budget Needs Serious Attention” in The Comment 

Olanreqaju Elufisan is a writer, filmmaker, and journalist. He wishes to inspire change in Africa and Nigeria through public policy research and advocacy. He not only wrote and pitched a successful editorial, Olanreqaju also was able to gain valuable media experience, discussing the Nigerian budget.

Read “Why My Fellow Nigerians Should Welcome Africa’s New Single Market at” 

Also, check out his video breakdown of the Nigerian budget for this fiscal year!

Abdulsamod Balogun is an African Liberty Writing Fellow, the National Coordinator for ASFL Gambia and the Communications officer for the United Nations Foundation-accredited Social Good Lagos. He not only got published but was able to record with our very own Stephen Kent discussing the state of Nigeria’s democracy on Young Voices’ Underscored Podcast.

Read Nigeria’s Democracy is Weak and Needs a Revamp Urgently

Also, check out his Underscored Podcast on Nigeria’s Democracy!

We wish the best for our fellows and cannot wait to see what their future as advocates for liberty has to offer!


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