Human rights defender's story: Odinakaonye 'Odi' Lagi from Nigeria

'If we work together to make sure that issues are more visible, that happen in Africa, civil society organisations, I think, will be achieving more.'

Odinakaonye ‘Odi’ Lagi is the programme director for the Network of University Legal Aid Institutions (NULAI), Nigeria, where she works on promoting access to justice and legal aid for Nigerians. She is also an alumna of ISHR’s flagship Human Rights Defender Advocacy Programme (HRDAP) training course, having been a part of the 2022 cohort.

Citing the example of the Nigerian social movement to protest against the actions of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (known as the end #EndSars protests), which she says did not receive enough attention in the continent, she calls for civil society groups and activists across Africa to come together to shed more collective light on individual national struggles.