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Karimot Odebode is a performance poet, writer and activist from Ibadan Nigeria who is driven by her commitment to social justice. 
She is the founder and project lead of the Black Girl’s Dream Initiative (BGDI)  – a youth-led organisation that works to end Female Genital Mutilation; promote Education and leadership through Arts, Advocacy and Technology.
The Black Girl’s Dream Initiative has over the years mentored hundreds of teenagers in the art of public speaking, debate and self-confidence. Her organisation organises an annual Debate training and Competition for Secondary School students in Oyo State.

Karimot is an award winning poet who has performed at several high level meetings and conferences. Karimot uses poetry to advocate for gender equality and a sustainable world. She created the Transform Education anthem for the United Nation’s Girl’s Education Initiative (UNGEI), and her poetry has been featured by DARE Conference, Global Education Summit, Plan International, ONE Campaign, BBC Media Africa, International Telecommunications Union amongst others. 

She uses her poetry as medium of promoting the sustainable development goals and creating a safe world for girls and women.

Karimot has over five years’ experience in community development where she partners with several non-governmental organization towards achieving the sustainable development goals. Karimot was a two time Youth Champion for ONE Campaign where she advocated for a world free of poverty and inequality.

She was one of the 45 female African activists from 15 African countries that signed the open letter for gender equality which was presented to world leaders by the ONE campaign on International Women’s Day 2019. She was the ONE in Africa representative during the European Youth Week at Brussels Belgium where she spoke on the need for Africa women participation in politics and leadership. She is a member of the Generation Connect Africa Youth group – a working group of the International Telecommunications Union.

Karimot is passionate about bridging the gender gap and mentoring the next generation of impact leaders through the work she and her team do at BGDI.

She is a graduate of Law from Obafemi Awolowo University where she focused her final year long essay on “Feminist Jurisprudence and Women’s Rights – a publication that highlight the rights of women especially in African.
Karimot uses poetry to advocate for gender equality and the sustainable development goals.
She was shortlisted for the Africa Writers Award and also long listed for the Alpine Poetry Prize 2019, an international writing prize with over 2800 submissions.
She was shortlisted for Her Network 2019 “The Woman Of The Future” award for her work in development and activism.
She was the recipient of the Young Achievers Nigeria Award for the Outstanding Poet Of The Year.



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Karimot Odebode is a Poet, Writer and Youth activist from Ibadan Nigeria, who is driven by her commitment to social justice.

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