The continuous adverse effects of climate change on the sustainability of the environment is a critical topic that cannot be overemphasized. Nigeria’s heavy dependence on fossil fuels results in environmental degradation, economic vulnerabilities and health issues.  Nigeria, like many other nations, stands at a critical juncture where its energy transition plans and budgetary decisions can shape the path  of its development for decades to come. Nigeria, in response to her challenges of the environment, made commitments to reach net-zero emissions by 2060 through its Energy Transition Plan (ETP), launched in 2022.

AfrikaVuka-Nigeria has been instrumental in grassroots activism and renewable energy advocacy. In the first quarter of 2024, AfrikaVuka-Nigeria has consolidated wins, mobilised stakeholders nationwide and will be expanding interventions to hard-to-reach areas, particularly in the Niger Delta. To achieve these and accelerate the transition to a world powered by renewable energies, AfrikaVuka Nigeria in partnership with Global Initiative For Food Security and Ecosystem Preservation (GIFSEP) hosted a meeting of stakeholders in Abuja-FCT on the 18th of April, 2024, to share the findings of the review of Nigeria’s Energy Transition Plan and Nigeria’s 2024 Climate Budget, aiming to assess Nigeria’s commitment to solving environmental issues and identify crucial areas  that need attention and action. The review of the Energy Transition Plan revealed Nigeria's pledge to achieve net-zero emissions by 2060, with initial financing opportunities of $23 billion and a $10 billion support package from the government.

The review also showed that the plan has the potential to create about 340,000 jobs by 2030 and 840,000 jobs by 2060.  Furthermore, the strengths of the ETP are to create significant economic opportunities and job creation across various sectors of the economy, including renewable energy, energy efficiency and electric vehicles. However, challenges such as heavy reliance on fossil fuels, energy poverty and insufficient investment in renewable energy were highlighted during the review. The review of Nigeria’s 2024 budget indicated that only 5.02% was allocated for climate-related activities out of a total budget of 28.7 trillion naira.

Adaptation projects received 52.8% of the allocation while mitigation projects received 47.2%. Renewable energy projects constituted 37% of the climate budget, indicating a significant focus on transitioning to cleaner energy sources. Effective budgeting and sustainable energy policies are fundamental to building resilience against economic challenges, mitigating climate change risks, and driving inclusive growth.

In Portharcourt, Rivers State Nigeria, AfrikaVuka Nigeria partners; Lekeh Development Foundation, Quest for Growth and Development Foundation, Society for Women and Youth Affairs and Vote4ClimateNG, hosted a dialogue on the Energy Transition Plan.  The event took place on the 22nd of April, 2024. The group made the following demands:

  • government should make economic policies that will avail renewable energy to the poor and low-income earners,
  • the private sector should be involved in the implementation (incentives like tax breaks should be developed) of the ETP,
  • the government should domesticate and make the ETP equitable so as to allow states and local governments to make input and segment the process into short, medium and long-term action to be able to capture areas that are missed in the process and also provide solutions for gaps that may occur

Furthermore, Afrika Nigeria extended its outreach efforts to reach remote communities such as Owukpa in Benue State. In Owukpa, a community affected by coal mining, a monitoring and evaluation exercise was conducted on the Solar for Communities project implemented in 2023. The assessment revealed favorable outcomes for the Owukpa community, including increased household lighting duration of 4 to 6 hours, particularly beneficial for students studying at night. Also, the community reported that crime rate has dropped which has contributed to enhanced security.  More so, the community continues to derive economic advantages stemming from decreased kerosene costs and phone charging facilities.

Overall, Afrika Vuka in Nigeria is advocating for a just transition to renewable energy where the needs of frontline communities are prioritized.


By Terrence M. Jeiyol

For Afrika Vuka Nigeria

AfrikaVuka Climate Workshops

5 years after the Paris Agreement, world leaders are expected to come forward with updated, more ambitious national climate plans made under that historic agreement. Though some countries have tried their best to cut emissions and show bold climate actions, many including the most powerful and heavy emitters are still lagging behind. 

Africa is the most-exposed region to the adverse effects of climate change despite contributing the least to global warming. The region is already disproportionately feeling the impacts related to a changing climate. Devastating cyclones affected 3 million people in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe in the spring of 2019. Hundreds of thousands across West Africa and the Sahel region are still recovering from the floods that hit last August and September.

Despite this gloomy picture, the regional climate movement is emerging, slowly but surely, challenging the first coal projects in a number of countries and showing the safe pathways to follow if Africa really wants to break free from fossil fuels and embrace a bright and sustainable future based on renewables.

Encouraged by recent victories and guided by our mission to build the capacities of regional organisers, 350Africa is proposing a new series of workshops on winning campaign techniques and tactics, with the hope that the workshop will result in a new wave of large-scale climate actions as we work towards ending the age of fossil fuels and moving to clean, renewable energy.

At the end of the 4 sessions,  participants are expected to have gained fresh knowledge, practical skills and confidence that can allow them to launch and/or re-energize the climate struggles and campaigns they are engaged in. They can decide to work on renewable energy campaigns at a local level, target specific institutions behind fossil fuel projects in their areas, or strategize on stopping existing ones. The workshops will also touch on story-telling - a powerful tool in sharing and amplifying the campaigns’ voices and demands. 

Click here to register and join the AV Climate Workshops and to meet powerful and motivated organisers and campaigners working to break Africa free from fossil fuels and embrace a bright and sustainable future based on renewables.


Ghanaian environmentalist wins the 2020 Goldman Environmental Prize

Press Release:

Ezekiel Chibeze

Global -- Ezekiel Chibeze, a Ghanaian environmental champion has been announced as the recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize 2020, citing his commitment to pushing for good governance in Ghana’s environmental sector and for his climate leadership in Ghana, across Africa and globally. The Goldman Environmental Prize is the world’s foremost award honoring grassroots environmental activists.

Chibeze joins an illustrious list of past Goldman Environmental Prize winners from the African continent including Wangari Maathai, renowned Kenyan social, environmental and political activist; Ken Saro-Wiwa, Nigerian writer who fought for environmental justice and human rights; and recently South African activists Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid.

Through the 350 Ghana Reducing our Carbon (G-ROC), the leading environmental grassroots organization in Ghana affiliated to, Chibeze champions for climate justice, fighting tirelessly to stop the Ekumfi proposed coal plant while raising awareness about the possibility of a carbon-free future and the potential of renewable energy in Ghana. Chibeze’s work demonstrates the power of grassroots movements in ending the era of fossil fuels.

Quotes from key spokespeople

“We at 350 are in awe of Chibeze’s achievements. His work pushing for a sustainable, resilient, and coal-free Ghana is admirable, more than deserves the global recognition it has just received. The climate crisis requires us to interrogate the key drivers of climate change, especially the negative effects of the fossil fuels industry. People like Chibeze, who organise and motivate grassroots movements seeking to bring lasting solutions to the climate crisis, are our true climate leaders, and are instrumental to this fight. We honor their dedication and commitment to the planet.” - May Boeve, Executive Director,

“Africa's youth have been calling for climate justice that would see a transition from fossil fuels and building climate resilient economies powered by renewables. This is exactly what Chibeze and the G-ROC team have been fighting for. As a climate leader, Chibeze has shone a spotlight on the climate crisis while helping his country, Ghana to think of a socially and environmentally just, zero carbon future. Chibeze has been a strong voice of the youth and grassroots groups. The recognition of his and other allies' work shows that collective efforts through community organising and campaigning can empower ordinary people to demand their rights and overcome social injustices and achieve inspiring wins for thousands of grassroots activists, frontline communities and local groups of Africa and beyond working for real climate justice.” - Landry Ninteretse, Africa Team Leader,

For additional information and interviews, contact: Robert Magori, +254 721 525344 or Chibeze Ezekiel,+233 244967931 or Portia Adu Mensah, +233 262685618

About the Goldman Environmental Prize

The Goldman Environmental Prize honors grassroots environmental heroes from roughly the world’s six inhabited continental regions: Africa, Asia, Europe, Islands & Island Nations, North America, and South & Central America. The Prize recognizes individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk. The Goldman Prize views “grassroots” leaders as those involved in local efforts, where positive change is created through community or citizen participation. Through recognizing these individual leaders, the Prize seeks to inspire other ordinary people to take extraordinary actions to protect the natural world. For more information visit:

About Ezekiel Chibeze 

Chibeze is an avid environmentalist who serves on a number of platforms providing support in promoting good governance in Ghana’s environmental sector – specifically on climate change, biological diversity, forestry, and renewable energy. He is currently the Executive Coordinator of the Strategic Youth Network for Development (SYND), a youth-oriented organization which promotes youth inclusion in the governance of natural resources and the environment. He is a certified Youth Master Trainer on Climate Change and a National SDGs Champion. He is a co-founder of 350 Ghana Reducing our Carbon (G-ROC), a convener of the Youth in Natural Resources and Environmental Governance (Youth-NREG) Platform, a member of the national technical committee of Ghana’s SDGs Governance Framework, and a board member of