Our Story urecycle July 29, 2022

Our Story

Our Story can be traced back to 2017, Our founder- Oluwaseyi Moejoh, was 16 years old and in SS2 (Grade 11) when she was appointed an SDG Six Ambassador for The Neo Child Initiative (TNCI), during this time she engaged over 2,000 girls at her high school in projects on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), sanitation, and recycling for a year.

In August – September 2018, she won the TNCI Social Impact Award and took a step further to begin U-recycle Initiative with a $100 mini-grant received from The Neo Child Initiative Africa (TNCI- formerly The Nigerian Child Initiative) and received more support from the Wildlife Africa Conservation Initiative and Lagos Lagoon Waterkeepers.

In November 2018, Oluwaseyi connected with Fathia Bello during a TNCI volunteer event, They shared similar interests in creating solutions to address pollution and poor waste management in Nigeria, and together ever since then they have worked together to create innovative environmental projects and programs enlightening and engaging youths across Africa

Today, U-recycle Initiative Africa has now become an award-winning youth-led registered non–profit focused on advancing environmental education, circular economy, and climate action across Africa. As of January 2022, we have implemented over 36 environmental and youth development projects engaging over 7100 youths across eleven African countries

“Let's walk down Memory Lane…”

  • U-Recycle Initiative Africa was established: Our organization was founded by Oluwaseyi Moejoh in September 2018 after winning the 2018 TNCI Social Impact Award
  • Recruited the first set of U-Recycle volunteers, U-recycle needed more hands to amplify the cause
  • Established our online presence and launched our website
  • Hosted our First Volunteer Meeting
  • Organized Two School workshops to promote environmental awareness and sustainability
  • Engage in our First Beach Cleanup hosted by the Kids Beach Garden, Lagos Nigeria
  • Participated in Field research on Sea turtle poaching in Akodo community to commemorate World Wildlife Day
  • Pioneered Nigeria’s First major Global Recycling Day Celebration in Lagos on the 18th of March themed “Recycling into the Future” with the support of the Global Recycling Foundation. This involved securing 21 strategic partnerships, engaging over 150 attendees.Our event was featured on several local and international newspapers/blogs including media coverage by two local TV stations.
  • Had our very First International Press Feature in The RecyclingToday Magazine and BBC Radio
  • Commemorated World Environment Day with an awareness campaign at The Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State (FUNAAB)
  • Celebrated our 1st year of Social Impact
  • Organized The Cleanup festival in collaboration with Greenclub Unilag at the University of Lagos Nigeria to commemorate World Cleanup Day 2019
  • Implemented a Youth Development Step-down training for emerging social change leaders tagged- LEARN 2019
  • Organized an awareness walk to commemorate 2020 Global Recycling Day which included a BRING YOUR OWN BAG CAMPAIGN at Shoprite Mall
  • Launched an Instagram series tagged – #ChangemakersAroundTheGlobe which featured seven young environmental advocates across the world including Vanessa Nakate and Chloe Mei Espinosa
  • Won the 2021 Recycling Heroes Award. A Prestigious Accolade from the Global Recycling Foundation with special recognition from the President of the Foundation- Ranjit Baxi
  • Registered formally as a Non-governmental Organization in Nigeria through the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)
  • Selected as a recipient of the Youth-in-Development Fellowship by Sozo Networks sponsored by the US Embassy
  • Launched a Virtual Campaign on World Oceans Day promoting awareness and personal pledges to inspire young people to take action
  • Celebrated our Second anniversary
  • Originated Africa’s First Litterathon challenge which engaged youths across 18 cities and 7 countries
  • Received a Grant from the National Geographic Society to implement our AY4E Fellowship
  • Launched the Second Edition of the Litterathon challenge engaging more youths across Africa
  • Commemorated the 2021 Global Recycling Day across 4 states in Nigeria
  • Launched a novel #DitchPlasticStraw Awareness Campaign online
  • Officially introduced our U-Bin School Recycling Project at a school in Lagos Nigeria
  • Conducted a Needs Assessment Exercise to survey the prevalent issues of #plastic pollution and #open defecation in Akodo community and assess the feasibility of our upcoming Eco-toilet solution in that coastal community
  • Launched the African-Youth-For-Environment (AY4E) Fellowship, the first of its kind and nature in Nigeria
  • Coached 36 young emerging environmentalists and Enlisted the Six Inaugural AY4E Fellows
  • Implemented over 24 projects through our AY4E Fellowship
  • Enlightened over 5600 teens across 16 schools in 7 states in Nigeria
  • Implemented the AY4E bootcamp which empowered over 199 teens in 6 states across Nigeria with skills and knowledge towards tackling plastic pollution.
  • Scaled our work to a total of Nine states and Eleven Countries in Africa
  • Celebrated our Third Year Anniversary
  • Had our very First Documentary by DW News broadcasted
  • Finalized and Commissioned our 24th and final AY4E project- an outdoor sitout (made from plastic bottles) in Queen’s College, Lagos Nigeria
  • Conducted a Comprehensive Research which included a 35-question online survey administered to over 1318 Nigerian university and polytechnic students representing 166 tertiary institutions in 36 states in Nigeria and Field research conducted across five universities in 5 states to assess students’ knowledge on marine plastic pollution and garner insights to develop a creative intervention
  • Our Founder- Oluwaseyi Moejoh wins the 2022 Diana Award. Named after Diana, Princess of Wales, The Award is the most prestigious accolade a young person aged 9-25 can receive for their social action or humanitarian work