ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.

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UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT MICHAEL MICHAEL AKPAN, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.

Federal University of Technology Akure | Akure, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 3

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" Creativity and servant-leadership has always been at the centre of all I do. This has fueled my drive to actively use my skills to address societal/business issues that I am passionate about – Gender Equality, Mental Health, StartUp Growth, and Community Development.

I am excited about this opportunity to meet, learn and partner with more people to expand my work scope. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Hang On

With issues ranging from rot in the educational system to poor economic reforms ravaging the Nigerian state, it is a priceless gift to look after one’s mental health. In the typical public education system, “counsellors” are the go-to persons. In reality, the provided solution is just a sham, and the space can pass as the “most unsafe” place to discuss issues you’re facing. "Hang On" is a mental health initiative focused on raising awareness of mental health in the student community. To do this, we have identified that we need to bring the Nigerian students’ minds to realize the problem, how and why it is a problem and the most efficient choice they have. As a response, "Hang On" is through reach-out programmes - virtual and in-person - educating the local FUTA student community about mental health issues. We believe that with consistent efforts and mobilization, the reality can be changed.

About the Millennium Fellow

Michael Akpan is an Undergraduate Human Anatomy student at the Federal University of Technology Akure. He currently serves as the General Secretary of the Nigerian Association of Health Students. Michael believes in the transformative power of writing and communications, and over time, he has worked on media and communication for Nigerian startups.

Michael is actively working on using his skills to address societal/business issues he’s passionate about – Gender Equality, Mental Health, StartUp Growth, and Community Development.