Hamzat B. Lawal is a dedicated anti-corruption activist, renowned for his impactful work in social accountability and community empowerment across Africa. He is the visionary founder of Follow The Money, a pioneering social accountability initiative that brings together data analysts, journalists, activists, and students to drive positive change.
As the Chief Executive of Connected Development (CODE), a prominent non-governmental organization, Hamzat leads efforts to empower marginalized communities throughout Africa by providing them with essential information and tools to actively engage with their governments, ultimately enhancing public service delivery.
Hamzat Lawal’s journey began in Kogi State, and he developed his leadership skills during his formative years. His academic journey led him to the University of Abuja, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science.
Hamzat’s career path began as a Rep Serviceman in the field of information technology. He later assumed the role of an information technology specialist at the International Centre for Energy, Environment and Development (ICEED), where his passion for climate change advocacy blossomed. His dedication to this cause led him to engage in extensive research, including the study of documents and protocols related to climate change.
In 2012, Hamzat Lawal was deeply moved by the tragic poisoning incident in Zamfara State, which claimed the lives of over 400 individuals. Troubled by the lack of attention and response, he embarked on a 14-hour journey to the affected community of Bagega. This experience fueled his commitment to community activism and inspired the creation of Follow The Money, a grassroots movement focused on using data to hold government agencies accountable and advocate for affected communities. His relentless efforts in this regard earned him recognition as a finalist for the $120,000 Gothenburg Sustainability Award in March 2021.
Notably, Hamzat is a co-convener of the Not Too Young To Run movement, which played a pivotal role in advocating for young people’s right to run for political offices. Their efforts led to the passing of an age reduction bill, promoting youth inclusion in Nigerian politics. Additionally, he serves as an executive board member of the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change.
Hamzat B. Lawal’s unwavering commitment to social justice, community empowerment, and anti-corruption initiatives continues to drive positive change across Africa, transforming lives and fostering a brighter future for all.