Ukaga Ogechi was born into a Royal Nigerian family and had to learn through her personal experiences how to survive and grow.
She decided to dedicate her life to achieve prosperity and peace for her people. The young woman was educated in Nigeria and successfully completed her “O” and “A” Levels, followed by a diploma at the University of Calabra, Nigeria, and at the Institute of Computer Training School. After that she went on to become Executive Director for Young Volunteers for Environment Nigeria (YVE). Ukaga Ogechi is a member of the Civil Liberties Organisation, Women in Nigeria (WIN), Niger Delta Spider (NDS), Nigeria Youth Aids Programme (NYAP) and many more. She has working experiences as Project Coordinator at the United Community Action Network (U-CAN) and as Action Partner for instance for the International Youth Parliament. Attending many national and international events in Ghana, Togo, Switzerland, and Russia she is motivated to work hard to help improve environmental protection and the situation in her home country and to inspire the youth to innovate projects in sectors such as economy, employment, and awareness in home politics.
On Waldzell 2005
The Waldzell Meeting has rekindled my personal belief in the inherent and God-given ability of man to succeed against all odds. Two arguments were raised which made a great impact on my personal perspective and have helped me a lot: There were two very visible camps at the meeting. Those who believe in the spiritual approach to solving and correcting world ills, and another camp that believes in the application of scientific evidence and theories in arriving at solutions. At Waldzell, l arrived at the conclusion that perhaps if mankind will find a meeting point between scientific and spiritual approaches, the answers that have hitherto been hidden from us may soon be revealed. Being at the meeting in Melk Abbey was one of the most memorable moments, walking round the garden, reading all that is written on the plates and reflecting on it made me realize when in my life I did effectuate anything and the changes in my life.
Allowing the “Architects” to ask the speakers questions made it more understandable, and gave me the chance to follow the flow of the discussion. Most of all, it made me understand that so many people – like all the people I met at the Waldzell Meeting – care about young people like me and are always there to listen to us.