About Us

We do things differently…

Saving African Youths Dream Initiative (SAYDi) is a non-governmental organization in West Africa, Nigeria with the mandate to promote equitable quality education; campaign against gender disparity and civic engagement apathy; and advocacy for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in immediate communities and beyond.

SAYDi was launched as a student organization in 2020 at the University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria and was officially registered with the corporate affairs commission as a non-profit organization in the year 2021. The organization has since grown to be a worthy NGO being run by a population of youth volunteers.

SAYDi supports marginalized and vulnerable communities with resources that amplifies their voices while also providing them with information that fosters social and economic progress. This we do without demands yet transparent and unimpaired in our engagements.

To enhance effective education, democratic governance and social justice, SAYDi creates that close feedback loop between citizens and the government. With global expertise and reach, we focus on community outreach, influencing policies, practices, and knowledge mobilization.

Our Vision

To create an ecosystem of opportunities where young people, especially the underserved can fully harness their potential and optimally unlock it to their advantage and that of the entire society.

Our Mission

We enhance effective and efficient education, promote democratic governance, gender inclusion, and social justice, SAYDi creates an interface between citizens and the government.

Our Objectives

Promote equity and stakeholders' inclusion in education development.

Provide support and platforms for societal development through youth empowerment and affairs.

Promote gender equity as a principle of human rights and a developmental goal.

Advocate gender rebalancing in resource distribution, legal rights, and political participation.

Contribute positively to the achievement of good governance, transparency, accountability, and a people-friendly legal framework for youth dreams.

Encourage youth participation in politics and decision-making.

Promote Climate Engagements.

Our Key Drivers


Growth Mindset


Social Inclusion

Active Participation


Work Ethic


Board of Directors

Dr. Amina Salihu

Senior Director of Program, Macarthur Foundation

Abdullateef O. Abdulkareem

Founder, Saving African Youths Dream Initiative (SAYDI)

Prof. Suleiman Folorunsho Ambali

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Management Sciences, University of Ilorin

Prof. Mashood Mustapha Keke

Zoology Department, University of Ilorin

Abdullahi Tunde Aborede

Researcher, University of State Mississippi, USA

Funmi Omisope