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Ebenezar Wikina
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Born on August 10th 1992, Ebenezar Wikina hails from Kono in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State, Nigeria. He is a digital journalist and storyteller who covers both local and international stories by writing for the Huffington Post, and managing City News Port Harcourt’s transition from print media to new media.

He is also Co-founder of Write Paragraphs; an online hub that uses social media to nurture and connect young writers to opportunities on the internet.

On his globally-read interview column, The Stroll, which he started in 2013 with his mobile phone, Ebenezar has engaged over 100 global leaders and change makers around the world including, Mr Ahmad Alhendawi (The UN Youth Envoy), UN Under-Secretary-General Gyan Acharya, Under-Secretary-General Babatunde Osotimehin (Exec Director, UNFPA), Assistant-Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri (Deputy ED, UN Women), Richard Wurman (Founder of TED), The CNN Freedom Project, Stephen Sackur (Host of BBC HARDtalk), Owen Benneth Jones (BBC World Service Presenter), Ndaba Mandela (Grandson of Nelson Mandela), Koko Kalango (Project Director of the Port Harcourt World Book Capital City Project), Femi Oke (Host of Al Jazeera’s ‘The Stream’), to mention but a few. The interviews are also available on his Podcast channel which currently averages over 100 listens per podcast.

In 2014 he organized TEDxYouth@OrdinanceRoad, the only TEDxYouth event in West Africa that year, and has previously worked on the organizing teams for TEDxStadiumRoad, TEDxPortHarcourt, and TEDxPortHarcourt Salon.

In June 2015 he was one of the outstanding 80 youths and Global Shapers from around Africa selected to represent their hubs and countries at the 25th Anniversary of the World Economic Forum on Africa which held in Cape town, South Africa, where he was also a speaker at a public session on “technology and media consumption” alongside fellow speakers; Honourable Minister for Information in South Africa, Hon Faith Muthambi, Uzodinma Iweala, Editor-in-Chief of Ventures Africa, to mention a few.

As a United Nations Online Volunteer and Deputy Curator of the Port Harcourt Global Shapers Hub, Ebenezar continues to give his time, expertise, and resources to causes that advance the development of his community and the world at large. His writing has been featured on CNBC Africa, the World Economic Forum Blog, and the United Nations website.

Entries by Ebenezar Wikina

World Television Day 2015: My Stroll with Pavlina Osta, Celebrity Entertainment Journalist

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 3:15 PM


November 21st is Word Television Day, and the UN acknowledges that television is one of the most influential forms of media for communication and information dissemination. My guest today, Pavlina Osta, is one name you should watch out for because she will be...

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WEF Africa at 25: My Stroll with Elsie Kanza, Senior Director & Head of Africa, World Economic Forum

(0) Comments | Posted November 10, 2015 | 11:37 AM


This interview is so close to my heart because I finally got the chance to speak with one of the people who have made my 2015 a year to remember. Thanks to Prof Klaus Schwab's undying support for the Global Shapers Community and...

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Shaping Africa's Tourism: My Stroll with Rosalin Abigail Kyere-Nartey

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2015 | 11:08 AM


"Where is Africa rising to, when it is easier, 3 times cheaper, safer and less stressful to travel through Europe on a Nigerian passport than it is to travel through Africa?", Nigerian Author and Satirist, Elnathan John, asked this recently on Twitter, and...

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#HelpBanguiRise: Join the Global Shapers Community & TABITHA to Support Thousands of Displaced People in Bangui

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2015 | 5:53 PM


On October 1st, the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) reported that the estimated number of displaced people in Bangui was 42,575 following the devastating violence that erupted on Saturday, September 26th 2015 after the killing of a Muslim taxi driver.


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Global Dignity Day 2015: My Stroll with His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 4:00 PM


Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, is the heir apparent to the Throne of Norway. In 2003 he was appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with a particular focus on the UN Millennium Development Goals and the effort...

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#UN70: My Stroll With Elyx, United Nations Digital Ambassador

(0) Comments | Posted October 26, 2015 | 1:43 AM


Elyx is the United Nations' first digital ambassador, and its job description is, One, to smile; two, to carry the message of the UN around the world; and three, to smile again (Lol)

As we celebrate United Nations Day, today October 24th, I...

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Port Harcourt Global Shapers Ask: How Well Do you #KnowTheSDGs?

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 1:36 PM


The Global Shapers Community is a Global Network of Hubs developed and led by young people between 20-29 years of age, who are exceptional in their potential, their achievement and their drive to make a contribution to their communities.

The Port Harcourt Global...

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#WorldsLargestLesson: My Stroll With Sir Ken Robinson

(1) Comments | Posted October 12, 2015 | 6:57 PM


I have been trying to interview Sir Ken Robinson for the past 3 years, and I wouldn't have been worried if I had to wait a lifetime to eventually do a stroll with him because he's just incredible. And many thanks to the...

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DISRUPTING JOURNALISM: 3 Interviews in 3 Days with 3 Guests from 3 Continents

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2015 | 12:14 PM


How much would it cost if I had to fly from Port Harcourt to Geneva on Monday, and then back to Abuja on Tuesday, and then to New York on Wednesday, and back to Port Harcourt on Thursday...? Quite a fortune right?


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#UN70: My Stroll with Noella Richard, UNDP Youth Policy Specialist

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2015 | 10:20 AM


Noëlla Richard leads UNDP's global work on Youth in the Bureau for Policy and Programme Support in New York, in charge of the coordination of UNDP's work on Youth, and the co-chair of the United Nations Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development for 2015-2016.


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#‎UN70‬: My Stroll with Margareta Wahlstrom, Special Representative of the Secretary General on Disaster Risk Reduction

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 6:56 PM

"Risk Reduction is not a stand-alone issue... you cannot achieve sustainable development if you don't recognize and manage risk." - SRSG Margareta Wahlstrom.


Ms. Wahlstrom was made the first SRSG (Special Representative of the Secretary General) for Disaster Risk Reduction in 2008, and...

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#YALI2015: My Stroll with Nkem Azinge

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 2:34 PM

"Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves" ~ James Matthew Barrie


I feel so much peace after completing this stroll because, I didn't want to break the "twin code"--if there's anything like that--by strolling...

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#UN70: My Stroll with Bridget Sisk, Chief, UN Archives and Records Management Section

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2015 | 2:43 PM


You can listen or download this interview on the Stroll Podcast

When the UN General Assembly starts in September, global leaders will sit together to agree on a new development agenda for the world and commemorate 7 decades of the...

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#AfricasBiggestBookProject: My Stroll with Naomi Lucas

(0) Comments | Posted August 26, 2015 | 2:17 PM


My 98th Stroll is a conversation with Naomi Lucas, Founder of Graduate Pro and Project Director of Africa's Biggest Book Project. Naomi tells me about this project and why it is important to Africa's Literature and Job market. Just like I do with...

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For the Love of Social Good: My Stroll With Blossom Nnodim

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2015 | 1:07 AM

"Dumb activated ideas are more likely to impact than smart inactivated ideas" ~ Blossom Nnodim

In this interesting conversation with Blossom Nnodim, we discuss her life so far; the social media drama that went down during the 2015 general elections in Nigeria;...

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Queen's Young Leaders 2015: My Stroll with Nkechi Azinge

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 4:57 PM



Recently honoured, alongside 59 other youths across the commonwealth, by the Queen of England for her work with the Sickle Cell Community in Nigeria, Nkechi Azinge, founder of Sickle Cell Aid Foundation (SCAF), tells me about her work, her passion, her dreams,...

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How to Kick Polio: My Stroll with Kelechi Uhegwu

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 4:34 PM


World Polio Day is slated for October 24th but I think this stroll cannot wait till then. Kelechi was diagnosed with polio when she was just over 1 year old, and three decades after that diagnosis she tells me how she's...

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Money, Women, and Development: My Stroll with Assistant-Secretary-General Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 8:54 AM


Listen to this interview on the Stroll Podcast here


Often times when we think about women and money, the next thing that comes to mind is shopping or manicure, but my guest today will make you think again. Speaking to...

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Reaping the Demographic Dividend: My Stroll With Under-Secretary-General Babatunde Osotimehin

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 3:44 PM


Listen to this Interview on The Stroll Podcast, here

In course of the 25th anniversary of the World Economic Forum on Africa which held in Cape Town 3rd-5th of June 2015, I was lucky to secure a one-on-one with...

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#Africa80: Meet the Shaping Army

(0) Comments | Posted June 22, 2015 | 7:03 PM


History was made at the World Economic Forum on Africa 2015 when 80 young Africans, representing 40 countries and 60 Global Shapers Community Hubs, became the largest youth delegation to a World Economic Forum meeting; taking their seat on the table side-by-side with...

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