Saudatu Danladi Mohammed
Saudatu is passionate about girls’ empowerment and dreams of eradicating poverty in Ghana. Having received several scholarships throughout her schooling, Saudatu realizes the value of education and the importance of accessibility; this motivates her to mentor and support girls in her community.
As the Northern Regional CAMFED Association Vice Chairperson, Saudatu has served as a role model and mentor for over 300 Senior High School students through the “My Better World Program.” Saudatu is also the Founder and Executive Director of LifeAgain, an initiative that responds to high teen marriage rates by giving hope, purpose, and empowerment to vulnerable teenage mothers in Northern Ghana. This organization provides young mothers with mentoring, sex education, contraceptives, and scholarship to attain higher education or enroll in vocational school. As a mother of one, this cause is very important to Saudatu, who hopes that she will be able to expand LifeAgain to reach all five regions in Northern Ghana and 1,000 teenage mothers by 2025.
Saudatu previously worked at Market Oriented Agricultural Programme, where she assisted over 50 vegetable sellers in forming an association that links them with vegetable producers for contract farming. She also organized trainings on best practices in organic vegetable production for 80 farmers in the Upper West Region. While studying at Ashesi University in 2015, Saudatu co-founded the Northern Renaissance Initiative. She recorded a documentary on the dangerous lives of head potters (kayayei) and presented it to five schools to deter young girls from pursuing that path. This intervention has increased girls retention in those schools by over 20%.