Philip Obaji Jr, Founder of 1 GAME Campaign, has worked with disadvantaged and vulnerable children for more than 3 years in a variety of roles including, advocate, teacher, coach and mentor.
Obaji has shown extraordinary courage and commitment in advocating for basic primary education for Almajiri children in North-East Nigeria, a region where Islamist militants fight against western education and attacks those in support of it. Obaji has defied those threats and continues to make huge contributions to improve access to school for Almajiri children, many of whom have been recruited into insurgent groups.
As General Coordinator of 1 GAME Campaign, Obaji oversees the operation of over 5 projects and programs that involve more than 100 volunteers. He has implemented innovative strategies to help Almajiri children in violence-torn Borno State deal with a history of violence, abuse and neglect, bringing together Christians and Muslims to help deal with these issues, thereby bridging the religious divide that exist in most parts of the state.
In addition to his Campaign work, Obaji is a member of the Cross River State Football Board. He previously worked as staff of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup played in Nigeria and member of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2010 Obudu International Mountain Race.
Obaji was born on August 8, 1985 in the Southern Nigeria town of Ogoja in Cross River State. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the University of Calabar, Nigeria.