Bailiff Africa Celebrates World Environment Day with Dr. Charles Akhimien, Official UNEP Blogger.


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Bailiff Africa is thrilled to be hosting Dr. Charles Akhimien as the lead discussant during our 13th Episode of Bailiff Issues on June 5th (World Environment Day), 2013. Dr. Akhimien will be leading the discussions on Twitter from 6:00 – 7:30pm, West African Time, focused on food issues in Nigeria and Africa.

The Bailiff Issues discussion series was launched in March, 2013 on Twitter with the hashtag #BailiffIssues to facilitate environmental education among Nigerian youths. Over the past month, Bailiff Africa has hosted discussions from waste management in Nigeria to the role of women in the African environmental revolution. The Bailiff Issues episodes hold weekly on Wednesdays from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm (Nigerian Time) and the sessions attract participation from across Africa. From Climate Change to Population Crises to Droughts and Floods, the session covers a variety of topics one Wednesday at a time. Every tweet, re-tweet and counter-tweet is a step closer to achieving the goal of sensitizing the African youth population on environmental issues and initiatives in order to mobilize change from this corner of the community. The ‘Bailiff Issues’ sessions are fun, relaxed and informative.

Dr. Charles Akhimien is a 24-year-old doctor and environmentalist from Nigeria and won the 2013 World Environment Day blogging competition after picking up almost half of the close to 70,000 votes cast in an online vote organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Charles Immanuel Akhimien was one of ten short-listed bloggers whose entries were posted on the World Environment Day website ( where WED followers could choose their favourite entry. After securing first place with over 31,000 votes, Charles is currently in Mongolia, representing the UNEP to report on World Environment Day (WED) 2013 world celebrations.

D. Akhimien says that “As a doctor, I have found that the state of our environment is directly related to our personal health, so I have decided to champion environmental issues. I look forward to seeing some of the two million trees planted across Mongolia’s vast desert regions since 2011, and to observe how Mongolia is using renewable energy by exploiting its huge solar power potential,”

The competition was held in support of the ‘Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint! campaign launched by UNEP,the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and other partners earlier this year. Food waste and food loss is also the theme of WED 2013.

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