We are proud to introduce you to Debbie Ariyo, OBE, a founder and Chief Executive at AFRUCA - Africans Unite Against Child Abuse. AFRUCA is a platform for advocating the rights and welfare of African children providing services to meet their safeguarding needs.
Born in the United Kingdom and raised in Nigeria, Debbie returned to England at the age of 21 to work for the British Government. Her 10-year-long career for the British Civil Service included working on projects such as youth entrepreneurship and urban regeneration.
She has stated that her life mission is to promote awareness of challenges faced by young families and children in England and Africa and to help to create a world where black and African children can live free of cruelty. AFRUCA is one of the most successful charities in the United Kingdom and raised millions of pounds for AFRUCA’s charity campaigns since day one. Debbie is a multi-awarded social entrepreneur holding an OBE (Order of the British Empire) since 2011.
We met Debbie at the African Diaspora magazine roundtable discussion hosted by WorldRemit for the CMG Media Group. Here we had a chance to discuss how Africans can support each other, the importance of inspirational women and how she has used the opportunities she has been given to campaign for others, whose voices need to be heard.