Achaleke is a Youth Development, civil society activist and a youth expert on peace building and fights against violent extremism with nine years of experience.He was born in 1990, in Fiango Kumba, Cameroon, a town renown for youth involvement in violence and violent extremist activities like; jungle justice, kidnapping, gangs, socio-cultural and religious conflicts, armed robbery, street fighting, just to name a few. Even though he was a victim of radicalisation and violence, he succeeded in transforming himself from an agent of violence to an Ambassador of peace and change. His past experience has widened his scope and approach in identifying and developing possible solutions to the challenges of youth development and causes of violence, violent extremism and conflict in Cameroon and across the world.
He currently serves as the National Coordinator of a youth-led civil society organisation in Cameroon; Local Youth Corner Cameroon and Cameroon Youth Ambassador to the Commonwealth. He equally serves as the Pan-Commonwealth (Global) Coordinator of the Commonwealth Peace Ambassadors Network. Achaleke is a Non-resident Fellow of TREND institute in Abu Dhabi . He was recently named Most Influential Young Persons in Cameroon in 2016 and also named among 100 Most Influential Youths in Africa in 2016. In 2016 he was named Commonwealth Young Person of the Year 2016 and winner of the Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development Work 2016. Achaleke currently a Chevening Scholars, studying an MSc in International Development (Conflict Security and Development) at the University of Birmingham, UK. In 2018 Achaleke was nominated to be the first African Youth to address the African Union Peace and Security Council on behalf of young people on the youth , peace and security Agenda .
With the most recent terrorist attacks and rise in violent extremism in Cameroon and the world, Achaleke through his organisation and other affiliations is currently championing youth action for peace and preventing/countering violent Extremism. Through his organisation, he is providing intelligence information and possible best practices to government institutions and local communities on the drivers of violence and how to prevent and counter. He has developed training materials and visual aids to accompany his capacity building and training to train youth peace ambassadors and sensitise a wider audience. In his nine years of service to young people and communities, he has empowered and reached out to over one million young people through face to face and media programmes both in Cameroon and abroad.
Watch Achaleke’s Interview on BBC World News Focus on Africa in London
As part of his peace building strive, he has successfully incorporated rehabilitating, disengagement and reintegration of victims and perpetrators of violence into his work. Providing peace building, entrepreneurship, civic education, leadership and vocational skills to young people with a history of or engaged in violence and propensity to be recruited by Violent Extremist remains one of his most innovative strategies in the fight against violent extremism in Cameroon.
Watch Achaleke’s Reflection at the Westminster Abbey in the presence of H. M Queen Elizabeth II
Achaleke’s team spirit, commitment and approach to identifying and networking with other local organisation across Cameroon and the world has been of great help in shaping youth development and peace building initiatives in Cameroon. His story and achievements as a trainer, project coordinator, mentor, coach, policy drafter and innovator in the domain of youth development, peacebuilding, conflict prevention and security are a great inspiration and surely steps on the way to a long journey to inspire young people across the world. He is fortunate to be part of the UNOY Youth Advocacy team and process for the adoption of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2250 on Youth, Peace. He has acquired wide experience as keynote speaker, facilitator, trainer, expert and policy development team of most national and international initiatives and platforms on youth development, peace building and countering violent Extremism.