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Climate Change Impact Displaces 7.4 Million Africans – Nigerian-led Researchers

A Nigerian-led research team says no fewer than 7.4 million people are displaced in Africa for 2022 due to climate change impact.

The team disclosed this on Friday December 7, 2023 in a book released at the ongoing climate change conference COP28 in Dubai.

Presenting the book titled “Climate Mobility Guidebook for Youth and Children” the lead researcher, Lukman Akintola, said 2.4 million of the affected persons were in Nigeria due to floods.

The data, Akintola said, were pulled from the World Bank, International Organisation for Migration (IOM), Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) among others.

Akintola, who is a knowledge advisor at the Global Centre for Climate Mobility Initiative, described climate mobility as the movement of people in response to the devastating impacts of climate change.

The lead researcher said the book looked at how climate change affected Africans particularly in the area of human displacement.

“We actually pulled all these data together; we didn’t go to the field to gather them; we used existing resources to come up with this.

“We have three major objectives; we want young people who want to work in climate mobility to understand what it means and their roles in climate mobility.

“This book will also help the youth who want to build careers in the climate mobility area, ‘’ he said.


By Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun

Dare Akogun is a dynamic media innovator, strategic communication professional, and seasoned climate and environmental sustainability journalist with over 10 years of influential contributions to the media industry.

He Currently serving as the Head of Digital Media, Senior News Editor, and a presenter at Sobi FM 101.9, a leading radio station in Ilorin, Nigeria.

Dare is on a mission to leverage his media innovation expertise and project management skills to produce high-quality, accurate, and engaging content, while advocating for reduced fossil fuel consumption, especially coal, to combat effect of global warming.

He has covered comprehensively environmental issues and COP conferences, including COP28 in Dubai last year , COP 27 in Egypt, and the United Nations Least Developed Countries conference in Doha, in 2023.

He is a recipient of fellowship to be part of a 15 team of journalists selected worldwide to cover the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2024.

He has a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, from the University of Lagos, a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism from the Lagos State University and also a
Certification in Business Administration and Management, from the Babson College, Massachusetts, United States of America.

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