Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Glo/CNN African Voices Fetaure Environmentalist, Newton Jibunoh

In line with the philosophy of the CNN African Voices sponsored by Glo to showcase successful and high-profile personalities who are shaping the African continent, the programme will this weekend feature Nigeria's foremost environmentalist, Chief Newton Jibunoh.

A statement from the Marketing Communications Department of Globacom said Jibunoh will be the star guest on the 30-minute show on Friday at 9.30 a.m. and Saturday at 4.30 p.m., with repeat broadcasts at 10.00 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. on Sunday. There will be further repeats at 11.30 a.m. and 7.30 p.m. on Monday and at 6.30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Chief Jibunoh is one of Nigeria's trailblazing explorers who has witnessed extreme drought and famine on solo expeditions across the Sahara desert and has dedicated his life to curbing the scourge of poverty caused by desertification, a phenomenon where fertile land becomes desert.

He is remembered mostly as the explorer who thrice crossed one of the world's largest deserts. Jibunoh undertook his first Sahara crossing as a youthful adventurer and his second journey as an environmental crusader.

He is trying to raise awareness on desertification/ environmental degradation in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Chief Jibunoh has been a trailblazer for desertification and greening of the Earth for many decades. Just after his University education in the late 60s and at a time when the entire world was undergoing great socio- political and cultural changes, Jibunoh sought out challenges in which to make his own contributions towards creating a better world. He chose the rare and daring challenge of a solo expedition of driving across the Sahara desert in 1996.

Predictably, this became a life-changing experience and the inspiration for his now internationally-remarkable achievements in expedition and greening the Earth.

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