Mercy Abang is an award-winning Nigerian journalist, Environmental consultant and Social media expert. She is known for her self-funded journalism focused on vulnerable population.

Mercy is the 2017 United Nations (Dag Hammarksjold) Journalism Fellow. She has gone on several election observation missions on the West African sub-continent. She has an interview series, “Conversations with Abang Mercy”, which has had guests such as Reno Omokri, Dele Momodu and Chude Jideonwo.

In 2017, she was named the woman of the Year in Journalism. In 2012, she was named as one of 10 Young Nigerian Women to Watch.

She played an important role in reporting the Ghanaian elections, covering various polling stations all over the country and reporting about the role of Ghanaian bloggers during the 2016 recently concluded elections. She has also reported extensively about the activities of fulani herdsmen in Northern Nigeria.

She started her work on television – as a political correspondent with Independent Television and Radio, Abuja – at a very young age, saddled with the responsibility of covering the political parties and the electoral commission. At ITV Abuja, she worked as a non-linear editor, presentation director and producer.

In the past, she has worked with her fellow African youths and civil societies organisations in lobbying and advocacy, organisations like Oxfam GB Nigeria, West African Civil Society Forum, Heinrich Boell Foundation amongst others. She has also been a stringer for the Associated Press and a fixer for the Sunday Times of London, the BBC World Service Trust amongst others.

At age 20, she represented Nigeria alongside other influential Africans lobbying against the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPA) with the European Union and the African and Caribbean Countries (ACP) in Senegal and the Gambia.

In 2014, she was invited to the African Union’s Third Annual High-Level Dialogue on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance in Africa; Trends, Challenges and Prospects that held at Nairobi’s Safari Park – a meet with participants from over 40 African countries. In March 2015, Mercy alongside international journalist, Kadaria Ahmed of the BBC, hosted Nigerians to a 2-hour live television town hall meeting with the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega in Abuja.

Mercy is a member of the advocacy coalition, Enough is Enough Nigeria founded by Chude Jideonwo, serving at one time in the capacity of Communications Coordinator. Under EiE, she organised and facilitated town hall and campus hall meetings for young Nigerians in the six (6) geo-political zones of Nigeria, educating them about the electoral process and getting them informed about the country’s electoral laws. As a public speaker and commentator, she has motivated youths in and outside Nigeria.

As a young African entrepreneur, she works with young people and continues to inspire her generation by creating jobs opportunities and works as a social media specialist and adviser.

She has interviewed Politicians, academia, entertainers, civil society members, and most importantly the under – reported communities and persons in Nigeria.

The vibrant – witty Journalist continues to moderate and hosts mostly governance events/ town-hall meetings from the city of Bonn to the east African countries of Kenya and West African cities of Accra, Lagos and Abuja.