A just energy transition in the Niger Delta

by Advocacy Centre in Nigeria

Total raised £5,140

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Provide communities in the Niger Delta with access to clean electricity through the implementation of PV Solar mini grids.

by Advocacy Centre in Nigeria

New stretch target

The more cash the more projects can be started immediately. 


Home to one in six sub-Saharan Africans, Nigeria is the most populous country on the continent with 40 million people living in the Niger Delta alone.

For over half a century, Shell, the Nigerian Government, and other parties have explored and subsequently extracted oil in the Niger Delta. The local population has not benefited financially however they are continuously suffering significant negative environmental, social, and economic consequences.

For example, the oil contamination of rivers and demolition of mangroves has destroyed traditional livelihoods and led to a weak and unstable local economy, often centered around the illegal extraction and refining of oil. After more than 60 years of supplying vast amounts of energy in the form of oil & gas to the world, access to electricity in the Niger Delta is still intermittent, expensive, and unreliable.

However, there are solutions to these environmental and social injustices taking place. The sun is abundant and installing Solar PV mini grids is a viable solution to provide a reliable electricity supply and become a way to break the dependency on fossil fuels. It can also create more opportunities for local employment and self-sufficiency within communities themselves as business ventures will be more secure, communities more empowered, and the natural environment will start to rejuvenate.

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Who we are:

Fyneface Dumnamene Fyneface lives in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. He is an environmental justice activist and community champion. Fyneface set up the Youths and Environmental Advocacy Centre (Advocacy Centre) in 2017. The Advocacy Centre serves as a platform to engage key stakeholders in the Niger Delta for peace and prosperity of the region.

Helena Farstad lives in London, UK. She is an environmental activist and business consultant. With over a decade of experience within environmental sustainability, she has been supporting Fyneface and the Advocacy Centre for over a year on this project in a pro-bono capacity. 

Helena was introduced to Fyneface by Noo Saro-Wiwa, who was born in Port Harcourt. Noo has particularly strong ties to the Niger Delta and more specifically Ogoniland, an area located in the River South East senatorial district of River State, as the daughter of the late Nigerian poet and environmental activist, Ken Saro-Wiwa.  

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Our progress to date:

A series of sites in the Delta have been identified, analysed, and deemed viable. Fyneface and the project team have already started the initial engagement work with the selected communities and will now ramp this work up to prepare for the implementation stage.The installation will start as soon as possible post the community engagement phase and could be well underway by late Autumn.

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How you can help: 

Funding is required to cover travel costs associated with engaging communities in advance of starting the implementation phase, as well as initial set-up costs per site.

We would be deeply grateful for your support to help change people's lives in the Niger Delta and demonstrate how a just transition can be implemented in the area. Thank you! 

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