Victor Ochen | The Youngest African Nominated for The Nobel Peace Prize to Attend The Ugandan Diaspora Gala – 2015 Edition

Posted February 19, 2015 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Inspirational Ugandan Videos ~ 40,667 views


News Flash — The Youngest African Nominated For a Nobel Peace Prize has confirmed he will attend the 5th annual Ugandan Diaspora Gala were he will also be a featured guest speaker and an award recipient. As a Diaspora community we celebrate and honor – Victor Ochen as a Ugandan success story — Visit ( to learn more!

Victor Ochen, founder and director of the African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET) was nominated for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. The 33-year-old has dedicated his life to rehabilitating victims of war by providing psycho-social support and life-saving healthcare.

He is a 2011 graduate of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme.

“My heart swells with pride to hear of one of my ‘children’ leading change in Africa,” commented Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

“Victor is part of a special group of African leaders who have graduated from the program that bears my name and I wish him well as a potential recipient of this auspicious honour.”

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The nomination has been put forward by the American Friends Services Committee, the same organisation that nominated previous Nobel Peace Prize winners Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Martin Luther King and Jimmy Carter, among others.

“My work supporting victims and survivors of war, advocating for human rights, engaging in peace and reconciliation is out of inspiration I gained from Tutu himself and the skills and knowledge I gained during the fellowship. I hope that this nomination will contribute to a change of perception of Africa’s youth as agents of prosperity and peace,” said Victor.

Since 2005, AYINET has provided reconstructive surgical repair to at least 5,000 victims of torture and sexual violence, as well as treating war wounds and those requiring mental health support.

Born in one of northern Uganda’s camps for displaced people, Victor spent most of his youth amid war, witnessing an array of human rights abuses. In 2003, the Lord’s Resistance Army abducted his elder brother and cousin. To this day, their whereabouts are unknown.

Source — Homecoming Revolution.

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    Maggie Kigozi

    Proud of you Victor.


    All the best Victor

    Chris Achebe

    Congratulations. Very proud of your achievements, praying for the win.
    Till then, Happy Lenten season.


    Victor, u make us love Uganda more, task us to feel Africa, and challenge us to advocate for peace Worldwide.
    Thank u

    Kitara David

    Its good to show the rest of our youth that there is hope even when there seems to be none. Another vice which is “killing” the future of our youths is alcoholism and drugs…we need to join forces to fight this deadly evil, otherwise we are likely to lose a generation to alcoholism and drugs

    Gerald Karuhanga

    When you need hope and instead give it; you are a hero to many souls and a source of effective inspiration to multitudes! Carry on brother!

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