Mr. Runcie Chikeruba Wilson Chidebe is a leading cancer advocate in Nigeria, working to ensure that cancer becomes a national health priority. He fanatically believes that Africa can change the pathetic image of rising incidence of cancer, late detection of cancer, and cancer deaths through strategic, logical and rational collaboration of diversified sectors.
He is the Founder and Executive Director of Project PINK BLUE, a strong advocacy organization for cancer patients in Nigeria. He led his team to implement the first cancer patient navigation project in Nigeria and also established the Abuja Cancer Survivors Group. He and his team have mobilized many young people who are raising cancer awareness through effective use of social media.
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Before assuming the leadership of Project PINK BLUE, Runcie had an exceptional experience working as Script Supervisor for the BBC World Service Trust (now, BBC Media Action) on a health project known as “Wetin Dey” which had over 50 million direct impact. In 2012, he produced the Global People Project (GPP) Nigeria for Brockwell Pictures UK, an internet map project on happiness and people. As the Creative Director of Kemistry Business Solutions Ltd, he managed the United Nations Information and Development Organization (UNIDO) Entrepreneurship & Career Fair 2013, Abuja, which engaged over 1,000 unemployed Nigerian youths. As a volunteer, he was on AIESEC Global Community Development Programme (GCDP) internship in 2011 at Cape Coast, Ghana.
An alumnus of the U.S. Government to attend the U.S. Department of State International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) programme, he has received multiple awards in recognition of his cancer advocacy works; including but not limited to Community Service award by Rotaract Club District 9140; Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Young Leader Award 2015 at World Cancer Leaders’ Summit, Istanbul, Turkey; Recognition for contribution to National Development in Health Sector 2015; Green October Humanitarian Award; Global Shapers Abuja I Am Bold Award, Shape Africa 2014; Alumni of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) 2015; Top 50 entrepreneurs of the Etisalat Easy Millionaire Hunt II 2015; Fellow, LEAP Africa Social Innovators Programme & Awards (SIPA) 2015/2016; and Fellow, Youngsters -UNDP Young Aspirants Leadership Fellowship (YALF) 2014.
Runcie believes that saving lives is the greatest gift after procreation, and dedicates most of his time fighting to save lives from cancer.