Dami Makinde

Dami Makinde

Co-Founder and Co-Ceo, We Belong, NextGen Network

Dami Makinde is the Co-founder and Co-CEO of  ‘We Belong’, an organisation that fights for young migrants to be treated equally and fairly in a society they call home.

Dami was born in Nigeria and moved to the UK from when she was 8 years old. Unfortunately, her immigration status barred her from accessing student finance despite being lawful in the country. She joined the Let Us Learn campaign and shared her story worldwide.

In 2017, Dami was seconded to the London Mayor’s office as a Policy Advisor to help within their Social Integration Team. She began a Forum to build a bridge between the Mayor and all London migrants.

Dami has been on numerous social exchange programmes to learn about other migrants, and the difficult situations young people in particular are in. She’s currently an Eisenhower Youth Fellow and has spoken out against the UK’s hostile environment towards migrants in many places.