Nigerian born Oluwabukola Michael Nelson grew up facing the same issues faced by so many in the African society.
"From birth I lived in Nigeria. I moved when I was close to 30 years old. So starting from childhood I saw things change from bad to worse," said Nelson.
Micheal says the African community is beginning to accept the dictatorship as a way of life. A situation Micheal describes as unbearable. In response, he decided to tackle the problems head on-- by starting an advocacy group-- Democratic Dream Project for Africa.
"We feel like if you can be educated in knowing what you're rights are, you'll be able to address them much more constructively, than destructively," said Nelson.
They plan to do that in three ways. First, by educating children on existing laws to prevent future generations from getting stuck in the cycle of corruption and violence. They also plan to partner with colleges and universities to implement scholarship programs-- this will allow students to create change throughout their careers. Third-- the dreams project constantly monitors the activities of the governments and its leaders to help people understand the political and social climate.
"We felt if people understood this is not how it should be," said Nelson, "that's the starting point for finding a solution to our problems."