What is the Cervical Cancer Free Nigeria (CCFN) Campaign? 

The CCFN campaign is a grassroots initiative to eradicate cervical cancer from Nigeria by raising awareness about preventing cervical cancer with the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. 

  • Cervical cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in Nigerian women
  • One Nigerian woman dies of cervical cancer every 8 hours 
  • >95% of cervical cancers can be prevented with a safe and effective HPV vaccine

Whiteboard Animation Video A brief introduction to cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine

Harnessing The Power of Education

The GO Comic Book

  • Set in modern day Lagos, Nigeria
  • Uses comic style imagery and storytelling to teach children and their families about the causes of cancer, the safety and efficacy of vaccines, and how the HPV vaccine in particular prevents cervical cancer
  • Dispels myths and misconceptions generally associated with cancer 

The goal is to introduce this engaging educational comic to children and adolescents in their classrooms who will, in turn, share the comic with the adults in their lives, thereby achieving widespread reach and improved uptake of the HPV vaccine for cervical cancer prevention.

Educating while Entertaining

With the myriad challenges presented by COVID-19, we pivoted; partnering with politicians, physicians, activists and leaders in the private and public sector to bring cervical cancer and HPV vaccine awareness to the Nigerian public through other means. Including:

  • Social media awareness campaigns, and
  • An "animatic" version of the Comic Book that is more widely accessible

GO Comic Book Animatic: Brought to life with moving images, music, and narration by Nigerian voice actors.

Our Ambassadors 

  • Abimbola Ogunbanjo President of the National Council of the Nigerian Stock Exchange and Managing Partner of Chris Ogunbanjo & Co. 
  • Senator Lanre Tejuoso Chair of the Legislative Initiative for Sustainable Development in Nigeria (LISDEL), Medical Doctor
  • Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu Pediatric Consultant, Wife of the Governor of Kebbi state, Union for International Cancer Control, Founder and CEO of Medicaid Cancer Foundation
  • Patrick Doyle Broadcaster & Producer
  • Toun Okewale Sonaiya Radio broadcaster; CEO of WFM 91.7, the first radio station for women in Nigeria
  • Amarachi Nwosu Nigerian-American Visual Artist, Writer, Creative Director, Cultural Consultant
  • Rekiyah Ibrahim Attah Actress
  • Omotinuola “Tinu” Eze Founder of Total Girls Empowerment Foundation, teacher, mentor, writer, and entrepreneur 
  • Karo Omu Founder of Sanitary Aid Initiative
  • Folashade Domingo Health Advocate

Long-Term Impact

Vaccines have been effective at either eliminating, or virtually eliminating, an array of deadly diseases including smallpox, polio, measles and influenza. We hope to spread awareness of and access to the HPV vaccine so we can help eradicate HPV-related cancers by 2030, in keeping with the World Health Organization’s recently set goals.