In the last three years, Bella has been working to strengthen US-Nigeria relations through public and cultural diplomacy. As the Cultural Affairs Specialist at U.S Embassy Abuja, she is responsible for strategically directing U.S cultural diplomacy in Nigeria and increasing the reach and impact of people-to people exchanges in Northern Nigeria. She holds an MA in InternationalDevelopment Studies and BA in International Relations and French. Bella has strong interests in democratic governance and works in an advisory capacity with youth-led CSOs with focus on democratic governance in Nigeria. With more than ten years of experience working with adolescents, particularly in building their leadership capacity and navigating a career path, Bella is currently the director of the Abuja Hub’s “SHAPE-UP Mentoring” project for teens. Through her platform—Girl Lead Hub—Bella is building a network of adolescent girls who are driven and committed to leadership, service and making a difference.