2019 Y.I.L Fellows.
Africa's Young Innovation Leaders
We selected people that have shown a track record of excellence in their personal development, career and academics.
Our fellows have some level of mastery in a hard skill. Beyond getting a university/ polytechnic education, they have obtained further training in some skill.
Elizabeth is a passionate economist whose interest lies in research on human behavioural patterns and in volunteering towards environmental sanitation. She emerged as the Best Female Graduating Student from the Faculty of the Social Sciences and the Best Graduating Student from the Department of Economics, University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 2017. She was among the 150 delegates selected to attend the 42nd Business Today International Conference that held in New York, United States of America in 2016. She has led several groups involved in varying projects, one of which waste nylons were recycled to produce a prototype rain-proof drawstring bag for pupils in rural areas. She also worked with other students to research the effects of the Nigerian 2016 Inflation on University of Ibadan’s Students’ Savings and Consumption. She is looking to influence public policy around waste generation and use in Nigeria. Consequently, Elizabeth continuously seeks platforms that develop and sharpen her ability to be a phenomenal asset to the human race in problem solving.
Nonjabulo Gumede is an emerging researcher, social entrepreneur and an African enthusiast from South Africa, who is passionate about the process of combating local and global structures of inequality, injustice and misrule. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree majoring in Political Science and International Relations and an LLB degree from the University of Witwatersrand. She has vested herself in the study of social justice, human rights and identity politics. She is the founder of “Travel4Change Adventures”- an organization which is committed to addressing African development and policy issues. The intent of this organization is to bring about political and sociological enlightenment in the most creative way. Her vision is to run relief programs around Africa and improve economic markets. Her desire is to lead conversations on difficult topics relating to identity politics in Africa and engage political forces with marginalized communities through projects, books, documentaries and seminars.
Godspower is a medical doctor and researcher with keen interest in the fields of molecular biology, bioinformatics, genetics and translational oncology. He has participated twice in the International Biology Olympiad. He was the best graduating medical student in the University of Ibadan in 2018, bagging several other awards. He has obtained certifications in genomics and bioinformatics and hopes to develop simple solutions in the battle against disease, especially cancer. Furthermore, he has a passion for health literacy and healthcare access and has participated in several health outreaches to different parts of Nigeria. He is also part of a team of young health professionals currently qualified for the finals of the WHO Africa Innovation Challenge, committed to solving Africa’s health literacy problem.
Tobiloba is a programmer, prolific writer, passionate educator and technology advocate. He constantly strives to create a sustainable future by employing technology tools and coding best practices. His strong desire as a passionate educator led him to co-found Dataly.ai, a community that publishes stories worth reading on data science and machine learning. He currently works as the Lead Android Developer for Univelcity, where he designs and builds advanced applications for the android platform. He also mentors passionate learners who are willing to become world-class developers. Currently, Tobiloba volunteers as the Regional Program Assistant for the Andela Learning Community where he works closely with facilitators, mentors, and code reviewers in the regions to cater for 30,000+ participants. Tobiloba obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science where he was consistently ranked among the best in his class. A voracious and ravenous reader always researching and solving problems related to artificial intelligence and machine learning. Ten years from now, Tobiloba hopes that he becomes a research scientist assisting with the advancement of technology in Africa and becoming an agent of change and source of illumination to the world at large with primary focus on building better communities and inspiring greatness in people.
Chukwuemeka Ndulue is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Federal University of Technology, Owerri. He graduated as the best student from his department with a first class honors. He is proficient in research/ teaching and has interests in renewable energy and sustainable development. He is certified in Project Management, Facility Management and Health, Safety and Environment. Upon graduation, he embraced his passion for education and leadership by becoming a volunteer mentor and project coordinator for LEAP Africa–Citibank iLead programme which is done in public secondary schools to mentor and inspire young students to becoming leaders of integrity and value and positioning them to be social change agents. He is also a Development Knowledge Facilitator for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), where he trains and mentor young secondary school students on their roles in achieving the SDGs. Chukwuemeka hopes to pursue a PhD in Energy and Power Engineering and play an active role in bridging the energy gap and fostering sustainable development in Africa.
Jephthah is an educator and a techpreneur who actively courts excellence. He is the founder of Gemstone Tech Tutors, a social enterprise that focuses on using tech innovations to create and promote learning opportunities and skills empowerment for the inclusive growth of youths. He is a graduate of Electronic Electrical engineering from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso. In 2018, he was named as one of the top 5 finalists in the science, technology and innovations category of the YALI Leadership Awards, he was also named as one of the Commonwealth 100 global youth leader and won the UNEP/DHI first place in Nigeria Eco-challenge.
Adelowo Solomon is an Aquaculturist with passion for excellence and mission based impact. He emerged best graduating student in the Department of Aquaculture and Fisheries Management in the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. He has won several notable awards, few of which are: Pa Isaac Thomas Otubusin Memorial Prize for the Best Final Year Student in Fish Farming Engineering; Senate Annual Prize for the First Class Honours Graduating Student; Agribusiness Champion in Nigeria by YALI Network. Solomon is skilled in teaching his discipline and conducting academic research. He is a member of Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON). He has also obtained proficiency certificates in Designing for Environmental Sustainability and Social Impact. He is an associate ambassador at Institute for Sound Education and Health (ISERH). He is the founder of Solofish Initiative, a social enterprise geared towards engaging youth to utilize Aquapreneurship. The initiative also aims at strengthening the capacity of fish farmers around Nigeria to increase their sustainable production levels. He hopes to become a world-class professional that would harness the potential of fisheries and aquaculture to reduce hunger and poverty.
Chukwuemeka is a Project Manager, Digital Marketing Strategist, and a Social Entrepreneur. He obtained a Bachelor of Technology in Agricultural Economics from the Federal University of Technology Owerri. Chukwuemeka is a Chartered Financial Analyst Investment Certificate Holder. He is knowledgeable in research and development, business development, corporate valuation, financial analysis and modelling, with interest in business tools. He has earned valuable experience through internships, professional courses and trainings within Africa. Over the years, Chukwuemeka has worked for various NGOs and taken up leadership positions, which has led to awards and stellar achievements. He is the founder of DCON GROUP – an agribusiness which aims at improving the lives of over 70% of Nigerians employed in agriculture through financial literacy. His vision is to contribute in feeding the globe by educating agribusiness firms in efficient allocation of capital, through offering investment advisory services and suitable financial products, to increase the number of commercially viable agribusiness firms in Africa.
Mahmud Muhammad Ibrahim is a young activist, a member of YALI (Young African Leaders Initiative Yobe State), Nigeria chapter. He is a Director at Forward Yobe Forward (FYF), and team lead at Strategy and Innovation for Development Initiative (SI4Dev). He is a team leader with different academic awards and ICT skills. He has accomplished many projects through community development services that include: taking back the less privileged to school, free ICT trainings, and community development projects. Mahmud’s dream is to be an influencer and a change maker in his region.
Okonkwo Kenneth is a Carrington Youth Fellow of the United States Consulate, a ONE Champion, and a Development Knowledge Facilitator of the SDGs. He is passionate about hunger and poverty alleviation. Currently, Kenneth is a Project Manager at Protectozone, where he has trained and empowered over 2,300 women, children and youths with sustainable, innovative and climate smart agricultural practices as a means to combat hidden hunger and create employment opportunities. Kenneth holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Technology from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, and a Certificate in Business Administration from Pan Atlantic University, Lagos. He is currently working on United States Consulate sponsored project; FEED II, where he trains indigent youths from the rural parts of Lagos on sustainable city smart agriculture to improve their livelihoods. He hopes to establish an Agricultural training Institute to train, prepare and equip next generation of sustainable food producers.
Nicholas is a trained food and agribusiness expert with the International Centre for Development Oriented Research in Agriculture, Netherlands. He graduated with a first class in Food Science and Technology from the Kogi State University and currently a master degree candidate of Food Technology at the University of Ibadan. He is the founder of Ajaoko Agritect Limited; an award-winning Start-up that is providing smart solutions for African Food and Agriculture. In 2018, Nicholas led a team to formulate a policy brief on “Policy Incentives for Implementing Climate Agriculture” during Foodathon SDG e-conference at Wageningen University and Research, Netherland. Nicholas is a next generation Social Media Ambassador for Global Food Security Symposium 2019 at the Chicago Council for Global Affairs. He is an Alumni of Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Foundation. Nick, received a Presidential Award as the Finalist of “Aso Villa Demo Day” from the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2016. He is also a recipient of Nigeria Innovation Award of the Best e-Agricultural Platform in 2017. Nicholas looks forward to contributing significantly to the availability of safe, sufficient and nutritious food for Africa through innovation and extensive research and development.
Ifeloluwa Bankole is a Child Developer and Family Scientist who is passionate about children. She is of the opinion that the strength and future of every society lies in how well equipped the children in such societies are. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Studies from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. She pioneered Educating Nigerian Girls in New Enterprise during her National Youth Service Year in Niger State; a club geared towards developing adolescent girls to be independent by acquiring vocational skills. She is a passionate volunteer who believes we rise by lifting others. She has worked with different prominent sectors across Nigeria as a volunteer child therapist in Patrick Speech and Language Centre, Esteem Hub International and Slum 2 School. In five years time, Ifeloluwa hopes to have an NGO that is geared towards early childhood education for the less-privileged, special children to develop and nurture their talents, giving them hope for a greater future.
Oladokun Oluwasegun is a Nigerian serial internet entrepreneur, winner of the Hackvote Hackathon 2018, teams coordinator for International Hult Prize competition in FUTO, and a member of the Young African Leadership Initiative Network. Oluwasegun currently works with DevelopHowTo as the Chief Innovation Officer. He is the convener of Entrepreneurs Factory, and the Founder/CEO of Excessneeds Digital, a digital product consulting agency described by 4Kreport as a “catalyst for innovation in Nigeria.” He is the campus brand of notable brands, such as: Unilever, Ingressive LLC, Mypadi.ng, and Aparoksha. Oluwasegun has proficiency in android development, web design, UI/UX design, and project management. He strives to become a major instigator of technology in Africa in the nearest future by introducing tech inventories that will automate processes at workplace.
Imade is a corporate lawyer, finance professional and creative writer. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and a student member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She graduated from the Nigerian Law School, Lagos Campus in 2018 and received the Director-General’s Award for First Class Students as well as the Deputy Director-General’s Award for Writing. She was selected in 2019 to attend the Venture in Management Program of Lagos Business School and is a recipient of the Fitzwilliams Ventures Limited Scholarship to the Lagos State International Maritime Week. She also received the Awele Creative Trust Award in 2017. In collaboration with her colleague, Imade has set up an Award for Law School Students who had low grades in University but made a First Class at the Law School. This Award includes a monetary sum, as well as mentorship opportunities and career counselling. Currently, Imade is an Associate in the Corporate, Securities and Finance Department of Banwo & Ighodalo, a leading commercial law firm in Nigeria. In the future, she intends to establish a venture capital firm/fund which would focus on investing primarily in start-ups founded by African women.
Rahila Ibrahim Ahmad is a pharmacist who has passion for community development services. She currently works for ProNov, a start-up that provides solutions for poor inventory management, disjointed supply chain, poor financial inclusion for people at the bottom of the pyramid as well as high costs of drugs in disadvantaged community . Her involvement in the open Government Partnership (Local), kaduna State, has helped her reached out to people to impact knowledge and help them understand what the OGP is about, especially through town hall meetings. She has participated in improving healthcare indices of people by organizing, volunteering and participating in medical outreaches in and out of her community. She is also an advocate for Adolescent and Youth Reproductive Health, which is important to ensure that youth have access to reproductive health. She sees herself as a future innovator in the global supply chain of pharmaceuticals to steer the agenda for sustainable development so as to ensure that the right commodities get to the right people at the right time in the right quantity.
Lois is a young passionate environmental engineer/specialist with interests in water, sanitation and health. She has acquired a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from Swansea University and Newcastle University respectively in Environmental Engineering in the United Kingdom. She currently works with Africa Infrastructure Foundation in Lagos, Nigeria. Lois has two years of experience in the non-profit sector carrying out several activities ranging from desk research to field study. Lois has a proven ability to plan, analyse, research, design and adequate knowledge of process development, environmental testing, and process improvement. In the recent past, Lois had worked as environmental specialist on the UNICEF-sponsored water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) studies for peri-urban areas in Nigeria. Lois was also involved as environmental enumerator in the monitoring and evaluation project of the World Bank-funded National Urban Water Sector Reform Project for Ekiti State in Nigeria. By way of these engagements, Lois has developed competences in project management, monitoring and evaluation and consulting. Lois is recently working on the design and implementation of water treatment systems for towns in Nigeria and also looks forward to developing solutions to public environmental health issues, waste problems and provide sustainable water supply services to the poor.
Christabelle graduated from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, where she obtained her bachelor degree in Prosthetics and Orthotics. Christabelle is passionate about orthopedic rehabilitation and healthcare and has a flare for business. She is a digital marketer, writer, Creative strategist, photographer and a spoken words poet. She co-founded a branding and advertising agency which helps small scale businesses and startups to build effective business models and campaign strategies. She is also the digital strategist lead at OrthoEx Nigeria LTD, a leading prosthetic and orthotic device distributor in Nigeria. She desires to solve societal problems using technology and pioneer a world class orthopedic rehabilitation facility in Africa.
Christy Alagbe is a pharmacist passionate about global health and technology. She is a Millennium Fellow, class of 2018. Having honed her leadership skills through several positions which she has handled in and out of school, Christy is poised to advance healthcare in Africa with the aid of technology. She is also passionate about teen and youth development in Africa. She is the founder of Mentor a Secondary School Student (MASSS) initiative, a social impact organization committed to sustainably educating high school students on being purpose-driven, value-oriented and spurring them to a higher life of significance. In the near future, Christy plans to be at the forefront of healthcare in Africa making great impacts.
Adanma is a Nutrition coach, a dietitian and also a food blogger with a passion for helping people develop healthy eating habits and creating nutritious recipes from scratch or from existing ones. She is a graduate of Food Chemistry and Nutrition from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri. She is the founder of lifesMAP, a food and nutrition blog that offers healthy nutrition tips and advice, palatable and nourishing recipes and suggestions on how to manage our nation’s food insecurity challenges through post-harvest management practices. Her recent project was converting a food product often discarded as waste into a wholesome and appetizing product that would meet consumers’ nutritional needs. She also volunteered recently in sensitizing National Youth Service Corps members new to Plateau State on nutrition and health as it affects them coping with the harsh weather conditions in the State. Adanma in the next few years hopes to reduce the food insecurity challenges in the country by impacting her knowledge of healthy nutrition especially on young women. She is working on technologies that would preserve agricultural produce in order to reduce post-harvest food losses.
Oluwatoyin is a geoscientist by profession and a lover of excellence by heart. Being the best student from her graduating Geology class with a First Class degree and several awards, she holds two Master degrees in Mineral Exploration and Economic/Mining Geology bagged from the Pan African University of Life and Earth Sciences, funded by the African Union, and the University of Ibadan respectively. She founded Grassroots Business Hub in 2018, an organization committed to micro- and small-scale entrepreneurial development in Nigeria, providing training, networking, mentorship and closer access to funds. Oluwatoyin is a prolific writer engaging her world her blog, social media and as a creative writer at GrandHeights. She volunteered as an educator at JumpStart Dream Academy and was an ad-hoc General Studies educator at the University of Ibadan. In a few year’s time, she hopes be engaged in researches facilitating the exploitation of critical technology metals in Africa.
Winifred is a selfless volunteer who is passionate about giving back to the society and making impacts. She graduated studied Microbiology from the Olabisi Onabanjo University last year. She currently holds a position at LEAM Consulting Nig Ltd as a Training Marketer. She was 1 of 5 young African females awarded the Working to Advance African Women Foundation scholarship in 2017. As a scholar and fellow of the foundation, she launched a STEM outreach and mentoring cell in her university, and has led a group of 5 fellows to mentor and impact secondary school students in Ago-Iwoye and its environs. She volunteered as an Enabler for Youngstars Foundation to implement a 30-day self-esteem challenge in a secondary school in Ijebu Ode, where she trained 18 students on how to build a healthy self-esteem and be goal-oriented. She hopes to get her subsequent degrees in Immunology, become a researcher and/or lecturer, and also providing innovative solutions to communal problems. Specifically creating a self-sustaining system that would eradicate unemployment in Ijebu land.
Chichi Adaolisa Michael-Ekwuribe is a content strategist/editor as well as a branding enthusiast. As a brand strategist and storyteller, she is helping startups to carve a coherent brand voice and message that’s consistent with the soul of their business. Chichi is the Creative Director for a spoken word group called Reveal Nation Network (RNN), producers of the spoken word event – For the Culture. She also volunteers at an NGO for teenagers (Centre for the Defence of Morality) where she serves as the co-director of programmes at the annual summer camp that caters to hundreds of teenagers from across the country. Chichi is creating a platform that connects teenagers to mentorships and internship opportunities. This, she believes, will help them build those relevant skills, which the school doesn’t teach, so they can compete favourably on a global scale. In the future, she hopes to run for a legislative office at her home state.
Alewi Damilola is a designer par excellence who has worked with a top design agency in Nigeria, FourthCanvas on a number of successful presidential campaigns and built great brands within and outside Nigeria. He’s a First class Materials Engineering graduate from the Federal University of Technology, Akure where he emerged as the best graduating student of his department with a number of notable awards including MTN Foundation Scholarship Award. He cofounded a multimillion naira food processing company, LifePro Food Mills where doubles as a community and production manager. Alewi is also committed to training young Nigerians in the area of top design skills. He envisions himself building a transnational multimillion dollar agency in the next 10 years.
Cecelia is a historian, social works volunteer and an advocate of sustainable development. She is a graduate of History and Diplomatic Studies and founder of I-Learn, an initiative geared towards empowering youths and teenagers with out of the classroom lessons for personal development. She has won several awards of Academic excellence including the Nestle Milo Best in Academics Award, Best female delegate of the 2011 American University of Nigeria Model United Nations Conference. She has also bagged numerous leadership awards and represented Adamawa State in several debate and Essay Writing competitions, including the Wole Soyinka WS77 Essay competition. She is passionate about North East Nigerian History, educational development and international relations. Cecelia envisions to initiate a North East History and Development organization that would help in preserving the history of minority ethnic groups in North East Nigeria as well as research and gather data for North East development.
Oluwadara is a vibrant young man with interests in community development, mental health and Artificial Intelligence. He is the Programmes Director of Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative, Ibadan Chapter, a youth run organization fighting mental health stigma through proper sensitization. He is also the Programmes Head of RISE Initiative. He has won several notable awards, some of which are: MTN Foundation Science and Technology Scholarship, NNPC/Total National Merit Awards, IVOL Memorial Scholarship award for vibrant final year projects, PCCF National Mathematics winner in both Junior and Senior Categories and Etisalat Merit Award for high performing students, which he won twice (in 2015 and 2016). He was part of the University of Ibadan team that won the inter-campus innovation challenge during the award presentation in 2016. He was best graduating student at Sped International Secondary School, Oyo. In few years, he hopes to be leading innovative solutions through technology while volunteering.
Omolara is a Cyber security analyst with a background in computer networking. She graduated with honours in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta. As an undergraduate, she served as a campus lead ambassador for Utiva, an organization that trains undergraduates and graduates on 21st century skills where she led a team of ambassadors to organize training across two schools. Omolara is a technology enthusiast passionate about women representation in the technology industry. She hopes to be a part of an initiative that mentors young girls who are interested in careers in STEM. In a couple of years, she sees herself building a technological solution that will solve one of Nigeria’s major challenges.
Quadri is a researcher, an innovative and self–motivated young man. He has a bachelor degree in Project Management Technology from the Federal University of Technology Akure, where he emerged the best graduating student in the department. He has won several notable awards. Quadri was part of the team for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Academic Research on ‘Irregular migration, Drug Use and Drug Trafficking: Assessing the Prevalence among Migrant Returnees in Nigeria’. He desires to be an entrepreneur, project manager and a researcher.
Taiwo Olawehinmi is a recent graduate of pharmacy, from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is a 2017 Common Purpose Alumnus, a 2018 Millennium Fellow and a 2019 International Connector Fellow. She has over four years experience as a corporate emcee. An ardent MUNer, she has officiated a number of international Model United Nations (MUN) conferences, including the prestigious Babcock International Model United Nations (BIMUN) conference. A public speaker, she regularly facilitates workshops for public speaking organisations. Taiwo is a Shell/SPDC JV scholar and a Murli T. Chellarams scholarship awardee. She currently volunteers with a number of social initiatives including Scribble the Future and The Shade of Women Foundation (TSWF). Taiwo is committed to good leadership, active youth participation and effective management. Taiwo hopes to be empowered to drive sustainable solutions in the sphere of healthcare in Nigeria in particular and in Africa as a whole.
Olajide is a UI/UX designer, product developer and techpreneur who is passionate about transforming communities through technology, innovation and social enterprise. He graduated from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso where he bagged a B/Tech. in Pure and Applied Chemistry as one of the best graduating students. Olajide volunteered as a Graphics Designer during the LAUTECH Innovation Challenge (LIC) where his designing skill was utilized in fostering creativity and innovation among the twenty-five thousand students of LAUTECH. He’s also the team Lead of “GradePlus Africa”, an interactive online learning platform that improves students (undergraduates)overall academic performance and their everyday life efficiency and productivity. In a few years, Olajide intends to have impacted 50 million undergraduates in Nigeria and Sub-Saharan African countries by creating and shaping students’ education to personal learning speed and where their holistic development is the goal and not the excessive burden of grades.
Philip Adebayo is a graphics designer, certified HSE professional (level 3) and a recent mechanical engineering graduate with interest in Heat Ventilation and Air Conditioning and Renewable Energy. He is proficient in the use of MATLAB and FORTRAN for writing programs to solve technical problems. He also has proficiency in the use of Ansys, Comsol Multiphysics, Diesel Rk-Software and HTML and CSS for front web development. He graduated from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ibadan and throughout his stay at the university; he maintained the first class degree category. He has won some notable awards which include: Award of academic excellence, The Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, University of Ibadan; 2017 Nigeria Higher Education Foundation Scholars Award; Dean’s Honour Award for first class student; Best graduating student, Bright Star International High School. In the next few years, He sees himself as someone with deep experience in power and energy industry contributing to helping humanity.
Usaefat is an emerging Civil/Structural Engineer, Leadership and Environment Sustainability enthusiast. He trains at Starkwood Associates Limited; a consulting engineering firm in Lagos. He is a 2016 distinction graduate of civil engineering (structural) from Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta. His emergence with an outstanding CGPA of 3.90/4.0 in the 2014/15 academic session earned him an appointment as Chairman of the Students’ Union where alongside teams of amazing and vibrant students’ leaders launched sustainable initiatives – from initiating an intra-campus shuttle system to redefining the Union’s electoral process through the introduction of an electronic voting (e-voting) system. Usaefat is also a 2019 Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneur and the convener of Youth Corps’ Peace Campaign – Nigeria. He volunteers in his capacity as PR/Communications Director at “My Environment is Mine Initiative”, a social-impact venture committed to clean, healthy and sustainable environment. A thinker and intellectual, Usaefat is committed to a life of service to his society by proffering sustainable solutions to its social problems.
Franklin is a project manager, business strategist, and digital transformation specialist. He was the project manager of SI4DEV Abia and a Utiva Ambassador. He had his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Biochemistry and Nutrition from The University of Ibadan. Franklin has expertise in developing strategy and implementation of projects through Build A Child Initiative and volunteering with Slum2School Africa – initiatives geared towards the advancement of the Sustainable Development Goals. He was the winner of the 2018 African Youth Academy Leadership Award. In 2019, He was awarded a Mini MBA at the Lagos Business School where he emerged Most Outstanding Male Participant. He is a Commonwealth Open Source Fellow and Innovation Growth Hub Tech Fellow. He currently works as a Programs Intern of Junior Achievement Nigeria. He desires to see a world where every child, regardless of social status, race and gender can go to school without fear or prejudice.
Iyanu is a purpose-driven, vision inspired, focused and result oriented young man with a proclivity for excellence. He is a passionate young business and social entrepreneur. He recently graduated from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) where he bagged Bachelor of Technology degree in Computer Science. He is a Google, Facebook and Hubspot certified Digital Marketer. He is currently the Managing partner at Bitcom, a digital agency based in Nigeria that specializes in Software Development, Digital Marketing, Business automation and ICT consultancy. He loves to train, consult and counsel. He consults for schools, SMEs, Politicians and Non-Profit Organizations. Iyanu has trained over 15,000 Nigerian youths in the last 6 years and has spoken and participated in different conferences/workshop both in and outside Nigeria. He has successfully trained and conducted different events with Facebook (FB4C programme), Google (GDSA Programme), SAP (Africa Code Week) and many other tech companies. Iyanu aspires to be a giant business leader running one of the biggest tech conglomerates in Africa in the nearest future.
Al Amin is a Mechanical Engineer who has developed a lot of interest around entrepreneurship, IoT and AI. He got his first degree in Mechanical Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria. While as an undergraduate he designed, fabricated and tested a chainless bicycle with 3 internal gear hubs to help poor people transport themselves in harsh road conditions and reduce maintenance. He is highly skilled in data science, handling engineering designs, computer hardwares and softwares. He Co-founded and currently CTO at Etechtra, a start-up which is aimed at solving energy problems in remote rural communities by building data driven hybrid mini grids which is remotely monitored, this was recognized as one of the top 100 emerging startups 2018 in Africa. He is Hult Prize West Africa regional winner, participated in the Global accelerator in Ashridge Castle United Kingdom, was a delegate at the World Youth Forum and Africa Forum in Sharm el Sheikh Egypt, Intra African Trade fair in Cairo Egypt representing Nigeria, and an ENACTUS National winner. He sees himself as the missing piece in providing future solutions to the global energy crises.
Chisomaga holds an MBBS degree from the Abia State University. He’s a recipient of the Prof. Ubani Ukoma Memorial Quiz First Prize Award and an Alumnus of the Agbami/Chevron Scholarship having been on it for five years. He bagged the 2018 one thousand pound (£1000) scholarship towards a masters degree in Assisted Reproductive Technology at the Nottingham University, UK for stellar performance. Chisomaga is a quick leader and a Commonwealth 100 Leaders Fellow. He’s a generous academician and has mentored and led about 700 medical students to their glorious victories in four professional exams. Currently, he is engrossed with achieving the SDG 3 global vision and more specifically improving access to medicine and healthcare. He desires to inspire hope to the vulnerable and reassure the dying. His dream is to become a surgeon and provide sophisticated surgical care in Nigeria.
Victor is a competent Google certified Digital Marketer with strength in Google Analytics, SEO and E-commerce. He graduated with a First Class honors in Mathematics and Computer science from Ebonyi State University Abakaliki. He has burning passion for anything IT related including Web development, AI, Machine and Deep learning, Data Science and Blockchain technology. He has volunteered for lots of organizations and was selected alongside 200 Nigerian youths to participate in The Platform Young Professional bootcamp in 2018 and this has helped sharpen his Leadership and Human relations skills. Currently, his team has organized several Hackathons on the Blockchain technology across universities in Nigeria. He sees himself as a Digital Marketing expert and a well known Techpreneur in years to come.
Oluchi got her doctor of Optometry degree from Abia State University. She is a certified Chartered Manager of the Nigerian Institute of Management and a senior optometrist at Alpha Zone Eye Clinic, Abuja. Oluchi is passionate about primary eye care in the public healthcare system. Her goal is to reduce the prevalence of blindness in her society and the world at large. To achieve this, she has volunteered in different nonprofits providing professional services. She has also organized several health programs. In the nearest future she hopes to set up her own clinical practice and foundation.
Joseph is a Mechanical Specialist working to improve safety and lifting equipment integrity within the Upstream Nigeria Maintenance Heavy Equipment Group, ExxonMobil Cooperation. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Uyo where he graduated tops. He is a NIMechE national award recipient for developing a prototype 3D Printer for product development in Nigeria. He is also a recipient of three prestigious scholarship awards — ExxonMobil, MAERSK/APM & Umai Ukpai Foundation. He plans to build a hub where young people tech enthusiasts can incubate their ideas into viable products that can address problems within the community. Joseph is a cofounder of Eelspace.com — an initiative that focuses on using drone technology to locate and share workspace platform in order to achieve sustainable space sharing in Nigeria.
Promise Lawal is currently the Lead, Knowledge and Programs at SESEWA (a large youth-serving organization providing employment-related training and support to youths), where she is responsible for all knowledge production. This includes the employability academy training curricula which are demand driven and competency-based, publications, reports, grant writing and proposals. Promise is also responsible for the design and organization of programs at SESEWA including trainings. Promise has spent the past 14 months of her career working to connect over 300 young people to internships and other work-based learning opportunities. In 2018, she was part of the team that organized the 1st National Internship Conference in Nigeria that brought together over 150 stakeholders In Education, Employment, Development and Government. In March 2019, she designed a specialized curriculum for and implemented the 1st female focused training at SESEWA for 100 high potential young females on workplace readiness and leadership. Promise aspires to be a Development Consultant, using innovation to design and implement solutions to human capital challenges in Nigeria and beyond.
Abasieme Uwe-Bassey is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria where he was consistently ranked amongst the top in his class. He possesses Professional Certifications in HSE (1, 2 & 3) and Project Management. Abasieme is proficient in the use of AutoCAD for 2D & 3D Designs. He is a recipient of the ExxonMobil and Agbami Scholarship Awards. He is currently a Data Science Intern at Demz Institute of Technology. He is an Energy enthusiast; in the nearest future, he hopes to contribute his quota to proffering efficient and sustainable solutions to the meet the rising energy needs in Africa, and mitigate problems associated with climate change in line with the Paris Agreement. Abasieme also has interests in Agri-business as he is a start-up fish farmer.
Jackson Taiwo Queen is a data analyst, she has worked on several data projects including the “VoteronProject” that enabled citizens to access key data, information and analysis on the Nigerian 2015 and 2019 elections. She is also an emerging entrepreneur that launched a bespoke brooch outfit (BroochedNG) aimed at giving people expression through jewelry. She currently volunteers with the Safe and Smart Foundation for Girls that provide sanitary materials to indigent girls in rural communities.
John Taiwo has three years of experience in the social enterprise sector, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is a co-founder of Wegreen Services, a nonbiodegradable waste recycling initiative in its development stage in Ibadan. He is an alumnus of The Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Foundation and the Adansonia Entrepreneurship Network, and a Google certified digital marketer. John currently works as a freelance business developer and digital marketer; he saves thousands of naira in marketing costs for small businesses and has raised over thirty thousand U.S. dollars in grants for several startups including his own. John enjoys focusing on the topics of environmental sustainability and Africapitalism, and has a strong passion for youth empowerment. Ten years from now, he aspires to be in a position where he creates massive social change through his business or any organization he finds himself.
Auta is an Artificial Intelligence expert and a software developer. He is the founder of Geekranki Innovation Hub, Kaduna State, Nigeria. His aim for founding the hub is to drive innovations and entrepreneurship in northern Nigeria, which lags behind other regions of Nigeria in technology adoption. Through his hub, Auta has created more than ninety websites for different startups. The hub has created a full-curriculum online school for nursery and primary school children. He has trained many young people in rural communities in different ICT skills. He looks forward to breaking more grounds in the ICT world and impacting more lives in his region.