My two days on the Ashoka Changemaker Journey

October 7, 2016 in entrepreneur

My last few days have been nothing short of Amazing first concluding the Advancement and working with Joel Ogunsola and Kitan David through the innagural AkureTechUp event, then arriving Lagos to begin the Ashoka Changemaker Journey.

The inpiring 2day journey ended last night and I met some of the best minds working on making Lagos Better, flipping a system through frame changing truly helping people with their social enterprise.

I met Princess an Ashoka fellow that works on preventing child sexual abuse in Partnership with the police family service unit whose work has led to the prosecution of several child abuse perpetrators. Princess helps victims recover through forensic examination and justice.

I was greatly inspired by Chioma, the founder of a Changemaker school in Festac town, who uses uncoventional tools to teach empathy, creativity, teamwork and leadership skills to kids.

I was humbled by Oreoluwa who is an amazing Ashoka fellow helping girls in the lagos Island Slum to dream again by empowering them with technology through her organization W.Tec

I was awed by the commitment of African Farmer Mogaji who supports rural farmers by connecting them to new markets and opportunities.

The relentless Ashoka West Africa team, Aunty Jo, Ifeyinwa, Ada and Joy were nothing short of committed. I do not know the right words to describe my newly found Indian brother, Arjun Durr who brought clarity to my work. My co-travelers, the amazing Subomi Plumptre of Alder consulting, the delectable Praise Fowowe, Adeyemi Adebayo of DEPEN, Maureen Iyasele of the JobMag, Babatunde Akinola of Intel, Reuben of Syscomtech, Joel Ogunsola of Prunege, and Olufunbi Falaye of Passion Incubator – it feels like we spent a year together.

All these stories were the highlights of my week and it feels so awesome working to help these people fulfil their lives mission better.

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I am not afraid for Olajumoke

February 29, 2016 in Critical success, Uncategorized
My thoughts about Olajumoke.
 
I am not much of a social commentator nowadays. And I really don’t need to mention her surname before you know who I am talking about.
She rose to fame by that awesome stroke of what i have refused to call Luck because I generally believe the universe is too organized for such important ‘accidents’. She rose by grace and providence. Whose grace it is, I know not.
 
My thoughts about Olajumoke are rather different. Unlike most people I am not scared or worried for her. Neither do I worry that: “Oh, she is already being exploited”. ‘Mba’, I am rather awed. Awed that she got the attention of those that mattered despite the fact that many people asked her not to “Walk into the SHOT” that has made her an household name. Awed about her looks and stern expressions. About her originality when she did that interview in Yoruba without an Iota of embarrassment, shyness or feeling less of a person. I seriously am not passionate about getting her to speak English. You can argue that this might be limiting, but I am sure the world can translate. There are so many french designers, many Italian dress makers, many Asian Models, who never speak English. They have taken the world by storm. I just think we should reconsider our stereotypes about language and its importance.
 
On whether she is being exploited? Well I refuse to worry also. People are exploited daily regardless of level of education, fame, color or race. And while that is not my significant reason for not worrying, i think it is worthy of note. So why am I not worried. Olajumoke, whether exploited or not could never have dreamt of reaching this point, she simply is thankful for getting out of obscurity and having a chance to express her innate potential (which she has demonstrated amazingly). Before you cast me as being supportive of exploitation, let me remind you that I value the dignity of labour and the importance of graceful reward. Call this period her internship. My point here is, whether you like it or not, the helpers of Olajumoke have taken her far beyond her wildest imagination. And she confirms this in the last interview with Channels Television. Label them as opportunists, or hypocrites, they have made something enviable (I say enviable because beyond jokes, people have found a role model in Olajumoke) …out of this everyday bread seller.
 
Grace and Providence that brought her out of limelight has either brought her to take her to the world’s biggest stage OR to show us that limelight is the beginning of the work and walk of relevance. The latter is the worse, the earlier is my prayer.
 
Selah

Set to take the world

February 28, 2016 in Critical success, entrepreneur, secure africa, youth
In 2012, Asiwaju Dayo Israel II asked Oguntoyinbo Stephen Yinka to tell me about an international conference after I insisted that night at Flourish Hotel and Suites Akure that I really needed to travel. My main reason was that I needed to understand the international community and add new knowledge.
 
That conference was the African Youth and Governance Conference. My first Trip out of Nigeria was to Ghana by road between 10 and 13 hours on that Executive Coach West Africa Bus. At least my passport was stamped 6 times going through the countries on the coast of West Africa.
 
Frankly, what I thought? I thought to myself: “this is no big deal”. “I am asking this guy for international opportunities and he thinks Ghana is the next place to go?”, I thought even further.  I went all the same. My expectations were exceeded. I met people from 30 countries or more. I met some of my friends Nelson Madiba AmoMiranda A QuainooCecil Ato Kwamena Dadzie and Uncle Seth Oteng. This was the beginning.
 
That same year, excited about my new contacts, I went back to Republic of Benin, attended a UN-Women program on agriculture, met Mosunmola Umoru (who I met at first in 2011 in Abeokuta at Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji‘s Rise National Youth Forum), Nndidi Nwuneli, Nigeria’s then Youth Minister whom I can’t remember now because he slept for most of the conference and a few others.
 
I proceeded to the Ghananian state house for the African Entrepreneur Awards, I had been nominated that year along side Audu Maikori and Nimi Akinkugbe. I traveled with the Night bus from Cotonou to Togo and then left after waiting 5hours to join a bus filled with french speaking Ivorians. You can imagine how tough communication was since my french language was restricted to J’mappelle XYZ for MY NAME IS, ‘non’ for No and ‘Oui’ for YES.
 
Fast forward to 2016, I have traveled 10 countries (including Netherlands, Germany, Togo, Ghana, R.Benin, Turkey, Zambia, Kenya, Dubai and the United States) as a result of that one opportunity to attend the African Youth and Governance Conference of 2012.
 
–Extract from my Unwritten Autobiography
Olusola Amusan

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