I am passionate aboutI am most passionate about creating the right environment and ambience to
inspire and energise young people to positive action using different types of
carefully organised group activities. I focus on young children and women.
Why young children?
i. I am a direct product of thought provoking conversations with passionate
teachers, engaging life stories narrated by interesting people and a variety
of visually engaging materials like books, magazines and music videos. The
power these seemingly ubiquitous items have in moulding a child’s outlook
on life, I feel, is grossly underestimated; and
ii. I find it interesting to relate to the unfiltered imagination and
emotions of young children
If we can strategically create a system that focuses on teaching young
children how to filter out the “naughty” elements from the media content
they are exposed to, and begin to focus on courage, creativity, hard work,
persistence and respect for others in their early years, we will succeed in
nurturing realistic, confident, problem solvers that will grow to provide
creative solutions to pressing global threats and issues.
i. The imbalance in stereotypes and mind sets of what society expects of
women in my part of Africa has long been a clog in the wheel of our progress.
I believe that there is a direct correlation in economic prosperity (GDP
growth) and the liberty of women to pursue their dreams
ii. Hosting young women from different backgrounds for a shared cause,
carefully inciting rich conversations and catalysing networking has a
profound impact on their self confidence and inspiration for increased
productivity. This also has a spill over contagious effect on the men.
ActionsI am the founder of a fast growing book club, ‘Outliers Lagos’
(“Outliers”). The club is focused on self awareness and networking with
the primary objective of connecting young professionals through thoughtful
conversations centred on the knowledge found in select books and
documentaries. Club members are encouraged to apply what they've learned to
their daily lives. We focus on creating an environment that ensures knowledge
sharing, ideation and nurtured partnerships amongst the participants.
We have over 50 active participants. Thus far we have interacted with over
300 young adults and children in a mentorship, career talk and orphanage
Under the Outliers Lagos umbrella and Standard Chartered ‘here for good’
employee volunteering campaign, I engage with orphanages and schools to
organise mentorship and motivational talks for students. I also volunteer
with a religious organisation with the objective to propel students to be
“Rock Stars with Integrity” within their community.
Outliers Lagos is now in its third year and the current President is a 26
year old Nigerian woman. We have built Outliers on commitment to use dynamic
social platforms to create awareness among a new generation of future
leaders. It is growing at a remarkable pace and its potential of influence
especially on the young African generation, is unlimited.