Impacts of GLP Fellows
With over 100 GLP fellows spread across 36 states and the FCT in Nigeria, we bring to you some of the impact they are making in their communities.
Highlights: Akinjobi Sodiq started Mushincode to teach young people in crime-prone suburbs in Lagos how to code… Atinuke Idowu started PTK, a YouTube-based class, to educate teachers and parents on the best strategies to raise excellent and well informed kids… Fawamade Ebenezer deployed the skills and resources he acquired during the GLP fellowship to mentor and support young people in his community in Kaduna on safe agricultural practices. He has since launched his agriculture-based business, Ebbysun farm.
Benedicta Uweru is working to improve the lives of children and women in the Niger Delta region; she became the only Nigerian and one of the 26 participants from 16 countries to participate in 2019 WYSE international leadership program in Brazil… Abdulazeez Basit is investing in the education of indigent kids in Kaduna state through the supply of textbooks, study materials and scholarship for outstanding students.
Oluwatoyin Agaja, a 2020 GLP fellow and grantee, is an environmentalist and social entrepreneur who has taken up the cause to restore the depleting ecosystem and solve climate change problems. She recently lauched the #plant1000trees per year project and also joined the Lagos State Tree Planting Day on July 14th. Her Eco Network, which has been launched as Eco club in primary and secondary schools and Eco Campus in institutions, has trained 1450 students on SDGs.
Muhammad Saleem, a 2020 GLP fellow, founded She Stands project to empower underprivileged women and widows in Katsina state. Through this project, he has trained 30 women on skills acquisition e.g. bedsheet set and fashion bag making, which they then used to start a business. “I can’t thank GLP enough because they shaped me into who I am today. I have always wanted to do something big for my community but I couldn’t leave my comfort zone to make that possible. Through GLP, I was able to face my fear, prioritize my life goals and go after them,” Saleem said.
Uwakmfon Alfred is a 2020 GLP and founder of Florish Heart Foundation, which is a Calabar-based organization that advocates for women’s rights and women’s empowerment through entrepreneurship. In the last one year, the organization has impacted 200 young women and girls with entrepreneurial skills; this includes setting up of business for 2 young women, financial empowerment for 4 and one-year scholarship for a young girl.
Uwakmfon said: “We have set up safe space for young girls where they come together to share their challenges, get mentored to develop a positive self-confidence, thereby becoming better in life.”
Adebiyi Testimony is a 2020 GLP fellow who has organized and participated in over 5 community development programs. A content writer, public speaker, teacher, and SDGs advocate with special interest in SDG 4, Testimony has participated in several competitions, leadership summits, and fellowships.
Daniel Olufemi, a 2020 GLP fellow and winner of the inaugural GLP Emerging Leader Award, started Crafting Young program to inspire and empower young individuals with relevant skills to grow their career and education. Participants, mostly undergraduates and recent graduates, were trained on basic soft skills and employability skills.
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Mary Akingbade started a safety company (AMT Safety) and she has since been making a huge difference in the safety sector. She recently won “The Most Promising Coach” category at the 2019 Iconic Brands Award… Sanni Hussein is adding value to the lives of many young Nigerians, especially in the south-western part of the country where he resides, through regular training on digital marketing. Fakiya Victoria works with teenagers to ensure they live a fulfilling life and break barriers. She is also a blogger whose work centres on challenging the status quo in a patriarchal society, contributing to women empowerment.
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Adaude Amalunweze has increased literacy level among school children in Mbayion Community, Gboko Benue State through her work. She is also an advocate for sustainable environmental practices in her community… Doris Okosodo was motivated through GLP fellowship me to start her skincare business afresh, with tremendous progress already made. In her words, “I am no longer jobless and a stay at home mom; I am now independent, thanks to the fellowship that made me believe I can do it.”
Durodola Olamide is changing the status quo in his current leadership role. He says: “Since I became a GLP fellow, I have been a source of smile to people by leading them through service. I became the president of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Obafemi Awolowo University. So far, I have organized conferences, seminars and training for students to help their academic performance, career, safety and health. I was able to secure internship for students within and outside the department. I also facilitated two capital projects (1. Directory board and 2. Provision of furniture to the library; 37 chairs and 6 tables). Notably, I have successfully secured an annual scholarship worth #100,000 thousand for indigent students through donations from a past president of the association.”
Olamide also joined the 2019 cohort of UNITED NATION ACADEMIC IMPACT: MILLENNIUM NETWORK where he worked on SDG 8(decent work and economic growth) where he trained more than 100 students on the relevant skills (Web design, CV and cover letter, scholarship and Opportunities, Linkedln operation, Digital Marketing, and practical hands on Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint and word) they need to progress and stand out amidst their peers. He was recently selected as a ZerotoOne High Impact Leadership fellow.