Meet Our Mentors

Erick Agbleke

Erick holds a master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy, with a focus on International Security and African Policy Analysis.

He is a Captain in the U.S. Army, where he has been serving for the last 11 years.

Erick: “Although the bulk of my professional career has been spent in the military, I have a diversified professional portfolio that includes working as an Anti-Money Laundering Analyst at JP Morgan Chase, a financial institution. I also spent some time in governmental institutions like the U.S. Department of State where I interned as a Political and Economic Analyst of a U.S. Embassy in West Africa.”


Olayinka Adurota

Olayinka (Ebony Magnanimous) Adurota is an American humanitarian who loves to make people happy, especially the underprivileged elderly and children. A graduate of Criminal Justice with a penchant for acting and dancing, Olayinka loves to volunteer for projects that cater to the needs of the poor.


Eric Junior Wagobera

Eric is a Corporate Communication Specialist by profession, residing in Masaka, Uganda. He is a blogger, photographer, and a creative writer. Eric is passionate African patriotism, social equality, political liberty, and youth empowerment. Eric is a graduate of M.A. Corporate Communication from Daystar University, and M.A. International Relations from Mount Kenya University. As a promising young leader, he participated in the inaugural African Presidential Leadership Program in Cairo, Egypt.


Busayo Mercy Oyetunji

Oladiran Busayo is a Nigerian social entrepreneur. She is a YALI Fellow and alumna of AWEC (African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative). Busayo is the founder of The Ìgboyà Project, an organization that is helping girls living in slums/underserved communities to become role models by building their self-confidence and communication skills.


Omoniyi Ogunniyi-Aderonmu

Omoniyi is a Legal Practitioner, a business woman and a public speaker. She is 2017 GLP Fellow .Being a lawyer is her 9-5 but she’s involved in a couple of other things like sale of fashion Items, fashion consultancy, styling, event moderation via her business page ‘The Boutique Next Door’.


Oluwagbemiga Oyeneye

Oluwagbemiga Oyeneye is a passionate speaker and teacher with a strong focus on leadership development, conflict resolution/management, and personal growth. Recently, his research works have focused on building durable peace in North Africa, religious conflicts management in Nigeria, and negotiation strategies for peaceful resolution of intractable conflicts. Some of these research findings have been presented to notable institutions such as the US Army Africa – J2, the Pentagon, and the National Security Council of the White House. Oluwagbemiga holds a Masters degree in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University, New Jersey.


Nada Saleh

Having earned a Master’s degree in Media for Development & Social Change, she is always eager to learn how to communicate social issues through media outlets and to better portray the role of youth in the community. She strives to show a good image of her country, despite its current situation; through her participation in international events, volunteering for several organizations and sharing positive aspects of her culture on social media platforms


Lukman Abubakri

Lukman is an agribusiness professional with over four years of experience in the horticulture industry. He is a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur and a graduate of The African Presidential Leadership Program.

Currently, he is the co-founder and Chief Operations Officer for Agroseal Ghana Limited (an Agri-tech company that uses innovation and technology to connect farmers to higher-end markets). Agroseal is working directly with smallholder farmers especially youth and women in the horticulture industry to facilitate reliable marketing opportunities or aggregation in order to create linkages between them and retail / wholesale outlets within a mutually-beneficial arrangement Since 2018, He has empowered over 1000 farmers mostly women and youth to access reliable markets.


Shumirayi Shoko

Shumirayi is the founder of Afriluxx, a digital marketing and advertising company with a
platform aimed at creating an ecosystem for African brands to thrive. It’s no secret that Africa’s
treasures can never be exhausted and the continent always has something to offer.

She is a member of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) network, a member
of the UNISA School of Business Leadership, and an alumna of the YALI cohort 6 Program in
South Africa. She is also a member of the National Training Academy and was part of the 1st
batch of African Presidential Leadership Program in Egypt under the auspices of H.E Abdel Fattah El Sisi.
Shumirayi is passionate about leadership and aims to be a global youth icon.


Mohammed Alpha

Alpha is a Social Engineer with Bsc Hons Electronics and Telecommunication Technology. A graduate from the Africa Presidential Leadership Program, Egypt. Alpha is also working with the Qatar Scientific Club in Doha to tackle pressing challenges globally. He’s currently working in his country Sierra Leone to enable STEM that could be used to solve community pressing problems. 


Oluwatoyosi Bakare

Oluwatoyosi is an environmental scientist with hands on practical experience in environmental administration, curriculum development and management. She works at Action GX, a non-profit organization whose mission is to encourage children and adults to love and take better care of their community and the earth through environmental education and participation. She is the policy and product strategist at Chava Environmental Consult which aims to give bespoke environmental solutions to start-ups and established businesses. She has an MSc Degree in Environmental and Public health, and she is very passionate about the improvement of learning development in young people – this she has demonstrated across different platforms. She also works as the director for wildlife education with the Wildlife of Africa Conservation Initiative. She has her podcast known as THE CLIME which she uses to educate on environmental issues.


Ayomide Owoyemi

Ayomide Owoyemi (MD, MscPh) is a PhD student in Health Informatics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has a background in medicine and public health. He has over five years of experience in the health, technology, and development sectors. He has worked on projects sponsored by Global Fund, US Consulate, and UNFPA among others. His major skills are in planning, strategy, research, design and creative writing. He is passionate about improving public health, health access and health education for the base of pyramid citizens.


Rose Chinaza Okafor

Rose is a Registered Nurse and Executive Director, Ramoth
Youth Network
, a non-profit organization with an aim of promoting youth
volunteerism as a springboard for active citizenship and nation-building. She firmly believes that the youth are the trustees for posterity. She advocates for a paradigm shift from the desire for
instant gratification to intentional personal and professional
development through engagement in voluntary activities. Her projects
include Serve For Free and RYN Inspires.

She has served voluntarily for
over one hundred organizations in her home country Nigeria and across
Africa. In 2019, Rose and her team partnered with the United Nations
Volunteers Nigeria and Nigerian National Volunteers Service for the
first-ever governmental campaign for the promotion of volunteerism in
Lagos Nigeria. Rose has a Professional Certification in Civic Management
from the Regional Learning Centre Ghana. In September 2019, she launched
her first book titled, “Effective Volunteerism”.


Godwin Nwachukwu

Godwin T. Nwachukwu is the Managing Partner at Hantetutor Limited. He is the Executive Director of Lagos Island Connect (LIC) founded by Ms Yemisi Ransome Kuti in partnership with Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nigeria Stock Exchange, British Council and Microsoft Nigeria, Google, Air Peace, Bank Of Industries, British Business Group, Business Day, Chevron Nigeria LTD, Cadbury Nigeria LTD, Coca Cola Nigeria, DSTV, GLO Nigeria, Leap Africa, MTN, Nestle, MUSON, Nestle, NACCIMA, Oando, Phillip Consulting, PZ, Seplat, Toki Mabogunje & Co, Transcorp, United Bank for Africa etc. He is a renowned corporate trainer and a dynamic leader with great communication skills.


Hannah Ajakaiye

Hannah is leading a project to build collaborations and digital strategies among journalists, fact checkers and social media influencers to combat health misinformation.

A native of Nigeria, Ajakaiye is an award-winning journalist and data enthusiast with a passion for development and social justice issues. As an ICFJ TruthBuzz Fellow in 2019, she worked with Africa Check, an independent fact-checking organization, on a program to make truth spread faster than fake news.  She also collaborated with reporters from Daily Trust, a prominent newspaper with wide reach in  northern Nigeria.

Ajakaiye is a recipient of the 2017 Newscorp Fellowship hosted by The Times of London and The Wall Street Journal and an alumnus of the U.S. Department of State Foreign Press Centers reporting tour on human trafficking. A recipient of the 2018 Reham Al-Farra (RAF) Journalism Fellowship hosted by the United Nations Department of Public Information, Ajakaiye is committed to leading digital innovations in African newsrooms. She is currently completing a master’s degree program as a Chevening scholar at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom, with a focus on Media Practice for Development and Social Change.

As a journalist, Ajakaiye worked with The Nation, Nigeria’s widest circulating newspaper.


Kofoworola [General Kopho] Ayodeji

Kofoworola Ayodeji is the founder and chairman, Board of Trustees of Generalkopho Leadership Program (GLP). He is a Nigerian physiotherapist, freelance journalist and leadership strategist. Since 2009, he has trained and worked with over 10,000 young Nigerians on leadership and community development. An alumnus of British College of Journalism, UK and National Training Academy in Egypt, Ayodeji is passionate about creating an egalitarian society for everyone through transformational leadership. He was one of the 100 outstanding young leaders selected from 29 countries by the Egyptian government through the inaugural African Presidential Leadership Program (APLP) in 2019. Through his writings, GLP as well as the other projects he is involved in, General Kopho wants to leave the world much more better than he met it.


Olayemi Adurota

Olayemi is the founder of Luminox Healthcare Services and a Doctor of Nursing Practice with dual certification in family and psychiatry. The daughter of immigrants, she has a unique perspective regarding how our mentality and socioeconomic status affects our healthcare. With over a decade in direct patient care—first as a nurse in an in-patient psych unit, then as a supervisor managing three nurse practitioners, a provider working with firefighters, and a beloved aesthetic provider with one of the best aesthetic providers in Maryland—Yemi understands the unique effect a person’s mentality has on their health. Along with her current role as an infection control nurse practitioner guiding local COVID-19 emergency response and adherence amongst healthcare facilities, she has participated in and organized medical mission trips to various countries. Yemi is not satisfied until her clients are satisfied.