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RISE Youth of the Week is Adeshola Komolafe from Nigeria.
Adeshola Komolafe is a female digital entrepreneur who is convinced that the future of entrepreneurship in Nigeria and Africa at large depends on women. Not to replace men, but to transform Africa’s options qualitatively and quantitatively.
As the Chief Executive of Oak Tv and Media Insight, an Integrated Marketing Communications firm with headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, she holds strongly to the words of Hillary Clinton that: Women are not victims, we are agents of change, we are drivers of progress, we are makers of peace — all we need is a fighting chance.’
She graduated with a Honours degree In Political Science, and Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Bayero University in Kano, she believes that the leaders of the future must epitomize the spirit of the times, grapple with the problems that, even when local, are nonetheless of global concerns. Such leaders, she insists, must have clarity about the way out and be able to work not from an outside in but an inside-out mindset that clearly addresses the most pressing concerns of women within their immediate environment. She also studied Digital Marketing at MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts and Digital Storytelling at the Columbia Business School, New York.
In 2012, she was nominated for the Future Awards and in 2007; she received the International Youth Ambassador for Peace Award by the World Youth Federation for World Peace. She is a Fellow of the Initiative for Global Development Emerging Leaders; a member of the World Bank Youth Forum and AlJazeera Media catalyst. She is in very high demand as a public speaker; often making presentations on entrepreneurship, leadership and youth development. She derives pleasure in writing about entrepreneurship and has written for several newspapers and magazines. She has also contributed to sections of books. Adeshola Komolafe was named the 2014 Jennifer Potter Emerging Leaders Fellow by The Initiative for Global Development (IGD)
Jennifer Potter, the founding CEO of IGD, described Adeshola as a young woman who is determined to maintain a strong commitment to promoting women’s entrepreneurship and women’s leadership in Africa.
As a media expert, Komolafe has worked with governments, international organizations, and development agencies, working to enhance the Nigerian business environment, transform health, and map conflict in the country. Additionally, her continued commitment to empowering the rising generation in Africa demonstrates her leadership and capacity to catalyze change. Komolafe has been one of the young leaders in the International Youth Conference, a nominee for the Future Awards, a member of the World Bank Youth Forum, and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers.
To give back to the society, she started Save our Future, a platform that introduces underprivileged kids to information technology. Adeshola currently consults for several DFiD programmes.
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