Olasupo Abideen Opeyemi, the Founder and National Coordinator, Brain Builders International, was on Tuesday, September 4, 2018, named among the 100 Most Influential Young Africans alongside pop star, Davido, Nigerian world cup hero, Ahmed Musa, music talent with an AMVCA award, Falz and the most popular Egyptian on earth, Mohammed Salah by African Youth Awards. It’s important to note that the list in its third year recognizes influential Africans across different fields.
The founding President of the Africa Youth Awards, Prince Akpah said the list features a record 90 new inductees, 10 returnees and 43 females, also noting that these individuals are shinning lights in their respective fields. Olasupo Abideen, a Yali RLC Fellow, VC4A Mentor, Google Ambassador (Alumnus), Digital Skills for Africa Trainer was recognized for his impactful contributions to “Personal Development and Academia” within and outside the shores of Nigeria. This young Nigerian has in the past few years trained over 5,000 secondary school students on choosing a career path, and tertiary institution students on start-ups. In partnership with Google, the serial entrepreneur has equipped more than 10,000 youths with digital skills, ensuring youths live up to the expectation of this age. Developing and ensuring the growth and improvement of people especially youths also saw him collaborate with a leading water brand in Kwara State –SEAP, to fund over 10 businesses started by students of the University of Ilorin and Kwara State University.
The veteran digital marketer also has plans to come up with a Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurship Development program later this year, which would bring together in-school youths to deepen their leadership and entrepreneurship skill set for a period of 4 semesters. Without mincing words, this goes to remind African youths, same as reassuring them that at no time would good works not be met with deserving rewards. Goes to also spread the gospel of you don’t sow a seed today and expect to harvest the next day, if only African youths would key into the idea of consistency, maybe then they would begin to see things rightly.
TIJANI Sheriffdeen for Brain Builders International