Executive Director, Kindle Africa Empowerment Initiative

Olorunfunmi Adebajo (funmi) is a Nigerian passionate about youth, women and social development. She has over 8 years’ experience in different areas of social development. She is the Executive Director of Kindle Africa Empowerment Initiative, a social development organisation aimed at eradicating poverty in Africa by improving access to education for vulnerable women and children in urban slums and other underserved communities; she is also the founder of Jade Academy, a youth and social development organisation where she grooms teenagers for leadership, purposeful living and community development.

Funmi was recently selected as one of the 1,000 outstanding young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa selected to participate in 2016 Mandela Washington fellowship for Young African Leaders a flagship project of President Barack Obama. During that time, she completed a Civic Leadership institute at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. She has a Post Graduate Diploma and Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Planning from the University of Lagos, Nigeria and a BSc in Computer-Mathematics from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State, Nigeria.

She worked for 3 years as a Knowledge and Communications advisor of the Lagos Eko Education Project, a World Bank Project aimed at improving educational outcomes in Lagos State. She has exceptional skills in oratory and editorial communications, team formation, goal development, strategic planning and project execution.

She has organized several Women conferences and was the curator of TEDx Ajegunle Women, the first live TEDXwomen event to hold in Nigeria. She has also organized annual youth empowerment summits, school to school career counseling, and vocational training for teenagers and young adults in the past seven years. She spearheaded an anti-malaria campaign and female child education campaign in northern Nigeria. She previously worked as a volunteer teacher at Metropolitan College in Isolo, Lagos. Here she taught Mathematics and English Language to junior and senior secondary school students.

Her life vision is to inspire young girls across the African continent so that they’d say to her “…because of you, we finished school”.

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