Damola Morenikeji is a social entrepreneur, regarded a rising voice in leadership, education and human development in Africa. He founded AllforDevelopment in 2009, with a commitment of building young people and inspiring excellence in leadership and governance through education and human capital development towards realising a more peaceful, inclusive and sustainably developing world. Through Studership, the annual international youth leadership programme he initiated, hundreds of emerging leaders from over 30 countries have been equipped, connected and are contributing to the development of their communities, as global/active citizens. Beyond speaking and training individuals and organisations on leadership, Damola has contributed to policy development at several fora, including the World Economic Forum on Africa. His work has earned him fellowships and awards including the US President Obama-initiated Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) RLC Fellowship,  Fellow of The Social Leadership Academy, USA, DESPLAY Africa Fellowship and appointment as aworldatschool Global Youth Ambassador (as launched by United Nations’ Secretary General, Ban Ki moon and UN Envoy on Global Education, Gordon Brown in April 2014). He is recipient of the 2015 Africa Youth Awards for Excellence in Leadership, Government of Ogun, Nigeria’s Ogun Youth Awards for Excellence, ICPC/NAVC’s Integrity Practitioner Award, Vice Chancellor’s Productivity Award, finalist Life Changer UK’s Rising Star Award, and is currently nominated as one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons in Nigeria by the Junior Chamber International.

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Damola Morenikeji is a social entrepreneur, and rising voice in education, youth capacity and leadership development in Africa with over six years experience in the development sector. He leads the team at All for Development (@All4Development), an organization he founded with a commitment to building young leaders and promoting education, leadership & governance, social entrepreneurship, and youth participation in development.

Through AllforDevelopment, he had engaged thousands of young people through several initiatives including the Young and Emerging Leaders Summit, Pupil Leadership Programme, Studership (the annual international youth leadership academy), Youth Roundtables, Undergraduate Education Seminar Series and a host of other projects organised in partnership with other organisations across the country. These engagements encourage young people to further understand purpose and live right; serve as platforms and provide resources for continuous growth, education and development; build networks for leadership development and capacities for deepening positive democratic governance; encourage youth-driven social change – through social entrepreneurship –, and harness youthful strengths to optimize purposeful youth participation in nation building.

A 2013 Fellow of the Social Leadership Academy, USA, and 2012 DESPLAY Africa Fellow, Damola currently serves as a Global Youth Ambassador, with a commitment to improving the quality of global education, through advocacy. The Global Youth Ambassadors group, initiated by A World at School, was launched by the United Nations’ Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown on April 10, 2014 in Washington DC, U.S.A. His passion for youth development had been witnessed through his contributions at some platforms for policy development including World Economic Forum on Africa (2014), National Education Stakeholders Dialogue, representing Nigeria at the African Youth and Governance Conference (2012, at age 19), and as a vDelegate at the Global Youth Forum held in Bali, Indonesia (December 2012), among others.

He co-founded the Innovate! Hub, a social innovation community that encourages value creation through social innovation/entrepreneurship among young people and initiated Studership, the annual international youth leadership academy that connects and equips emerging young leaders. Studership has since inception enrolled over 100 young leaders from over 30 countries, while members of the Studership community are creating positive change in their communities. A 2013 semi-finalist for the Thiel Under20 Fellowship for social innovators, Damola led Team Innovate! of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and emerged one of the best teams in Nigeria and finalist at the ANEW National Ideas Contest organized by the Nigerian Universities Commission for all 128 Nigerian universities, in commemoration of the 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Week.

An avid writer and leadership/personal effectiveness trainer, Damola cut his tooth in creative writing after writing his first book titled ‘Spare the rod and spoil the child’ in year 2002, at age 9. He remains committed to helping young people grow through growth-inclined deliberations, and contributes to development through harnessing platforms for equipping young people to become better leaders and solve societal problems through civic participation and value-based leadership; promoting societal growth and acquiring professional experiences across diverse environments.

Damola is an alumnus of the International Leadership and Organisational Behaviour course offered by SDA Boconni School of Management, Boconni University, Italy; Social Entrepreneurship course by The DO School, Germany; and Adaptive Leadership course by Cambridge Leadership Associate, United Kingdom & +Acumen - among others. An alumnus of Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro, Ogun State, Damola lives his passion for youth leadership and educational development, and is currently concluding his studies at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.

He has been commended for his work with several prestigious awards, including a formal commendation from President Olusegun Obasanjo [GCFR]; emerging the only undergraduate recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Productivity Award from the Senate of the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta; pioneer recipient of the Ogun State Youth Award for Excellence, adjudged by the Ogun State Government of Nigeria (May 2012); Finalist for the ‘Life Changer’s Rising Star award’, United Kingdom (November 2011); ‘Integrity Practitioner Award’ adjudged by ICPC/NAVC, Ogun state (October 2010); 'The Most Outstanding Secondary School Student in Ogun State (Nigeria) award' by the Ogun State Teaching Service Commission (January 2010); and 2nd runner up, Ogun State 2006 Artiste of the Year Award, by the Ogun State Government of Nigeria (August 2007), among others.

Damola tweets via @DamolaMore.


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