As we approach the weekend, we will like to leave you with a very inspirational story here on the Rebrand Nigeria Ambassadors Series!
We are celebrating a young and selfless gentleman, who is very passionate about making a huge impact in society. He initially imagined that studying medicine would create that pathway for him however; the route he eventually took has not only impacted lives in Nigeria but across the globe. He is solving a major problem in society which is giving every child an education irrespective of their race, gender, tribe, and financial, economic or social status. We are very delighted to shine the spotlight on him today.
Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you Orondaam Otto; Founder and Executive Director of Slum2School Africa. This is a volunteer-driven development organization that is changing society by empowering children and youths living in slums and underserved communities with quality education, entrepreneurial skills, and psycho-social support.
The organisation has built many early childhood development centers, adopted public schools, built e-libraries, health centers, and technology and Innovation laboratories. They have worked with over 10,100 volunteers across 35 countries, providing educational scholarships and development support to over 78,000 children in more than 42 communities across Nigeria. Slum2School Africa has become one of the leading volunteer-led development organisations in Africa. The organization which was founded in 2012, has won over 15 national awards.
Otto began Slum2School initiative during his one year compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) days. He had watched a documentary aired by BBC called “This is Lagos” where only the slums in Lagos were showed. Disturbed by the content of the documentary, Otto decided to visit that particular community and indeed, he realized that the children were not going to school, had no clothes to wear neither were they feeding properly.
Burdened by this realization, he resigned his job from the bank to pursue what has become a worldwide transformation in the education sector. He began with working with young girls who were ex-sex workers and in the first three weeks of his initiative, he was able to get about 140 of them back to school and raised almost a million naira.
This became the first Slum2School campaign. After that, he approached more schools, private and government organizations creating partnerships that further enabled more children go to school. By the end of his service year, he had made so much impact in many communities that the Former Governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola recognized him as the Most Outstanding Corps Member of the Year, 2011/2012.
Orondaam is a Development Consultant, Social Entrepreneur and Educator. He has received many awards and recognition such as The Future Awards 2012-2013, Top 100 Nigerian Youths by The Presidency 2013, Young Achievers Awards 2012, among others.
This campaign is powered by the Ugwumba Center for Leadership Development in Africa.
God bless Nigeria!!