Name: Fasoranti Damilola
Birthday: October 7, 1990
Education: B.Sc (Biology Education)
Occupation: Social Entrepreneur
Please describe your vision of a world that works for everyone.
I see a world with people having teachable minds, respect and dignity for others. I see a place where the collective strengths and ingenuity of every man is connected to create innovative solution to social problems. I see a world where true national and community development is only achieved by an inside out approach – personal leadership as the foundation for nation growth.
What do you see as the most pressing problems facing the world today?
Lack of good leadership: This pressing problem is the rot a use of several other problems in the world. We all blame the government, our family, friends and institutions for our problems, yet we don’t look inward, working to be the change that we desire to see.We are having more confusion, corruption, security threats and crisis, educational and political instability because each man have not learnt to empathetic, to listen, and to be committed to seeing the best of every other man.
Selfishness and individualism is tearing apart the synergistic strength of collaboration and the popular saying that “together, everyone achieve move’ and ‘united, we stand but divided, we fall.” With effective leadership, we’ll be able to look this pressing leadership challenge in the eye and create sustainable solutions to them.
How do you feel these problems could best be solved?
Education: There is an urgent need to inculcate leadership lessons into every curriculum of learning in both formal and informal institutions. Teaching about leadership helps citizens to be aware of what it requires to lead a successful life and empower others.
Practice: When we create opportunities for people to lead, it also helps them to internalize the lessons of leadership. They are face-to-face with the realities of engaging people effectively and adjusting their leadership traits accordingly.
Mentoring: When we create a platform for people to connect with leaders and a means to seek for help in their learning and growing phase of understanding leadership, there is a sense of belonging and their growth is faster.
I was born on October 7, 1990 in Akure town, Ondo State (South-West, Nigeria). I am the third child, with three other siblings which make up a nuclear family of six. My father is a clergy and my mother, a civil servant. I am a graduate of Education Biology from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. I did not fancy the get-a-certificate, get-a-job and get-a-family approach to life but rather, I am constantly looking for innovative ways to empower young people to translate their knowledge into practical skills and better livelihood.
Since 2012, I have been involved in mentoring and training young people in different secondary schools around the country and I observed that there is a long way to go in educating young people on how to achieve their dreams. The street kids and rural youths must not be left out of this at all. They must be able to create jobs and engage their counterparts in the urban communities meaningfully.
Upon graduation from the University, rather than opt for a job, my passion around education for development especially in rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, made me to volunteer with Voluntary Service Overseas in the International Citizen Service program. With a team of 11 other young people, I led a fund-raising campaign that generated over ₦90,000 ($450). The successful fund raising was a precursor to my leading of an impact-adding training session on using plastic bottles to light up villages with other volunteers in a rural community with a huge population of fundamentally nomadic individuals in the Northern Nigeria.
Consequently, I relocated to India through a scholarship from Kanthari International (an institute that empowers social change makers from around the world via leadership and entrepreneurship) to deepen my work with young people in a rural makerspace in Bangalore, India in 2015. I successfully created an innovative vegetable-cutting machine made out trash and local materials, with a team of local influencers while facilitating train the trainer sessions to ensure that the product becomes widely used and lift the local people out of poverty.
Thereafter, I returned to Nigeria and founded a not-for-profit Organization called Prikkle Academy. I am pro-actively working with an impressive team of young Nigerians to raise about 1,000 creative and innovative young people in the next 5 years to solve community problems across Nigeria and Africa.
My vision of starting an innovation center and a hub for problem-solvers in the rural communities in Nigeria is inspiring and very useful as a social change program to reshape the perception of rural community dwellers. I am presently exploring the Asset-based community development approach coupled with human-centered design thinking of creating social change from within.
My favorite book is “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen R. Covey. I first read this book in September, 2013 and this book has transformed my thinking and influenced positively my professional career. I realized that principles are fundamental truths that have universal application while practices are situationally specific and that my paradigms are the sources of my attitude, behaviors and relationship with others. My hobbies are traveling, reading, singing, speaking and playing guitar.
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