Name: Akinrinlewo Adepeju MariamAdepeju’s pics.
Birthday: June 26, 1981
Education: PhD in view (English)
Occupation: Research Consultant (NGOs)
Please describe your vision of a world that works for everyone.
In as much as we cannot have a utopia state; where everything is ideal and perfect, I believe we should strive to make the world a corrupt-free space where everyone’s right is respected, governance is not by rigging or nepotism but rather by majority’s vote and security is guaranteed.
What do you see as the most pressing problems facing the world today?
From my own point of view, terrorism is the most pressing issue in the world today. If we may ask, who are the terrorists? Terrorists are just like you and I. Only that they see things from a different point of view and resort to terrorism to air/ justify their views. Their attitudes to life and the society stem down from the loss of moral and misappropriation of values. Corruption is also another problem in the world today. Corruption is everywhere: right inside from home to the highest level of governance.
How do you feel these problems could best be solved?
There is a dire need for value and moral re-orientation in my country; youths learn to early in life that crime and corruption are not the only ways wealth and fame can be acquired. When youths have moral values and know the real reason for their existence, then crime and corruption will be reduced drastically. It is also an individual thing. If everyone makes up his and her mind to do one right thing a day, then things will definitely change for the better.
My goal, dream and passion in life have always been to be given the opportunity to serve humanity and develop my leadership skills towards improving the lives of people around me. I graduated from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye with a B.A (Ed) in English, where I demonstrated an extraordinary efficiency in learning, adaptability and value re-orientation. I studied for my Master in Arts (English) programme at the University of Ibadan, Ibadan. I graduated with an MPhil/PhD. Presently; I have completed my first year as a Doctoral Candidate (English) in the same University. I am writing my thesis on Persuasion and Political speeches in Africa.
I have spent the last five years working in the community development sector and more specifically in the area of research activities on HIV/AIDS prevention and control, Reproductive Health, Family Planning and Child Health. I had my National Youth Service Corps with Society for Family Health, Lagos under the Women Health Project Division; I participated in Interpersonal Communication (BCC) activities in remote communities within Lagos and Ogun States. With the help of other Field Operations staff, Maternal and Child Health Division, I was able to grasp the impact of developmental interventions within these communities.
Presently, I work as a research consultant to NGOs both locally and internationally in the areas of HIV/AIDS Prevention and control, Reproductive Health, Family planning and Maternal and Child health. I specialise in data collection and data entry through the means of interview and focal group discussion. We go into remote regions of the country to know how the less privileged are faring particularly their health issues. All the information gathered through these exercises is used in programming an intervention that will improve the lives of such people. Currently, I am consulting for an International NGO based in California at Ilorin (a state in Nigeria). I am the field coordinator with six interviewers collecting data from PPMVs on malaria, diarrheal and cough. The research exercise will be eight weeks long and we are just in the first week of the activity.
Being a member of Junior Chamber International, Nigeria, I have used the platform to travel far and wide within the country and I have attended and participated in many leadership trainings. I was twice an Executive Vice President in the LOM Chapter and I have chaired so many committees, where we recorded immense achievements.
In 2008, I got married to my heart rob and was delivered a baby boy in the same year. My son just celebrated his 5th birthday on the 12th August. We are a family where everyone’s opinion is respected and we are close knitted.
I like inspirational books and love any piece written by James Patterson. Talking about movies, I love any film by Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie and Jack Chan. I am in love with country side music particularly Kenny Rogers and Don Williams. I use music to liberate and sooth my soul. It enhances my assimilation while reading and working. Writing poems is one of my hobbies too.