Africave assembles some of the brightest young Africans, who are pushing the envelope in their various fields and industries to serve as mentors and growth partners for younger Africans aged 13 – 20.
Our team consists of very high-achieving young Africans, mostly under the age of 25, who have attended prestigious schools including Duke, Princeton, UCL, Cambridge; have competed at the Olympics; have been employed by top global organizations like Goldman Sachs, Boston Consulting Group, Rolls Royce, McKinsey, Accenture, UNESCO and Google; and have built organizations that have cumulatively impacted the lives of over 50,000 people: from making mental health counselling more accessible across the continent, to implementing programs to defeating Boko Haram in West Africa, and implementing technology solutions for agriculture.
Jessica is a human rights defender and ERI UN Youth Ambassador from South Africa. She is the Founder and Executive-Director of the award winning human rights organisation, The Justice Desk, which focuses on educating, advocating and equipping youth, government, civil society and vulnerable groups across South Central Africa in human rights. She has worked across the globe, and holds various qualifications from UCT, the UN, and Cambridge University. She has been named one of Africa’s and South Africa’s most inspiring youth for her work; and received countless awards from the likes of HRH Queen Elizabeth II, former South African president Jacob Zuma, Prince Edward, Countess Sophie, and Lead SA. Her organisation is a partner of the Nobel Peace Prize Summit, and The Queens Commonwealth Trust. Jessica has travelled extensively working in countries across the globe in the fight for fundamental human rights. She is a passionate and proud South African, who believes in the power of everyday activists, especially among the youth.
Derick is an award-winning social entrepreneur who works in education, technology, social entrepreneurship, and disability field. He is the founder of Tech Era, a social enterprise that uses technology to transform the lives of persons with disabilities, organizations and educational institutions. He also leads the partnership, innovations and marketing team at Rakatalabs, a skilled software team that crafts cutting-edge technology for clients. He is also the head of Science and Innovations at the National Resource Center for Children with Disability and Co-founder and COO of Daachi, a non-profit.
Derick was voted as the most influential young Ghanaian in Science and Technology after receiving an honorable award from Queen Elizabeth II at the Buckingham palace, London in 2018. His work also drew admirable attention from the President of Ghana and Ashesi University which earned him the Ashesi University Presidential Award from His Excellency, President Nana Akuffo-Addo and Dr. Patrick Awuah, President of Ashesi University.
Derick was named as one of the 30 under 30 future of Ghana Pioneers in 2018 and was also named a Dalai Lama Fellow in 2016. He has received several awards, and has also earned significant mentions from international media including BBC World Service, Deutsche Welle, Pioneers Post and many others in Ghana
Reekelitsoe is an environmental activist from Lesotho with versatile training in leadership, entrepreneurship and Africa Studies.
She has previously worked and volunteered with organizations like the Global Business Round-table, World Vision, US Embassy and EU Maseru.
She co-founded Conservation Music Lesotho, and Educate Your Peer Foundation which are centered around community and African-youth development.
Amongst other global recognition, she is a One Young World Ambassador, Queen’s Young Leader, Pitch at Palace Commonwealth Alumni, YALI RLC Alumni, a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneur, and one of the first 40 African women that Power Africa in partnership with YALI chose to train in Energy.
Emmanuel Udotong was born in North Carolina in the United States to Nigerian immigrant parents. Emmanuel is the middle child of five brothers. He ran track and field throughout high school but since getting to Princeton University, he’s spent most of his time working on his agriculture-focused startup Releaf. Releaf is a food-processing factory for palm oil, deploying technology and innovation to develop Africa’s agricultural industry.
Emmanuel has experience interning at Pinterest as a Software Engineer and at McKinsey & Co as a Business Analyst. He has a passion for hip hop music, meeting new people, and pan-Africanism.
Ngozi is a believer, sister to many and mentor in the realm of Women’s sports.
She was amongst the team of three first to represent Africa(Nigeria specifically) in the sport of bobsled; making history in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
God being her source, she has mentored young women on how to stay grounded and achieve goals through strategic planning and the directing/distribution of human capital resources.
Lola is a product Analyst at a Digital Consultancy where she works alongside the development team for successful product launches. Lola acts as a youth advisor the LifeSkills which was created with Barclays to help and support young people with the skills needed to enter the world of work. She also represents the Mayor of London’s Digital Pioneer network which aims to equip young Londoners with digital skills.
Lola has been recognised by the Financial Times as EMpowers top 50 inspirational Ethnic Minority Future Leaders and We Are Tech Women 100 Leader.
Lola is also the Founder of thinkHER ambition: a social enterprise that was birthed out of the desire to ensure that no young female is limited due to a lack of knowledge, nor left behind and most importantly to ensure that every female that thinkHER ambition connects with is provided a fair chance.
Uzo is the CTO & Co-founder of Releaf (Y-Combinator 2017); a digital-industrial company employing technology to accelerate agricultural-based industrialization in Nigeria.
Uzo graduated from Duke University in 2017 (Mechanical Engineering) and currently serves as a voting trustee on the board of the university.
He was born in Central Nigeria to a Nigerian father & an African-American mother, but grew up in freshly post-Apartheid South Africa.
He previously interned at GE Aviation.
Dunola Oladapo is the UK coordinator of the Commonwealth Youth Peace Ambassadors Network [CYPAN]. She sits on the leadership board of the #iWill Fund where she influences how £40m+ is allocated to improve UK youth social action. After serving as the 2017 UK G(irls)20 Ambassador in Germany, she founded a project aimed at empowering girls and women in her local community called Luton Lights (www.lutonlights.com and Instagram- @LutonLights).
She won the prestigious 2018 UK Women of the Future award in the Community Spirit category. She works full-time as an FX Operations analyst at Goldman Sachs.
George is a co-founder and Director at Motivez. As a 4th year Mechanical Engineering and Programming student at University College London (UCL), George is personally invested in the intersection between emerging technologies, engineering and social entrepreneurship.
Over the past four years, he has interned at world-leading organisations including Rolls-Royce, J.P Morgan, The Boston Consulting Group and William Blair. In 2015, he co-founded Motivez, the UK’s 1st personalised event-discovery app for young people. Motivez is an award-winning venture comprised of six students who have raised over five figures in seed funding. In 2017, George was recognized as one of the UK’s Top 10 Black Students” and recognized by HM The Queen for independently redesigning a component for Rolls-Royce’s aircrafts and saving them over GBP50m. George has recently completed an internship at Google and is leading a GBP 1m fundraising campaign for the Amos Bursary.
Kenny is the co-founder & Managing Director of ClearView Research Ltd, a leading-edge research company, who specialise in research focussing on millennials and social impact evaluation.
Described by Huffington Post UK as a “young rising star making waves in UK politics,” Kenny has written influential & award-winning publications and has led on innovative partnerships with global brands such as Uber, Tinder and Deliveroo, on campaigns to get young people registered to vote and turnout in UK elections and the EU referendum. His work in both the worlds of research and politics has taken him around the world to countries such as, the United States, Brazil, Austria, Tunisia, Israel, and Hong Kong.
In 2014, Kenny was awarded the number one position of Rare Rising Stars 2014 and acknowledged for being the most outstanding black student in the UK. In 2015, he was one of 16 people from across Europe featured in the Commonwealth Young Achievers list. More recently, he was named by Impact Squared as one of 100 young leaders (under 25) across the globe making a social impact to transform our world.
Kenny is a governor at a local primary school in the area he grew up in and he is also a trustee of several charities such as: BBC Children in Need, Strength Within In Me Foundation (S.W.I.M), City Gateway and Spark Inside. Kenny is also on the advisory board of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust.
Kennedy is a Social Entrepreneur and activist. He founded the CYCWR to expand access to rights for African women.
Professionally he has worked and interned for top tier consulting and technology companies across 3 continents and currently advises ByteDance: the world’s most valuable startup on their Global Operations strategy.
He has been named a Queen’s Young Leader, Resolution Fellow and is the youngest-ever (and first Nigerian) recipient of the prestigious Yenching Scholarship. Kennedy has spoken at the United Nations and two TEDx talks.
Harry co-founded Youth for Change Global: a global organization with offices in 3 countries. He has represented UNICEF, British Youth Council and Restless Development in high-level conferences advocating for the rights of young people. Harry also curated the Commmonwealth Heads of Government Meeting’s wider engagement as the anchor for the social media and news pages where he interviewed all panel members and speakers throughout the conference. He has given numerous speeches in Parliament, Party conferences and Number 10 and has remained consistent in his messaging of “Young people are not just service users, they are world changers”.
He received the 2018 Queen’s Young Leaders award and has worked as a researcher and consultant in UK politics. He has a held board position with UNICEF and is an official He for She ambassador for UN Women. Harry is currently a Policy Advisor to the UK Government.
Hauwa is the Chief Executive of She Writes Woman: where she works to ending the stigma against mental health in Africa.
Farai is project manager at The Aurum Institute, a leading African TB and HIV research and implementation institute. Prior to Aurum, she was an intern at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). She achieved a distinction for her MSc in the Political Economy of Emerging Markets at King’s College London. Her dissertation on South African Private Companies and Black Women, examined the effect of the Employment Equity Act (affirmative action policy) on the representation, corporate experience and career projection of black women. Prior to her Masters, she worked at Deloitte as an analyst for Strategy and Operations Consulting.
She is the co-founder of the youth-led organization Africa Matters. Africa Matters empowers young Africans to lead through leadership skills, capacity building and community-impact projects. Farai is a Queen’s Young Leader for South Africa for 2017, a One Young World Ambassador and a King’s Principal’s Global Leadership Award Recipient. She was recently named as one of the top 100 Mandelas’ of the future by Media24.
Isaya uses mobile software to address the needs of African communities. He is the founder and chief executive at Somaapps Technologies, which created SomaFiti – a smart bracelet that focuses on the future of health and well-being of the African community, and SomaApp- a mobile app that is disrupting how scholarships are offered in Africa. Isaya and his team came up with the idea after seeing how many domestic and international scholarships go unclaimed each year because young people are simply unaware of them. The app enables students to enter their academic qualifications and the SomaApp search engine then matches them with scholarships they qualify for. More than 15,000+ students are currently using SomaApp daily and 550 students have won scholarships through SomaApp.
He recently, won the prestigious award from Her Majesty The Queen, The Queens Young Leaders Awards 2018
He was named by Forbes Africa as Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 in June, 2018 as promising change-makers in the continent.
Aurelia Abena Attipoe is a graduate of Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Ghana. Through work and projects, she has had experience in Project and Business Management, Technology, Marketing and Sales with companies in Ghana, Cameroon, South Africa, Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Aurelia founded Pitch Hub after school – a social enterprise that focuses on equipping young people with the knowledge, skills and resources needed to start and grow their business. She presented this project at the 2017 Global Youth Forum held in Dubai and emerged the overall winner. Within a year of running the project, she set up a team comprising of eight (8) young and self-motivated leaders and so far, have trained over three hundred (300) young potential business leaders, raised approximately $20,000 in partnership with other organizations to support young entrepreneurs in
Ghana. In 2018, Ms Attipoe interned with Bank of America Merrill Lynch and will be joining the bank as a full-time employee in 2019.
She has always lent her voice and strength to initiatives that empower women and young people, and this led to her being selected as a panelist at the 2018 Women Arise Summit alongside the Vice President of Liberia, CEO of Whitaker Group and the CEO of L’aine. She was also selected for the 2nd cohort of the Young Diplomats of Ghana Leadership Program in 2018. Aurelia is a social activist and an entrepreneur who seeks to transform Africa and the world.
Seun Shokunbi, Principal Consultant & Founder of Karfi, is an experienced educator, data analyst, and grants manager.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Communications from Fordham University in New York City, then moved to London one year later to complete a Master’s degree in International Management at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), focusing on business development in the Middle East and North Africa.
Prior to attending graduate school, she worked for both the Clinton Foundation and the United Nations Office for the Special Adviser on Africa (UN-OSAA). Her graduate thesis explored the application of Martin Carnoy’s theory of political economy of education to explain the skills mismatch and high unemployment rates in Egypt and Tunisia (earning her merit honors upon graduation).
Imrana Alhaji Buba
Imrana Alhaji Buba is the Founder of the Youth Coalition Against Terrorism (YOCAT), a volunteer-based youth organization working to unite youth against violent extremism in north-eastern Nigeria.
The organisation promotes peace education, and provides skills training and psycho-social support to young people affected by Boko Haram insurgency. He is also a Generation Change Fellow of the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Mandela Washington Fellow, and Peace and Security Fellow of the AU-EU Youth Cooperation Hub.
Imrana received the 2016 Queen’s Young Leaders Award from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2017 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World Award, in recognition of his effort to counter violent extremism and promote a culture of peace in Nigeria.
He holds BSc Political Science (First-Class) from the University of Maiduguri and MSc Africa and International Development from the University of Edinburgh, UK.
Victoria Ibiwoye is a youth advocate and facilitator of global citizenship education. She leads OneAfricanChild Foundation for Creative Learning, a youth-led organisation working to address the inequality in education through experiential workshops, advocacy and empowerment programmes in low-income communities.
She has spoken at the United Nations and at several high-level consultations to dialogue with world leaders and important stakeholders to priortise education for all.
She is also the current UNESCO Youth Representative to the SDG-Education 2030 Steering Committee.Through this position she advocates for increased political commitment to education and meaningful youth engagement in decision making processes and procedures.
Victoria believes that the best of leaders turn followers into leaders, therefore, she spends most of her time facilitating engaging sessions to empower young people across the world with skills and competencies to lead and drive change.
Oladotun Opasina is a 2018 Schwarzman Scholar from Nigeria. He is a technology entrepreneur in the area of product development, data analysis, and user on-boarding. He believes in adapting technology in making a positive impact in every environment he resides in.
He is very passionate about technology innovations in Africa specifically Nigeria, thus stimulating him to introduce ideas that he believes would have a sustainable positive impact. Oladotun has previous experiences working as a technology analyst at Goldman Sachs and Citibank.
He graduated with a Masters from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore MD USA and an undergraduate from Morgan State University. In his school days, Oladotun co-founded a company called Giver.ly that targeted non- profits organization in providing a platform to receive donations and interact with their givers. He has also developed numerous products such as To-Book, a web application that connects service providers to customers. He currently resides in Boston, MA, USA.