#LEAPISPARTOFMYSTORY Week 21: Akwugo E. Nnama

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 Akwugo E. Nnama; Energy Efficiency Consultant

I attended the Youth Leadership Programme (YLP) during my final year of high school at Corona Agbara, Lagos state. YLP’s unique focus on community development really resonated with me. I was challenged and motivated to think outside the box, to help develop every community I am a part of.

As a LEAP Alumna, I understand and have experienced the mission and vision of the program; to develop African leaders who are ethical, innovative, proactive and smart!

After Corona, I went on to Dartmouth College in the U.S. At Dartmouth, I studied Chemical Engineering and International Studies. I served as a Deans Office Student Consultant and as an Undergraduate Adviser, who advised 25 first-year students and facilitated discussions on academic, social and personal situations. In my final year, I completed an Engineering Honors Thesis titled, “Rural Electrification In Nigeria: Solar Home Systems (SHS) As A Potential Solution”.  Although I was elated about all these accomplishments, my most rewarding achievement, was receiving a name engraved Dean’s plate for outstanding contributions to the Dartmouth community. I currently work at Navigant Consulting, as an Energy Efficiency Consultant.

Recently, I was going through some old documents and stumbled upon my college essay. It’s no surprise that my essay was on corruption and poverty in Africa; two paramount issues we discussed extensively during LEAP’s YLP. At the programme, we were asked thought-provoking questions about potential solutions to these two challenges. I believe universal access to electricity is a step in the right direction towards poverty alleviation. Achieving ubiquitous access to electricity will lead to social development, which will then improve the quality of lives.

Finally, I’m grateful to God and my loving family, who have played a major role in my success. My role model, my late father always believed in me and my abilities. He always said that whatever I do, should be for the greater good and not for riches. Our shared belief, in his own words, is that “The African diaspora must use their wealth of knowledge and experience to develop the continent.” As I strive to fulfill this mission, it is an honour to work with LEAP Africa to ensure that African youth are empowered and equipped to become great future leaders, who will take the continent to new heights.

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#LEAPISPARTOFMYSTORY WEEK 20: Omotoso Beatrice

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Omotoso Beatrice; Teacher, State Senior High School G.R.A. Ikeja Lagos.

LEAP has been in my school for about six years, teaching and developing young Nigerian students with the necessary behavioral and intellectual tools they need to succeed; made possible by a number of teachers who have keyed into their vision.

I had always been inspired by the organization’s contributions to the society, especially in public secondary schools around Lagos State. And surely, it was clear from the onset that I was up for a transformative experience, not only as a teacher but also as a woman and a mother – an individual responsible for managing, instructing and directing a new generation of leaders in the Nigerian society.

I joined LEAP in 2013 through my connection with Mrs Sidi Ighodaro, who was my boss at the time. There was a computer training organised by LEAP in State Senior High School, Ikeja in partnership with DELL and Camara Education. Keith Magee was the facilitator and I was one of the beneficiaries. Before this programme, I had little knowledge of how to operate a computer but it was at this training I was built with the capacity to advance my qualifications. Indeed the training transformed by life completely.

Over the years, I have grown beyond the basic knowledge of computers. I am now well disposed towards these technological devices and can readily execute it’s technical functionalities to solve everyday problems at work. Even now, I haven’t stopped learning. The fun part of this is my ability to utilize these computers to teach and deliver LEAP’s curriculum effortlessly. As a teacher I have succeeded in training students on how to operate and accomplish simply tasks that would have other-wise been difficult and it has been a wonderful experience.

LEAP Africa adds value to every stratum of society and I am pleased to be part of its history. I can boldly say LEAP has contributed immensely to my life. This is my story.

I am Mrs Omotoso Beatrice; a teacher in State Senior High School G.R.A. Ikeja Lagos State. I joined LEAP in 2013 shortly after I participated in the ICT training for teachers in secondary schools.

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