MY OVIWCE Story by Olayinka Joseph ADEBAJO
MY OVIWCE STORY
As infants, most if not all of us craved becoming a Doctor, an Engineer, a Lawyer or a Pilot. Well,
mine wasn’t far from different. I wrote entrance exams into Medical School, but none sufficed. Fast-forward to 2007, I got admitted into the Polytechnic to study Computer Science. There, I never really discovered the entrepreneur in me. After 4years and a year internship at the polytechnic, I proceeded to fulfilling my 1year mandatory youth service in 2012. I was still on a road to discovery.
Early 2013, I joined the banking sector as a support staff at Access Bank. After a year at the bank, I resigned to return to academia. In 2014, I got admitted into the department of computer science at the University of Ibadan. There, I discovered the other part of me with much love and selflessness. In 2015, I became a member of Better Nigeria Initiative (Now Building Nations International [BNI]). I also becAme a member of the student wing for the All Nigerian United Nations Students and Youth Association (ANUNSA), an organization propagating the aims and objectives of the United Nations.
There, I developed my love for humanity and community development. I began to envision having a platform like the United Nations.
Back in 2012 during my service year, I participated in several activities propagating activities of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) proclaimed in 2000 to last for 15years till 2015. I felt a need to play a part in actualizing these Goals. From my time at both ANUNSA and BNI with several projects initiated and implemented, coupled with volunteer positions with other Organizations, I was preparing myself for the new envisioned future in Charity and Philanthropy. At this time, I had also contested and won the position of president in my faculty with previous stints with the press organization and student representative council of the department. These
opportunities built my capacity as both an astute leader and a committed follower.
Late 2015, I won the award for Selfless Service to a worthy cause as one of Fifteen Outstanding
Personalities due to my contribution in community development and corporate social responsibility. There I pledged to more achievements and accomplishments in the Non-Profit Sector. That year, the vision for starting an organization was becoming clearer, and the mission was clearly “Propagating the Goals of the United Nations.”, I had a “Baby UN” in my head. I had a great mentor in the then UN Secretary General, Late Kofi Annan, who I grew up wanting to be like.
In 2016, I set out to organize an Orphanage Tour in one of Africa’s Largest City which is in fact the
largest city in sub-Saharan Africa, Ibadan, Nigeria. The initial plan was to work with other 12 Faculties in the University as I was the Executive Head of the Council of Faculty Presidents. Only one faculty sufficed, this was the Faculty of Agriculture. Together with other Volunteers, the event was a success. After several attempts at forming a name coupled with my personal interest in togetherness, ‘ONE VOICE’ stuck.
In May 2018, the organization became registered as an Incorporated Trustees with the Corporate
Affairs Commission under the Company and Allied Matters Act of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. As I’d always tell my friends and colleagues, I never had to snatch my love for humanity from a personal experience, it was pure love, passion, interest and deliberate commitment towards effecting change and leaving the world better than I met her. Coupled with my love for Advocacy.
Today, we have One Voice Initiative for Women and Children Emancipation. I hope you’d enjoy
As the current Executive Director and Founder of the Organization. It’s been wonderful working with young minds towards achieving our core aim and objectives although I believe we can achieve more with a little topping. My personal goal as an individual is to see young people grow beyond their wildest dreams hence exhibiting wonderful achievement and accomplishments. I must say I haven’t done badly in that aspect.
Olayinka Joseph ADEBAJO
Founder and Executive Director.