Nigeria’s Loius Adekola, the founder of Ambassadors of Africa, has been honoured by Abdelfattah El-Sisi, the Egyptian President, as one of the 12 young persons from Africa and the Arab region, playing invaluable roles in shaping the future.
Adekola who received this recognition in March 2019 at the World Youth Forum, was honoured for his role in “educational advancement” in Africa; with acknowledgment of his works “towards transforming education in Africa especially through his organization the Ambassadors of Africa and his A-Students Project”.
Being one of the twelve young leaders honoured by the El-Sisi, Adekola is also the founder of Edvant Edge Africa, which aims at “helping African Universities to build partnerships, raise funds and advance towards becoming 21st-century Universities indeed”.
Other young persons honoured were from Egypt, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirate, South Africa, Syria and Uganda.
The World Youth Forum is an initiative of the Egyptian government “to provide a platform for youths all over the world to meet, learn and collaborate towards making the world a better place.”
Honour at the World Youth Forum
Sequel to a recommendation for an Arab and African Youth Platform at the 2nd WYForum in Egypt in November 2018, Adekola was one of the 12 youths honoured for their incredible works towards transforming their communities and respective countries.
According to an interview featured in the media in Egypt, Adekola explained how his career in driving educational advancement on the continent was initiated. He said, “It was important to take action,” growing up in a place “where a lot of young people desired to be the best,” but are hindered by the lack of the right capacity and skills.
He added that Africans need to develop Africa, rather than leaving the continent for greener pastures; emphasising that leaving Africa without development will leave us with “regrets” on the long run.
Adekola who holds a bachelor’s degree in Educational Management from Adekunle Ajasin University (AAU) with Postgraduate interest in Comparative and International Education, was in 2017 ranked the fourth most influential young Nigerian by the Avance Media and in 2018, was listed as one of the 100 most influential young Africans and top ten under the personal development and academia category at the African Youth Awards.
With over eight years of cognate experience in international education consultancy, higher education administration and general advancement services, he was a participant at the 2016 CASE Educational Advancement in Africa Conference, Kenya; a Nigerian Delegate to the 2017 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), Qatar and Panelist at the 2018 World Merit Councils’ Summit in Morocco.