Social Change Leader | Writer

Ekemini Akpakpan

Social Change Leader | Writer

I envision a world of girls of substance; who are relevant and living their most authentic lives. Where women’s life outcomes are not shaped by gender. Two life experiences had a profound impact on me: a negative body image at adolescence, and an abusive period that led to my homelessness as a young person.These experiences gave me a new perspective, and insights—prompting me to focus on discovering my innate potential, and helping other girls to do the same.

Between 2011 to 2014, I had opportunities to harness, develop, and share my talents and skills, and create similar opportunities for other young people. These 3 years enabled me to develop requisite skills in project management, program design and implementation, stakeholder management, and resource mobilization

I joined African Women in Leadership Organization (AWLO) in 2015, where I facilitated the design of the administrative framework, which has morphed into the AWLO International Secretariat.
As the General Manager, I spearheaded the design of organizational processes, and programs. My strategic vision has enlivened the organization. Since 2018, I have designed the African Women in Leadership International Conference for women leaders and decision makers to build capacity and exchange ideas towards the advancement of women. Among other women and girls’ empowerment projects at AWLO.

I founded the Student Leadership Club in 2019 to provide a complementary curriculum for the prevention of gendered outcomes that lead to women’s poor participation in the workforce and economy. The Student Leadership Club piloted as a co-curricular activity approved by the State Government, and was recently selected by the International Youth Foundation USA as one of the 65 solutions by young people solving problems for ‘people planet and prosperity’.

When I am not implementing gender equality projects, I continue to write to make the world a better place for women and all humans alike. My writing portfolio spans communiques, campaigns, concept notes, editorials, op-eds, and biography articles.

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