Unilorin Graduate Is Among Top Ten Most Influential Young Nigerian

Twenty-four year-old Chemistry graduate of the University of Ilorin, Olasupo Abideen, has been named among the 100 most influential Nigerian youths for 2017 in a meticulous survey conducted by Avance Media.

Olasupo was ranked 8th on the influence rating, which was compiled based on dedication, social impact, consistency, national appeal, motivation, brand presence, and influence over the years.

The list that was released on the website of the ranking (www.ng.avancemedia.org) penultimate Thursday (January 11, 2018), showed that the 2016 Unilorin graduate came third in the award category of “The Most Influential Young Nigerian on Personal Development and Academia” but eventually ranked 8th over-all.

“The Most Influential Young Nigerians’ initiative is an annual awards and ranking scheme for young Nigerian achievers between the ages of 15 and 40 years”.

According to the organisers, the initiative is intended to disclose the true and genuine potentials of young people who are earnest to turn around the fortunes of Nigeria’s economy and whose works are at par with their impacts.

“It is also expected to serve as a source of encouragement to these young individuals whose commitment towards stimulating growth is undoubted.”

“A former Google Student Ambassador during his undergraduate days at the University of Ilorin, Olasupo is the National Coordinator of Brain Builders International, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) that works on Educational and Literacy Advocacy, Youth Inclusion and the Sustainable Development Goals.

“The organisation partners with local and international organisations to organise events, advocacy projects, competitions, mentoring programmes and conferences to fulfill her organisational goals”.

The social activist is also the Kwara State Coordinator for the Not Too Young To Run Movement, an NGO, which he started about four years ago, and through which he has reached out to and greatly impacted the lives of over 50,000 young Nigerians.

In a chat with Unilorin Bulletin, Olasupo disclosed that he started the Brain Builders International, a youth-focused Non-Governmental Organisation accredited by the United Nations, at the age of 19 while he was still an undergraduate.

In 2017, he directly reached out to over 20,000 Nigerian youth through the free Google Digital Skills project to empower Africans with entrepreneurial skills. As a public speaker, he has had series of speaking engagements in both local and international fora. Olasupo is also a budding entrepreneur, managing no fewer than three thriving businesses.

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