From Lagos, Nigeria, Akanimo Udofia forged a successful career in the oil and gas industry through education. He completed a degree in business administration at the University of Uyo in Nigeria and pursued further studies at the Harvard Business School. To advocate for youth empowerment through education, Akanimo Udofia supports the Eastside Young Leaders’ Academy (EYLA).
EYLA is a London-based organization that aims to develop African and Caribbean boys into future leaders. Established in 2002, EYLA inculcates values such as hard work, self-worth, academic excellence, respect, and civic responsibility in scholars aged 8 to 18. The academy collaborates with schools and community groups to achieve each goal.
One of EYLA’s initiatives is the In-school Programme, or ISP. The academy’s trained facilitators work together with school partners to deliver motivational workshops. In each session, students unlearn undesirable behavior and learn new skills to become socially responsible adults. Some topics explored in the sessions are communication and assertiveness, academic coaching, and journey into adulthood.
Managing Director and CEO of Desicon Engineering Limited, Akanimo Udofia relies upon more than 25 years of oil and gas industry experience in Nigeria to oversee the company’s operations, growth, and general success. A dedicated member of the community, Akanimo Udofia supports several community efforts and organizations, including the Eastside Young Leaders Academy in London.
Committed to developing the leadership potential of young men from the Caribbean and Africa, the Eastside Young Leaders Academy (EYLA) offers several services, including its in-school programme (ISP). The academy’s in-school programme delivers EYLA’s award-winning services in the form of portable, motivational workshops. Taught by trained facilitators, the ISP workshops adhere to EYLA’s core beliefs and values while helping young men learn to make informed choices and unlearn negative behavioral trends.
Up to 30 boys can participate in a regular ISP workshop at a time. These students complete sessions about everything from patterns of their past to self-identity. The workshops also help them prepare for transitioning to secondary school. By the end of the ISP workshops, it is hoped that students have identified various barriers to their learning and set about removing these barriers. Students also learn to appreciate their individual learning styles and recognize the importance of self-discipline when it comes to making behavioral changes.