Akanimo Udofia oversees the operations of Desicon Engineering as managing director and CEO. Aside from managing the construction and procurement firm, Akanimo Udofia supports various organizations and charitable causes, including Eastside Young Leaders’ Academy.
Based in London, Eastside Young Leaders’ Academy recognizes the need to provide children, particularly those of African and Caribbean descent, an opportunity to become skilled and productive citizens through academic training. The organization was founded by former deputy mayor Ray Lewis, who made it his mission to transform at-risk children into responsible leaders.
To achieve this mission, EYLA awards scholarships to children who have limited financial resources but unlimited potential. Through the scholarship program, children have the chance to attend some of the best boarding and independent day schools in the country, including Bedales School, Bradfield College, and King Edward’s School. The academy also works with children’s families to help them prepare for opportunities.
Through education, Akanimo Udofia received opportunities to apply his knowledge and work for international companies. His personal experience also inspired him to advocate for the empowerment of children through education. As such, Akanimo Udofia supports Eastside Young Leaders Academy, a leadership development organization for African and Caribbean boys.
Eastside Young Leaders Academy, or EYLA, focuses on building young men’s character by instilling values such as academic excellence and hard work. To achieve such goals, EYLA initiates programs include the Alternative Provision curriculum in partnership with local schools and teachers.
The Alternative Provision program features a curriculum for young boys in need of positive direction and change in their lives. The curriculum helps students identify behaviors detrimental to their future, and counters these with positive reinforcement to nurture emotional intelligence. Students who undergo the Alternative Provision program will work with one academic mentor who is responsible for implementing study plans to steer the student towards a path of self-awareness, respect, and civic responsibility.
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.