Olugbenga Ogunbowale is a communications expert & social entrepreneur. An alumnus of the Leadership in Business Institute of Kellogg School of Management (USA), He has a certification in Integrated Marketing Communications from IE Business School (Spain) & a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria).
Inspired by the plight of millions of unemployed youths, Olugbenga founded Epower, a digital agency building websites & mobile Apps to passionately grow businesses as well as training youths to accelerate the application of digital skills for economic prosperity across Africa.
A Mandela Washington Fellow, Tony Elumelu Fellow, Royal Common wealth society fellow, YALI star of business & YALI network influencer, Olugbenga is the founder of Africa’s biggest orphanage outreach, The Orphan Empowerment Society, empowering thousands of orphans with free vocational skills, medical care, & food. He is also the co-founder of the communication & leadership organization, Pacesetters Leadership Club.
A highly sought after change agent with speaking engagements spanning 3 continents, Olugbenga has been featured by Voice of America, USAID, NTA, TVC, LTV, Radio Nigeria, Tribune amongst others.
Ogunbowale Olugbenga (CEO Epower) is a communications expert & social entrepreneur.
January- Selected as a top writer in Leadership on global online publishing platform, Medium
July- Selected as an Influencer, YALI Network
March- Finalist, GIST Tech-I (an annual competition for science and technology entrepreneurs from emerging economies worldwide, organized by the US government).
March- Fellow, Mandela Washington Fellowship.
July- Finalist, Kickstart Season 3 (an International Breweries PLC Foundation competition for budding entrepreneurs and innovators).
July- Winner, YALI Star of Business & Entrepreneurship award.
MARCH- Selected as a Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) fellow.
MARCH- Selected as a small business trainer for the nationwide ‘She Leads Africa and Facebook program’.
JANUARY- Associate fellow, Royal Commonwealth Society (United Kingdom).
DECEMBER- Founder, ‘December to Remember’ (a National Orphanage Outreach)
OCTOBER- Selected among top 50 young entrepreneurs in Nigeria by Diamond Bank and the Enterprise Development Center of Lagos Business School #BET6
AUGUST- Co-founder, Agents for Change
JULY- Co-founder, Pacesetters Leadership Club
MAY- Curator, PROJECT X.
APRIL- Appointed Multimedia Director, TEDx Isale General.
MARCH- Curator, Spectacular Corpers Fellowship.
NOVEMBER- Winner, most inspiring Nigerian story (Konnect Africa’s ‘I know a Nigerian star’ contest).
OCTOBER- Fellow, League of Extraordinary Young people (LEXY).
JULY- Winner, NYSC Merit Award.
MARCH- National Winner ‘Orator of the year’ (International English Speaking Union contest).
NOVEMBER- Winner, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN) digital jobs contest.
SEPTEMBER- Fellow, DESPLAY Africa (Africa’s most prestigious youth democracy training funded by NED USA, one of the youngest ever at 24).
MARCH- Graduate, Psychology, Obafemi Awolowo University.
FEBRUARY- Finalist, Etisalat flash fiction.
JANUARY- Nominee, Outstanding Young Nigerian Award, Junior Chamber International (nominated alongside the likes of Steve Harris).
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