Ogunbowale Olugbenga is a multiple award winning social entrepreneur & digital skills expert. An alumnus of the Leadership in Business Institute of Kellogg School of Management (USA), He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Obafemi Awolowo University (Nigeria).
Inspired by the plight of millions of unemployed youths, Olugbenga founded Epower.ng, a digital agency passionately growing businesses & accelerating the application of digital skills for economic prosperity across Africa.
To help organisations unlock the full potential of their workforce, Gbenga founded Polivoice.Work, an anonymous employee feedback tool that uses machine learning to capture & analyse worker feedback.
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, with a 5,000 strong volunteer force and a presence in 19 African countries 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 force for social good, Olugbenga has been featured by Voice of America, USAID, Bella Naija amongst others.
Ogunbowale Olugbenga (CEO Epower) is a multiple award winning social entrepreneur.
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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