In no particular order, meet the leaders who are making dramatic impact in social innovation in Africa.
Toyosi Akerele Ogunsiji, Founder / CEO of Rise Networks
Akerele Ogunsiji is a respected inspirational and mindful young leader celebrated for National Leadership in the service of a larger cause. She is a worthy alumnus of the United States Government’s Prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program for emerging Leaders. First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Michelle Obama described her in June of 2011 as one of her personal inspirations in a televised address to America.
Akerele-Ogunsiji , (born Oluwatoyosi Akerele, 8 November 1983) is a Nigerian, founder / CEO of Rise Networks, a leading social enterprise in Africa, with a deliberate interest in technology and its relevance to youth and education development across Africa.
Akerele-Ogunsiji received a 2nd Class Upper Bachelors’ degree in Civil Law from the University of Jos. She has also studied Strategic Management at Executive Level at Cambridge University’s Judge Business School, obtained a Certificate in Youth Inclusive Financial Services from University of New Hampshire, Durham, USA and holds a Certificate in Media Enterprise from Pan-African University. Akerele-Ogunsiji also holds an Executive Masters’ Certificate in Project Management from The Project Management College, UK. She has also studied Digital Marketing Strategy at the UK Institute of Digital Marketing.
She is an accomplished serial entrepreneur, Author and Public speaker. Toyosi’s thoughts on leadership are clear in her first book, and other writings and interviews.
Alloysius Attah, Co-founder & CEO of Farmerline
At five years old, Attah’s parents divorced so he moved to stay with his aunt, who was a small-scale farmer. While staying in rural Ghana, he experienced the challenges small-scale farmers go through to produce food and support their families. Upon making it to college, he became determined to give back to the people who supported him.
Alloysius Attah, 27, Ghanaian, now leads Farmerline, a Ghanaian software company and social enterprise with offices in Kumasi and Accra, Ghana which works with thousands of small-scale farmers in Ghana to increase access to agricultural information, productivity and income.
Farmerline has a full-time staff of 23. It builds mobile voice services that give prompt and improved agricultural information access and better communication channels for small-scale farmers and agricultural workers through their mobile phone in any local language. Farmerline uses its technology to connect farmers to markets, finance, weather forecast, new farming tips, inputs dealers and equipment services. This helps farmers to increase their yield and income. Their vision is to help small-scale farmers across Africa to become financially prosperous and more entrepreneurial in their farming ventures.