Welcome to another episode of the #LeadingNigerianYouths series. Where we take a look into the lives of some of our one of a kind Nigerian youths – intelligent, resilient, resourceful, versatile, with a burning desire for success and a passion to take the country forward.

MEET: Grace Ihejiamaizu, a Social Entrepreneur, Educator and Mandela Washington Fellow working to promote quality education and empower the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs. She is a University Lecturer as well as the founder of iKapture Networks, a center for youth development that provides afterschool education and services to students and out-of-school youth in Nigeria using creative learning methods and ICT. She is also the founder of OpportunityDesk.org, the largest online platform that shares relevant opportunities for youth across the world. She volunteers her time to mentor young people especially women.

In 2015, she coached a team of young girls to develop a mobile app to solve a problem in their community. The group, Team Charis, represented Africa at the Technovation World Pitch in San Francisco where they emerged global winners. Grace has since become a Technovation Master Educator fellow to get more girls into technology.

Her passion and dedication to the development of youths has won her several awards including being named one of Google’s 12 brightest Young Minds in 2011 and a Global Changemaker in 2012. She was one of the Honorees for the 2013 Future Awards Africa Young Person of the Year Prize and in 2016, became a Mandela Washington Fellow of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

Grace has spoken and facilitated sessions at international conferences including the 2015 World Economic Forum Annual Meeting of the New Champions, the 2015 UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris and 2016 OpenCon in Washington DC. She is studying for a Masters in Sociology, and holds Certificates in Civic Leadership from Kansas State University and Social Entrepreneurship from University of Connecticut, USA.

Grace is our #LeadingNigerianYouth this week. STAY MOTIVATED. Get those goals!

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