Motivational Personality of the Week – Yemi Adamolekun
Yemi Adamolekun currently serves as the Executive Director of Enough is Enough Nigeria (EiE), a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to building a culture of good governance & public accountability in Nigeria through active citizenship. She is also the Secretary to EiE’s Board.
- Yemi was raised on the campus of the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) but started her university education at the University of Lagos. She has a first degree in Mathematics & Economics from the University of Virginia; an MSc in Development Studies from The London School of Economics (LSE) and an MBA from Oxford University’s Said Business School.
- Yemi has a 17-year diverse career spanning the public and private sectors in the US and Nigeria. She started her career as a management consultant in Navigant Consulting, one of the top consulting firms in the US where she worked on intellectual property claims, forensic accounting and bankruptcy cases. She did a four-year stint at RCCG Jesus House, DC as Operations Coordinator before moving back to Nigeria.
- In Nigeria, she worked at Alder Consulting, an ideas, strategy and brand consulting firm where she helped formulate brand strategy, develop copy and media strategy for government, corporate and non-profit bodies. After 4 months, was asked to lead its new start-up – a figment of imagination – a physical product development firm. She left ‘a figment of imagination’ for business school and on her return, providence saw her as one of the founding Board Members of EiE.
- EiE has led various advocacy campaigns including its flagship #RSVP: Register |Select |Vote |Protect Campaign promoting voter education and participation. It is also involved in the #OpenNASS campaign calling for accountability and transparency in the National Assembly.
- EiE continues to be actively involved in the #BringBackOurGirls campaign calling for the government to find and rescue the Chibok girls and by extension protect Nigerian citizens and account for those missing and displaced. To mark its 5th anniversary, it started the ‘Office of the Citizen’ Campaign, which is focused on teaching citizens that they occupy the highest office in the land.
- Yemi volunteers for the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy (KIND) which is dedicated to the advancement of women and Kaleyewa House, an NGO founded by her late mother focused on the elderly. She’s also the Vice Chairman of the Board for Dawn in the Creeks Ltd, a social enterprise dedicated to promoting non-violent alternatives to conflicts in the Niger Delta.
- She cares deeply about educating and empowering Nigerians to know their rights and responsibilities as she believes that until we consistently hold our elected officials accountable, Nigeria will continue to be underdeveloped and unjust. This is summarized in one of her favourite quotes: “Of all the institutions of a democratic society, there’s none as formidable as an awakened and conscious citizenry.”– Shehu Sani