#FALA AWARDS: #Oyakhilome Initiative Identifies Young #Africa Leaders, Fosters Positive Impact In #Society.
…You don’t need a man to be Succesful – Helena Wenny
… I don’t want to sleep, I want to Justify the $35,000 grant I received
… Youth should reinvent themselves and start being part of the Solution rather than the problem – Dr. Mrs Olajumoke Akinsanya
Future Africa Leaders Foundation is a Leadership initiative founded by Pastor (Dr.) Chris Oyakhilome to exploring and expanding the leadership potentials in Young African Youths between the ages of 16-29 years. The Initiative recognises good potential leaders, singles them out, by celebrating and supporting young Africans who have demonstrated exemplary leadership skills by impacting their society positively through quality education, empowerment programs, promoting gender equality, improving health sector and many more, all this through mentorship and giving the celebrated few grants, to motivate them to do more.
Speaking to Babiene Helena Wenny, the Star prize award winner for the year 2019 in an interview
Q. What encouraged you to do more, to achieving your goals?
A. My major motivation is because I lost both Parents within the space of a year, and when it happened, my relatives deserted I and my siblings, so I had to prove to the world and other Young people to give them hope. I wanted to become the best, to become successful, I wanted to inspire other Young people, so I do my best and in every situation to make opportunities out of them, because I am not only setting an example for my siblings, but for other Young people who have no one to turn to, to Support them and that you don’t need a man to be successful, you need to trust God, believe in yourself and strive to become what you want to become.
Q. At such age in 2019 how were you able to get sponsors?
A. One of my biggest sponsors is my coach, my mentor, my senior soul leader back in Cameroon, he was there to Support me, like on the two occasions I came to Ogoja refugee camp with food items , he made the food items available, every step of the way He has being there to guide me spiritually and morally, and every time he speaks I get wisdom from His words.
Q. From that time that you won and now, what has changed about you?
A. My personality, because the world has known me now, my Status because i am now an idol to many people. I have been inspired to do more because knowing that $35,000 was handed to me, I didn’t work for the money, I don’t want to sleep, I want to do more because I have to justify that grant I receives, I am so honoured that I received it.
Q. What’s your advise to young People?
A. I want to tell young people to be diligent, I have 3 things that is my motto, Dilligence, Honesty and Commitment. As a young person you can not say you want to be successful and you can’t wake up as early at 5 or 6am to look for something to do for yourself, things don’t just come, you need to push yourself to do those things.
I implore the youth to identify their purpose, be diligent and passionate to achieving your goals and above all be Honest. So many things will come to you for being honest and there are opportunities you will lose for being dishonest. Thank you.
Dr Mrs Jumoke Akinsanya who is one of the Project Coordinator gave a parting message that Africa can only be built by Africans as stated by our grand Patron Pastor Dr Chris Oyakhilome, and our main focus in this new year is to encourage youths with technological ideas that can change communities, support home grown technological interventions and solutions.
“Dr Akinsanya further implore youths not to be part of the problem but rather be part of the Solution, by taking out time to look at their society and device a means to reinvent themselves and see how they can improve their street and their neighbourhood.