VOLUNTEERS TUESDAY: MEET LANRE BOLAJI-OWONIFARI
Lanre’s presence adds fun and spice to OneAfricanChild events. In this interesting interview with members of the media team, he reveals some facets of his personality.
Tell us about yourself
My Name is Lanre Bolaji-Owonifari. I am an enthusiastic breed, highly passionate and a happy child. I believe while we as humans breathe, there shouldn’t be regrets; for when there is life, there is hope!
EQUITY! Never condemn a person/thing because we all have our unique values. I believe In discovering the best in people through engagement and bringing that best out in them.
Life’s a Circle… what goes around comes around. 3 survival kits for me are Honesty, Family and Love.
What inspires you?
Pacesetters & Success
Likes and Dislike
FOOD, Humble folks, Loyalty, Happy people.
Burnt Dodo, Unnecessary Lies, and dishonesty in general.
*Laughs* *Puts on my primary school accent* I want to Be a Pillot! 🤦♂Dang!… My society almost killed that dream! But who knows… watch out!On a serious note, I analyse & resolve problems for a living.
How did you learn about OAC and reason(s) for joining?
So I was finally done with school *wheew* and I was back in Lagos. I was an AIESECer while in school and then I just got back from my AIESEC EXCHANGE Xperience after UNi. So I thought to myself, oh I’m done serving with/building myself through AIESEC, how can I still contribute my quota to the society, while I learn in return? I personally don’t believe in just LIVING without giving back!… so I rememberedHey… I have this Vicky friend that fulfills that purpose, why not join her team!? I contacted her and fortunately, OAC was recruiting that period. The rest they say is history. Meanwhile… #hEyAIESEC!!!! …
Experience so far
AWESOME! The Art of seeing young individuals nurture something so small and it becoming a big thing like OAC is now, is inspiring. The team keeps growing and you can never stop learning! S/O to Olamultiply and every trainer in the house. I look forward to training because I learn a lot about how to better engage people!
What do you think of OAC in the universe?
OAC makes the Universe a better place. I mentioned earlier a thing about equity and how life is a circle; it’s the give and take principle. There are people out there that have all it takes to succeed or live a purposeful life but lack the opportunity/platform to be heard. Organizations like OAC bridges the GAP!
My time with OAC has been a life-changing experience. A path of self-discovery on how little things deprive little ones of major accomplishments. I encourage every growing mind/ youth out there not to ever give up on their dreams! And always be willing to give back to the society. There’s power in giving, and as the Lord hath instructed; Give and it shall be Given unto you! Shalom.”