VOLUNTEERS TUESDAY: MEET OMOBOLANLE ADENIRAN

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Tell us about yourself

My name is Omobolanle Adeniran, I’m a graduate of the Department of Economics, University of Ibadan. I’m a fintech enthusiast and passionate about helping businesses grow through strategic advisory. I write in my spare time and I enjoy networking and meeting new people.
I love music and have no favorite genre of music I listen to, neither do I have a favorite food.
On the very top of my bucket list, I would love to visit at least 50 countries.

What would constitute a ‘perfect’ day for you?

A perfect day for me, hmmm! More like a perfect holiday. Waking up in a beautiful house, the sweet smell of vanilla, with the curtains swirling up and down from the massive window giving  a glimpse of the sun, waking up to African music like the sound of Asa’s voice and breakfast in bed. Then going for a walk on the beach. Probably going for a helicopter ride for 30 minutes with my family and deciding I want to go to France. Get on a plane to France. Visit Dijon the mustard town in Burgundy. Eat French cheese. Be around French people and speak the little French I know. Go to see L’eiffel tur. Take beautiful pictures. Have a lovely French lunch. Meet new people and shop at my favorite stores. Go for a dinner by the sea, and eat lobsters, drink the best French wine. Head back to my 8 star hotel at Burj al Arab in Dubai (Time travel-Fastest Jet). Eat white chocolate and fall asleep on the most comfortable bed. Then wake up and realize I’m married to Jidenna.

Why did you decide to join OAC?

I joined One African Child in my 2nd year at the University of Ibadan. Honestly, the t-shirt attracted me to OAC and the name “One African Child” really stands out.  I saw Habeeb in his OAC T-shirt then saw some posts about OAC online and told him I wanted to join. Before seeing the T-shirt, I had always wanted to be really active in my community. So immediately I knew what the organization was about, I knew this was where I belong. I am happy to connect with like minded people who are passionate about helping children discover their talents and what they can do for their communities.

 

What is one of your favorite OAC memories?

A lot of memories! A lot of beautiful memories.
I think the street outreach we had on children’s day. Reaching out to children in our community and giving them a reason to be happy on a special day like children’s day. Putting smiles on people’s faces. Even though we met a young boy that refused to smile even after collecting his children’s day pack, we eventually got to speak to him and tried to encourage him.
I remember one time back in school I was at my faculty. I went to see my supervisor and was wearing my OAC T-shirt. I was really not in a good mood because I had been running up and down. And this man was shouting at my back and waving in the most cheerfully-weird way, that I just had to stop. In my head, I was like what is wrong with this man?? When I moved closer, I realized that he was calling me because of my OAC T-shirt. He tried to make funny statements and I managed to laugh. He was like greet your founder for me. That was when it occurred to me that no matter what! in that OAC T-Shirt, you cannot afford to frown! People support what we do and are watching closely.
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What professional goals and leadership skills have you developed or strengthened since you joined OAC?

I have learnt a lot from OAC and members of OAC and I’m still learning. I can say OAC actually groomed me. In the past, I was always so nervous when speaking to a large group of people. One African Child helped boost my confidence level through leading the children at Jumpstart Academy on Peacebuilding and conflict resolution. I was also the General Secretary and Treasurer and was able to improve my writing skills through minutes writing and letter drafting. One African Child taught me the meaning of teamwork and leadership.

What do you feel most grateful for in life?

I feel most grateful for life itself and for people.

What are your career goals?

To be recognized as an expert in my field and be on the Top 10 list of most influential women in the Fintech Industry. Hopefully to retire at 35.
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What are you looking forward to in the next 5 years?

The 5-year ultimate question!!! It’s really hard to say where I’ll be in 5 years time. I am hopeful I’ll surpass my dreams, to be seen and identified as a role model. Realistically, in the next year, I believe I’ll be learning what it takes to be a boss. In 2 years, Getting ready to be a boss; in 3 years, I’ll be a mini-boss. In 4 years’ time, taking up a big boss role and in 5 years; to be an expert in my field, a global leader and a force to be reckoned with.

What book are you currently reading?

Currently, reading all sort of articles. But the last book I read was “Richard Branson- The Inside  Story” by Mick Brown.

What is your favorite quote?

Children should not be defined by their immediate environment but rather what they can do for their environment – Omobolanle Adeniran.

Parting Words

Thank you for choosing me as the volunteer of the week. I’m happy to be a part of this great organization, doing amazing things and working with great leaders like Victoria Ibiwoye, our very own mama Africa. Thank you for pursuing your goal, Victoria!

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