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7 Questions on Leadership with Olayinka Ijalana

Name: Olayinka Ijalana

Title: Program Director

Organisation: Vicibu Foundation

Olayinka Emmanuel Ijalana, born on April 18, 1989, is a dynamic leader and visionary in the field of community development and education. A graduate with a second class upper in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Ilorin, Olayinka channels his passion for data and its applications into meaningful projects.

As the Visioneer of Vicibu Foundation, Olayinka has emerged as a catalyst for positive change, dedicating himself to empowering vulnerable out-of-school children in Akure and its surroundings. His role extends beyond leadership, actively raising support, monitoring softskill programs, and ensuring the foundation's initiatives break down barriers to education.

Olayinka's journey is marked by a commitment to making education a transformative force in the lives of underserved communities. His innovative approach, strategic vision, and hands-on involvement in community-driven projects exemplify his mission to create lasting impacts. With a proven track record of leadership and a genuine dedication to the betterment of society, Olayinka Emmanuel Ijalana stands as a beacon of inspiration in the realm of grassroots empowerment.

Thank you to the 2,000 leaders who’ve generously done the 7 Questions on Leadership!

I hope Olayinka's answers will encourage you in your leadership journey. Enjoy!


Jonno White

1. What have you found most challenging as a leader?

Managing people has been a challenging. Different people with different emotions from different tribes and backgrounds with different challenges can often time be challenging in managing.

2. How did you become a leader? Can you please briefly tell the story?

"I assumed the role of president in my Campus Fellowship over ten years ago, following a rigorous training and progression through various levels. When the fellowship faced a crisis, the board collectively decided that a leader capable of unifying conflicting factions was needed. To my surprise and humility, I found myself nominated for this crucial role."

3. How do you structure your work days from waking up to going to sleep?

I kickstart my day with early prayers and devotions, followed by crafting a detailed to-do list outlining the day's activities. I make sure to incorporate contingencies into my plan for added preparedness.

4. What's a recent leadership lesson you've learned for the first time or been reminded of?

Leadership transcends mere titles; it entails a dedicated commitment to serving others, making meaningful impacts, and consistently delivering one's best.

5. What's one book that has had a profound impact on your leadership so far? Can you please briefly tell the story of how that book impacted your leadership?

"The Purpose-Driven Life" by Rick Warren.

I discovered my purpose after reading the book. I decided to not only exist but to make impacts

6. If you could only give one piece of advice to a young leader, what would you say to them?

Strive to contribute your utmost to improve the world. Humanity is essentially kindness embodied.

7. What is one meaningful story that comes to mind from your time as a leader, so far?

Leadership has unexpectedly opened crucial doors for me. Leaders serve as prepared vessels guiding the world toward its destined destination.

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