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Faith Abiodun
Works at African Leadership Academy
Attended Syracuse University
Lives in Johannesburg, South Africa
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I am not a great artist; actually, I failed woefully at fine art in primary school and Technical Drawing in secondary school. I was always amazed and impressed by my classmates who had all the sophisticated equipment for construction drawing when I couldn't even manage to draw a straight line with a ruler. Simply put, I wasn't wired to be an artist.
But there are several more things that I am incredibly good at; better than most people I have ever met. I have my strengths, and I have chosen to leverage those strengths for success.
You may want to do the same, and stop complaining about the few things you're not really good at. Your life is ticking!
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I am a dreamer by nature and by choice. I routinely catch myself thinking up solutions to challenges around me, and I'm constantly designing programs and projects to solve complex social problems. There are days when I bemoan the scarcity of time to do even more than I already do, and there are many more days when I think: "If only I wasn't already employed, I could have a lot more time to do...xyz".
It is in those moments that I realize that I am almost becoming a slave to my dreams. Yes, there is so much that I want to do, and so much change that I want to create in the world, but I am already doing the most I can with the resources available to me. I am privileged to be where I am and I don't take that lightly. I don't want to agitate so much about the future that I miss out on this amazing gift aptly called "the present".
I am thankful for the opportunities available to me, and I will continue to work very hard, but I will not become a slave to my own dreams. At the right time and with the right conditions, they will become reality.
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We tend to believe our habits are a product of our motivation, talent, and effort. Certainly, these qualities matter. But the surprising thing is, especially over a long time period, your personal characteristics tend to get overpowered by your environment.
If you want to maximize your odds of success, then you need to operate in an environment that accelerates your results rather than hinders them.
Environment is the invisible hand that shapes human behavior.
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Being a changemaker is not easy; nothing worthwhile comes easy. You must invest time and energy in understanding yourself, your environment, challenges around you and past attempts that have been made to solve the same challenges.
But as you dream big and think about living a life of relevance, you must pay attention to your own growth. It is not enough to have massive ambitions, you must grow yourself to the size of your dreams. Invest in you!
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I was sitting at my desk a few minutes ago, silently getting work done, and then I took a social media break to see what's out there. Instantly, my eyes caught on some news of the upward mobility of people in my network. I took the time to digest the news, but something else was also getting settled in my mind. I found myself meditating on my friends' success and casting lowly looks at myself. I was starting to belittle myself.
And then it hit me - this must happen to lots of people on a daily basis; social media allows us to mirror ourselves in light of the perceived success of others, and that doesn't always leave us in a good space. As I tried to pick myself up to get back to work, I heard a silent voice in my heart - FOLLOW YOUR OWN STAR!
I'll like to leave you with exactly that right now; follow your own star. Your success is your success, and should not be compared with others'. Your journey is yours. Own it. Walk the path. You will be fine. 
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I was awoken in the middle of the night with this message:
"When an idea strikes your heart and you're wondering whether to proceed,
Quit thinking. Get to work. Till the ground for your seed.
Advance confidently in the direction of your dreams and trust your instincts.
Ideas don't rule the world; ideas ACTED UPON rule the world".
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So so True brother.......
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I remember listening to a speaker a few years ago who described three kinds of people you should have in your life:
CONFIDANTS - people who are for you and with you
CONSTITUENTS - people who are for what you are for
COMRADES - people who are against what you are against
It is very easy to classify all these people as friends, but it is super empowering to be able to segment your 'friends' appropriately as you plan your path in life.
Do not confuse your comrades with your confidants.
Have an empowering week!
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I'm starting off this week with some powerful words by the ever inspirational Barack Obama: "Progress does not happen in a straight line. None of the giant strides in our history happened over night". Now, this is common sense, but it does not always give comfort to those who need solutions right now. Your mind is the most powerful weapon on earth - you can build up motivation for success or pull down decades of progress simply by the conditioning of your mind.
Get your focus straight; you are doing much better than you think you are. A living dog is better than a dead lion. You're doing just fine. Now put some urgency in your mission for this week and be great at whatever you do. Get up and go!
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COMING SOON...
Sustainable change does not happen on the streets, on Facebook or on the front pages of newspapers; it often happens through the established instruments of governance. No matter how much we detest politics, we can only change the true nature of governance by infiltrating those systems that frustrate us. Ideas abound, but they will remain latent unless channeled in the direction of redesigning systems.
My journey so far has guided me on the path of aggregating intelligent, passionate and dedicated leaders to design viable systems of governance and lobby for the implementation of tested ideas that will hopefully change the face of Africa.
The road will be long, but no one ever arrived at a desired destination without starting. Let's go!
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I half-dreaded the visit to the Kigali Genocide Memorial. It was the one place that I really wanted to visit, but I was not sure that I was prepared for it. On arrival, visitors were ushered into a small room where a short documentary was playing; it told the story of some survivors and what they did to survive. The Memorial had become their home, being the final resting place of more than 250,000 people who were killed during those maddening 100 days in 1994. As our tour group was being welcomed to the Memorial by a staff member, the lady right behind me burst into tears and was promptly escorted to a psychologist’s office. I knew that this would be no easy tour.
I was beyond delighted when I got the invitation. For many years, I had heard, watched and read so much about Rwanda and I could not wait to be on the ground. For a nation that had come to be defin…
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Everywhere I go, I witness the energy and passion of young people to influence change in their communities and across the world. Young people want to do big things, and that is absolutely fantastic. However, this passion and energy must be directed. There is a place for street protests and social media agitation; there is a place for criticizing leaders and making demands, but there must also be a place for careful redesign of existing systems. I believe that the core job of the youth is to prepare themselves to lead the future rather than to agitate mindlessly for recognition. When the time comes to lead, will today's youth be ready? - Faith Abiodun
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I am often asked for advice by aspiring entrepreneurs or people who are just passionate about starting a project. Some believe that they need mentoring before they start, but the vast majority are quick to point out that they don't come from financially buoyant circumstances and they need funding to get started.
This is a misnomer. Everything you need is around you and within you. Entrepreneurs who start with vast reserves of money will not necessarily become successful; most of the world's best inventions were designed on a piece of paper, run on a shoestring budget or created in a ramshackle garage. No, you do not need an office to start; no, you do not need to purchase so much equipment to start; no, you do not need a marketing budget to start. All you need is around you and within you.
No matter who you are, no matter where you are, no matter what you have, you can do something.
Just start!
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Education
  • Syracuse University
    Public Administration, 2011 - 2012
  • Syracuse University
    Civil Society Organizations, 2011 - 2012
  • Moscow State Institute of International Relations
    Business & Innovation, 2010 - 2010
  • University of Ibadan
    Geography, 2005 - 2009
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Faith Abiodun - Educator, Innovator, Entrepreneur, International Affairs Analyst, Project Manager. President, Global Impact Network
Introduction

Faith Abiodun is an entrepreneur, project manager, writer and speaker. He combines a hybrid background of journalism, education, corporate communications, non-profit management and youth development advocacy in his work of empowering impact-driven changemakers for global relevance.

He started out early as a journalist, serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Union of Campus Journalists, University of Ibadan, Nigeria; before hosting a radio interview program with Diamond FM, Nigeria; serving as a reporter at The Guardian; interviewing Nobel Laureates, Wole Soyinka and Leymah Gbowee; publishing by-lines in 11 Nigerian dailies and writing as a columnist for international magazines. He later worked in the Corporate Communications department of Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Ltd, Nigeria.

His undying passion for youth development led him to establish The F.A.I.T.H. Initiative (TFI), a network of change catalysts and social initiatives collaborating on global leadership, enterprise development and education advocacy. Under his leadership, TFI recruited over 200 volunteers who organized five leadership conferences, supported young entrepreneurs with funds, mentored hundreds of high school students, and volunteered at several orphanages. In November 2009, he founded The Speech Academy; an elocution and public speaking training institute in Ibadan, Nigeria, with more than 600 trained public speakers till date.

He is presently employed at African Leadership Academy (ALA), South Africa as Communications Associate and Director of the International Relations Council, through which he organizes the ALA Model African Union to develop the next generation of African diplomatic leaders. He is also a member of the 2013/2014 class of the Learners' Voice Program under the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), joining 30 young global leaders to develop innovative projects to connect education to life; he is a Global Youth Ambassador for A World at School and member of the International Advisory Board for the Global Youth Innovation Network.  He is in very high demand as a public speaker; often making presentations on leadership, entrepreneurship, education, youth development, and social responsibility at conferences across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the USA.

Faith Abiodun earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Geography from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Business and Innovations from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia and a Master's degree in Public Administration (MPA) at Syracuse University, USA where he served as President of the Coalition of Multicultural Public Affairs Students (COMPAS) and on the Honorary Degrees Committee of the Syracuse University Senate He is a member of Toastmasters International, Project Management Institute and the American Society for Public Administration.

He can be reached at faith.abiodun@gmail.com

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Education, project management, nonprofit management, youth development, leadership
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Strategic Planning, Budgeting, Writing, Public Speaking, Teaching, Music
Employment
  • African Leadership Academy
    Communications Associate/Director, International Relations Council, 2012 - present
  • The F.A.I.T.H. Initiative
    Founder/President, 2008 - present
  • Bi-Courtney Aviation Services Limited
    Corporate Communications Intern, 2008 - 2008
  • The Guardian
    Reporter, 2007 - 2007
  • GIS Konsult
    Information Analyst, 2008 - 2008
  • Diamond FM, Nigeria
    Presenter, 2010 - 2011
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Currently
Johannesburg, South Africa
Previously
New York, NY - Syracuse, NY - Ibadan, Nigeria - Lagos, Nigeria - Moscow, Russia - Doha, Qatar - Washington, DC - Accra, Ghana - Istanbul, Turkey - Madrid, Spain - Boston, MA - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Lome, Togo - Banjul, Gambia