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Faith Abiodun
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Attended Syracuse University
Lives in Johannesburg, South Africa
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With all the craziness going on in the world today, the biggest tragedy is the strategic/accidental denial of the right of education to millions of children. Gordon Brown says that education gives hope, and I agree. Perhaps, the most significant approach to reducing the number of out-of-school children worldwide is to pressure governments and world leaders to invest massively in providing access to education. So far, 5.5 million people have signed this petition. Please add your name to the global call; it only takes a few seconds.
http://awas.controlshiftlabs.com/petitions/save-the-future-get-upforschool
##THE PETITION "We, the world's youth, teachers, parents and global citizens appeal to our governments to keep their promise, made at the United Nations in 2000, to ensure all out-of-school children gain their right to education before the end of 2015. We are standing up to bring an end to the barriers preventing girls and boys from going to school, including forced work and early marriage, conflict and attacks on schools, exploitation and disc...
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I have just returned from a few days in Doha, Qatar and I'm again reminded of a few things that are absolutely important for success: community, vision and strategy. I feel very privileged to truly belong to a global network of amazing people who inspire me to be more than I have ever been; I have also learned that it is important to always look forward and visualize a world that is better than it has ever been; and I am convinced that practical strategy is imperative for developing solutions that are greater than have ever been seen. Qatar is an impressive country, but my community is even more impressive and we can do things we never thought we could. Keep hustling, people. It will definitely pay off!
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Last week, I bought a copy of 'Good Morning, Mr Mandela', written by Zelda la Grange, his long-time assistant. It has turned out to be one of the most revealing and humbling books I have ever read. Zelda's personal sacrifices and experiences with Madiba have led me to introspect very deeply about the life I lead and the legacy which I hope to live. To think that it was on this day 21 years ago that South Africa experienced its first multiracial elections and chose Madiba as their leader, I feel very privileged to have lived in his time and to be able to learn from the great man even in his absence. May we all be remembered for good. Happy Freedom Day, South Africa!
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Духовная заклинаниями меня есть 48-
летний опыт в оказании помощи и
руководства многих людей со всего
мира. Мои психические способности
могут помочь вам ответить, и вновь
решать много вопросов без ответов. Я
специализируюсь на исцеление,
заклинаний и колдовства помогает
женщинам и мужчинам всех сферах
жизни с этим matters.if и хотят ваши
бывшие назад, или вы хотите, чтобы
контролировать своего мужа, или ваш
бизнес не движется хорошо, то и в
нужном месте Я родом целитель,
экстрасенс, заклинание заклинателя
полномочий, чтобы изменить любой
аспект вашей жизни. Я работаю в
основном с активными заклинаний -
Заклинания, направленных из, чтобы
добиться желаемого события или
повлиять на некоторые-то другого. Но у
меня есть намного больше, чтобы
предложить вам!, Шутить, свяжитесь со
мной по grandmasterspiritualtemple@
gmail.com. Я Психическая спиритуалист
Целитель. Заинтересованы в исцеления,
духовного очищения, духовного совета,
духовного руководства, советы и т.д. Вы
затронуты Черной Магии, Hex, проклятие
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и вы ищете решение. Тогда вы
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помощью этого мощного защиты
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вас и разоренные ваше счастье может
быть уничтожена навсегда, так что вы
сможете жить счастливой и успешной
жизни. контактная информация
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Yesterday, as I perused the website of the Global Shapers hub in Johannesburg, I found a line that read "The WEF Global Shaper community of Johannesburg realized that the decision to succeed in their own lives and to change the world around them was made long before they reached their 20’s..." This struck me very deeply, and as I reflected, I realized that I was very active in leadership and community service activities long before I was 20, and this is true for most changemakers that I know. What were you doing in your earliest years? What are you doing right now? What change do you desire to see in the world? Start working right away!
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In all, I have discovered that leadership is a journey, not a destination. The skills to lead successful teams are acquired over time and through experience; by reading and by observation, and most importantly by practice.
Hello friend, I was born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria as the third of five sons to a father who worked as a university administrator and a mother who was a high school teacher. As a middle child, ...
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Success is a journey, not a destination.
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Malala is not keeping quiet; neither must we. #BringBackOurGirls  
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#ThrowbackThursday Three years ago, my good friend Seun Ariyo invited me to a meeting in Philadelphia, PA where Mrs Leymah Gbowee was going to be speaking. Having read her book and watched the documentary on her brave fight along with the women of Liberia to free her country from dictatorial oppression, I was more than inspired by this humble 2011 Nobel Peace Prize winner. As was her style, she shook hands with the over 200 people in the audience, posed for photos with everyone and shared her story with clarity. I remember how she passionately appealed to the Liberian community in Philadelphia to organize outreach events to enable the rebuilding of their war-torn country. I highly recommend the documentary 'Pray the devil back to hell' for anyone who isn't familiar with her story. What a heroine she is!
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When the news broke last night that the Nigerian army had recovered 200 girls and 93 women from the clutches of Boko Haram, my instant hope was that the Chibok girls were among them. However, I am now ashamed of myself. The world has clamoured so desperately these past 12 months for the Chibok girls, but what about the other boys, girls, men and women who have been abducted, traded, indoctrinated and killed by Boko Haram? Do they not have families? Do they not have hopes and dreams for their own futures? If the 293 women and girls were not from Chibok, then how many captives has Boko Haram taken? I shudder at this thought.
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A lot of us are guilty of this same thing...the first thing I said was 'our prayers were not in vain', it dawned on me later that I wasn't praying against insurgency per se, I've been praying for the return of the Chibok girls...great as that is, it's sad and selfish. The lessons are learnt and we hope the situation is arrested soon and all those in captive are returned to their families safely. 
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I'm throwing my weight behind Muhammadu Buhari to be a very successful Nigerian president. This is a new season!
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MENTORING TUESDAY
I have been blessed with several mentors on my personal and professional journey, but the first person whom I could describe as a mentor was Dr. Reuben Abati. I was a young journalist in April 2007 when I walked into his office (he was then Chairman of the Editorial Board of The Guardian). He had been very instrumental in helping me secure the internship, and had been supportive of my work. I told him at about 6:30pm that day that I would like to interview Prof Wole Soyinka for the magazine which I was hoping to publish later that year. Without a single question or disparaging comment, he grabbed a piece of paper and scribbled the email address which changed much of my life. With fidgety hands, I accepted the paper and dashed to my desk to compose the email: "Dear Professor Soyinka..."
I am forever thankful for what Dr Abati did for me eight years ago. He believed in me, and that was enough. 
Who has been an inspirational figure in your life?
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In pursuit of purpose, we must never forget that the true essence of a life well-lived is the manner in which we influence other people to be the best versions of themselves. Be mindful to avoid scarring people on your journey to success; they are humans too, and they also are on a journey to the top. God speed! 
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My emerging thoughts on the upcoming elections in Nigeria (whenever they eventually happen)
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  • 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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Educator, Innovator, Entrepreneur, International Affairs Analyst, Project Manager
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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 non-profit youth and community development organization in November 2008, with a mission to “build a socially and economically prosperous Nigeria through investments in leadership, entrepreneurship and education”. 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 250 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