OGBOMOSO: A budding ecosystem of innovation By Okekunle Abayomi

This is Joshua Obi, a JSS 2 student of Anglican Grammar School Ogbomoso. He reached out to us yesterday to inform us about a remote controlled car he made from empty cartons. We scheduled an appointment with him and met today.

During the conversation with him, he shared with us his natural inclination to replicate things he sees around using the resources most accessible to him.

Curious about where he got his technical knowledge from, we found that he had been talking to Oladayo Israel Adedeji, one of the winners of the 2019 edition of the ‘Ogbomoso Innovation Challenge’ we hosted last year. Oladayo Israel Adedeji created (with his team) an intelligent vacuum cleaner that operates with minimum human supervision and was a huge source of inspiration and support to Joshua.

Even though Joshua is from a very humble background, having to help his mother who is a single parent till late nights everyday, he dreams of wanting to become an automobile engineer in the future.

I shared with him how he can go a step further to by using his creativity to come up with innovative solutions to problems in the world. I also gave him an assignment he would be submitting next week, and was able to share God’s love and word with him before he left.

Joshua Obi is just one of the several kids we are committed to reaching out too. Later in the new week, the team would meet to discuss how exactly we can help Joshua.

This is the Ogbomoso we are building_a resilient ecosystem of innovation with opportunities for children to become all they can be.

Interested members of the public who are willing to help Joshua should DM me.


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