The untold story of an entreprenuer
Described on Forbes.com as one of 5 creative young people who are addressing youth unemployment in Africa, Olumide Adeleye is a social entrepreneur, creative director, are documentary filmmaker and photographer who is highly sought after especially among non-governmental / development organizations for his candid style of film making. Olumide has been selected to shoot videos for the Deutche Welle Global Media Forum in Germany (Germany’s biggest media event) with the European Youth Press.
He was recently announced as one of the documentary film makers for Leading Change – A University of Cambridge / Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Platform for Queen Elizabeth’s “Queens Young Leaders” programme. He also makes videos for other high-profile organizations In the US, Germany and parts of Africa. As a result, his pictures and videos have appeared on several media including Huffington Post and Forbes. His opinions have also been featured on local and international media including Forbes.com, CNN.com, Ventures Africa and Daily Sun. Olumide is also widely consulted for SME startup advice and mentoring.
He is the Founder and CEO of Twim Academy, a vocational school that currently operates in Nigeria and Ghana, and plans to begin programs in Kenya and South Africa in the near future. Twim Academy focuses on solving the problem on unemployment in Africa by raising entrepreneurs especially in the media and creative arts. Besides regular certificate course offerings, Twim Academy’s initiatives have included “Director’s Angle” – a daily empowerment broadcast airing local radio. The Twim Academy Career Mentoring Program which provides free career guidance to public secondary school students, and The Twim Academy Scholars’ program which provides vocational and employability training scholarships to young girls from financially underprivileged homes.
After a degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Olumide opted to switch careers.
He underwent vocational training at a number of short-term institutions in India including Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics, Scintilla Digital Academy and Zoom Technologies. He became a certified Ethical Hacker, Microsoft Certified Professional, holder of the IT infrastructure Library as well as IT Service Management Certifications based on ISO 20000. He also understudied under Satish Kemberu Kumar, a Bollywood Director and Filmmaker. More Importantly, Olumide Understudied India’s vocational education model and the resultant effect on employment and innovation, and decided to adapt it to Nigeria. The result of this was Twim Academy.
Olumide was a 2015 Finalist for the Ford Foundation Prize for Youth Employment, a 2015 winner of the MaterCard Foundation / Ashoka Future Forward “Innovations for Youth Employment in Africa” contest, and a Yunus & Youth Fellow. His organization, Twim Academy – legally regeistered as Twim Infomedia Solutions Ltd – was listed as one of the “50 Most Innovative Startups in Africa” by New York Forum Africa.
He was also a member of the Education Challenge Africa- a strategy team that developed solutions to scaling an innovative STEM educational learning methodology across Africa – at the DO School in Berlin, Germany (regarded as one of the leading innovations hubs in the world). Olumide also received official commendations from Governing Board of Nigeria’s National Youth Service Corps in Osun State for exceptional services rendered to the state during his mandatory period of national service in 2011