It certainly feels like a lot of work raising a family, being the backbone and major support – physically and emotionally – even when everyone else seems to be awry. So, it is even more breathtaking to find such people being able to successfully build their families and still find time to make positive impact in their society, what we refer to as Social Good.
They are Mums, Super Mums we like to call them.
Their strength is awe-striking, their persistence, compassion, ability to take up multiple responsibilities and manage them very well, alongside many more qualities make them such amazing persons and this is why today, we celebrate all our Super Mums.
Despite the endless list of amazing Mums doing incredible things in their societies, we would like to highlight just 5 of them in this post.
Temie Giwa-Tunbosun (LifeBank):
Temie Giwa-Tunbosun is the founder of LifeBank. LifeBank is a platform that makes blood available when and where it is needed in Nigeria. LifeBank has one goal; to save lives. In 2009, Temie Giwa-Tubosun visited Nigeria, for the first time since she was 10 years old. She was returning as a graduate school intern with the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID). This was where she witnessed an incident which became a motivation for her life’s work.
A young woman had been in labour for three days and her family, unable to afford hospital bills, milled around her waiting for death to come. Temie and her colleagues showed up at the doorsteps of the petrified family hoping they would participate in a household survey. It was fortuitous timing – they lifted the woman into their truck and moved her to the hospital. She survived, but her baby sadly died. Temie spent just three months in Nigeria during that visit but she became obsessed from that moment with stopping maternal mortality.
In 2012, Temie returned to Nigeria and started the One Percent Project to “inspire a new generation of voluntary blood donors to solve the problem of blood shortages.”
The One Percent Project kept a database of willing prospective donors who could be reached at a moment’s notice to donate blood.
This was not enough however as Temie was worried about the sustainability of the project simply because it depended largely on the donors and their decision to either donate or not donate.
Eventually, she quit her job with the Lagos state government and launched a technology-powered social enterprise called LifeBank which has grown to become one of the biggest virtual based blood bank in Nigeria.
In 2016, Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg found her work intriguing and rightly said “If she can actually pull it off, she’ll show a model that will impact not just Lagos, not just Nigeria, but countries all around the world.”
Adeola Ogunkolade (AFDEC):
Adeola Ogunkolade is a Social Innovator and Development Specialist with a Masters in Economics from the University of Lagos. She is the founder of African Fashion Development and Empowerment Centre, AFDEC. She has acquired extensive local and international training’s and experiences in Social Sector Management, Women Economic Empowerment, Youth and Leadership Development.
She has consulted, volunteered and worked with several, local and international Non-Profits; such as Common Purpose UK, Life Impact Foundation International (LIFI) and Multinational Development agencies like GIZ, DFID. She has trained over 7000 and mentored over 200 youths from different geographical locations in Nigeria, both in and out-of-school on Reproductive Health, Peer education, Life- skills and Leadership. She mobilizes hundreds of young people for a yearly event called; #walkforpeace Project to Promote Peace and Unity in Nigeria’s diversity.
African Fashion Development and Empowerment Centre (AFDEC) is a fast growing social enterprise empowering women to use fashion and craft as a tool to reduce poverty and promote peace in Africa. She also founded the ‘Volunteer with Adeola’ Project, an initiative that mobilizes a new generation of dedicated and selfless leaders as volunteers to offer solutions and free community development services in Lagos Nigeria.
Adeola is compassionate, dedicated and resourceful and she loves volunteering for causes that improves the quality of human lives.
Adedolapo Osuntuyi (Dolly Children Foundation):
Adedolapo Osuntuyi is the founder and president of Dolly Children Foundation, a non-governmental organization focused on improving the plight of indigent children in Nigeria through Education; emphasis on quality education for all.
The desire to start a foundation like this came in secondary school after reading her classmate’s story featured in a newspaper; during the anniversary of the NGO that took care of her from childhood.
This story, as well as other close experiences, motivated Adedolapo to start Dolly Children Foundation (DCF) on April 13, 2006, during her undergraduate years at the University.
She is a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), West Africa Regional Centre, a US Government Initiative.
She has gained experience in child protection, early childhood and community development programs and over 5000 children in 22 communities have benefitted through various interventions of the organization.
Chidiogo Akunyili (She ROARs):
She is a writer, storyteller, and movement builder who is impacting global narrative based in her belief and championship of the power of people to change the world. Her philosophy is founded on the humanist African concept of Ubuntu — ‘I am because you are. You are because we are’ — upholding and celebrating our shared humanity. Akunyili believes in supporting individuals, particularly women and youth, to reaching their full potential which in turn will serve humanity. Having lived and worked across 5 continents, Chidiogo speaks 7 of the world’s languages including Chinese, English, French, German, Igbo, Italian and Spanish — invaluable tools that bridge lives, people and their global realities.
She is a World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow; and Associate Fellow of Nigerian Leadership Initiative. She was named ‘100 most inspiring women in Nigeria’ by The Guardian; ‘100 most influential Young Africans’ by Africa Youth Awards; ‘100 most Influential Nigerians’ by Avance Media; and ‘Young Professional of the Year’ by Future Awards Africa.
Dr. Maymunah Yusuf Kadiri (Pinnacle Medical Services):
She is the Medical Director and Psychiatrist – In – Chief at Pinnacle Medical Services, Nigeria’s leading and foremost Psychology and Mental health clinic prominent in the application of innovative clinical approaches in the management/treatment of a wide range of psychological, emotional, and behavioral related disorders.
The founder of Pinnacle Health Radio, Africans’ number 1 online health radio. Also, the founder of a not-for-profit organization, “Pinnacle Medicals SPEAKOUT INITIATIVE” which is geared towards creating awareness on psychological and mental health related problems in Nigeria and beyond.
As a forerunner in the practice of Mental health, Neurofeedback/Biofeedback therapy and other novel therapy techniques in Nigeria, she continues to be the most sought-after Psychiatrist and Psychotherapist in Nigeria and beyond.
Beyond this list are many more amazing mums who are not just great mums to their kids and in their homes but are trailblazers and pacesetters in the society as well. We appreciate all you do, all the sacrifices you make just to maintain the balance at home and fulfilling your passion in being a positive influence in your society.
We celebrate you today and every other day.
Happy Mothers’ Day.
Author: Durotoye Temitope