United States President, Barack Obama, has honoured a Nigerian, Adepeju Opeyemi Mabadeje Jaiyeoba, and four other young entrepreneurs from around the world at a Global Entrepreneurship event in Washington DC.
The White House in statement on its official website, noted that the emerging entrepreneurs from across the US and around the world were brought together to create innovative solutions to some of the world’s toughest challenges, including poverty, climate change, extremism, access to education and health care.
The statement read, “The event comes ahead of Obama’s travel to this summer’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi, Kenya and provides a unique opportunity to galvanise global attention on emerging women and young entrepreneurs.
“Jaiyeoba, who is a Nelson Mandela Washington Fellow for Young African Leaders, founded Mothers Delivery Kits in 2013 after losing a close friend to childbirth to address maternal and child mortality resulting from unhygienic and unsafe deliveries in Nigeria.
“She has been able to collaborate with other entrepreneurs, build employee capacity through YALI courses, and receive seed capital and mentorship from the US African Development Foundation.”
According to the White House, Jaiyeoba has expanded her services to internally displaced victims of Boko Haram.
The grant has also reportedly enabled her company to acquire new machinery, establish a storage facility in northern Nigeria to address transportation challenges, increase its Lagos-based staff, and reach nearly 80 community midwives and health care providers across 23 states in the country.
Adepeju Jaiyeoba is @pjlalah on Twitter. She is the founder of @brownbutton_org and Mother’s Delivery Kit Ventures|@washfellowship Fellow | @WISHQatarYoung Innovator http://youtu.be/DUs14cAp2wg and you can also see her exploits @motherskit.com
She studied Law at the University of Texas at Austin and is currently a Senior Associate at Aboyade & Co – August 2009 till date (five years and 10 months).
Her self-summary on Linkedin: Adepeju loves to break stereotypes, glass ceilings and ignorance induced cultures. Adepeju’s awards include 2013 Global Change Leader of Coady International Institute; 2014 Unreasonable Institute Fellow of Unreasonable Institute, Boulder Colorado, USA; Fellow, Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders of US President Barack Obama and 2014 USADF/YALI Awardee of the United States African Development Foundation.