ABOUT US

Our vision is to see a world led by competent young leaders.

Our mission is to nurture formidable leagues of competent young leaders that are actively transforming communities through innovative entrepreneurship, civic engagements, and public leadership.

WHAT WE DO

 To create a sustainable world where peace and justice thrive, all individuals must acquire values, relevant skill-set, and heightened awareness (UNESCO 2014).

Sozo Networks is a non-profit organization known for promoting the participation of young people in leadership and development in Nigeria. Through unconventional methods of education, we help young people to develop competence for active community engagements and leadership. Our leadership development practice develops young leaders and strengthen youth-led initiatives through provision of experiential trainings, volunteering opportunities, networks, and hands-on experiences.

Our theory of change includes providing support to young leaders and strengthening youth-led initiatives through 3 thematic areas – Education, Leadership, and Entrepreneurship. 

  1.  Youth Education: We bridge a significant loophole in the nation’s education system by offering mentorship and alternative educational opportunities that allow young people below the age of 20 to develop essential skills for active citizenship, leadership, and career in the 21st-century society and workspace. 
  2. Youth Leadership: We raise young social change leaders through a 5 phase approach (DCDES) that helps them to discover their vision and needs, develop self, create solutions, engage with communities to test the solutions, and finally pass on impacts to others. 
  3.  Youth Entrepreneurship: We promote entrepreneurship by teaching on social entrepreneurship and design thinking. 

We implement the above by providing educational support, experiential training, volunteering opportunities, mentorship, hands-on experiences, and idea incubation programs. Our alumni network has evolved into a strong ecosystem of young social change leaders, collectively and individually providing solutions to some of Nigeria’s most critical problems through civic leadership and entrepreneurship. 

OUR REACH SO FAR (2015 TO 2019)

11000

YOUTHS

1000

Social Change Leaders

20

New Social Ventures

6

STATES

OUR TEAM

KELLY D. KING

Advisory Board Member

Linh Dinh

Advisory Board Member

Segun Fatudimu

Founder & Director

Kelly has dedicated her professional career to develop the leadership capacity, emotional and cultural intelligence, and professional skills of young people around the world. She became the Executive Director at the Future Leaders Foundation in June 2019 where she manages an exclusive network of outstanding young leaders. Kelly played an integral role in the development and execution of President Obama’s signature public diplomacy program between the U.S. and African continent, the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). While working on YALI at the U.S. Department of State, she served as a liaison between U.S. diplomatic missions in Sub-Saharan Africa and U.S. higher education institutions that hosted 1,000 of Africa’s most innovative young people each summer. Additionally, Kelly managed Generation Citizen’s Global Network for Youth Action to build the capacity of international civic education organizations to increase civic engagement among youth. Finally, Kelly incorporated her own organization in early 2018, Exchanging America, which provides immersive leadership development exchange programs for emerging American leaders in Sub-Saharan Africa. Kelly obtained a Master’s degree at the University of Pennsylvania in Education Entrepreneurship.

Linh Dinh is a data scientist with extensive experience in consulting, technology, and data analytics. After graduating from Smith College with a B.A. in Economics and Mathematics, she worked at Compass Lexecon – an economic consulting firm based in Washington, DC – examining data to formulate arguments used in regulatory proceedings. Wanting to drive more implementation-focused and innovative projects, Linh transitioned to a new position at Everquote Inc. – a digital marketing startup based in Boston, MA – where she analyzed large consumer datasets to uncover new product ideas, subsequently overseeing their executions. She is currently an M.S. Candidate in Computational Analysis and Public Policy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Linh finds Sozo’s mission especially resonating with her personal beliefs – that is, enabling disadvantaged populations the fair access to opportunity and personal development – and wants to bring her expertise and experience to support Sozo’s on their mission to impact more youths in Africa.

Doctor Segun Fatudimu is the founder of the Sozo Networks and a social entrepreneur with over 5 years of experience in international development, leading projects related to social sector management, education, health care management, and youth development. He is interested in the intersection of education, health, and social policy, and has a deep understanding of various social challenges affecting developing countries, especially in West Africa.

Segun is an Obama Foundation Scholar, Clinton Foundation Global Initiative Fellow, United States Mandela Washington Fellow, Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, and former President of the YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association of Nigeria. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Dental Surgery from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Certificate in Civic Leadership and Non-Profit Management from Appalachian State University, Leadership and Management in Health from the University of Washington and candidate for Master of Arts in International Development and Policy at the Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago.

Oluwaseyi Ale

Administrative Officer

Ayanfe Akinbami

Financial Officer

Olayinka Makanjuola

Communications Officer

Olusegun Abimbola

Chairman Board of Trustees / Former Marketing Director, Unilever Nigeria PLC.

Gbeminiyi Eboda

Secretary Board of Trustees / Life Coach, Author and President Ecclesia Consulting

Engineer J. K Akinola

YOUTHS IN DEVELOPMENT FELLOWSHIP

SOZO GRANT WRITING COURSE

SAFE LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE

SAFE ACADEMY FOR TEENAGE LEADERS

OUR PARTNERS AND PREVIOUS FUNDERS