Africa has experienced several social changes that have affected the continent positively. Policies have been signed and endorsed by governments, causes have been promoted and achieved, communities have been freed from poverty and a lot of positive things have happened. Though these positive happenings are still not enough as challenges still abound, we need to recognize that these changes are driven by people, brave and tough in purpose and very sacrificial in their ordeals, these are the social workers, they are advocates for change and change agents themselves.
One of the very few genuine social workers and advocates for change from Africa with a huge community development history is Abayomi Rotimi Mighty.
Quick facts about Abayomi Mighty:
As you read, you will discover the following in the story but for a quick one, these are the facts about him.
• A well respected Personal Development Expert
• A creative Content Writer
• A Community Development Expert
• A Practical Sociologist (With many societal changes to his credits)
• A prolific Youth Development Advocate
• A fighter for the people especially at the grassroots
• A gifted soothsayer
• A writer (with over 7 000 books concepts)
• A poet
• A Song Composer and a Singer
• A greatly endowed of God that prefers to be called The Sent Talker
• Though young, a father to many youths across Nigeria
Meet Abayomi Mighty:
Abayomi Rotimi Mighty (ARMA) is a First Generation youth social worker (Activist/Advocate) of the 21st century who started way back in 1996, when the Military was still in power.
Born March 29, 1985. His mother is from Ugep of Cross Rivers (South South Nigeria) and his father is from Ijebu of Ogun State (South West Nigeria).
From a broken home, Abayomi Mighty grew with his paternal grandmother in Ijebu Ode when his father was sent to Sierra Leone for the ECOMONG peace keeping mission as his father was in the Nigerian Army.
Social Worker at 11:
He started social work when he started advocating for ''EQUALITY AMONGST SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS NO MATTER THE UNIFORMS'' at the tender age of 11 in 1996. He was as at this time in J.S.S 2.
His rise to communal credence and fame:
By 1997 at the age of 12, he was discovered and trained by Youth Action Project (YAP) as a Peer Health Educator which enhanced his knowledge base of social work and as well fuelled his passion for the work.
The same year in 1997, He had a great touch with theatre arts through Youth Action Project when they brought the legendary Jimi Solanke to train the youth of the centre on drama and general performing arts. He emerged the best actor and as well the best trainee amongst his peers.
In the same year, 1997, he started writing for a community New Magazine which has ever since been doing sourcing information from various communities and build stories round them towards informing the people.
In 1998 at 13, he was as well trained as a Child Rights Activist by Justice Development and Peace Commission owned by the Catholic Mission.
By 1998, Abayomi Mighty has gained the respect of people in his community (Ijebu Land of Ogun State) as an eloquent speaker for the rights of the child, adolescents and the youth. A staunch believer in the emancipation of the women, he started consciously training girls of his age in the late 90s (1998 precisely) to build self confidence and not to get cheated by boys.
At 14 in 1999, Abayomi Mighty led a serious campaign against excess beating of students by teachers within his school (Moslem Comprehensive High School, Imepe, Ijebu Ode). Through a CONVINCING SPEECH that won the heart of his principal, beating was reduced to just two strokes of cane for an offence and six for a serious offence.
Rise to Global Fame:
In April 26, 2001 at the tender age of 16, Abayomi Rotimi Mighty made global headlines as a great speaker and activist when he led the African Youths Delegation to the African Leaders Summit on HIV/AIDS Tuberculosis and other infectious related diseases in 2001 as the United Nations Youths Spokesperson (Ambassador) for African Youths and children. He was nominated by UNICEF.
His speech contributed immensely towards a great breakthrough for youth participation in Africa. He met President Bill Clinton in person at the conference and many world leaders as well.
The Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria was endorsed at this particular conference and Abayomi Mighty speech was one of the few speeches that were instrumental to the fast establishment of the Global Fund which has since poured over 22 billion dollars into the development initiatives in Africa and the rest of the world.
From Village to the City:
After joining other African youths at the World Youth forum in Dakar in August 2001, he was moved to Lagos from his town where he lived in a befitting bungalow in absolute care and abundance. He was employed in Women’s Health Organisation of Nigeria WHON, the mother organisation of Youth Action Project.
Abayomi Mighty’s name entered into another mega history in social works in Nigeria especially in the fight against HIV/AIDS which launched him as a lifelong legend in the fight against HIV/AIDS and youth empowerment when he featured in the high profiled United Nations Poster created and used for the World AIDS Day Campaign in 2001 with the slogan I CARE… DO YOU? He appeared on the poster with President of Nigeria; President Obasanjo and Kabati Ishaya.
Committed to grassroots development, Abayomi Mighty left all the luxury in Lagos and returned to Ijebu Land in October 2001 in protest (that there should be funding for youth development in the grassroots which included his hometown, Ijebu Land) where he started training young people with his own limited financial resources.
By this time in 2001, YAP, the project that discovered and trained Abayomi Mighty had folded up due to lack of funds, but the fire kept burning and there was one person behind that fire; Abayomi Mighty. He continued gathering young people from every school from Ogun East every Friday where he gave them thorough leadership trainings. He was training them on Adolescent Reproductive and Sexual Health Issues coupled with leadership as well which was not a popular topic as at that time. Some great names emerged in the social development sector of Ijebu Land through his trainings.
Today, in Ijebu Land of Ogun State, there is virtually no social worker that has never been influenced by Abayomi Mighty either directly or indirectly. From Itamapako to Itele; from Ijebu Igbo to Sagamu and to several towns of Ogun State, Abayomi Mighty’s impact has been felt of the last ten years and he has never stopped being the advocates for grassroots revitalization.
His Leadership Drive:
Without funding, he formed at the age of 16 in December 2001, Caution and Moral Filled Adolescent Group (CAMOFAG) through which he has inspired several people... By 2002 at the age of 17, he changed the name of CAMOFAG to AMEN meaning Adolescent Moral Encouragers in Nigeria... A platform he has used to train and influenced plenty of his peers, his younger ones and even those that are older.
AMEN has since metamorphose into a huge youth leadership network known as GOAL meaning Group Of Advanced Leaders which is a leadership forum for leaders to be encouraged and inspired to always improve on their leadership quest and they have a great online platform on Facebook where many of these youth leaders meet to discuss and share ideas towards personal and community development.
Over the last 10 years, he has trained directly over 1100 youth leaders and has inspired and impacted several thousand across Nigeria and abroad. Up till date, Abayomi Mighty is still training several individuals and organizations on community development, Personal Development, business and leadership with a great commitment to the youth.
He has attended several national conferences and a few international on development in the last 12 years.
Abayomi Mighty has helped several organizations on projects development, implementation and strategic advocacy.
Abayomi Mighty is a youth legend of our time with rich grassroots history.
In May 2011, due to his experience in community development work which has spanned over thirteen years, Abayomi Mighty was employed as the Project Manager of AdeGrange Child Foundation; an NGO founded by Nigeria’s Former Minister of Health Prof. Adenike Grange who incidentally happens to be the Head of the NGO that discovered Abayomi Mighty in 1997.
He brought his creativity into the organisation by totally restructuring the activities of the organisation giving it a new look with workable strategies for ensuring that the mission of the organisation as conceived by the founder is achieved.
Within six months, the youthful AdeGrange’s Team with full support of Professor Adenike Grange led by Abayomi Mighty had shot a movie, empowered hundreds of youths in Ogun State and impacted lives of children in different communities in Lagos State. He created very good initiatives and effective partnerships for the organisation.
For this reason, he was promoted to the position of the Project Director in December 2011 and subsequently Programme Director in July, 2012.
A Mover of the People:
In January 2012, Abayomi Mighty founded the online platform of Group Of Advanced Leaders (GOAL) to be a social media advocacy group that will discuss qualitatively on issues that has to do with the development around the world with strong interest in Nigeria and Africa. The discussions will lead to action plans which members of the group will be encouraged to carry out in their various communities.
GOAL has grown from one member to over 350 members in just one month. GOAL now boast of over 1, 000 members from different parts of the world as the platform has served as a means empowerment, encouragement, inspiration, partnerships, development and personal exploits for many across the globe.
An emerging Phenomenal Personality:
Abayomi Mighty is a genius of creativity, a great mobilizer and a visionary Youth Community Development Leader and a fast rising Creative Consultant and Public Speaker. He is an electrifying speaker who captivates his audience when speaking with his strategically entertaining displays.
Abayomi Mighty’s gift in song writing, rapping, singing, jokes meddling and powerful and insightful speaking has made him a VERY SPECIAL SPEAKER to all and sundry. A lot of people especially in the public speaking world of Nigeria know him as the man who will speak to ALL in his audience meaning they will all get the points he is driving at.
UN WORLD Report has this to say about his HISTORIC SPEECH when he was 16:
In a very powerful presentation, 17-year-old Abayomi Rotimi Mighty told African leaders:
“You have the power to change the lives of millions of young Africans. You are the people who tell us to go to fight when there is war; you are the people that ask us to join rallies in election campaigns. Now we need you to fight with us against HIV/AIDS. We are the ones dying and wasting.”…
And also a News Paper in the US and Centre for International Development at Harvard University:
“Most of the leaders' speeches yesterday, however, put people in the back rows to sleep. The two addresses with fire in them came from Jeffrey D. Sachs, the Harvard economist, and a small, 17-year-old Nigerian man named Abayomi Rotimi Mighty.
In a voice that roared through the hall, Mighty said, "You, the leaders of our nations, must make a commitment today to work with us. You are the people who tell us to go to fight when there is war; you are the people that ask us to join rallies in election campaigns. Now we need you to fight with us against HIV/AIDS. We are the ones dying and wasting."
He continued, "Dear parents, your first obligation to us young people is protect yourself against HIV; stay healthy and alive."
The audience cheered him on, as it did Sachs.
His Talents and skills:
Abayomi Mighty is talented, vast, very skilled and well experienced in
1. Communication development strategy,
2. Ideas generation and general content development (which include branding)
3. Speech writing,
4. Advocacy works,
5. Community Development,
6. Project Management,
8. Personal Development techniques and also on the
A global recognition of service to humanity:
Recently, Abayomi Rotimi Mighty joined the league of young global leaders when he was nominated, shortlisted and named as one of the Crans Montana New Leaders for Tomorrow in the Crans Montana Forum, he was decorated in Baku, Azerbaijan, Eastern Europe by the Prince of Luxembourg in June 30, 2012.
As the Programme Director of AdeGrange, Abayomi Mighty introduced new initiatives (as contained in the original plan of the organisation which he as well developed). These initiatives include the following:
1. TELL 1 Campaign which is a strategic media campaign advocacy that is geared towards TELLing the world about the plights of the child so as to improve maternal and child health.
Abayomi Mighty is now a ceremonial Executive Director for AdeGrange Child Foundation as he has so far resigned from active works with the foundation into a deep research on how to put his experiences into proper perspective and the result was a mind blowing discovery that is about to make another great impact on the world in a dimension that has not been known before.
His research was on how to best achieve great results in three core areas of nation building which he puts as social works sector, Economic sector and Government sector. He has a great passion for Journalism and his dream is that one day, journalism in Nigeria will be truly true than what is obtainable now.
Innovator for Change:
Still in a bid to improve in the course of development, Abayomi Mighty formed NOVOHUB Ltd with Oludare Akinlaja who is one of Nigeria’s brightest public speakers and trainer and also the co-founder and Vice President of NOVOHUB Ltd.
NOVOHUB Ltd is a hub that is dedicated to creating and introducing Innovations and Strategy into social works.
Abayomi Mighty hope to promote social entrepreneurship as a strong global phenomenon that people should look into for the development of communities and this, he strongly opined will be very successful with SYNERGY.
Through NOVOHUB Ltd, Abayomi Mighty provides contents (ideas/Innovations) and Strategy of implementation for Development Organisations and hopefully believes that he will be in government sooner than expected. Introduction:
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