Ayodele Oluwatobi is a 400 level student of Caleb University studying Business Administration. She is currently the Programs Officer for Vision Spring Initiative, a non-governmental organisation that advocates for gender equality and women empowerment. She is passionate about ending violence against women and girls in Nigeria and during her holidays and even in school she volunteers her time and skills to ensure the goals of the initiative is being met.
Oluwatobiloba is an editor for Men Who Inspire, an online platform that celebrates men around the world.
*1. Let’s meet you. Who is Ayodele?*
My name is Ayodele Oluwatobi and I’m a 400 level student of Caleb University studying Business Administration.
*2. What are your hobbies?*
I like writing, watching football and communicating.
*3. Who and what inspires you?*
I’m inspired by my gender. To be a woman who constantly makes a path for other young women and girls to follow.
*4. What is your biggest fear?*
My biggest fear is to live without making an impact.
*5. You are the Programs Officer for Vision Spring Initiative, an NGO for gender equality and women empowerment in Nigeria. To what extent do you think gender equality is being practised in Nigeria? Do you consider yourself a feminist and what prompted your advocacy for gender equality?*
We are far from reaching our goal of gender equality in Nigeria majorly because of laws and policies that have handicapped the freedom of choice for women. I consider myself a feminist after I’ve watched how women are being treated in my environment, felt and experienced the treatment myself, I’ve resolved to work to achieve the objectives of feminism which is equal treatment and opportunities for both genders.
*6. Your best quote?*
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.- Martin L. King.
*7. You are an editor for Men Who Inspire (MWI) which was convened by a female, Esther Ijewere. Can you briefly tell us about MWI and also how it intends to change the narrative about males in the African society?*
MenwhoInspire is an online platform that celebrates men all over the world. I joined MWI from inception 2018 and it’s been an exciting journey. We have since 2018, celebrated men of different races and color. In Africa, there are so many misconceptions about men and we have used and still using our platform to change that.
*8. What keeps you up at night?*
My phone and of course a good book.
*9. If given the chance to be the President of Nigeria for a day, what will you change?*
For a day, I’ll sign all pending Bills related to the advancement of women and girls.
It means everything to me to live in a society free of violence where women and girls are not blamed for being raped or abused. To achieve this, I’ll as I’ve been doing intensify on my advocacy, writing and every other channels I can use in ending violence against women and girls.
*11. How are you able to manage your time with your studies and other activities you’re involved with?*
The most important thing is to be accountable and focused. When it is school time, I try as much as possible to be less involved in other activities and when I’m on holidays I focus on what I’m passionate about.
*12. Where do you see yourself and your brand in the next 5 years?*
I see myself in the next five years living in a society where women and girls can be whoever they want to be without being judged and abused and I’ll be happy knowing I contributed and still contributing to that achievement.
*13. If you were given the opportunity to address a group of girls five years younger than you, what will be your advice to them?*
My advice will be not to be scared to live. You are the most beautiful and the best version of yourself. Believe in your dreams and watch yourself move mountains!