Ashoka brings ‘changemaker’ mindset hub to Nigeria
Ashoka is an international organisation that focuses on identifying and supporting social entrepreneurship.
Founded in 1981 by Bill Drayton, the organisation builds and cultivates communities of change leaders who believe that the world requires everyone to be a changemaker through collaborations with institutions and cultures to support changemaking for the good of society.
The organisation became active in Nigeria in 1990, and now has about 90 fellows who are impacting communities and society with innovations in different fields ranging from agriculture, youth employability, information, and communication technology to human rights among others.
Director, Venture and Talent, Ashoka Africa, Josephine Nzerem, said the headquarters in Lagos was creating a social demand for a new framework that fosters empathy and the change-making mindset in people and communities.
According to her, “The founder observed that there were many entrepreneurs struggling to deal with social issues in communities, and that they were not recognised; this was his reason for starting the Ashoka platform, for identity and support.
“Ashoka collaborates with institutions for better and faster realization of goals, as well as corporate organisations. Fostering a system of collaborative entrepreneurship is important to solving social problems.”
She emphasised that the rural areas in Nigeria were not left out, as ashoka has fellows tirelessly working in innovation areas of agriculture, water, education and technology to create impact.
The official unveiling of the hub would hold on Thursday, January 24, at Radissan Blu, Victoria Island.
Ashoka’s changemaker community consists of over 3,500 fellows, over 250 change institutions and over 300 partners across more than 90 countries, forming a diverse and vibrant ecosystem of change agents collaborating and co-leading to positively transform societies and cultures around the world.