This month, in celebration of the International Women’s Day, we will be celebrating 15 women doing amazing work in Africa.
Today, we celebrate Mobolaji Olorisade from Nigeria, an author, editor, blogger and the Founder of GemGirls Initiative, a non profit organization in Ghana with branches in Nigeria. She is currently an international student at the African University College of Communications Ghana.
Mobolaji Olorisade fondlys calls herself the Chief Encouragement Officer because that’s the summary of what her life encompasses.
Her love for volunteering started a few years ago in Nigeria, after a cleanup exercise she was involved in and it has been one civil project to the other since then.
She gained admission into a University in Ghana and discovered that there was a prevalence of homelessness in her environment.
Mobolaji always complained about this situation and asked for contacts of ministries in charge of picking people off the streets.
However, this didn’t achieve any positive results, so together with a dear friend and a group of passionate volunteers, she co-founded a Not-for-profit Organization, (GEMGirl Initiative), focused on the overall welfare and success of the girl child, albeit reaching out to other groups of people as well.
The organization has since had two Feed the Homeless projects, which has fed and clothed more than 500 people and given free medical consultations as well. They have had one of their GEM to GEM programs where Mobolaji spoke to the senior girls of Kinbu High School about abstaining from sex, dreaming big and working towards achieving their dreams.
GEMGirl has also organized a Breast Cancer Awareness program in Mobolaji’s school, where young ladies and women were given free breast cancer checks and educated on early detection and necessary care.
Apart from her social work, Mobolaji is a Writer, Active Blogger, Author of 2 books, ‘Letters to our Fathers’ and ‘How I met God on Twitter’, Editor, Entrepreneur and lover of God.
She is also interested in good governance and bringing awareness and solutions on societal issues affecting women in particular.
Mobolaji has a special passion for her country Nigeria and believes tremendously in the possibilities that abound in her great Country, where she hopes to actively expand her social work, after her time in Ghana.