Foremost humanitarian and serial entrepreneur, Adepeju Jaiyeoba has won the 2017 JCI Nigeria TOYP (Ten Outstanding Young Persons) Award for her work in medical innovation.
With the win, Adepeju, a Columnist with Thesheet.ng, joins the enviable ranks of extraordinary young Nigerian professionals that include the likes of Dr. Ola Orekunrin, Ray Ekpu, Sir Shina Peters, Kanu Nwankwo, Femi Anikulapo-Kuti, Daddy Showkey, Richard Mofe Damijo, Gbenga Sesan, Linda Ikeji, and Japheth Omojuwa who have won the highly coveted prize down the years.
Apart from winning the Nigerian gong, Adepeju has also been nominated for the JCI Top Outstanding Young People of the World Award.
Adepeju is the founder Mother’s Delivery Kit as well as the Founder of the African Women Mentoring Network, which offers tangible resource, support and advice to young women across the African continent. She also founded Brown Button Foundation, an NGO working to improve the face of healthcare delivery in rural communities.
Adepeju is a White House Emerging Global Entrepreneur, 2017 100 Most inspiring Women in Nigeria, 2017 ONE African Champion, 2016 Research Fellow, International Centre for Women, Canada, 2016 PATH Innovation Champion, 2016 D-Prize Awardee in Global Health, 2015 Cordes Fellow, Fellow, Global Women in business, Georgia Institute of Technology, Young Innovator, World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH), 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow awarded by President Barack Obama of the United States, United States African Development Foundation (USADF) 2014 Business and Entrepreneurship Awardee, She Leads Africa’s top 10 female entrepreneur for Diaspora Demo day, 2015 YNaija top 10 most influential Nigerians under 40 (Advocacy), and an acknowledged Global Change Leader by the Coady International Institute, Canada.
A graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Adepeju has experience across Law, civic leadership, policy formulation and legislative drafting, as well as youth engagement. Specifically, her work focuses on doing business in Africa as well as prioritizing maternal and child health and was in fact honoured by the then United States President, Barack Obama and hosted at the White House, Washington for her effort.
With background knowledge in Business from the University of Texas at Austin USA, Adepeju has had experience working with the United Nations Foundation as well as other top organisations, helping to build strategy and develop work plans for establishing businesses or branches across the African continent.
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