Timi Olagunju

Location: Ibadan, Nigeria
Precinct Program: Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders
Date(s): Summer 2015

Timi Olagunju has over five years' experience promoting good governance, human rights, democracy, and the youth agenda. He provides leadership to over three hundred and fifty young leaders in Nigeria through the Nigerian Youths in Motion (NYM), a non-profit organization that engages governments, institutions and communities in solving sociopolitical challenges, and promotes economic and societal growth upon which individuals and companies prosper. Timi holds a law degree from the University of Ibadan, and a certificate in the Science of Communication from the Graduate School of Communication in Amsterdam. He has trained thousands of young professional and students on how to creatively identify and solve socioeconomic challenges through the Eye for Accountability Initiative (EFAI). Timi is a lawyer, writer, and speaker dedicated to building stronger networks of sociopolitical thinkers, strategists, and problem-solvers across Nigeria, and eventually Africa, and intends to continue raising sociopolitical leaders upon his return from the Fellowship.

Blog Entries

Timi Olagunju, Precinct YALI Fellow, enters House of Representatives race in Nigeria

EDITORS NOTE: Timi Olagunju came to Charlottesville in June 2015 as a part of the second cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows at the Presidential Precinct. Still a University of Virginia student working as a summer staff member, I remember Timi’s infectious energy from the day of his arrival. He […]

Democracy in Action Project Goes Live in Nigeria

IBADAN, NIGERIA – On Tuesday, January 10, 2016, Youths in Motion (YIM) in partnership with the US Embassy, Nigeria, will launch the #DemocracyInAction (DIA-Oyo) project, which aims to develop the capacity and engagement of young professionals, nonprofit leaders, and student leaders in civic advocacy, human rights, civic leadership, and […]

Timi Olagunju Offers a Leading Voice in Mark Zuckerberg’s Visit to Nigeria

This month, Facebook’s CEO visited Lagos, Nigeria – his first trip to Africa. Zuckerberg met with software developers and startup founders, led a town hall event, and had the opportunity to shake the hand of Nigerian President Mohammed Buhari.

An underlying theme of Zuckerberg’s conversations remained the idea of “free […]

Co-founder of Nigerian Youths in Motion Propels Education Reform

“I need to be the kind of person that creates opportunities,” Oluwatimilehir “Timi” Olagunju from Nigeria tells the State Department’s Macon Phillips in a podcast.

Through his non-profit organization Nigerian Youths in Motion (NYM), Timi helps empower over 350 young Nigerians in engaging their community, government and institutions to help […]

Precinct Fellow, Timi Olagunju Launches book, “Yes, Africa Can” After Mandela Washington Fellowship

As part of the successes of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, Timi Olagunju, a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow at the Presidential launched his third book titled: ‘Yes Africa Can: Stories of Mandela Washington Fellows’, which is written to primarily embolden young Africans to rise to proactive servant leadership and social […]

Timi Olagunju – YALI Impact Story

Timi Olagunju, a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow from Ibadan, Nigeria, shares his story about empowering youth through good governance in Nigeria. “It is very important that we see ourselves not just as people who are willing to learn to get a job, but also as people who are willing […]

Presidential Precinct YALI 2015 Fellow Hosts Good Governance Town Hall, Partnering Precinct and Nigerian Youths in Motion

On June 4, 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow Timi Olagunju hosted  a brainstorming session on promoting good governance, democracy, and the youth agenda with youth leaders across South-West, Nigeria.

The Good Governance Town Hall meeting , according to Timi Olagunju,  was set up to bring together a network of young leaders, […]