About Our Team

Okechukwu Jake Effoduh

Okechukwu Jake Effoduh

Okechukwu has 10 years’ experience in the use of traditional media for development and five years in legal strategy and human development. He has been a freelance radio presenter with the BBC Media Action since 2006 anchoring the weekly programme “Talk Your Own Make Naija Better” which is aired on 120 radio stations in Nigeria with more than 30 million listeners tuning in weekly.

He is the Assistant Director of the Council on African Security and Development (CASADE). CASADE is a non-profit research-driven collectivity of experts and academics that carry a specific project and offer guidance and counsel to African ministries, universities and international organizations. Jake heads the Nigerian office.

He is a consultant with Synceritas, the world’s premier human rights based intelligence profiling used to reduce exposure to unethical transactions in business enterprises globally. He sits as a board member in Prikkle Academy and designs the strategic plan of our programs.

Okechukwu holds a Masters’ Degree in International Human Right Law, University of Oxford, UK. He is the Winner of 2015 Africa Youth Choice Award for Human Rights and Advocacy, and the recipient of the 2013 Best in Humanity Service, Nigerian Young Entrepreneurs Award.



Philip Amiola

Philip Amiola

Philip has six years’ experience in digital learning and information technology, though he graduated from University of Ibadan as a zoologist.

He is an ardent reader, wordsmith, content manager and digital entrepreneur. He is passionate about using education to demolish ignorance and eradicate poverty among the youths in Nigeria and around the world. He is actively learning, teaching and growing in the fields of digital media, development journalism and online education.

He helps young people to find fulfillment, margin and financial freedom by empowering them to grow and live life to the fullest.

Apart from helping Prikkle Academy craft felicitous documents, many forms of textual communication and building our digital impressions, he helps writers become published authors.

You can learn more about him and explore his work on his website.

Oluwatimilehin Onafeso

Oluwatimilehin Onafeso

Oluwatimilehin is a development specialist and the Founder of Spring Africa, a youth-focused NGO that empowers vulnerable children and young people across Africa to unleash their talents/potentials towards personal development, community development and nation-building.

She is a certified Social Entrepreneur from Kanthari International, an institute for empowering social entrepreneurs in Kerala State, India. Her social work spans over several countries in Africa and Asia. She has a first degree in Plant Science, and a Masters in Public Health from University of Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria.

She is a people person, and an advocate of child’s rights and gender equity. She has a passion for empowering Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC), street children and vulnerable youth in the communities. She also has a strong interest in Youth and Leadership Development. She sits as a Board member in Prikkle Academy and supports our networking activities with other organizations around the world.

Oluwatimilehin is a member of Carrington Youth Fellowship Alumni Network (CYFAN), an initiative of the U.S. Consulate General Lagos – Nigeria, and an alumna of WIN with WISCAR, a mentoring program in Lagos – Nigeria for entry/mid-career professional women.

She enjoys traveling across different cultures and meeting people of different tribes and languages. She believes that ‘Our strength lies in our differences; therefore racism and tribalism should be shunned in our societies.’

Grace Opoola

Grace Opoola

Grace is a seasoned social entrepreneur with four years’ experience as a nutritionist who is always brewing with creative ways for young people to live a healthy lifestyle. She is a recipient of the 2012 Carnegie Scholarship for academic excellence.

Her entrepreneurial feat started as an undergraduate while studying Family Nutrition at Obafemi Awolowo University, Osun State, Nigeria. She has trained more than 200 University undergraduates and secondary school students in crafts, bead making, wire works and healthy food preparations.

She is working on a project on how to use natural homegrown food to manage metabolic disorders affecting blood sugar levels in youths and young adults. She is also exploring the relationship between food habits and depression in young people in Africa.

Grace is Prikkle Academy’s education maestro that helps us create virtual and inexpensive platforms of learning for our participants. She speaks every week to young people in a secondary school in Lagos State, Nigeria about personal development entrepreneurship, hands-on and life skills.

Her action word is ‘if you want something, work hard and you will achieve it; there is no sustainable shortcut to success.’