About Our Team

Jamiu Balogun

Jamiu Balogun is an extraordinary individual who embodies the spirit of a social entrepreneur, content creator, public speaker, and dynamic thought leader.

Currently, he is the Makerspace Lead at Prikkle Academy, empowering children and youths to develop groundbreaking solutions that address societal challenges, through tailored, personalized and creative education.

As an experienced educator and community connector, he has dedicated the past 5 years to helping youths and children in Nigeria to unlock their full potential through education.

He is also an active Reading Ambassador on Prikkle Academy’s collaboration with Keeping It Real (KIR) Foundation’s book drive campaign in Kwara State.

Through this noble initiative, he has made a lasting impact on the lives of over 100 pupils in two schools. By enhancing their reading skills, he is nurturing a generation of lifelong learners and fostering a love for literature.

In recognition of his dedication to sustainability, education and leadership, Jamiu has earned certification as a Sustainability leader from the esteemed United People Global (UPG). This organization, devoted to training youth as change ambassadors, acknowledges my commitment to advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG4).

In 2022, in commemoration of world teacher’s Day, he was awarded the Young Educator of the Year by the Springgate Grammar School.

Oluwasegun Akinniyi

Oluwasegun’s experience in the field of electronic and computer engineering spans over a decade. He has worked on several cutting-edge projects both as a consultant and freelancer across various sectors within and outside Africa.

Trained as a Control, Instrumentation & Robotics Engineer, He commits his time to research and design of devices/systems that; makes work easier, preserve the environment, promote safety, and make life better for all. He is a Global citizen who has volunteered for STEM and numerous causes towards the fulfilment of humankind’s potentials.

He is a Tech-Change catalyst and advocate of indigenous technology who believes that technology can be optimal in Africa only when problems and solutions are localized. Oluwasegun bagged his first and Master’s degrees in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, both from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.

He is currently working on the development of a robotic rehabilitation device for post-stroke patients, at the Bioinstrumentation and Neuroengineering Research Lab. Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospital, Ile-Ife, Osun state, Nigeria.

He is a polyglot, nature-enthusiast and traveller who believes that stereotypes can only be broken by seeing the world through the eyes of others.

Abubakar Balogun

He is a non-profit practitioner, Designer, and Innovator with diverse experience in Corporate and non-profit sectors.

He is the Creative Manager at Prikkle Academy where he is helping more than 600 rural youths to innovate and explore new ways of thinking through ABCD, design thinking, Crafting and Peer to Peer learning.

He started his professional career as an ambassador for Digital grassroots, Kenya where he learned about Internet Governance, Cyber Security and Internet of things (IOT) and helped to carry out extensive research on how the internet helps rural people accelerate their business. He’s an alumni at Commonwealth Leadership Program where he took part in many interactive exercises and discussion with all peers from Commonwealth.

He is a Coderdojo Mentor facilitating programming workshops with children and youths to educate, engage and empower them with 21st-century life skills that are needed for transformative leadership within and outside their communities. Some of his creative projects has been featured in Change Magazine (a publication of Diinsider, China) and Documentary Africa (Lagos, Nigeria).

Abubakar enjoy challenging work and environment, he’s highly adept at Social media marketing, Programing, Graphics Design, and Organization management.

Grace Opoola

Grace is a seasoned social entrepreneur with 5 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 1000 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 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.’

Khadijat Sulaimon

Khadijat has a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Obafemi Awolowo university and a Master Degree (in-view) in Environmental Microbiology from the University of Portharcourt

 She’s a HR Assistant at Prikkle Academy working co-designing and implementing various recruitment and retention experiences with our volunteers and collaborators.

In the last 4 years, she’s built and maintained a successful institutional growth and reputation for Non-Governmental Educational Institutions and SMEs.

She won The Best Female Presenter, Global Agricultural Development Program Cohort 2 that helped her team win Third position of the cohort in 2020. 

In the last 9 years and counting, she has successfully prepared Grade 4 to 12 candidates for external national and international examinations in STEM subject areas as well as empowering them with vocational skills through her business and sales background to make them an all-round individual.

Within those period, she has served in the position of a secretary and received accolades on her impeccable ability to pay attention to details.

Adam Abdulraheem

Adam is an exceptional PR practitioner with experience in marketing and social enterprise. He has over 7 years of experience in the non-profit sector in West Africa and Asia (Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Zambia), igniting change in rural communities and campuses through empowering young people, agribusiness, innovative education and showcasing grassroots initiatives.

Adam is currently the Community Mobilizer for Prikkle Academy where he co-created the First Nigeria’s Grassroots Makerspace and engages the youths and children on how to generate income out of their skills, gifts, and talents

Adam holds a national diploma in mass communication and degree in the same course at Kwara State University (KWASU), Nigeria.

In 2017, he interned at Development Innovation Insider (Diinsider) as their West Africa correspondent reporting about innovative social work in Nigeria, Ghana and Ivory Coast..

Some of the organizations he has worked with includes: Development Innovation Insider (Diinsider), Next Generation Africa (NextGen), Female Leadership Development (FLD in Africa), Youth in Pursue of purpose (YIPOP), Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), AIESEC Nigeria, International Organization for Business and Engineering (IOBE)  and more.