Damilola is a professional educator with six years of experience interfacing with citizens and both public and private institutions in Africa to create sustainable solutions to global problems.
He is the founder and chief listener at Prikkle Academy, where he co-creates open innovation hubs with rural stakeholders to uncover their potential and then mobilizes it to create street-smart solutions.
In 2017, he launched Nigeria’s first solar-powered grassroots innovation hub, called a makerspace, to unleash the ingenuity, talent and passion in Nigerian youths. He has reached more than 4,000 students in 16 States in Nigeria, engaging communities to create home-grown projects through innovative global thinking. Some of the innovative projects he has implemented include creating organic fertilizers from kitchen ‘waste’, installing plastic bottles in rural communities as solar light, unveiling talents through HCD and vegetable-cutting machine made out of trash and local materials.
Based on these innovations, he was selected as the Pioneer Country Director (Nigeria) by the International Organization of Business and Engineering (IOBE) to spread this innovation in 150+ Nigerian Universities via tech and business and projects.
As a trainer, he has led different initiatives on leadership programs with organizations such as WorldPulse, Asia Pacific Institute of Coaching, One African Child and Global Shapers. As a 2017 CANVASSITY Pan-African youth fellow, he understudied and shared with the stakeholders at the Department of Political Affairs at AU, running policy priorities based on changing global landscape and technologies.
He is a 2015 Kanthari fellow, 2017 Dalai Lama fellow and 2017 fellow at the Social Innovators Programme of LEAP Africa, Lagos, Nigeria. He is a 2018 Laddership fellow at Service Space and 2018 African Changemaker fellow.
He is a nominee for the 2018 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award and 2018 Gratitude Award.