Valerio O. Thompson Boco

Founder, CPEVS Training Institute, Equatorial Guinean/Equatorial Guinean
Valerio O. Thompson Boco
Founder, CPEVS Training Institute, Equatorial Guinean/Equatorial Guinean

Valerio holds a certificate in social development and administration from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He is a social entrepreneur, independent filmmaker, civic leader, motivator, and a child advocate from Equatorial Guinea.

He is the founder of a non-profit known as Girl Child Empowerment Initiative (GCEI), which is focused on empowering young girls through education, skill acquisitions, entrepreneurship, talent discovery, art, film, and culture, so they can create a better future for themselves. GCEI is an affiliate to CPEVS Training Institute, of which he is also the founder and CEO.

Valerio is a member of the United States State Department International Exchange alumni, an international associate on civic leadership from Wagner College in New York, a Tony Elumelu entrepreneur, and Equatorial Guinea Hub lead.

He is also a  Mandela Washington fellowship alumnus, a YALI Connect Camp 12 alumnus (Botswana), an Africa Change Makers fellowship alumnus, and also a 2016 Africa Youth awards nominee (Social Entrepreneur of the year).

As a filmmaker, Valerio uses his films as tools for positive change and advocacy, his two short films focused on domestic violence and teenage pregnancy. He is presently filming and producing a documentary series known as Tunaweza "The African Girl Child Story " which is aimed at telling the story of the young African girls through their struggles, challenges and difficulties, which has so far covered stories from Benin Republic, Ghana, Togo and Nigeria

He was featured on the YALI/MWF West Africa regional office first newsletter in March 2018. He was also featured on the Tony Elumelu foundation website sharing his success story as a social entrepreneur.

He was one of the faces featured by the Foundation for the publicity of the 2018 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship program.  He recently received a nomination email from the International Youth Committee for the World Youth Prize award 2018.

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