Kingsley Bangwell is Founder of Youngstars Development Initiative, he is also an ASHOKA Fellow, a YGL Alumnus of the World Economic Forum, an Alumnus of different prestigious fellowships including Harvard Kennedy Leadership School of Public Policy, Yale University 21st Century Leadership Module, Stanford Democracy and Leadership Program, among others.
Most recently he is Co-Founder of KNOSK-N100/30cents A-Day Secondary School for children from low income families in Kuje Area Council of Abuja Nigeria. KNOSK School is Nigeria’s first quality secondary school that offers a pay-as-you-can, pay-as-you-go and fees subsidy through a crowd-matching scheme. The vision is to build 50 KNOSK Schools by 2040 to serve 25,000 secondary school students.
In 1995 at age 21 Kingsley Bangwell started Youngstars Foundation in a local barber shop in Jos, Plateau state which has grown to have its headquarters in Abuja and also registered in Accra Ghana. Kingsley builds young people and strengthens youth organizations to more effectively deliver development impact in the areas of governance, leadership, entrepreneurship and education. Some flagship projects associated with Kingsley Bangwell include but not limited to Vote Not Fight Campaign with Nigeria A-List Artist Tuface Idibia Thinking School Africa – Innovation bootcamp in Dubai and Nigeria, Young Aspirant Leadership Fellowship that produced 23 parliamentarians in the 2019 Nigeria general elections, Female And More self esteem and leadership project implemented in over 200 secondary schools nationwide, reaching about 4,500 teenage girls and building a digital platform for connecting and empowering young females to imagine and pursue greatness! He has facilitated hundreds of workshops, youth publications and video contents among others. Kingsley Bangwell also speaks at local and international platforms.