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Olumide Adeleye

Founder & Rector, The Twim Art Institute

Olumide Adeleye is a Nigerian social entrepreneur and teaching artist. He is the Founder & Rector of The Twim Art Institute.

He has a Bachelors degree in Agricultural Economics and Farm Management from the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. Thereafter, he underwent a series of training programs in media and creative arts in India, and understudied filmmaker, Satish Kumar. During that period, he observed that India’s focus on vocational education created self-employment opportunities for her young people and decided to implement this model in Nigeria. The result was Twim Academy, a school that raises entrepreneurs in the vocational arts, now known as The Twim Art Institute. Twim Academy was named one of the “50 Most Innovative Startups in Africa” by New York Forum Africa.

Oumide Adeleye is a 2015 Finalist for the Ford Foundation Prize for Youth Employment and a 2015 MasterCard Foundation / Ashoka “Innovations for Youth Employment in Africa” winner. He was also a part of the “Education Challenge Africa” fellowship program at the DO School in Germany. In 2017, he was a Leap Africa Social Innovation Fellow, and an aKoma Amplify Storytelling Fellow.

He hosts and facilitates the Twim Institute Annual Conference which has grown to become Nigeria’s largest youth-led entrepreneurship event, with the latest edition having over 2500 participants. Through the conference, Olumide has stimulated conversations about youth unemployment, self employment and entrepreneurship-related policies in Nigeria. He also does this through a series of live appearances on local radio.

Olumide is married to Moremi, an SME startup consultant, and they have a daughter.