Today, we speak with Hilton Prize Scholar, Olabanjo Ojo (Nigeria, Org: SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria) from our 2023 Cohort of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize Laureate Virtual Leadership Institute. Olabanjo is the Livelihood Officer at the SOS Children’s Villages in Nigeria, has extensive experience in humanitarian and development programs, and is passionate about providing quality care and support for the most vulnerable members of the society.

Thank you, Olabanjo, for sharing with us your global impact, as well as your personal and professional growth. We wish you the best with this impactful work!


Name: Olabanjo Ojo

Hometown: Ilesa, Osun State, Nigeria

Current Role at Organization: Livelihood Officer at SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria

Social Issues: The social issues l am passionate about are household economic empowerment and youth employability.

Fun Fact: I was actively involved in competitive wrestling during my high school days, but l never won a medal.


What does leadership mean to you?

My perspective of leadership is that it is the act of guiding a team or individual to achieve a certain goal through collaboration and motivation. Simply put, Leaders are individuals or teams that bring about positive changes without causing any harm or injury to others.

How is the Hilton Humanitarian Prize Laureate Virtual Leadership Institute supporting your professional and leadership development?

The Hilton Humanitarian Prize Laureate Virtual Leadership Institute is supporting my professional and leadership development by bringing together change agents from different parts of the world to collaborate, motivate, and influence my professional and leadership development. In addition to this, l am provided with other platforms where l can connect with professionals across the globe to resolve any issue or challenge as it unfolds. Lastly, with Better-up my mental health is adequately supported.

What is your best quick tip you can share with us about how to succeed in VLI?

The best quick tip I can share with you about how to succeed in VLI is to be committed because the platform is already there–Canvas, Slack, Peer Coach, BetterUp, and fellow Scholars,

What is your Leadership Project and why does it matter?

My Leadership Project is looking at reducing the percentage of youth and caregivers between the ages of 16 and 45 who are unemployed as this will help to reduce the number of separated families within the communities thus strengthening the families.

Thank you, Olabanjo, for sharing your leadership journey with us. We are excited to see you continue to inspire positive change in the future!

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Photos from Olabanjo’s personal archive.