Funmi Olotu: How the African Civic Engagement Academy shapes my leadership skills

Funmi Olotu, Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on State Lotteries to Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State, says her participation in the ongoing African Civic Engagement Academy at the University of Georgia, United States, shaped his leadership skills.

In March, Olotu was selected for the Civic Leadership Program for Mid-Career Civil Society and Public Leaders Across Sub-Saharan Africa.

In an interview with TheCable on Friday, Olotu said she was delighted to be selected for the academy, as it gave her a unique opportunity to hone her long-standing skills in good governance and democracy.

The 38-year-old assistant said she hopes to transfer the skills learned at her job in providing quality public services in Lagos.

“Participation in live sessions and practice group discussions in each module for each course.” The practice group discussions created a platform for applicable and practical topics to analyze and share with facilitators and other academy members, ”said Olotu.

“The Africa Civic Engagement Academy program teaches leadership development, strategic planning models and networking for each topic. These are skills necessary for effective civic engagement, especially in a country facing civic engagement challenges.

“Apart from these benefits, the Civic Engagement Action Plan put the agenda into practice by helping me choose an urgent problem in Nigeria, as well as giving me the opportunity and guidance to provide plans and lasting solutions to the problem. These are the means by which I plan to transfer the skills and opportunities acquired through the Africa Civil Engagement Academy.

Olotu alongside Sanwo-Olu at the unveiling of the new name of the Lagos lottery agency

OLOTU: A Rising Star

Young, focused and very energetic, Olotu has always displayed a great resourcefulness spirit which has propelled her personality to an enviable height.

After her BA in Economics from the University of Ibadan in 2005, she pursued at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) with a specialty in Strategic Management. Olotu strongly believes in the “Greater Nigeria Dream”.

After completing the compulsory National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Cross River State in 2006, Olufunmilagos, as he is often called, dove into the corporate world, deploying only his talent and certificate to get started.

In 2018, Funmi put all the odds in his favor and rose to the challenge of contesting a post in Lagos politics. She aspired to represent the Ikeja II constituency in the Lagos National Assembly on the All Progressives Congress (APC) platform, but the ticket was won by an opponent in the primaries.

Adept at team play and sportsmanship, Olotu sought the support of the party’s candidate for governor in the 2019 general election, leveraging his strong relationship with millennials to mobilize voters for the victory of the party. party in his constituency and in the state in general. Funmi worked with the main party leaders contributing his quota to the party’s development. She is undoubtedly one of the young women to watch in the Nigerian political space.

Olotu speaking at a public event in Lagos

As ASS on State Lotteries, she helps the government resolve key regulatory issues that challenge the gaming industry and works with the leadership of the Lotteries Authority to reposition the agency to improve revenue generation for the state.

An unrepentant social entrepreneur, Olotu is certified in social sector management by the Enterprise Development Center (EDC) of Lagos Business School (LBS) – a program funded by a scholarship from the African American Institute and the Coca-Cola Foundation. Cola.

She is the founder of Focus Initiative Concern, a social enterprise focused on youth development and education and has sponsored several projects in Lagos State.