Two Nigerian women, Toyo Ajibolade and Adeola Olubamiji have been listed among 2019 L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth (Canadian Edition) award program.
Women of Worth honors extraordinary women making a beautiful difference in their communities.The program believes that every woman is worth it, so, they elevate and celebrate women volunteers who find beauty in giving back.
Listed alongside eight others, each of the women will receive $110,000 in charitable grants from L’Oréal Paris . they will also to receive promotional support for their charities and will join the Women of Worth Community.
While all the 10 women will be recognized at the star-studded Awards Gala on March 8, 2019 – International Women’s Day in Toronto, one of them will be selected as the National Honouree and receive an additional $10,000 grant to further support her charitable work.
Toyo Ajibolade is the founder of Lady Ballers Camp, a non-profit organization that develops girl-centered programs which encourage non-competitive physical, emotional, and educational development.
Lady Ballers Camp ensures equitable access to recreational programs that foster positive self-image was available to young girls from marginalized communities in the Peel region.
Toyo recognized the dire need for recreational services for the girls in her community at the age of 16 and in its six years of operation, Lady Ballers Camp has employed 160 minority youth, who face discrimination in the workforce, and provided them the opportunity for coaching certification courses at no cost.
Through the organization, young women are encouraged to advocate for themselves and their communities.
Adeola Olubamiji founded the STEMHub Foundation to empower young people of diverse minority backgrounds through education and mentorship in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
She made history as the first Black person to earn a PhD in biomedical engineering at a Canadian university. Her humble beginnings as a a pepper hawker and child farmer in Ibadan, Nigeria, and academic successes drove her to form the STEMHub Foundation.
STEMHub’s innovative educational programs are creative, interactive, and provided at no financial cost to participants.The Foundation focuses on providing skill development services to females, visible minorities and underserved youth in the STEM fields.
It also facilitates mentorship opportunities for university students and early career professionals to fuel ambitions and inspire excellence through career guidance and further development of a specialized skillset.
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