Abisola Adekoya

Abisola Adekoya (Vital Voices - Women in Management and Business - WIMBIZ): Abisola received her BA in English and International Affairs from Illinois State University in 2007. At the time of her fellowship, she was in her first year at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, studying for a Masters degree in International Development. While at Georgetown, Abisola interned with the Africa Program Department of Search for Common Ground and volunteered as an English-French translator on behalf of asylum seekers through Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Legal Studies. After her fellowship, Abisola wrote: “What a summer this has been! This experience has given me the opportunity to reconnect with my roots (and) greatly exceeded my expectations in so many ways. I have never worked in such a challenging environment, so I’m incredibly proud of myself for completing all of my work plan."

Away I go!

02 Jun

It is less than 24 hours before I am scheduled to begin my Advocacy Project fellowship. While the three days of training in DC last week gave me a fairly clear picture of what I will be responsible for this summer, I am still not sure exactly what to expect, on both a personal and professional level.

However, I am incredibly passionate about the work I’ll be doing this summer. Along with many of my colleagues, I am convinced that tapping into the intelligence, drive and ambition of African women is a prerequisite for sustainable development on the continent. Working with Vital Voices and WIMBIZ should provide me with invaluable insight into exactly what type of support business women in the region really need.  As much emphases has been placed in micro-finance in recent years, I have got a sneaking suspicion that a lack of financial resources is only one of the many obstacles women here face, but I am sure I will have a much better understanding of these issues come the end of August.

On a personal note, participating in this fellowship will also enable me to reconnect with my homeland. Although I was born just a few hours north of Lagos (in a city called Ibadon), I’ve spent a very small portion of my life here in Nigeria. This summer, I will spend more time here than I have since the age of 2. So there is no doubt this experience will change me. I cannot wait for the adventure to begin!

Posted By Abisola Adekoya

Posted Jun 2nd, 2010


  • 'Peju

    June 3, 2010


    Watch out here comes Abisola!! 🙂

  • Tereza Bottman

    June 3, 2010


    Have a great fellowship! I look forward to reading about your experience.

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