Febisola Okonkwo

Ibadan Nigeria

Febisola Okonkwo is a graduate of University of Ibadan where she obtained her first and second degrees in Communication and Language Arts in 1988 and 1991 respectively. Her passion to be of help to people especially the less privileged sent her back to University of Ibadan for a Masters Degree in Social Work in 2006. This has assisted her professionally in her passion and zeal to help the less privileged and vulnerable people especially children and young people.

Help Initiative evolved out of her personal conviction and strong belief that with support and commitment from the community, orphans and vulnerable children can live better and more fulfilled lives. With her passion for social service especially in the area of social welfare for children and young people, she started Help Initiative as a self support project and a hobby which later developed into a structured Non-governmental Organization (NGO) in 2006. Help Initiative collaborates with orphanages and related welfare institutions in Oyo state to alleviate the sufferings of OVC (Orphans and Vulnerable Children) .

In November 2010, she won the Auto Concept/BCOS (Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State) exemplary Award in recognition of her contribution to Humanity. In May 2013, she also won the Prestigious International Humanitarian Award of the year by Women of Africa. She was also nominated for the Women in the Community Award in May 2013 for the Wise Women Awards by Wisdom for women International UK & Connecting Hearts Initiative Nigeria, also in 2014 she was chosen as an ICON on Thomas O Women Network, Lagos Nigeria

Before her passion, she has worked as Editor of Publishing Companies and as a Journalist. She also had a brief stint in the Banking sector. Febisola finds unparallel fulfilment in her career, her words “Helping the less privilege is a lifestyle for me; hence I turned my hobby into a career.” She renders services to Vulnerable Children in Oyo State under the umbrella of Association of Orphan and vulnerable children, Non-governmental organization in Nigeria (AONN) and Child Protection Network (CPN) and ASOHON