social entrepreneur, Educator, and Author in Calabar, Nigeria
Grace Ihejiamaizu is an award-winning Social Entrepreneur, Personal and Career Development Educator, Investor and Opportunity Curator with over 10 years experience in facilitating access to quality education and opportunities. She is a Lecturer at the University of Calabar and holds a Masters in Rural Sociology and Community Development with a PhD in Social Work underway.
Grace is the founder of iKapture Networks, an afterschool center that works to educate, engage and empower the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs. Since inception, iKapture has reached over 6000 young people, especially out-of-school youth. She is also the founder of OpportunityDesk.org, the largest global online platform that shares relevant opportunities for youth across the world. Her experiences running Opportunity Desk since 2012 is a major inspiration for writing her first book, Go Global with Opportunities.
Grace is committed to shaping a world where young people have unlimited access to quality education and opportunities. She volunteers her time to mentor young people especially women and serves on the board of several youth-focused organizations. Grace is a Technovation Regional Ambassador and also also currently serves as the Faculty Advisor for Enactus UNICAL.
She has spoken and facilitated sessions at national and international conferences including the GCM Global Youth Summit, World Economic Forum, UNESCO Youth Forum, and OpenCon. Her passion and dedication to the development of youth has won her several awards including being named one of Google's 12 brightest Young Minds in 2011 and a Global Changemaker in 2012. She was one of the Honorees for the 2013 Future Awards Africa Young Person of the Year Prize and in 2016, became a Mandela Washington Fellow. She was recently named one of 50 Youth Leaders to watch during the [email protected] celebration and also received the President's Award for Selfless and Outstanding Service as Vice President of the Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association of Nigeria (MWFAAN) in 2017. She made the Avance Media 2018 and 2019 List of 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians, received the 2020 Cross River Spirit of Enterprise Award and made Donors for Africa's list of 100 African Women in Development 2020.