Grace Ihejiamaizu

Teacher, Editor, and Project Manager in Calabar, Nigeria

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Grace is a Social Entrepreneur, Educator and Mandela Washington Fellow working to promote quality education and empower the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs. She is a Lecturer at the University of Calabar as well as the founder of iKapture Center for Development, an afterschool organization that works to educate, engage and empower young people especially out-of-school youth. Since inception, iKapture has reached over 5000 young people. Grace is also the founder of OpportunityDesk.org, the largest online platform that shares relevant opportunities for youth across the world.

She 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. In 2015, she coached a team of young girls to develop a mobile app to solve a problem in their community. The group, Team Charis, represented Africa at the Technovation World Pitch in San Francisco where they emerged global winners. Grace has since become a Technovation Master Educator Fellow to get more girls into technology. She also currently serves as the Faculty Advisor for Enactus UNICAL.

Grace has spoken and facilitated sessions at national and international conferences including the 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 of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). She was recently named one of 50 Youth Leaders to watch during the CrossRiver@50 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.