Debonair confectionery expert, Prince Adetola Adedayo Okanlawon is not your typical ‘lazy’ Nigerian youth. At 37, he has been an inspiration and mentor to several youths across the Lagos metropolis, most especially, Onigbongbo, Ikeja and its environs. But he didn’t just start today. As a pacesetter, Okanlawon began his philanthropic journey in his undergraduate days at Babcock University, Ilisan, Ogun State where he launched his Lagos School Feeding project. Indeed, the young entrepreneur was constantly driven by a desire to feed the poor, indigent school children as well as empower the youth while still pursuing his academic studies in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. Till date, the acclaimed city baker has trained and empowered over 200 unemployed graduates and vulnerable women in cake baking, decorating and pastry as part of his entrepreneurship vision to transform Onigbongbo youths and women into self-reliant citizens.
On Sunday May 23, 2021, the ebullient entrepreneur and Executive Director, Bakers World showcased his grassroots drive and high network capability when he pulled top politicians, community leaders, market women and youths to his office in Opebi, Ikeja for the flag-off of his campaign as Chairman, Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), with the election coming up in July. The capacity-filled hall had in attendance the crème de la crème in Onigbongbo, including the Ward D Chairman, Hon. Olurotimi Odunosho; Ward C Chairman, Faith Omoletu; Ward A Chairman, Alhaji Kunle Seriki; Adebiyi Adesipe, Alhaji Adesanya, Ward D Councilor, Oluwadare Adesanya, Councillorship aspirant and representative of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Barrister Lawrence.
According to the new-breed politician, he has been contributing to the social and economic development of Onigbongbo as a private citizen and now he’s ready to serve the people on a larger scale as an elected chairman. “I was born in Onigbongbo, went to school and got married in Onigbongbo. My 13 years of business and social activities have been concentrated in the Onigbongbo area of Lagos. We have trained women and unemployed graduates from various wards of Onigbongbo in bakery and confectionery business. Through our school feeding project, we have fed thousands of school children, and also empowered youths and widows in Onigbongbo. In fact, I am constantly driven by a desire to serve the people. This I want to do on a larger scale if elected the chairman of Onigbongbo LCDA in July,” Okanlawon said.
Source: Nigerian Newspapers Online