Big Win For Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin As She Becomes First Nigerian To Be Named CNN Hero Of The Year


Nigerians have recently been making waves in the world with their awesome achievements.

Here we have Abisoye Ajayi- Akinfolarin, who founded Pearls Africa Youth Foundation. She makes us even more impressed now that she has earned the title “CNN Hero of the Year”.

She was born in May 1985 at Akure, Ondo State and started to love computers at the age of 10 when she went to the business centre of her brother’s friend.

Abisoye attended NIIT (Nigerian Institute of Information Technology) to further support her love for technology.

She studied Business Administration at the University of Lagos and became an intern with E.D.P Audit and Security Associates. Later, she was promoted to the role of Associate Consultant.

Eventually, when a survey came in 2013 that less than 8% of women held some career positions, including technological and managerial, Abisoye left her job.

Furthermore, being a lover of technology, she was not happy with the population of girls who didn’t acquire skills in computer programming. She then established Pearls Africa Youth Foundation.

When I went to Makoko for the first time, I was surprised to see the living conditions of human beings.

Most girls are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty. Many of them are not thinking education, a plan for the future.


The foundation organized coding programmes for girls such as GirlsCoding, GirlsInSTEM, G.C Mentors and Empowered Hands.

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As a women’s right activist, Abisoye groomed her foundation to help young girls to promote equal treatment between the rich and the poor. This foundation also helped to stop female genital mutilation.


In addition, as ‘CNN Hero of the Year’, she will join nine other people in the world to receive $10,000 to further expand her heroic accomplishments.

You can vote for Abisoye here


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