- Posted by Team Superwoman
- On July 18, 2014
Victoria Ibiwoye is the founder of “One African Child” and our SuperWoman for the month of July. She’s a loving, caring, inspiring, selfless, super humanitarian who is putting her effort in empowering African Children. More grease to your elbows dear, you are a Superwoman indeed.
Hello Victoria pls tell us about yourself?
Hi there! My name is Victoria Ibiwoye. I am a social entrepreneur and Law student at the premier university, Ibadan.
Tell us about one africa child
Oneafricanchild Initiative is an organisation founded primarily to educate and empower African children.
Our aim is to build the largest network of young leaders who will create a positive and lasting legacy in their endeavours.
How long have you been doing this?
Oneafricanchild has been in operation for less than a year. It was founded on November 20, 2014.
Do you have an office where people can reach you?
The organisation’s office address is: 208, Oshodi, Apapa Express-way, Lagos.
What/who inspired the birth of one african child?
Oneafricanchild was inspired by my love and passion for and to reshape Africa. I live in a community and time where there is loss of identity especially in the lives of children.
There is also little knowledge of culture. A lot of children barely know where they came from, where they are or where they are heading in life. There is faint hope about the future and less care about ‘Today’.
Oneafricanchild stands to instill confidence in children and to direct them in living God ordained lives.
Could you please share with us some experiences/services of one african child?
Certainly! It has been indeed fun serving through OAC. I have had the opportunity to share in the imagination of different children at different times. I have also formed stronger bonds by so doing.
I have been actively involved in executing various projects which involve having to speak to kids or listen to them. Through OAC, i have met many wonderful children. The light of happiness in the face of a child lightens my world. There is hardly a smile I give without receiving one in return.
By your humanitarian services to these children what do you hope to achieve?
To make Oneafricanchild a global village connecting all of Africa in making a real difference through service. The essence of our giving is to spread love and happiness.
We teach and empower children to transform the world through their talents.
Is there a process you need to pass through before you can be allowed to visit Welfare homes?
There are always formal steps we go through before visiting a community home. We write an official letter stating why we would like to visit and what we hope to achieve by visiting. We then wait to get a response and a date is mutually agreed upon.
How do you get funds to support your projects?
We gather funds through sponsorships, donations, contributions and by collaborating with other non profits on a project.
Knowing that one african child is not a “business” you’ve set up to generate income, what gives you the zeal to carry on?
People. I have the best team to work with. They are committed, goal-driven, accountable and God fearing members. I am what i am because of who they are.
Are there times when you’ve wanted to quit?
Oh yes, there were. Seeing how much we have achieved and much more than we still can, gives me the zeal to carry on. There has also been God on my side.
Apart from your directing your foundation what else do you do?
I volunteer, i teach, i also write and i read during my leisure time. Not to forget, i enjoy meeting people and building relationships.
What are the challenges you’ve encountered?
There’s been challenges with getting funds. With adequate funds, we can provide our target group with enough resources to ease learning.
What is your advice to ladies who may wish to follow this part?
Every woman is a beautiful Queen. The queen is not only responsible to her king, she is considered as the mother of many nations. A good way to perfect your virtue as a lady is to live to serve others. There is no other greater work than serving humanity. Let your life be re- moulded and transformed through service. You are a super woman!