Hustlewella

Everyday People: their products,services,talents...

Breaking

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

FROM BEING HOMELESS TO BEING A VOICE FOR THE HOMELESS AND THE LESS PRIVILEGED


Jonathan Olakunle Olanlokun is a social entrepreneur, the Founder of Barbara Abike Epperson Foundation (BAEF), a non-profit organisation, who aims at immortalising the works of his American  grandmother.

Born in Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria, and losing his parents at a very tender age, he did not let his limitations limit his progress through life. The few years he spent with his father while he was alive were meaningful, as his father taught him how to live life productively. After the death of his parents, he was raised and trained by his late foster grandmother, Miss Barbara Epperson and his great uncle.

Jonathan is a trained aluminium fabricator. He is the founder and CEO of BJB EPPERSON (NIG) LTD and Joecan Aluminium, a technical company established in the year 2000, having trained dozens of apprentices, who have gone on to be independently successful in their vocation too.

Jonathan Olanlokunle is a patriotic Nigerian, with keen interest in community and national development. His passion is borne out of the need to see the poor live a decent and transformed life – a lifestyle that was modelled to him by his foster grandmother. Hence, he founded The Barbara Abike Epperson Foundation (BAEF), to immortalize and uphold her charitable legacy.

He is an advocate of poverty reduction, provision of clean and safe drinkable water, and the promotion of clean and hygienic environment, all of which are in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Jonathan is well known for rendering selfless service to his community and the people he finds on the street. On several occasions, he has been found on the streets, distributing food, giving financial support, and most importantly, giving hope to the hopeless.

In addition, he enlightens the masses about maintaining a healthy environment, and continues to encourage fellow citizens to be involved in making the “New-Nigeria, New-Africa” dream a reality. He strongly believes that Nigerians can effect change in Nigeria, by positively and actively contributing to the betterment of the country.

Furthermore, Jonathan is an active member of the Bring Back Our Girls (#BBOG) movement.

His continuous, unrelenting philanthropic, activism, and humanitarian activities makes him distinct amongst others.

Jonathan is, assuredly, the social change agent of our time.

Name: Jonathan Olakunle Olanlokun

Name of Foundation: Barbara Abike Epperson Foundation (BAEF)

Services: Humanitarian/Philanthropist

Education: ABU Zaria Staff School, Zaria, Kaduna State, Salem Baptist Day School, Iree, Osun State and African Church Secondary Grammar School, Iree, Osun State

Inspiration: I got the inspiration to become an impact person/humanitarian because of my family history. I lost my mother at age one and became an orphan at age 7 and life wasn't too bad but for me, as I grew up I began to develop the inborn traits that I inherited from my late parents and my foster grandmother. So the desire to immortalize my late parents and also to become the change that my country need brought about the whole concept of me becoming a CHANGE AGENT.

Driving Passion: Simple, that I Jonathan also CAN make impact in Nigeria and Africa not minding my circumstances, status or educational background. 

Unique Trait: Originality, ability to reach the grass root, empathy, challenges don't make me give up and the awesome feedbacks and commendations that I get from people makes my impacts works different. 

Challenging Experience: Is just the fact that I had to pay the price to become who I'm today

Current Challenge: My current challenges is that I want to touch more lives and communities, because when lives and communities are touched for good people live happily. 

Expansion Wish: To reach out more, let more and more Nigerians emulate what I do and I want to go global.

Hustle Quote: “FEW PEOPLE CAN CHANGE NIGERIA, SO I COUNT MYSELF WORTHY TO BE THE CHANGE MY COUNTRY CRAVE FOR

Contact

Phone : 08107341117 

Facebook - Baef Barbara Abike Epperson

Instagram - @joni_the_change_agent

Twitter      - @jonathanOlakun3



















Ms. Barbara Abike Epperson




No comments:

Post a Comment