ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2021
United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In 2021, over 25,000 young leaders on 2,000+ campuses across 153 nations applied to join the Class of 2021. 136 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 2,000+ Millennium Fellows. The Class of 2021 is bold, innovative, and inclusive.
UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT OLAMILEKAN JOHN OLOWOLAGBA, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW FOR THE CLASS OF 2021.
Federal University of Technology Akure | Akure, Nigeria | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 3
" I believe change cannot be made in isolation, it takes collaboration between willing and able people to effect change, and Inclusive leadership is our best shot at a quick transition to a sustainable future. This fellowship will provide me with the opportunity to collaborate and support my peers in my campus and other campuses advance sustainable development goals, while also acquiring knowledge about key topics like Economical, Social and Environmental sustainability, which I believe would empower me to make informed and collaborative actions in addressing complex issues
From the program, I will develop skills in leadership, teamwork, resilience and problem–solving, which are necessary to improve my social impact and build the partnerships and relationships needed for my network. "
Millennium Fellowship Project: Hang On
With issues ranging from rot in the educational system to poor economic reforms ravaging the Nigerian state, it is a priceless gift to look after one’s mental health. In the typical public education system, “counsellors” are the go-to persons. In reality, the provided solution is just a sham, and the space can pass as the “most unsafe” place to discuss issues you’re facing. "Hang On" is a mental health initiative focused on raising awareness of mental health in the student community. To do this, we have identified that we need to bring the Nigerian students’ minds to realize the problem, how and why it is a problem and the most efficient choice they have. As a response, "Hang On" is through reach-out programmes - virtual and in-person - educating the local FUTA student community about mental health issues. We believe that with consistent efforts and mobilization, the reality can be changed.
About the Millennium Fellow
Olamilekan Olowolagba has over two years of experience in community building, civic organizing and social impact. He studies for a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Chemistry at the Federal University of Technology Akure, Nigeria.
As a member of his University’s Student Representative Council, Olamilekan served on its security subcommittee; where he worked on improving response efforts to harassment, assault, and discrimination on students via facilitating inquiry dialogues, putting forward motions and lobbying university administration. Aside from volunteering at Green Education Initiative, where he serves as a "green" educator, introducing High school students in his community to sustainable development and the United Nation SDGs; Olamilekan also currently serves as an SDG advocate under the Nigerian Youth SDGs Network, spearheading the ongoing advocacy, dialogue, and policy formulations, on securing decent work and economic growth for youths in Nigeria.