I am a brand developer, communications technology specialist and Leadership Coach. I am passionate about the global agenda for economic growth and social inclusion and dedicated to promoting ethical and digital leadership for the development of communities.
I have spent over 7 years designing programs and platforms that bridge the gap in leadership and technology for the socio-economic development of communities in Africa. This has earned me the name “The Digital Leader”.
My leadership journey began in 2011, as a 15-year-old. With my GPRS enabled mobile phone, I was researching for answers to the depression, isolation and addictions I was struggling with as a teenager. When it occurred to me that I had peers facing related problems, I created a Facebook group to share knowledge from my self-discovery with them.
As the community grew to 800 members in a year, I discovered blogging and evolved to teaching soft skills for the leadership development of young adults. At 16, I launched seasonedlifejournal.com.ng, writing and recording podcasts about developing a positive self-image & personal leadership. I couldn’t afford to hire a developer, so I invested my weekly stipends of less than $5 to teach myself to code and design.
Using this medium, in 5 years I was able to reach over 50,000 readers with over 520,000 views from 37 countries across Africa, Europe, Americas, Asia, and the Middle East, helping them get clarity, boldness, strategy, and tools to impact their communities.
Having that first-hand knowledge of the power of technology in creating social good in an unprecedented way and my belief that positive transformation in society begins from personal leadership, I became inspired to show others how digital tools with innovation can help create a tremendous impact.
In 2015, I launched a project called Leverage Conference (a brainchild of Seasoned Life Journal), a nation-building event that brought together experts in leadership, business, and technology to inspire & teach young Nigerians about community leadership and how to leverage technology to solve problems in their communities. In 3 years, we directly reached and trained over 600 youths across two tertiary institutions in Lagos and Ibadan.
Due to my personal success in using new media for impact, I began to get requests from individuals and organizations to help with digital strategies.
In 2016, I launched my company. I am the creative director of Bramo Digi (The Changemakers’ Agency), an award-winning digital agency that seeks to help business and social leaders simplify digital media & technology for-profit and social impact, offering creative marketing, design & brand innovation services. Having strategically worked with over 50 brands in 3 years from 4 West African countries, and trained over 200 leaders on digital leadership, Bramo Digi was named Union Bank – Connect Nigeria, Top 100 Emerging SMEs in Nigeria in 2018.
Based on my background in leveraging ICT for community and enterprise development, in January 2018, I began working as the Co-founder/Executive Director of SocialGood Lagos. A +SocialGood local chapter dedicated localize the United Nations’ agenda by promoting new media & technology to achieve sustainable development goals.
Through SocialGood Lagos, my team convenes the Annual Social Good Summit Lagos, where we convene leaders from government, non-profit, academia, and private sector. It’s a platform to dialogue and share ideas about the Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria while fostering collaboration and partnership. In the last 2 years, we have had over 300 delegates featuring notable speakers from organizations like Andela, Microsoft, PWC, United Nations, Act Foundations and even the office of the president on SDGs.
I also serve as one of the 30 Social Good Connectors and Advisors of the United Nations Foundation, bringing critical voices and perspectives from around the globe to drive innovation for the SDGs. Notable of my contribution is the coverage of the International Government Communications Forum, Sharjah UAE, 2018.
In January 2018, Seasoned Life Journal merged with Guild of African Patriots, another youth-led initiative to become The Leverage Africa, with the sole aim of maximizing the synergy to scale up impact.
As the Executive Director of The Leverage Africa, I am leading a social enterprise dedicated to grooming principled centered transformational leaders in the public and private sectors that will drive change and development revolutions while preserving and promoting the African heritage.
As an avid volunteer, I have served as the 2017/2018 Communications Committee Chair of the YALI Regional Leadership Centre, West Africa, Alumni Chapter of Nigeria. Using my skills in new media strategy, he has played vital roles in initiatives such as YALI Network Lagos, TEDxLagos, TEDx Ajegunle Women, Africa Family Life Delegate Conference, Dare2Act Initiative, Dolly Children Foundation, Teens Going For Gold Network, Global People’s Summit, to mention a few.
As a Visionary Member of the Global Citizen Foundation, I speak to Influential leaders as regards providing the necessities of life such as Education, Finance and Innovation. Girls and Women, Environment and Health.
I was the runner up for The Royal Commonwealth Society, London, 2018 International Day of Peace Design Contest. My design was brought to life in the form of T-shirts and Tote bags by Teemill and shipped for delivery across the world. And all proceeds from each t-shirt goes towards empowering young people and promoting positive social change across the world.
In my pursuit to increase young people’s participation in social change, I authored 2 books; Lead Your Life and No Excuse Challenge. I am equally a sort after youth speaker, inspiring leadership and innovation across Nigeria.
My work has attracted recognition from a reputable organization. I am a 2018 Ashoka Emerging Innovator alongside 124 social innovators across the world, a 2018 Global People’s fellow, a 2018 Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, London, and a 2017 fellow of the YALI West Africa, Regional Leadership Center.
In the nearest future, I would be covering more digital leadership success stories across Africa, through a digital documentary series. Highlighting the development progress in Africa.
I care about the world because I am a significant part of the world! I care about the world because if I fold my arms, I am hurting myself.
I believe everyone everywhere deserves True Freedom – a peaceful environment with equal opportunities to maximize their potential without being marginalized or discriminated against.
I am motivated by the desire to create a conducive environment and society where the younger generation can thrive and fully maximize their potential without being marginalized or be a victim of nepotism and frustrating bureaucracies in different sectors.
In all, I am just Abraham, setting a new narrative on leadership, challenging the mindset, culture, and traditions that inhibit one’s growth in other to establish individuals, communities and nations on the path to fulfilling their potentials.