Founder of Chess In Slums Africa, Tunde Onakoya has taken to social media to share the transformation of an area boy he took off the streets.
He said that he met the kid named Ayomide alongside others under the Oshodi bridge in Lagos state more than a year ago.
Tunde enlisted the boys in a street to chess initiative which saw them use their brains in a competition in 2021.
According to the techpreneur, Ayomide is now a web developer and graphics who flies with him during trips to Abuja and meetings with personalities.
Tunde celebrated young Ayomide’s journey from a being a bus conductor who slept under the bride, to now flying for important events.
He shared before vs after photos and wrote; “Thinking about Ayomide today… We met him as an Area boy under oshodi bridge a little over a year ago but is now a Web developer and graphics designer.
No longer a pawn in another man’s game, but the hero of his own story. I take him with me on my flights to Abuja and visits to important people so he sees how valuable his existence his.
One day, he’ll get to pay it forward and only then will our work truly be done❤️ This is Day 1.
Just a few months ago, Ayomide was just another random street kid working as a bus conductor and living under oshodi bridge will no hope of a future. Today he created his own web page and online store using HTML and CSS. We’re creating a new story for the African child🚀♥️”
Similarly, CEO of Anakle, Editi Effiong, said he empowered every child in his community with the requisite computer skills to be relevant in modern society.
He made this known on Twitter while replying a tweep who challenged him for raising concerns over the development index in Lagos.
The tweep told him to compare the level of development in Lagos state with his village and say which is better.
In response, the techpreneur said he ensured that every primary school pupil in his village can use a computer. Editi also said that they are taught how to code and have access to the internet.
He shared photos to backup his claim and wrote; ”My village has running water. But the most important development index for me is that every child attending primary school there can use a computer, has internet access and has learned to code. I made that happen. Now, tell me how you developed your village.”