Member Crush Monday (OGO)

Member Crush Monday (OGO)

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She has over 10 years experience in Social Responsibility. She is passionate about making a huge positive difference in the lives of Sub-Saharan Africans living with non-communicable skin conditions, disfiguring appearances such as burns and scars.

Born 14th June 1974, Ogo was diagnosed with Vitiligo in 2005, a skin condition in which white patches of skin appear on different parts of the body with no clear cause nor cure.

Making lemonade out of her lemon through sheer doggedness and positive can-do attitude, Ogo is an advocate for the low-self esteemed, who have been stripped off their body confidence, educating them on how to overcome their struggles such that positive self-image mindset is birthed.

A social entrepreneur, blogger and an optimist. Ogo is the founder and Executive Director of Outer Shell Africa and Vitiligo Support and Awareness Foundation (VITSAF), the first Vitiligo patient-driven organization that is creating awareness and providing succor for Sub-Saharan Africans. Through her work, Ogo mirrors her life to the people with vitiligo by providing succor for them.

Her educational qualifications include PGD in Financial Management from University of Ado Ekiti and Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business Administration & Management from Rivers State, Nigeria.

She has also attended various programs, bagging certificates in; Using Media for Development 2014 from Radio Netherlands Training Center RNTC; Advocacy and Citizen Engagement from Coady International Institute, St. Francis Xavier University Canada (2013); Good Governance and Social Accountability from Coady International Institute, St Francis Xavier University Canada (2013); Social Sector Management (2011) and Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management (2008) from Enterprise Development Center of Pan Atlantic University, Lagos.

Miss Ogo is a distinguished Ashoka fellow with multiple awards and honour:  Enterprise Challenge 100 Award, Celebrating IBM 100 years (June 2011); Indulge Wellness Award, in the category of Self Esteem and Self Confidence (November 2011); Ashoka Fellow (April, 2012); Nonprofit Leadership and Excellence Award, Health and Gender Category, Africa Social (December 2012); Architects of the Future Award (2013) and TechWomen Emerging leader (2014). She is also the developer of World Vitiligo Day.

To her social entrepreneurial credit, Ogo embraced social clothing enterprise(2007)whose yearly fashion show features individuals with viitligo walking the runway, the project has advertently helped them have a sense of belonging by building their self-confidence and appreciating their body flaws.

Ogo Maduewesi is indeed an inspiration, in her spare moment, Ogo loves reading, writing and listening to music.

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