You are whatever you think you are. It’s all in your head. So, think right“. –Omolara, 2018. Today we are celebrating Omolara Alabi, a young lady who’s not only beautiful but has got brain too!
Omolara’s passion for the youths, especially young girls led her to being a youth trainer and ambassador. Through the BEES projects and Iwoland Youth Empowerment Program (IYEP), she has impacted over 500 lives around vocational skills acquisition and series of empowerment programmes. Here, youths are trained with special focus on young girls and women in rural communities in acquiring basic vocational skills in Bead making, Event planning and decoration, Makeup artistry, Catering, Baking and various computational soft skills.
As a youth trainer, she has volunteered and worked for many youth organizations like Young African Diplomats Network (YADN). With YADN, Omolara took an active role in the organisation of motivational talk session for over 200 students where life guiding tips on choice of career and after school education was facilitated.
Another wonderful project involving Omolara is the Arise and Impact Nigeria Youths Initiative -where she chaired the fundraising committee for the then proposed Iwoland Youth conference which did not only ended on a success note but also recorded such a large percentage of participation with over 1000 youths across Osun state in attendance.
Having to count her blessing might be a share waste of time and energy as she has done so much that we cannot accurately put down in a single piece. Her involvement and impacts on activities of organisations and initiatives like The Change Makers Network, Hope for Girls and Women Initiative, Women on Top Initiatives cannot be overemphasized in both OSUN and OYO states.
Asides flying vocational skill acquisition programmes, Omolara once embarked on a health sensitization for young girls on hygiene during their menstrual flows tagged ‘the BEES health Talk’ where her team sensitized over 500 young girls in rural communities. What a stunt!
It is true that “Determination, effort, and practice are rewarded with success,” as posited by Mary Lydon Simonsen. Here, they are also rewarded with some sense of due and deserving recognition. Lara is a recipient of many awards and amongst which include: an “award of recognition from the palace of Oluwo of Iwo” as a committee member for the 2017 children day celebration, a “community developer of the year award” from the Osun Youth Ambassadors Team and another “youth ambassador of the year award” from the Rotaract club of Iwoland.
According to Omolara, she is only “a student of French and International Studies” whose interest lies around “impacting and breeding the younger ones to be self sustained” in a way of stepping in to build “a future that will make the world more habitable for generations yet unborn.”
To unwind, Omolara loves traveling, reading, writing, listening to music and making friends.
For us at Youth Art Initiative (YAI), we see Omolara has another inspiration.
“Team YAI loves you dearly, Lara. So, go girl and keep being you!”
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