Grace Ihejiamaizu is a Nigerian lecturer and social entrepreneur. Over the years, Grace has been busy promoting quality education and empowering the next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs. This is a feat she derives consummate delight and fulfillment from.
She is a graduate of Sociology from the University of Calabar. Also, she has a Masters degree in rural sociology and community development from the University of Uyo. Grace teaches social work at the University of Calabar.
What helped Grace shape her life to kickstart her career as a social entrepreneur was joining a global campus-based organization. This organization was called Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE), UNICAL, ( now known as Enactus UNICAL).
Eventually, she served as its project director. After her graduation, she worked as a full-time volunteer with American Corner, Calabar.
Armed with the entrepreneurial knowledge she had gained, Grace started her first personal project. She called it the RYPE (Raising Young and Productive Entrepreneurs) Initiative. Later on, RYPE metamorphosed into iKapture Center for Development; a center for youth development that provides afterschool education and services to students and out-of-school youths in Nigeria using creative learning methods and ICT.
In 2012, Grace founded Opportunity Desk. This is a platform for youths looking for international experience through global scholarships, internships, jobs, conferences, competitions, fellowships, grants, and awards.
Also the author of Go Global with Opportunities, Grace was named one of Google’s 12 brightest Young Minds in 2011, and a Global change maker in 2012. She was one of the nominees for the 2013 Future Awards Africa Young Person of the Year Prize.
Her feat in impacting lives has been recognized by the US State Department as she was awarded the “International Exchange Alumni Member of the Month for September 2012.”
Amongst other achievements, Grace holds a certificate in Civic Leadership from Kansas State University. She also has another in Social Entrepreneurship from the University of Connecticut, USA.
A true daughter of Africa raising high the flags of the continent, Grace Ihejiamaizu comes along as a great source of inspiration.