Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Damilola Otepola

Youth community leader

Came from Nigeria to Canada in 2003, and started grade 10 at Brookfield High School in Ottawa.
Became passionate about the Nelson Mandela's Children's Fund (NMCF) and helped raised funds for the group through a CD of songs, with her as a lead vocal.
Co-organized black history in her school where for the entire month of February they featured black pioneers and leaders, played African music, and celebrated black history.
Wrote a song, Move Your World for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for their 2006 theme "Move your world".
Won the Global Citizen Award organised by the Child and Youth Friendly Ottawa (CAYFO) in 2006; was later featured in the Ottawa Citizen and the Talk Black Radio (98.1) for her achievements and aspirations.
Graduated from high school with honours and won several awards including the Principal's award and the Lieutenant Governor's Community Volunteer Award for Students. She is currently a third year Chemical Engineering student at the University of Ottawa.


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