#ImpactandCommunitySeries: “The vision is to reach 3500 kids with access to quality education by 2025.” – Aramide Kayode, founder of Talent Mine Academy.

Aramide Kayode is the founder of Talent Mine Academy, a non-profit that provides access to quality education and better opportunities for kids in low-income communities. She works at the Head of Learning at Stutern where she designs engaging and interactive learning experiences for young people who want to transition into tech.

She is a first class graduate of Economics from Covenant University and an alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

Her work in the education space has been featured on numerous national and international platforms, including Malala Fund, Global Partnership for Education (listed as one of the ten young people transforming education across the globe), CGTN Europe, Global Citizen, The Guardian, amongst others.

In addition to the work that Aramide does in the learning and education space, Aramide has dedicated her time to mentoring teenagers and young women, so that they can avoid the mistakes many adults are prone to and also live a life of meaning and excellence. 

She is an author of two books: 20 lessons I learnt at age 20 and Diary of a 19-year-old teacher (her memoir). She hopes that one day, every child will be able to access quality education irrespective of their socio-economic background.

Leading Ladies Africa: Who is Aramide?

Aramide Kayode: Aramide Kayode is the founder of Talent Mine Academy, a non-profit that provides access to quality education and better opportunities for kids in low-income communities. She works at the Head of Learning at Stutern where she designs engaging and interactive learning experiences for young people who want to transition into tech. 

She is a first class graduate of Economics from Covenant University and an alumnus of the prestigious Harvard Graduate School of Education. 

Her work in the education space has been featured on numerous national and international platforms, including Malala Fund, Global Partnership for Education (listed as one of the ten young people transforming education across the globe), CGTN Europe, Global Citizen, The Guardian, amongst others.

In addition to the work that Aramide does in the learning and education space, Aramide has dedicated her time to mentoring teenagers and young women, so that they can avoid the mistakes many adults are prone to and also live a life of meaning and excellence. 

She is an author of two books: 20 lessons I learnt at age 20 and Diary of a 19-year-old teacher (her memoir). She hopes that one day, every child will be able to access quality education irrespective of their socio-economic background.

Leading Ladies Africa: Can you share some of your Memorable moments and highlights in the course of your work?

Aramide Kayode: I think one major highlight in the course of my work is learning about how deep and important it is to build a connection with the children that I work with before trying to create a solution for them – so that I can create a solution that is contextual to their everyday life and they are able to connect with it. 

One memorable moment I would never forget was when one of the students that I worked with ran away from home (due to abuse) and came to my house by 4 am. When I took her to school that day, her uncle and aunt were waiting in school, looking so furious, and that was how she was carried back to her village and stopped from coming to school. Occurrences like this take up space in my heart and sometimes, create a different level of emotional burden for me and I am learning to take time out sometimes to prevent any emotional uphill or burnout.

Leading Ladies Africa: With how far you’ve come, and your success, what achievements do you hope for in the next 5 years?

Aramide Kayode: The vision is to reach 3500 kids with access to quality education by 2025. In the next 5 years, I hope to provide quality education and better opportunities to 1000 children in low-income communities so that they can become better versions of themselves and create change in their communities.

Leading Ladies Africa: Can you briefly share some women you consider mentors?

Aramide Kayode: My best friend, Funmilola Oluwalade

My coach, Debola Deji-Kurunmi

Leading Ladies Africa: Do you have a life philosophy, personal mantra perhaps that keeps you steady when the going gets tough?

Aramide Kayode: What keeps me going when the going gets tough is a word God gave to me: “I will always be with you, so you will never have to walk alone”. So whenever I feel like giving up, I remember that I am never alone because God is always with me so I cast my burden and He gives me the strength that I need to keep going.

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