Meet the Collective
We are a passionate group of communicators, educators, and creative arts professionals closely connected to the community we serve.
Kanyinsola Obayan - Founder & Executive Director USA
Kanyinsola Obayan is in love with the creative arts. She genuinely believes in its power to transformatively impact society for good by unlocking numerous possibilities for Nigeria's youth. Kanyinsola holds dual bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Global Studies, as well as African and African Diaspora Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Africana Studies at Cornell University. She currently works at the intersection of communications, technology, and social impact.
Ibijoke Oke - Co-Founder & Director of Operations USA
Ibijoke is a second-year fellow at the Cornell Institute of Public Affairs and a specialist in Economic and Financial policy. She is passionate about development in Africa, particularly education. Ibijoke is a fan of the creative arts and was an active dancer and actress in college.
Jessica Obilom, Co-Founder & Director of Communications USA
Jessica Obilom is a trained professional actress residing in Los Angeles, California. A native of Texas, she has been acting since she was 14 years old. She loves acting because it is a way to take a momentary vacation from regular life, while simultaneously expressing one's true self in a stimulating way. She hopes to inspire others to pursue a career doing what they love as well.
Jessica holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater from the University of Texas at Austin. Hook 'em horns.
Anjola Coker - Director of Finance USA
Anjola Coker is a spoken word poet, illustrator, filmmaker and student advocate. Formally a resident of the beautiful city of Dallas, TX, she now resides in Houston, where she continues to create pieces that celebrate blackness, faith and wholeness. She is passionate about creative arts as a vehicle for storytelling. Anjola holds a Bachelors degree in Accountancy from The University of Houston and a Master of Science degree in Accountancy from University at Albany.
Ranti Olaniyan - Director of Development Nigeria
Ranti is a communications consultant with particular keenness for conceptualization and strategy development. She has an appreciation for the arts and believes in its role as a driver for learning and expression. While she may not consider herself a thoroughbred artist, she has had various stints in theatre, as President of the literary arts society in university, and spoken word poetry.
She is a firm believer in early-child education and exposure as catalysts for balanced development. In her own words, "Children grow when they are allowed full expression within healthy boundaries."
Ranti has B.A. in English studies from Babcock University and an MSc. in Corporate Communications and Reputation Management from the Alliance Manchester Business School.
Seun Olaniyan - Director of Programs Nigeria
Seun has worked with kids, teenagers and young adults since 2006 as an educator, mentor, counsellor and an elementary school proprietor (2012- 2016). He holds a degree in Animal production and health and another in Pastoral and biblical studies. As a speaker, Seun draws his inspiration from the arts (performing and non-performing). He’s intensely passionate about creative arts, social enterprise and creative brand communication and is constantly working with individuals and local businesses in brand management and strategy.
In 2016, he co-founded and currently leads ‘Tribes’, a faith based organization in Lagos, Nigeria whose mission is to put Christian principles into practice for peaceful and purposeful living through experiences, programs and causes that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for individuals, families and communities.