In 2012,during his NYSC year in Lagos Otto Orondaam after seeing Makoko from the 3rd mainland bridge while stuck in traffic decided to visit the community and discovered that reports of the humanitarian crises in Nigeria and other parts of Africa were true.
Otto who his passionate about education, especially for vulnerable and underprivileged children decided to quit his bank job and create Slum2School Africa after his visit to Makoko.
Speaking about how his trip to Makoko inspired Slum2School, Otto said:
“I saw thousands of innocent children without clothes everywhere; children who should be in school but were not.
It was a sad reality and that day I made the decision to resign from the bank and try to solve some of their problems. And that was how Slum2School Africa started.”
Slum2School Africa is a volunteer-driven organization created to advocate for – and improve access to – quality education for disadvantaged children in slums and remote communities since it inception 5 years ago has worked with over 5,000 volunteers across 25 countries and provided support for over 11,000 in Nigeria.
Slum2School Africa places education support structures in slums by training teachers and creating conducive environment for child learning. The initiative also provides educational scholarships, health and psycho-social support to children in underserved communities.
Rather than throw elaborate birthday party Otto’s decided to launch the #My30thDream campaign,created to raise funds to build 3 early childhood development centers for children in communities lacking schools and equally support some 300 lovely children across Nigeria.
Otto is a LEAP Social Innovation Fellow, a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow and he sits on the West and Central African Regional Advisory Board for President Obama‘s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) as well as the board of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund. He also won the Lagos State Honors Award as the Most Outstanding Corps Member in 2012.
He his a recipient of The Future Awards Africa Innovator of the Year in 2012, the Prize for Education in 2013,the Nigerian CSR Awards and the Nigerian Leadership Awards 2013.