Otto Orondaam is an embodiment of the new Africa- enterprising, and working tirelessly to effect change in Africa for Africa by Africans.

Otto is the founder of Slum2School a non profit initiative which advocates for and provides quality education to disadvantaged children in slums.

He is a social development advocate with a focus around education, community health and human capital development. Otto is the founder of Slum2School, a non profit initiative which advocates for and provides quality education to disadvantaged children in slums. A visit to Makoko during his National Youth Service, a slum near the Lagos lagoon inspired him to start up Slum2School. Since it’s inception in 2012, over 3000 volunteers from about 25 countries have helped in its mandate.

Otto Orondaam dressed in Nigerian colors during the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship Photo: Instagram/Slum2School
Otto Orondaam dressed in Nigerian colors during the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship Photo: Instagram/Slum2School

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A graduate of human anatomy from University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Otto has volunteered with the Red Cross Nigeria, AIESEC and was most recently among 100 Nigerians chosen for 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship.

He is fluent in English, French and Chinese.

When asked to describe himself in a 2014 interview, he said “Friendly, empathetic, optimistic, loving and innovative.” At a time when NGOs are being criticized for misuse of funds and such, Orondaam’s Slum2School looks to be a reminder of all that can be achieved through proper charity work.

Photo: Instagram/Otto_Orondaam
Photo: Instagram/Otto_Orondaam

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In 2012 he was awarded the Lagos State Honors Award as most outstanding corp member. He is a member of the Human Capital Development/Education Committer of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) and an Ambassador for Junior Achievement International.

He is fluent in English, French and Chinese.

Now on the YALI Regional Advisory Board, this young Nigerian represents what it is to be African in 2016, visionary, eager for change, brilliant.