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Celebrating our leaders: Kelechi’s story

Wednesday 25th May 2022

The Boys’ Brigade has over 10,000 volunteer leaders across the country who support children and young people to learn, grow and discover. Over the course of 2022 we are sharing some of their stories each month as we celebrate our amazing leaders.

Meet Kelechi

Kelechi Aofolaju is Leader-in-Charge of the Company and Seniors age groups at 14th Kingston & Merton, as well as being a trustee of London District.

What do you do outside of BB?

I currently run a small software and consulting company. We write and design software for smart systems, such as homes, meetings rooms and teaching spaces.

I also have a podcast with a close friend called Pioneers Space. The objective of it is to motivate others by showcasing different pioneers from different walks of life. These pioneers are primarily from BAME backgrounds. We talk about their journey, the challenges they’ve faced, and what being a pioneer means to them.

What skills have you gained from BB that have helped you in your career?

BB has helped me with timekeeping, which is so important as a young professional. People won’t take you seriously if you’re late or don’t respect time.

It has also helped develop my communication and interpersonal skills, which has made me be able to talk to people from all different walks of life and have a meaningful conversation with them.

What has been your proudest moment so far in BB?

Attending the Queen’s Garden Party on behalf of the BB. I felt so honoured to represent not only my local group, but also my Church and family.

As a young leader within BB, what would be your top tip for other young leaders?

It’s simple, my main tip is listen to your young people and try and understand them better. This will help you help them not only in BB but as they grow and develop into young people and adults. BB has taught me that every single young person is unique and has huge potential to change the world.

If you are a leader and would like to share your story with us please email comms@boys-brigade.org.uk

 

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