Springboard Team

afere-lawrenceLawrence Alaba Afere, a Mandela Washington Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow, is an organic farmer and founder of Springboard Nigeria, a social enterprise that uses organic farming and healthy food production to create meaningful and responsible work for rural and semi urban youth in Ondo State, Nigeria. Presently, Springboard has over 500 members within its network of organic farmers and rural women entrepreneurs. Springboard farmers grow plantain, banana, vegetables, pepper, corn, pineapple and pawpaw. And they also convert their plantain into organic plantain chips and the banana fiber into sanitary pad for marginalized rural women & girls branded SafePads. Lawrence envisions a Nation where everyone has access to fresh, local, healthy, affordable food, communities feel connected to the land and each other and where rural and semi-urban youth are active leaders in the area of organic farming and production of healthy food and environmentally friendly products.

helen-lawrenceHelen Afere, a Business Administration graduate from Covenant University, Nigeria and also a professional in business Management, Helen is the co-founder of Springboard. Helen focuses on the running and operational management of the organisation. She is also a professional photographer and serves as one of the Springboard mentors for Rural Girls in Nigeria under the Springboard Community Development program.





Sayo Ogunleye, a farmer and the Head of Kitchen at the Springboard Organic Plantain Chips Factory. Sayo is always happy when she coordinates women and girls to achieve meaningful tasks and when she is asked to work on a project that helps enhance productivity of rural girls and women.





oluwatosin-demenhinDemehin Oluwatosin Jeremiah is a young entrepreneur who always sees opportunities around him. Oluwatosin, popularly referred to as Jere, is the Director of Research and Development at Springboard. Jere also heads the SafePads production Unit.






ayo-ogunleyeAyo Ogunleye, a very passionate farmer, keeps everyone at Springboard happy! Ayo, popular referred to as Uncle by Springboard staff, farmers and supporters, has been a farmer from birth. He will always say, “I was born on the farm”! Uncle coordinates the Springboard farm activities and also takes part in training Springboard farmers. One more thing, Uncle enjoys driving our guests on a motor bike to Springboard farms.