the makoko dream
Emmanuel Agunze is the Founder of The Makoko Dream, an initiative which provides solutions to the United Nations Sustainable Developmental Goals (SDG) of No Poverty; Zero Hunger; Good Health and Well-being; Quality Education; Gender Equality; Clean Water and Sanitation; Affordable and Clean Energy; Decent Work and Economic Growth; Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure; Reduced Inequalities; Sustainable Cities and Communities; Responsible Consumption and Production; Climate Action; Life Below Water; and Partnership for the Goals.
His organization has reached out to over 8000 Makoko indigenes via various intervention programs, and has granted children of the Makoko community access to education and life skills in order to address the issue of Child Labor. So far, over 640 children have been placed in schools via tuition-free Nursery and Primary Schools in Makoko, set up and run by The Makoko Dream Team.
He created a ‘water school bus’ – a custom-made canoe that transports children of the Makoko waterside to and from school, free of charge.
Mr. Agunze is a 2017 Nelson Mandela Graca-Machel Innovation Awards Youth Activist Finalist for his role in creating change in his local community. He is also a 2018 Mandela Washington Fellow and a 2018 Ashoka Africa Changemaker Fellow (CXC GHANA). He is an Alum of Civic Leadership from Indiana University, Indianapolis and Bloomington, Indiana, USA, and a product of the Kelley School of Business, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; he is also a Lily Family School of Philanthropy 2018 Certified Fund Raiser and Negotiator, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
In July, 2019, Mr. Agunze became a certified graduate of the Non-Profit Leadership Management Program from the prestigious Lagos Business School, Ajah-Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria.
He is Currently an Executive Member of The United States Government Exchange Alumni Association (USGEAA) Lagos, Nigeria, that is comprised of over 20 Alumni Associations of the US Government such as the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship, Full Bright Scholars, International Visitors Leadership Program, IVLP, and The Mandela Washington Fellowship, amongst others. Here, he serves as the Secretary of Finance, where he advises the Association on Funding Strategies.