About Us

Who We Are

Liberty Career Academy (LCA) was established with the mandate of assisting individuals discover their essence. We equip individuals and organizations with the right competencies and guide them in effectively deploying it in academics, careers, and businesses.

LCA provides trainings, mentorship, scholarships as well as research & advocacy on related governance and policy issues.

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Our Philosophy

At LCA we believe that every person is an embodiment of innate capabilities and talents which is expressed in our interests and personalities. If talents and capabilities are properly harnessed, developed and channeled in the right vocation or enterprise, people would thrive in their academics, careers and businesses. These will undoubtedly birth more highfliers and solution providers in our society.

We also firmly believe that organizations and governments have a critical role to play in not only creating enabling environments for individuals to thrive in their careers but also strategically deploy policies that harness the immense potential of human capital.

The result would be seen in the emergence of a critical mass of solution providers who would bring positive growth to their respective employers, trigger positive societal change while also enjoying inward fulfilment.

Our mandate is summarized in the word

I.D.E.A

Identify

The greatest discovery is knowing who you are, what you are divinely equipped with and capable of doing.

Develop

The beauty of gold only emerges through the furnace of the refining process.

Execute

Getting things done is the ultimate hurdle before success.

Achieve

Achievers are simply individuals and entities that have discovered and applied the right principles to their endeavors.

Our Leadership Team

Gbenga Rufai Team Lead, Liberty Career Academy
Gbenga Rufai

Gbenga Rufai is an HR Professional with competence in the areas of Talent Management, Recruitment, HR Business Partnering, Learning & Development and Employee Relations. He has led & successfully managed key projects in the areas of Talent Resourcing, Grade Level Re-design & Restructuring, Learning Strategy/Framework, Reward Philosophy, Policy development, Succession Planning, Curriculum Design & Development, Competency Framework Development, Learning & Assessment Center Management.

A firm believer in the critical role of human capital to enterprise growth, national & global development. He has been privileged to work on key projects with leading organizations in the Oil & Gas as well as the Financial Services Industry. He has served on the panel of recruitment assessors, led management trainee programs as well as facilitated sessions at different training’s at the entry & managerial level.

In the social economy space, he has also led different not-for profit initiatives for a period spanning over a decade. He is a 1999 Rotary International (District 9110) Youth Leadership Awardee (RYLA), Founder, Liberty Career Academy (a social enterprise) and holds Associate memberships of Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) Canada, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN). He also volunteers as a Bersin by Deloitte Research Exchange Panel member, volunteer of the Saskatoon Open Door Society and pursues new interests in the public policy space.

He leads the team at Liberty Career Academy.

Akinwunmi Akowonjo
Akinwunmi Akowonjo

Akinwunmi Akowonjo is a development practitioner who has in the last 10 years combined his experience as an ICT professional with engagements in projects and programme management, social initiatives design and implementation, Education consulting, and strategy development. Akinwunmi is an experienced facilitator with responsibilities for training and development, monitoring and evaluation (M & E), curriculum development, as well as redesigning business processes for efficiency and productivity amongst others.

He worked with Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank Plc) and also served as pioneer coordinator of The Education Partnership (TEP) Learning Academy. While at TEP, he has coordinated the planning and execution of the Annual Pan-African Education Innovation Summit (NEDIS), for the same organization, in the last three years. He is a member of the school board at CityTop Schools, Egbeda, Lagos, holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering (LAGOS) and a Masters Degree in Information Technology (NOUN)

Akinwunmi currently works with FATE Foundation as Manager, Learning & Influence where he leads the foundation’s curriculum development strategies, impact evaluation, standards and quality assurance strategies. He is a passionate teacher and mentor for teenagers and young adults, a service he has done actively in the last 13 years.

Oluwatayo Alofun
Oluwatayo Alofun

Oluwatayo Alofun is the Head of Digital at Interswitch Group, the biggest Fintech company in Nigeria. ‘Tayo holds a Bachelors degree in Mass Communications from the University of Lagos as well as a Master’s Degree from the same university where he finished top of his class. Prior to joining Interswitch, his work experience included the Print media, Not for Profit, E-Commerce industries among others. He is a data-centric digital marketing genius with over 6 years of marketing experience in Search Ads, Display Ads and Analytics, Social media Ads [Twitter, Facebook and Instagram], Search Engine Optimization, Email Marketing, Lead Generation and Marketing Automation.

He is Google certified in Search, Display and Analytics; Hootsuite platform Certified, Hubspot content marketing certified, SEMRush SEO certified among many others.

Oluwatayo loves God and deeply cares about young people, he is a strong believer in the fact that people can achieve anything in life irrespective of their background. He is happily married with a son.

Oluwatoyin Taiwo
Oluwatoyin J. Taiwo

Oluwatoyin J. Taiwo is a first class graduate of Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos. He is an oil & gas professional with competence in Construction Management, Process Design Engineering, Facilities Engineering, Process Safety, and Project Delivery to name a few. In the course of his career, Toyin has executed different multi-million dollar oil & gas projects ranging from small revamps to new developments up to the tune of $1billion dollars. He also has experience with marine operations and logistics coordination.

Toyin has been actively involved in youth leadership development for a period spanning over 10 years. He is passionate about excellence, values integrity and believes that people are best molded by deliberate efforts while they are young. He teaches Sunday School to pre-teens in his local church, writes poetry in his spare time, and loves to spend time with his family. Toyin currently works as Reliability Engineer for Mobil Producing Nigeria, an ExxonMobil affiliate.

Oluyemi O. Fajuyitan
Oluyemi O. Fajuyitan

Oluyemi O. Fajuyitan is an assiduous lawyer with expertise and keen interest in Corporate & Commercial Law, Property & Real Estate, Maritime , Entertainment Law, Energy & Environmental Law, International Law, and Human Rights in Africa. He is an enthusiastic and result oriented legal professional with legal research and advocacy among others.

He is currently the principal partner in the firm of Barry Winston & Co., and has inter alia worked as a Research Assistant to a Justice of Federal High Court. Yemi has provided legal services on a wide variety of areas including but not limited to advisory services to shipping companies involvement in the Nigerian Oil & Gas sector vide the Cabotage Act, procedure for recovery of debts accrued from maritime services rendered, and recovery of same for client, review of Brand Ambassadorial Agreement, legal representations on behalf of clients in the creative industry, preparation and review of several contracts including conducting due diligence on behalf of clients at requisite private and government establishments.

In addition, he has made several appearances at the lower and appellate courts in Nigeria,  conducted trials and argued applications against senior counsel on issues involving fundamental rights enforcements, labour law, breach of contract and criminal law to mention a few.

Aside legal practice, he is passionate about issues bordering on human development, especially among youths and teenagers and has actively being involved in teaching teenagers for more than a decade. He is deeply enamored by psychology and believes that human personalities play vital roles in their lives and as such cannot be ignored.

 

Oiza Rufai
Oiza Rufai

Oiza brings to the table a robust blend of strategic and operational corporate experience ranging from Marketing, Corporate Communications and Administration to Talent Management. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos and Professional Certificates in Strategic Marketing and Innovation from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (UK). She is also an associate member of the Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria (ISMN).

She has demonstrated competence working in the FMCG space managing some of the most successful multi-billion dollar brands in Nigeria. From noodles to pasta and the ball food categories; she has developed and executed brand strategies for assigned brands. Oiza has also co-ordinated the implementation of volume driving, equity building as well as trial generating events and activations for brands under her purview.

Oiza enjoys working with people and learning new things; she is passionate about causes related to women & children and has spent time volunteering & working with Not- for-Profit organizations working to promote food security, education and community integration. She has also attended diverse training in Business Ethics, Financial Analysis, Project Management & Research, Inter-culturalism, Diversity and Life Development Skills.

Oiza currently works in the Not-For-Profit space focused on addressing barriers to food security & enhancing easy access to communities.

 

Research & Policy Associates

The team has the mandate for leading research and policy projects at the academy.

Meet The Team

Gbenga Rufai Team Lead, Liberty Career Academy
Gbenga Rufai

Gbenga Rufai is an HR Professional with competence in the areas of Talent Management, Recruitment, HR Business Partnering, Learning & Development and Employee Relations. He has led & successfully managed key projects in the areas of Talent Resourcing, Grade Level Re-design & Restructuring, Learning Strategy/Framework, Reward Philosophy, Policy development, Succession Planning, Curriculum Design & Development, Competency Framework Development, Learning & Assessment Center Management.

A firm believer in the critical role of human capital to enterprise growth, national & global development. He has been privileged to work on key projects with leading organizations in the Oil & Gas as well as the Financial Services Industry. He has served on the panel of recruitment assessors, led management trainee programs as well as facilitated sessions at different trainings at the entry & managerial level.

In the social economy space, he has also led different not-for-profit initiatives for a period spanning over a decade. He is a 1999 Rotary International (District 9110) Youth Leadership Awardee (RYLA), Founder & Executive Director, Liberty Career Academy and holds Associate memberships of Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) Canada, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria (CIPMN). He also volunteers as a Bersin by Deloitte Research Exchange Panel member and the Saskatoon Open Door Society.

He currently pursues diverse interests in the public policy space.

Adenike Aloba
Adenike Aloba

Adenike Aloba is a media development professional with experience in planning and executing programs and projects, from the development of appropriate methodology through to data analysis and reporting of findings. She possesses a breadth of knowledge and skills that bring effective and efficient consequence to her work.

Her expertise comes to fore in designing projects, deriving project objectives, project
outputs and outcomes, conducting research which includes developing research methods, evaluating variables and test parameters, analyzing data in a detailed and scientific manner, and writing detailed reports.

Adenike has extensive competence and experience in Media Development, People, Process and Project Management and Strategic Communications. Over the years she has delivered media solutions via development and execution of cut-through-the-clutter-programs/projects, creating contemporary yet culturally conscious media products; combining effective communication and media strategies to great effect.

Adenike Aloba is currently a Program Manager with the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism.

Jubril Adisa
Jubril Adisa

Jubril Adisa is a graduate of Mass Communication, University of Lagos. After a few years of working in the e-commerce industry first as an editor and then data manager, he is now an entrepreneur with interests in Agribusiness and Media.
Jubril is passionate about local and international politics, education and health, subjects he writes about on Medium. He is the publicity handler of Lagos-based youth-focused NGO, Africa Bridge Initiative (ABI).

He is an avid reader, loves country music, Afro-beat, and likes to see the world.

Usman Alabi
Usman Alabi

Usman Alabi is an extant believer in the Nigerian project, passionately opinionated about the emergence of a new Nigerian nation. Usman is an expert on policy development, civic advocacy, critical social development, governance and political strategy. Usman is a budding scholar with specializations in geopolitics, political economy, terrorism, critical security and globalization.

He has published articles on the fragility of the Nigerian state and why it is incapable of auto-centric development, he has also written on the political economy of privatization, as well as globalization and state in Africa.

He currently leads on The Future Project YMonitor accountability program supported by the National Endowment for Democracy in the United States (NED). He holds advocacy meetings both online and offline and challenge the effectiveness of government policy on the citizens through his publications on the YMonitor and YNaija platforms. He has discussed and analyzed issues related to government policy, citizens’ advocacy and accountability both on radio and special programs organized by top civil society organizations in the country.

Usman believes that the next ten years would be critical to the development in Nigeria in terms of how we can harness data in formulating policies that are pivotal to national development.

Christabel Seun Akinyode
Christabel Seun Akinyode

Christabel Seun Akinyode is a public Health Professional with 7 years’ experience working in Research, Monitoring and Evaluation of programs for Non-Profit Organizations. She has worked for and consulted with projects funded by international organizations such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF). Her work with health facilities have improved indicators for Individuals living with HIV in Akwa Ibom by lowering the HIV prevalence rate and reducing mother to child transmission of the disease.

Her current work in Niger State has researched contraceptive prevalence to create high impact programs that increased positive maternal health outcomes among women of reproductive age in the state. Her work in research ranges from public health concerns such as family planning to psychology curiosities such as personality traits.

Christabel holds a master’s in psychology (University of the West of Scotland) and a bachelor’s degree (hons.) in Social Work from the University of Lagos.

She is an avid fiction enthusiast, chocolate cake savant and lover of all things fun.

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