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#HumansOfDukeSanford: Adebimpe Mbang Femi-Oyewo, MIDP’18

October 21, 2016

This is the fourth #HumansOfDukeSanford story of the semester. One story will be published weekly this fall.

Adebimpe Mbang Femi-Oyewo headshot

“Right now in Nigeria, volunteering isn’t so big. We’re still a developing country, so most people are just thinking about how to get through the day. We want to create a culture of volunteerism by making it as easy and fun as possible. We’re also trying to demonstrate impact.

So many of our nonprofits are underfunded and understaffed, so even though two hours of volunteer time seems small to us, it’s two hours that they don’t have to pay a professional. If you’re a photographer or an accountant, you can use those skills and put them on your resume.

We’re trying to make volunteering a way of life; we want to build a vibrant community of Nigerians who want to change the world.” - Adebimpe Mbang Femi-Oyewo, MIDP’ 18.

Kinnect, an online platform she co-founded in 2011 to link volunteers with nonprofits, recently received a seed grant from The Pollination Project

Interview by Julia Vail. Photography by Sarah Noga.