Who We Are
With unemployment in Africa being one of the major problems in Africa; at an average estimation of 11.01% across the continent and an alarming rate of 27.1% in Nigeria, checkmating the unemployment crisis on the continent will ultimately foster economic growth for the continent. Live Your Dreams Africa Foundation is a non-governmental organization set up with a mission to help solve the gross unemployment problem in Africa that has subjected millions of Africans to abject poverty.
Why We Do What We DO
For Bankole Williams, the founder of LYDA Foundation, this quest to tackle the unemployment and underemployment problems of Africa by creating decent work is beyond philanthropy but a burning desire to create transformational and sustainable change in the quality of life of his fellow Africans.
Growing up in a poor, unsanitary neighborhood where the average family of 8 was sustained monthly with a little less than the equivalent of $100, hunger, child labor and lack of quality education were a constant bane. They still are. The average African child has little opportunity or access to quality education and a less than 1% probability to attain a higher education that could improve his chances of gainful employment. Live Your Dreams Africa was set up as an initiative, in 2013, to solve the gross unemployment problem in Africa that has subjected millions of Africans to abject poverty.
The LYDA Conference is an advocacy initiative aimed at creating awareness of the numerous opportunities beyond the confines of regularity within Africa.
This is the dream application arm of the NGO. It is a platform that helps match the philanthropic desires of successful individuals with those desirous to learn from them.
Kickstart Your Dreams
Through our Kick Start your Dreams initiative, which started in 2017, we have also crowdfunded young entrepreneurs in Digital Marketing, Baking, and Fashion design to scale up their businesses.