In Ekiti state, we seek, value and celebrate knowledge. No wonder, the state has been widely known as the Fountain of Knowledge (FOK). I added the FOK 😊.

In as much as we have knowledge, we have been crippled with challenges that make us not to be at our desired glorious future — largely due to poor policy, change of government, etc.

Hence, most of our potentials remained untapped.

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Recently, we seem to have woken up from our sleep — we now have different good policies and enabling environment for development to thrive. In fact, some of our policies and laws have been rated the best and adapted in various states and at the national level including but not limited to education and gender.

These have attracted some local and international actors to invest in Ekiti.

Yesterday, for example, we had KTN leading a Design Sprint workshop to co-create innovation action plan for the development of the state.

For the first time, I was fully involved in a practical Design Thinking workshop.

I must commend all the facilitators and team at KTN for the great job so far.

To mention a few, thanks to ‘Lamide JohnsonAndrea Wyers and Emma McKenna for the great job. I must say that this team is one of the best teams I’ve worked with ever.

As we look forward to the project implementation, I’m convinced that Ekiti is set to be a model for others to follow and things like unemployment, lack of capacity and other challenges would become a thing of the past.

Once again, thank you.

Sola Mathew

P. S. The featured photo I used was a webinar organised by KTN where I was a panelist.