Pix: Emmanuel Akunze

Emmanuel Agunze is the Founder of The Makoko Dream, an initiative which provides children of the Makoko community with access to education and life skills in order to address the issue of Child Labour. He created a ‘water school bus’-a custom-made canoe that transports children of the Makoko waterside to and from school Free of charge.

He 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 an Alum of Civic Leadership from Indiana University, Indianapolis and Bloomington, United States. He is a product of the Kelley School of Business, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA and a Lily Family School of Philanthropy 2018 Certified Fund Raiser and Negotiator, in Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.

He is currently a 2018 Ashoka Africa X Changemaker Fellow (CXC GHANA) and is the famous author of #1000Heroesofchange

In this interview he discusses his journey into the volunteering world, his motivations for starting the Makoko dream project, as well as deep insight on the place which has come to be called the Venice of Africa and what it’ll take to see the desired change.

Asked about the reality check between what we know about what is now referred to as the Venice of Africa, Emmanuel says:

“It feels different when you go there in person. what we see from the third mainland bridge is just the aerial view totally different. Pictures do not snap the stench,pictures do not do not snap the smoking of fish that goes on, pictures do not do justice to these things…..”

Listen to full interview below.


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