In this book, the author offers both an autobiographical reflection and a collection of his presentations. They take us through a journey of desire, personal courage and the will to grab the moment, whenever opportunity kcks. That trait is in short supply among our youth, a good reason to invite them to read and emulate. Stimulated by 'Gbenga's seemingly unquenchable optimism, they may truly become nation builders or achieve personal success in this information age. 'Gbenga is one of the finest examples of leadership in today's Nigeria. His courage, determination, and sheer passion for excellence have distinguished him as a veritable force in the sphere of ICT and youth development. He exemplifies the truth that in order to succeed, talent must be combined with discipline, courage and progressive action. In My Own Words captures the depth of 'Gbenga's insight and experience, the diligent application of which is capable of positively impacting the careers of young people all over the world.
'Gbenga Sesan is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative Nigeria (PIN). Originally trained as an Electronic and Electrical Engineer at Obafemi Awolowo University, 'Gbenga completed Executive Education programs at Lagos Business School, New York Group for Technology Transfer, Oxford University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Santa Clara University and University of the Pacific. His consulting experience includes assignments completed for numerous institutions, including Microsoft, Harvard University, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Freedom House, Res Publica, Heinrich Boll Foundation, the International Telecommunications Union and British Council, among others. 'Gbenga's consulting and public speaking experience spans over 30 countries. He is a 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year, Crans Montana Forum Fellow, Our Common Future Fellow, Cordes Fellow, Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow and Ashoka Fellow. 'Gbenga was Nigeria's first Information Technology Youth Ambassador and served as the Vice Chair of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa's African Technical Advisory Committee. In 2006, he was appointed as the youngest member of the Nigerian Presidential Task Force on the Restructuring of the Nigerian Information Technology and Telecommunications Sectors. He was appointed a member of the Presidential Committee on Roadmap for the Achievement of Accelerated Universal Broadband Infrastructure and Services Provision in August 2012. Imprimata published his book, In My Own Words, an annotated autobiographical collection of essays, in September 2009. In 2013, IT News Africa listed 'Gbenga as one of Africa's Top 20 Tech Influencers. In 2012, he was listed by CNN as one of the 10 African Tech Voices To Follow on Twitter, and by Ventures Africa as one of 40 African Legends Under 40. 'Gbenga has been honoured with the 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year award, University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs' CyberStewards Fellowship, Santa Clara University GSBI Fellowship, National Youth Merit award, OAU Ife EEESS Distinguished Alumni award, Nigerian Youth Leadership award, ITU YES Scholarship award, The Future Best Use of Technology award, among others. He has been profiled as an Icon of ICT in Nigeria and he keeps a personal website at www.gbengasesan.com. 'Gbenga is married to Temilade Sesan, PhD, an expert on Energy Poverty and Development issues in sub-Saharan Africa.