Dame Emmanuella Fashola

CEO of L.E.A.R.N.


Dame Abimbola Emmanuella Fashola was born into the Ojo Ibadan family of Ibadan, Oyo State. She is a Secretary and Administrator by profession.
Dame Fashola is a passionate, caring and purpose- driven woman who champions issue relating to Education, HIV/AIDS discrimination, Poverty Eradication, Parenting and Skills Acquisition as well as preservation of the environment.

She has worked in various positions at the British Council for 19 years but eventually resigned to support her husband’s aspiration in 2006.

As the wife of the former Governor of Lagos State; she built 4 Recreation Centres and the First Retirement Recreation Centre in Lekki, Lagos/Nigeria.

She is the founder of LEARN (Leadership Empowerment and Resource Network) a Non- Governmental Organization established to groom the youth to be self-confident and socially responsible.

Her NGO helps the youth, while still in college, to develop a passion and obtain the necessary skills for vocational and entrepreneurial training.  She also runs a Parenting Seminar on sustaining family values and morals in children for a better society.

She runs a food bank with ELLA Cares which give out food to the less privileged.

She serves as a member on the board of various charities. To mention a few: Sarah Adebisi Sosan Foundation (SAS), Go-Forte, an Environmental Foundation and Federal Nigeria Society for the Blind. She is currently the President of the Nigerian Girl Guides Association.

Her quest for acquiring knowledge, capacity building and personal development has led her to attend various conferences and seminars within the country and outside the country.

In recognition of her contributions to humanity, she was honoured by His Holiness, Pope Benedict the XVI. She is also a recipient of several other local and international awards.

Dame Abimbola Emmanuella Fashola is a devoted wife and mother. 

In the past 10 years, I have been privileged to have led the team at L.E.A.R.N. During this period, we have successfully implemented several programmes and projects aimed at educating, enlightening, and empowering young people.

The L.E.A.R.N project has been quite fulfilling for me and all others because the feedback we have received from the young people we work with, as well as from our partners, indicate that we have done reasonably well in meeting the objectives set out at the beginning.

That suggests to me that there is more work to be done as we do not intend to rest on our oars or be carried away by our little successes. We are determined sustain the momentum of existing programmes and also break new grounds. We are committed to doing more to reach more young people and have greater impact on their lives.

This is where you come in as our potential partner, sponsor, or donor.

This publication chronicles the various initiatives that we have embarked upon in the last 10 years. It also identifies areas of possible collaboration and partnership between us and your esteemed self organisation We need your support, in cash and kind, to go farther in this crusade.

I want to appeal to you to partner with us so that youth engagement and empowerment can continue to be in the front burner in public schools. Please, review the various programmes that we organise and do let me know how you could be part of any of them. Together, we can work together to do much more.

I sincerely look forward to welcoming you into our fold as our distinguished partner.

Thank you.

Abimbola Fashola (Founder, L.E.A.R.N)