About Gbenga

Gbenga Awomodu is an Editorial Assistant at BellaNaija.com, Africa’s foremost fashion, entertainment and lifestyle website where he interviews exceptional young entrepreneurs, innovators, and leaders, and writes random insightful and enlightening pieces for the Inspired!, Career, and Music columns of the website. A recent graduate of Chemical Engineering from the University of Lagos, He loves to read, write, sing, play the piano, and score music for the choir. As a freelance writer and editor, Gbenga cut his teeth as a beneficiary of the Youth Skills Development Programme at Action Health Incorporated in 2005, while fresh from C.M.S. Grammar School, Lagos in 2004, where he had been Senior Prefect and JETS Club President. He started contributing to AHI’s Growing Up, a quarterly newsletter, and edited reports and other official documents. He facilitated health education training sessions and group discussions for young people at the AHI youth-friendly centre, worked on a team including senior programme officers to develop resource materials for adolescent reproductive health education, and made inputs into the programme design and implementation of youth health and development activities. He also represented the organisation as the only young panelist on a live national radio discussion organised by the National Population Commission (2005) and at the International Conference on AIDS & STIs in Africa (ICASA 2005), both in Abuja. In June 2007, he assessed sixteen partner organisations in four Northern States – Nasarawa, Bauchi, Borno and Kaduna – working on the David & Lucille Packard Foundation sponsored Expanded Access to Sexuality Education (EASE) Project in North-Eastern Nigeria. He multitasked, interviewing principal officers, staff and beneficiaries, taking snapshots, writing a story on each organisation visited, amongst other related tasks. He is a graduate of the LEAP Africa Integrity Institute (2006). In May 2010, he participated in the British Council Community Radio Mini–documentary Training. In the same month, during the series of weekends as a participant in The Future Project Young Writers Network Writing Programme (April-June 2010) organised by REDSTRAT Communications, with a passion to influence the society through the power of words and pictures, he started Gbenga’s Notebook (formerly Egbe’s Diary) [https://gbengaawomodu.wordpress.com], a repository of his thoughts and other works. A former Music Director (2007-2009) and Editorial Secretary (2009-2010) of the Lagos Varsity Christian Union, Gbenga believes that the change we want to see in Nigeria starts with each individual, then each family unit. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.


19 thoughts on “About Gbenga”

  1. hi gbenga, If you like the traditional Xmas classics, I’d love you to listen to the version of “O Holy Night” I just recorded.
    It’s a free MP3 download. Let me know what you think & Enjoy your holidays.

  2. Very impressive. I read Chemical engineering too but I didn’t follow my heart on music and writing the way you have. Nice blog. K

    • Hi K (a.k.a mybusinessaddiction) Thanks for visiting, and the compliments too. I just checked out your blog and I find the content quite interesting. I also think the theme is pretty cool too! Glad to meet you and hope to learn more about how you manage career, parenting, husband and work o!!! 🙂

  3. i have just come back from ASA concert at the barbican london, today the 4th of April 201 and must say she a star and she knows it .To sum up the concert, i was happy i went and the wait was worth while, the concert was sold out so i had to wait for any cancellation.
    She played songs mostly from her new album beautiful Imprefection and it helped that i knew all the songs as i got a copy on falomo bridge on my last visit to Lagos in January
    Her second to the last song was bamidele which frankly i didnt know though when i texted my sister i was at the concert she told me about ‘bamidele’ and all i can say that song is POWERFUL!! , its a song that gives goose pimples !!! Naija has an angel in ASA she is naija’s own lauryn hill .God Bless ASA and her gift can’t wait for seun Kuti on his africa soul rebel tour starting 13th April at the royal festival hall i am currenlty listening to his from africa with fury his new joint with egypt 80 .Gbenga i too went to CMS grammar school UP School UP boys .If you get a chance hit my blog above Peace i was at grama when the music master was there baba mose, td teacher Mr Oke and Maths teacher Mr Dada the late Mr Olowu was principal when i was there Mr Idebi was boading house master Good old days

  4. Faith Okolo said:

    Beautiful journey so far,wish you the very best.

  5. Hello Gbenga, nice blog you have here. I will like to inform you of a literary cafe event coming up on the 21st of june. Geraldine Iheme of the Big Brother Africa is the guest writer and she will be reading her book, disfigured emotions. For more details, check http://www.ideologyera.blogspot.com

  6. oluwatosin ojo said:

    I never knew you were this into writing,i was more into poems some 10yrs back but a
    have lost it big time.Really happy for you ooo. chao!!
    am always up to date since i checked into dis blog.
    i’m really impressed and happy you from LVCU.

    tosin fyb treasurer.

  7. onyeanu godgift said:

    i’m so proud of u, dude…nisi dominus fustra!

  8. onyeanu godgift said:

    so proud of u dude!

  9. i knew it, i know you are destined to be great, since when we were very young, i know you will be outstanding. Your time is here Gbenga, this award is yours already and i say Congratulations, i am very happy. Cheers.

  10. What an inspiring blog, dude 😀

  11. Very nice blog, Just stumbled on it while searching for how to contact Chidinma (winner of the previous project fame). Read just the About Gbenga part but I must say am impressed and cant wait to read more. Al the best!!!

  12. good job

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