Champions are very often made from the rubble. Raphael Olufisayo Champion (ROC) Akomolede is a proud champion from the rubble. Born on February 6th, he is Africa’s Youngest Leadership Blogger (2015/16), an Author (LEONARD Leads), a Public Speaker, Leadership Coach, Gospel Rapper. He’s also Chief Executive, Champions’ Meal – a multi-faceted Virtual Leadership Organisation (aka VirLO – www.championsmeal.com).
At age 17, he began learning leadership, when many lived leisurely. Today, studying leadership (and sharing deep reflections on it) is his undying passion, and he exhibits this wherever he is. This has resulted in him setting standards in various places, and is evident by numerous endorsements. Of some are:
- Marsha Wright – TV Business Expert at BBC, Author of #1 Bestselling Book – Secret Collaborative Economy and #1 Authority on Strategic Alliances endorsed ROC as a ‘Social Writer to Watch’ and ‘Thriving Person to Follow ASAP’.
- “Fisayo, we commend your passion for writing.” Kingsley Okeke (Editor, African Leadership Magazine, UK).
- “Raphael, you’re doing something wonderful at such a young age.” Richard (Radio Presenter/Broadcaster, TVC).
- “I’ve interviewed many young people, but none your age and older have been this passionate about leadership.” Bukunmi Ariyo (TVC/On The Street).
- “Raphael, it’s a wonderful thing you’re doing. We love to see young people making great strides.” Nigerian Leadership Institute (NLI)
- “Your quotes inspire me.” Debby Felix (Model and Writer).
- “Fisayo, you are a man with a mission.” Dianne (LinkedIn).
ROC has written many articles bothering on youth-leadership – the need for youths to embrace leadership qualities. He has also spoken along the same line on a number of popular television programs, such as On The Street (TVC) and Rubbin’ Minds (Channels TV).
He belongs to a number of leadership groups, such as Inspirational Leadership, Management and Engagement group (LinkedIn), TIG (Taking It Global), African Youth Fellowship, Agents of Change (both under TIG) etc., where he raises and comments on discussions relating to all things leadership. However, besides his membership in leadership groups, he decided to hone his writing skills. For this cause, he became active in poetry and joined poetry groups and competitions online. ‘Poetry Online Nigeria’ and ‘Writers Cafe’ were two poetry portals his poems were applauded the most. On Poetry Online Nigeria especially, a particular poem of mine (Penury: A Dogging Nuisance) gained over 19,000 likes. His poems were loved majorly for their general application for anybody at all. This was another exhibition of leadership.
Another poetry group of his that helped skyrocket my influence online, was that on LinkedIn. He recalled when he newly joined LinkedIn and the poetry group – United Poets, late ‘13, he raised his first discussion in that group. Within 24 hours, it generated over 70 comments. With this, he became a Top Contributor in the group for the first time and subsequently. The second time he raised a discussion in that same group, a Top Contributor in the group as well, not only addressed my topic, but also commended his brilliance, commenting that she herself had raised a similar discussion.
Furthermore, he believes it’s clear that in this technology era, one place to gain rapid influence is online, the major platform being blogging. However, unlike most blogs either for on music, celebrity news, fashion, gossip, football etc., ROC decided at age 17 to create a leadership blog – Champions’ Meal. Here, he shares what he styles “The Winner’s Inner Stuffer”. In less than two years, Champions’ Meal inspired over 5,000 people to live extraordinary lives. Its versatility in various ways has made it different from other Nigerian leadership blogs.
In 2015, ROC expanded Champions’ Meal beyond blogging and it became a Virtual Leadership Organization involved in leadership training, publishing, graphic design etc. However, the blog still remained, now as Champions’ Meal Blog (CMB). Today, it is positioned as ‘Nigeria’s Most Dynamic Leadership Blog’.
Besides blogging, he decided to creatively carve out his own leadership picture quotes, which he posts daily online as ‘Leadership Quote Today’. This was another avenue to build leadership traits in people, by motivating them each day. This again brought commendations and appreciations. Many times, he got comments from people telling him how helpful his quotes were. It didn’t halt there. All of a sudden, he noticed he had more international connections than ever before, especially from VIPs, even more than his Nigerian and African counterparts. VIPs like Glen Gilmore (Forbes Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers and TIME Man of Action), Lolly Daskal (global Speaker, Columnist, Leader – coach), Marsha Wright (TV Business Expert at BBC, Author of #1 Bestselling Book – Secret Collaborative Economy and #1 Authority on Strategic Alliances – as she’s called), just to mention a few.
- Segun Oloketuyi (MD WEMA Bank Plc.), who was the Chairman of The Day
- (Dr.) ‘Tonye Amaso (Presiding Apostle, Firebrand Assembly Church Int.), who was the Father of The Day
- Shyngle Wigwe (Fmr. Director General NTA and an anointed Man of God) and his lovely wife Mrs. Stella Wigwe, who were Grandparents of The Day
- Femi Falana (SAN), a Special Guest of Honour
- Bala Yesufu (Director Cadbury Plc.), a Special Guest of Honour
- Kola Olayinka (British Airways West Africa), a Special Guest of Honour
To mention a few. Both The Nation Newspaper and Leadership Newspaper were there to cover the event, which stories were later published in both print newspapers.
‘LEONARD’ is an acronym of the 7 Tools for Leadership. The book encourages young people to embrace leadership principles as early as junior secondary school level. It’s downloadable on www.championsmeal.com/book.
There’s yet another very important aspect of his life, without which this will be incomplete. He’s a gospel rapper/singer in a 4-man group – the MKC (My Kingdom Come) Khidz. His and his three siblings run the group. With several songs in the works, they released their first (Christmas) Single December ‘14 titled “Party Time” and produced by Nigeria’s ace gospel music producer, Wole Oni. It was massively promoted both online and offline, home and abroad, with good airplay on radio stations. In addition, on December 22 and 26, 2014, they ministered at two great Christmas Carols in Dubai – RCCG GAP (Grace Assembly Parish) and RCCG Maranatha Parish. The acceptance was amazing. Now back home (Nigeria), they are working on their next single.
We hope ROC’s story made a positive impact on you. Want ROC to be a guest speaker at an occasion, a guest on a show or give advice you? Feel free to contact him via any of the following:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Facebook: ROC LEONARD
LinkedIn: Raphael Akomolede
Be rest assured ROC will respond. Personal messages will be kept confidential.