Gbenga Sesan

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'Gbenga Sesan (born 27 July 1977) is a social entrepreneur who delivers Information and communications technology to the under served.[1] He has had a career in the application of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) – for individuals, institutions, nation-states, regional entities and the international community.

'Gbenga Sesan
Born Oluwagbenga Olabisi Sesan
Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Other names Olabisi
Alma mater Obafemi Awolowo University
Occupation Social Entrepreneur
Known for ICT For Development, ICT Policy, Capacity Building


Sesan (born Oluwagbenga Olabisi Sesan on July 27, 1977) is the Executive Director of Paradigm Initiative.[2] Originally trained as an Electronic and Electrical Engineer at Obafemi Awolowo University.[3] Sesan 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.


Sesan is a former member of the United Nations Committee of eLeaders on Youth and ICT.[4]

He is a CyberStewards Fellow,[5] Crans Montana Forum Fellow,[6] Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, Ashoka Fellow,[7][8] Our Common Future and Cordes Fellow.[9]

Sesan served as a member of the Presidential committees on Harmonization of Information Technology, Telecommunications and Broadcasting Sectors (2006),[10] and Roadmap for the Achievement of Accelerated Universal Broadband Infrastructure and Services Provision (2013),[11]

In 2016, Gbenga revealed that at the end of 2017, he would hand over his role as CEO to someone else to pursue policy.[12]


Sesan has written five books and numerous published works.

“Wh@t’s Next? The Future of the Information Society - A Youth Perspective” was edited by Youth for Intergenerational Justice and Sustainability, and TakingITGlobal. Featuring young authors from every continent, the book describes what young people are doing with ICT, and attempts to describe the direction of the Information Society.

Sesan also contributed towards the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa's “Africa Networking: Development Information, ICTs and Governance[13]”. He wrote the chapter titled, "African Youth in the Information Society".

In November 2005, Sesan completed editorial work on “Global Process, Local Reality: Nigerian Youth Lead Action in the Information Society[14]”, which was presented at the World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis.

"ICTs for Development: The Challenges of Meeting the Millennium Development Goals in Africa"[15] was published by Nigerian Communications Commission/Growing Businesses Foundation/Club of Rome in September 2006 and featured a chapter on "Telecentres in Nigeria" by Sesan.

He completed work on his first attempt at an autobiography, In My Own Words,[16] in 2009 and it was published by London-based Imprimata Publishers.

Some of his published works include Digital Lifestyle of Connected Nigerians,[17] Echoes From Ajegunle: Stories of Transformed Lives, From Small Steps to Giant Leap[18], ICTs for Development: A Social Entrepreneur’s Perspective[19], Changing Ajegunle, 25 Youths at a time[20] and Social Enterprise in Africa: An Emerging Concept in an Emerging Economy[21]


Sesan married Temilade Sesan in 2009.[22][23][24][25] His son 'Ladi Sesan was born in 2015.

Honours and awards[edit]

  • 2001 ITU African Youth Fellowship award
  • 2002 Journalists’ Frontier of Technology in Nigeria award
  • 2002 JCI Ten Outstanding Great Ife Alumni (TOGA) award
  • 2003 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons (TOYP) in Nigeria award
  • 2004 NiPRO Excellence in Information Technology award
  • 2005 Stockholm Challenge Champion honour
  • 2006 The Future Best Use of Technology award
  • 2006 OndoState Sunshine award
  • 2006 International Telecommunications Union(ITU) YES Scholarship award
  • 2007 The Future Youth Advocacy award
  • 2007 Nigerian Youth Leadership award
  • 2008 FGC Idoani Alumni award
  • 2008 OAU Ife EEESS Distinguished Alumni award
  • 2009 National Youth Merit award
  • 2009 OAU Distinguished Alumni award
  • 2010 Our Common Future Fellowship award
  • 2010 Crans Montana Forum of New Leaders Fellowship award
  • 2010 SantaClara University GSBI Fellowship
  • 2011 Cordes Fellowship
  • 2012 Listed by CNN as one of the 10 Leading African Tech Voices on Twitter[26]
  • 2012 Listed by Ventures Africa as one of 40 African Legends Under 40[27]
  • 2013 BusinessDay 40Under40 list
  • 2014 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2014[28]


  1. ^ "Gbenga Sesan: Connecting a Million". Retrieved 2017-03-14. 
  2. ^ 'Gbenga Sesan, Executive Director, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria
  3. ^ Sesan, 'Gbenga (2009). "OAU honors Ndukwe with honorary Doctor of Technology". Vanguard. Nigeria. Retrieved 1 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Project TIG". TIG Web. Talking IT Global. 2001. 
  5. ^ CyberStewards Member, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria
  6. ^ "2010 New Leaders For Tomorrow". Crans Montana. crans Montana. 2010. Retrieved 2010. Extraordinary Crans Montana Forum  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  7. ^ "Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow". African Leadership Institute. African Leadership Institute. 2007. Retrieved 2014. 2007 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ "Ashoka Fellow". Ashoka. Ashoka. 2008. Retrieved 2015. ASHOKA INNOVATORS FOR THE PUBLIC  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ "Our Common Future and Cordes Fellow". Our Common Future. Our Common Future. Retrieved 2010. Common Future and Cordes  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  10. ^ "Nigeria - FG Moves to Restructure Telecom Sector". Siemens. Retrieved 2006. Siemens  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  11. ^ "Meet Nigeria's broadband road map cartographers". Bunmi Adeniyi. 2012. Retrieved 2015. Technology Times  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  12. ^ "We (Nigerian Youth) are a generation of excuse givers -- Gbenga Sesan, founder PIN". Retrieved 2017-03-09. 
  13. ^ Sesan, 'Gbenga (2004). African Youth in the Information Society in Africa Networking: Development Information, ICTs and Governance (with Mihyo, P.). Addis Ababa, Ethiopia: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. pp. 125–139. ISBN 978-90-5727-052-9. 
  14. ^ Sesan, 'Gbenga (2005). Global Process, Local Reality: Nigerian Youth Lead Action in the Information Society. Lagos, Nigeria: Paradigm Initiative Nigeria. ISBN 978-068-094-2. 
  15. ^ Sesan, 'Gbenga (2006). Telecenters in Nigeria. Abuja, Nigeria: Nigerian Communications Commission/Growing Businesses Foundation/Club of Rome. pp. 263–272. ISBN 978-070-671-2. 
  16. ^ Sesan, 'Gbenga (2009). In My Own Words. London: Imprimata. ISBN 978-1-906192-33-4. 
  17. ^ Sesan, 'Gbenga (2010). Anthology of Abstracts of the 3rd International Conference on ICT for Africa. Yaoundé, Cameroon: International Center for IT and Development. 
  18. ^ Sesan, 'Gbenga (February 2010). "From Small Steps to Giant Leaps: Putting Research into Practice". Engineers Without Borders (UK) National Research Conference 2010 Journal: 106–108. 
  19. ^ Sesan, 'Gbenga (February 2009). "The Social Dimensions of Engineering Research". Engineers Without Borders (UK) National Research Conference 2009 Journal: 243–249. 
  20. ^ Sesan, 'Gbenga; Nwosu, U. (December 2007). " Changing Ajegunle, 25 Youths at a time". Telecentre Magazine. 1. 1: 41–42. 
  21. ^ Sesan, 'Gbenga (October 2006). "Educational Research and Reviews". International NGO Journal. 1. 1: 4–8. 
  22. ^ "Temilade and 'Gbenga". T & G. ‘Gbenga Sesan. 2009. Retrieved 2015. Temi and ‘Gbenga  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  23. ^ "Nottingham University eTheses". Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  24. ^ "Dr. Temilade Sesan". Centre For Petroleum Energy Economics & law (CPEEL) University Of Ibadan. CPEEL. 2014. Retrieved 2015. CPEEL  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  25. ^ "Wedding Website". Retrieved 27 September 2012. 
  26. ^ "10 African tech voices to follow on Twitter". CNN. CNN. 2012. Retrieved 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  27. ^ "FORTY-FORTY: A COMPENDIUM OF YOUNG AFRICAN LEGENDS". Ventures Africa. Ventures Africa. 2012. Retrieved 2015.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  28. ^ Schwab (2014). "The Social Entrepreneurs Year 2014". Schwab Foundation. Schwab Foundation. Retrieved 2014. Schwab Foundation  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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