The Special Foundation is a privately funded social impact organization focused on building Africa’s next set of Leaders by refining their minds through education. We seek to achieve this by empowering less privileged, gifted African Children through education, mentorship and leadership opportunities.

The foundation was created by Seyi Akinwale through his vision to improve the quality of leadership in all spheres of governance in Africa and ensure the creation of a platform where more young people can maximize their potential by gaining access to education.

Our Vision

“Making dreams come true”

We dream of an Africa where more young people have access to an education and the essential tools that provides them with a foundation to be positive change agents to their respective communities, the African continent and the World.

Our Mission

To improve the quality of leadership in Africa by providing a platform where less privileged and highly talented children can be equipped with an education, mentoring and leadership training to bring about a positive influence to their world.

Special Youth Foundation

Our 2020 Target


Africans directly and indirectly impacted by the Foundation


African students given access to education through scholarships every year


African students on our mentorship program


African students sponsored through the Summer School programs

Meet the founder

Seyi Akinwale

Seyi Akinwale has extensive experience originating, developing and executing infrastructure related projects in Sub Saharan Africa. He has corporate experience leading the finance teams in Sub-Sahara Africa currently at GE Capital and previously at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), and is passionate about the Infrastructural development of developing economies.

His understanding of the key role education plays in the development of nations has led to the decision to set up the Foundation to provide a platform to improve the quality of leadership in Africa by increasing access to education for less privileged children.

…Every Child is SPECIAL, if only we can present them with a chance to demonstrate their unique abilities.

Our footprint

Through cooperation agreements with State and local governments, missionary societies and schools, we currently sponsor children across Nigeria with the vision to move to other African Countries over the next year. We have an operating office in Lagos which coordinates all our activities.

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