Anuoluwapo Akinola has over ten years experience working with young children, and creating awareness on the importance of Early Childhood Education. Currently, she is the Centre Director and Founder of Xtraokids Childcare Centres, where she leads a team providing custodial care and educational services to children under five years old, and spearheads the pop-up creche – an off-site centre, which supports women participating in professional, religious or social events by providing mobile day care services to them. Anuoluwapo volunteers her time by engaging children in her community during summer in various life skills.
She is a facilitator, training childcare givers with skills necessary for working with young children. She also works as an Educational Consultant and Early Childhood Specialist, helping with the establishment and setup of Early Childhood Centres in Nigeria. Kitted with the gift of interior design, she loves to design beautiful child-friendly spaces for young children. She was awarded the Mandela Washington Fellowship by the US government, under the Young African Leader Initiative (YALI).