A Champion for Change: Celebrating Yemisi Jenkins MBE’s AfBC Top 100 Nomination

By Duchess Magazine

From Civil Servant to Chair of British Nigeria Safeguarding Consortium and now, a nomination for the prestigious African Business Chamber (AfBC) Top 100. Oluwayemisi Jenkins MBE, GMBPsS, is the force behind many impressive accolades in the UK’s African business community.

From being the immediate past president of the Association of British Nigerian Law Enforcement officers (ABLE) to her position as Global Coordinator for Friends of Eti-Oni, she has left her mark in various fields. Her passion for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable people is evident in her role as the National Community Engagement Lead for Nigeria in the Home Office Immigration Enforcement.

In a world where the achievements of black women often go uncelebrated, Yemisi Jenkins Lewis is a shining example of excellence. With over 20 years of experience in the civil service, Yemisi has made significant contributions to UK public service, earning her a well-deserved appointment to The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by HRH Charles, Prince of Wales. This woman behind many accolades is a trailblazer and a true champion for change.

Born in Nigeria, Yemisi’s passion for community service was ignited at a young age. Her love for people led her to study General and Applied Psychology at the University of Jos, where she learned the importance of empathy, compassion, and understanding.

Yemisi’s impressive list of accomplishments includes being the brain behind the British-Nigerian Safeguarding Consortium and its current Chair. She is also the Global Coordinator for Friends of Eti-Oni, a registered UK charity promoting Nigerian cocoa and raising awareness on the plight of cocoa farmers in Nigeria and Africa. As a founding member and Board Member of the African Security Forum, Yemisi has helped shape the conversation around African security issues. She is also the Vice Chair of British Africans in Government (BIG), a registered UK Civil Service Network, which she played an instrumental role in establishing.

Currently, Yemisi is the National Community Engagement Lead for Nigeria in the Home Office Immigration Enforcement. She is also a trained Mental First Aider Trainer and a vulnerability champion in the Home Office. In her spare time, Yemisi enjoys mentoring young African men and women, promoting their well-being and success.

But these accomplishments are just the tip of the iceberg. Yemisi has received numerous awards for her contributions, including the Home Office Equality Diversity and Inclusion Advisor of the year award in 2014, the Award of Excellence from the Nigeria Customs Service in 2011, an honorary award from the Nigerian High Commission in 2015, and the Meritorious Service to the Nigerian Community UK Award from Dr Dalhatu Tafida, the Nigerian High Commissioner in 2014. She was also recognized by the Nigerian Community Oxfordshire with the Achievers Award in 2017.

Yemisi’s dedication to serving her community and creating positive change is both inspiring and impactful. She is truly a role model for young black women everywhere. Her accomplishments serve as a reminder that with hard work, determination, and a deep passion for helping others, anything is possible.

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Joseph Omoniyi

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