Seyi Oluyole is a graduate of English and Literary studies from the Covenant University. A social entrepreneur and an advocate for quality education for all, especially young boys and girls from marginalized communities in South-West Nigeria. She founded Dream Catchers Academy in 2014, working in collaboration with the Dream Nurture Initiative, in response to the increasing number of out of school children in Nigeria.
The vision behind the Dream Catchers Academy, a project of Dream Nurture Initiative set up by Seyi Oluyole is to ensure that children have access to quality education through formal education, sustainable education, leadership skills and arts education.
Her Dream Catchers Academy project has gotten international attention from celebrities like Beyonce, Naomi Campbell, Rihanna, Diddy, Cardi B, John Boyega; to mention a few.
In 2018, She was selected as one of the 20 Outlook Inspirations for the year. Herself alongside her students, received a recognition plaque from the then Lagos state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode after performing for him and other dignitaries at a Government function. In line with her belief that every child deserves an opportunity to succeed irrespective of their background; Ms. Oluyole is a recipient of awards from the Nigerian Child Initiative (2018).
Ms. Oluyole is also a writer, filmmaker and dance choreographer.
She was also featured on the August edition of InStyle Magazine ‘BadAss women’ As top 50 BadAss women to look out for in 2020. She was born and bred in Lagos.
Ms. Oluyole is a creative who is experienced in public speaking, communication and social media management and she has used this skill in championing issues of social change. She has used these skills to build a followership of over 200,000 on Instagram and over 4,000 likes on Facebook.
In May 2022, Ms. Oluyole along with her organization – Dream Catchers Academy partnered with Global Citizens #WECANPERIOD PROJECT ON PERIOD POVERTY strengthening of menstrual and sexual health orientation and education in secondary schools in Nigeria, scaling up of interventions to dismantle negative social stigma around menstruation, providing sanitary materials to enable girls bleed safer and promoting male allyship.
In March 2022, Ms. Oluyole was a speaker on ‘Empowerment of Adolescent Girls’.
In October 2022, Ms. Oluyole published her first book – a memoir detailing her experience in an abusive relationship.
As a dance artist, She received ‘The Lord Achievers’ Special recognition award in 2022, for making an impact through dance and received the ‘Qdance Company’ recognition award in honor of her contribution to the development of dance in Nigeria.
As a filmmaker, she creates short films that talk about the plight of impoverished and street kids using mostly the kids in her academy as her actors. Her first ShortShort film ‘Gbera’ won the Eko International Film Festival and was also nominated at Afriff in 2018.
Having conquered the local scene, she has been internationally recognized and alongside her kids, been featured on CNN African Voices Change Makers series, BBC, Aljazeera, Yahoo News, and ET Canada. She was featured by UNICEF for their youth project tagged ‘Naija Youth Talk’ and also served as a resource personnel for UNICEF with two of the Kids from her foundation for their project tagged ‘Girls 4 Girls’ conference in 2019. She was nominated for The Future Awards Africa 2019 in the education category and won The D & KSuomi Humanitarian award in the same year.