Mr Ojok Okello

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Idea: Okere’s Quest to become a sustainable Rural City.

“My father died when I was a toddler, I didn’t get to know my father as a child, so I went back to his village to connect with my ancestors. By the time I had gone back home I was equipped with a master’s degree in development management from the prestigious London School of economics. I had also Trained in rural development at Makerere university…. I just wanted to see home. But when I went back home, the home wasn’t a bed of roses.

I then set out to bring my village back from the ashes and turn it into a city”

Biography :

Mr Ojok has worked on several development initiatives that contributed towards the post-conflict reconstruction of Northern Uganda with organizations such as War Child UK and Volunteer Efforts for Development Concern (VEDCO).

He managed governance projects at the Uganda and South Sudan Officer of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, a German political foundation. In 2018, he co-founded RISE-UP, an urban refugees economic empowerment initiative that specializes in African fashions. In 2019, he founded Okere City, an ambitious integrated rural development project on a journey to build a sustainable city in my remote and rural village in Otuke District, Northern Uganda.

He is also an Ashoka Visionary Fellow, PfAL Fellow at LSE and an alumnus of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) in East Africa.

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