A gentle giant, a quiet spirit, a role model - Godwin Bolaji Owolabi has excelled in the ag-related aspects of his life in addition to his academic accomplishments, religious involvements and community service.
Throughout the course of the last seven years, Bolaji (as he is affectionately known) has continued to display his understanding of Extension objectives by taking advantage of the programs, projects, activities and other ag-related opportunities designed for youth life skills development, STEM focus, civic engagement and healthy living. While in secondary school, he has participated consistently in the Youth Scholar Bowl held at the Annual Farmers Conference, the youth development activities at the PAWC (Professional Agricultural Workers Conference), the Jr. MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) Conference and Leadership Institutes, the Annual Goat Showmanship Competitions, the Career Expo, the Water Festival, impromptu speaking competitions, annual science fairs and more, sponsored by the Tuskegee University Cooperative Extension Program (TUCEP).
Bolaji learned at an early age, the importance of involving himself in a variety of activities through diverse agencies. He has participated in the Junior Master Gardener Program, Citizen Washington Focus, the East Alabama Workers Investment Program as a volunteer/facilitator, the State Competitive Events Day, the Mid-Winter Teen Leadership Retreats, the Macon County Safety Day, several archery events and much more sponsored by the Macon County 4-H program where he serves on the Youth Council. Most recently, for his participation in Alabama’s livestock industry, he received a scholarship from the Poarch Band of Creek Indians at the Southeastern Livestock Expo Rodeo.
Recognizing that positive academic performance is essential in youth development, Bolaji maintains a 3.6 grade point average, is a member of the National Honor Society and the Golden Eagle Football Team where he received The Offensive Lineman Most Valuable Player Award his junior year and captain during his senior year at Booker T. Washington High School in Tuskegee, Alabama. He has volunteered at the Central Alabama Veterans Healthcare facility working in the orthopedic therapy department and participated in the Tuskegee University Bridge Builders Academy Program on a project to improve water filtration. He has learned his keen sense of business acumen by working in his father’s local business after school and on weekends.
Bolaji is a member of Washington Chapel A.M.E. Church in Tuskegee where he is a leader in the Drama Ministry, Sunday School, the Youth Choir, the Junior Usher Board and the Young Peoples Department (YPD). He has received recognitions for his essay presentations to the Sons of Allen, the Sunday School Conventions, the YPD Conferences and the Annual Youth Awards Day.
This very determined young man has been accepted at Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, where he will enter in the fall 2021, to major in Engineering. His proud parents are Abigail Owolabi and Folorunsho Owolabi. Bolaji’s presence, participation, mentorship, Extension and academic achievements are noteworthy as we highlight him as the “Macon County Teen Making His Mark.” The best is yet to come!!!
-Janet T. Sullen, Language, Art and Science Connections Director, TUCEP/CAENS