Funmi started her education in a nursery school in Ibadan, then proceeded to Christ Church School II Mapo Ibadan for her primary education from 1972 to 1978. She attended Egbado College Ilaro for her secondary education from 1978 to 1983, Comprehensive High School Ayetoro from 1983 to 1984. Thereafter, she proceeded to Oyo State College of Arts and Science (OSCAS) from 1985 to 1986 for ‘A’ Levels.
Funmi got admission into University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife) in 1986 and graduated with a Bachelors’ Degree in Agriculture (Plant Science) in 1992. She has a Masters’ degree in Global Human Resources from the University of Liverpool, United Kingdom and currently studying for her Doctor of Philosophy in Organizational and Human Developmentfrom the Atlantic International University, Hawaii USA.
Funmi is a Human Resource and Organizational development practitioner, a full member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (MCIPM) and a member of the Society for Human Resource Management, USA. Funmi has extensive work experience in different sectors across Pharmaceutical, Charity, Accounting, Information, Communication and Technology, and development sector. Having worked with organizations like Fidson Healthcare, Tidy Bond UK, her track record has proven prowess for facilitating organizational effectiveness.
She is presently the Director Organizational Effectiveness ActionAid Nigeria; and was the Human Resources Business Partner covering 9 countries in East and West Africa for ActionAid International. Her contributions to the development sector in the area of people and
organizational development is widely recognized and acclaimed in many nations of the world. Funmi sits on the Board of Widows and Orphans Empowerment Organization as the Board Chairperson and is the Secretary of the Board Governance and Development committee of ActionAid Nigeria.
Funmi was recognized by the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Victory House London, for a Diligence and Commitment award of the year in 2003; Long service award by ActionAid Nigeria in recognition of her solidarity with the poor and excluded in 2014; Award of Excellence presented by National Association of Crop Production and Protection Students of the Faculty of Agriculture in Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife in recognition of her meritorious contribution to the Department of Crop Production and Protection in 2019. 10 years Long service award by ActionAid Nigeria in recognition of her solidarity with the poor and excluded in 2019. “It is wisdom to sit down and think of a solution to your challenges as the other person might not see it the way you do.”
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Funmi has experience in coordinating several strategic planning, organizational redesign, policy formulation and security management in several countries in Europe, East and West Africa. She has experience leading organizational restructuring, designing change management for improved corporate performance and capacity building of small, medium enterprises and large organizations. Funmi is well versed in building capacity of the governance structure of Boards and leadership of organizations. Funmi is an expert in developing effective performance management systems that ensures reward equity and motivation of staff; she is also adept at facilitating team building activities for effective organizational performance.
Out of the Depths Funmilayo Oyefusi’s book, Out of the Depths is a fiction-styled autobiography that chronicles an aspect of her life, that highlights how she rose above the challenges she was faced with after losing her husband barely 34 months after the wedding. The relocation, breaking glass ceilings and drastic decisions were a mix of emotions of how she struggled through the ups and downs of life. The book is written to encourage anyone going through life challenges that they can come out of the depths by discovering the strength and courage to forge ahead. It will be launched in May 2021. Read Excerpts from the Book “Out of the Depths”
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Out of the Depths
Funmilayo Oyefusi’s book, Out of the Depths is a fiction-styled autobiography that chronicles an aspect of her life, that highlights how she rose above the challenges she was faced with after losing her husband barely 34 months after the wedding. The relocation, breaking glass ceilings and drastic decisions were a mix of emotions of how she struggled through the ups and downs of life. The book is written to encourage anyone going through life challenges that they can come out of the depths by discovering the strength and courage to forge ahead. It will be launched in May 2021. Excerpts from the Book “Out of the Depths” I looked forward to going back to school with a bit of excitement and apprehension, but I was not sure of what to expect or how I would cope with studies and work at the same time in a strange land. A month after I settled in, I received a call from immigrations. ‘Ma’am, we noticed that you changed your course of study to Management Studies as against Business Administration that you earlier filled.’ My heart raced, ‘Oh, I …I’ I stammered as I tried to put words together. ‘Yes I changed it with the support of the university, I found that it suited my objectives better.’ ‘In that case you need to come over to our office. What you did is against the UK’s immigration laws and may be punishable by retrieving your visa and deporting you.’ The man’s voice sounded like he was struggling to control himself. I sighed deeply and looked up to the ceiling, ‘Okay I would come to your office this morning.’ ‘Thank you, ma’am.’ I immediately called Nneka, Deola and Fred to ask for advice on what to do. Fred had remained a strong support since he learnt of Fola’s demise. He continued to be there for the children andI. Deola too was a friend who had been supportive since Fola died. He was very helpful all through the process of relocation. He always kept in touch and paid me and the children visits. ‘Hmmm, you need to get an immigration lawyer to act for you. Those people can be mean o.’ Nneka said angrily. ‘This course, that course, no be the same school?’ She asked, kissing her teeth. ‘Kemi, just try to be calm. Everything will work out well and yes, it’s true that you will need an immigration lawyer.’ Deola confirmed. ‘That person would be in the best position to speak as your advocate.’ It did not take me time to get an immigration lawyer. Mr Wilkins came highly recommended, and I kept tabs on him to follow up with immigrations. They were bent on sending me back to Nigeria for changing my course of study without informing them. It took two harrowing weeks to clear my name. On some days I would sit with Jide and his wife and just cry my eyes out.
- The ability to change your life is in you, discover that grit.
- Success is not by luck, it is a result of your preparation and taking advantage of the opportunities before you.
- Raising children to be self-sufficient, contented and a lover of themselves is the greatest gift we can give to our children.
- It is wisdom to sit down and think of a solution to your challenges as the other person might not see it the way you do.
Talk to Funmi
Funmi will like to communicate with you and can be reached by filling out the form below or sending her an email via email@example.com
You can also catch up with her at the following engagements that will be coming up in 2021:
- 1. Book Launch – May 2021
- 2. Book Reading event – To be announced
- 3. Speaking engagements – To be announced