Oluwatoyin Onigbanjo: Transforming Child Nutrition in West Africa

By Duchess Magazine

On a mission to combat malnutrition among African children with traditional, tasty, and natural cereals, Oluwatoyin Onigbanjo is recreating hope for children’s nutrition. Founder of August Secrets, a revolutionary child nutrition company, Oluwatoyin’s story is not just about business success but also about power of passion, innovation, and dedication to a cause.

A woman of many talents, Oluwatoyin is a children’s recipe developer, author, family enthusiast, and gender advocate for women. Her commitment to improving child nutrition has not gone unnoticed. She is the recipient of the prestigious Graca Machel Gender Lens Award for her innovative strides in child nutrition and women empowerment in West Africa.

At the heart of her work is the August Secrets Meal Plan, arguably the best-selling recipe book for children in West Africa. This meal plan has transformed the way families approach children’s nutrition, offering nutritious and affordable food products sourced from African food crops.

Central to August Secrets is its flagship product, Jaden’s Meals, which offers African-inspired, natural cereals for children. Distributed in over 300 stores across Nigeria, Ghana, and Canada, Jaden’s Meals have become a staple in many households, providing a nutritious and delicious option for children.

Oluwatoyin’s journey is marked by academic excellence and practical experience. With a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the University of Lagos and certifications from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and Child Nutrition, she combines academic expertise with practical knowledge to drive change.

Her impact extends beyond business success. Oluwatoyin has been recognized as one of Ynaija’s Most Inspiring Women in 2018, Leading Ladies Africa’s Most Inspiring Women in 2022, and one of Nigeria’s most innovative women entrepreneurs by SME100, among others. Her expertise has been sought after by various media outlets, and she has contributed to academic literature with her published articles and papers.

August Secrets Ltd. has also received accolades, including the Food Safety Award by Royal DSM International in 2018. Oluwatoyin’s commitment to ending hunger and malnutrition is evident in her participation in global panels and programs aimed at accelerating the SDG Goal 2.

Oluwatoyin Onigbanjo is a living proof of the impact that one person can have on a community. Through her dedication to improving child nutrition, she has not only transformed the lives of countless children but also inspired a generation to prioritize health and wellness.

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