Amb. Temitope Omotayo said he is not a politician and he is not seeking political post but he added that he is passionate about Youth Development, Public Relations & Community Organizing so he founded Wazobia Global Network in 2012 in Michigan, United States.
The organization started publishing Wazobia Global Newspaper in 2016 and WGT magazine in 2018. The organization has hosted youth and other community enrichment programs and events around the globe, these include “Community Enrichment Awards” the inaugural one which was held at Kola Restaurant & Ultra Lounge, Farmington Hills, USA in 2014. Diaspora Youth Roundtable which held at London University of Goldsmith, United Kingdom in collaboration with Nigerian Students Society in UK and other organizations. In 2016, Wazobia Global Network UK was also founded.
Wazobia Global Network collaborated with the Yoruba American Community in hosting Community Mothers’ Day Event in the city of Detroit in 2017 and partnered with Chicago State University Global Institute of Sustainable Development and African US today Magazine in hosting ” Pan African Leadership Summit” in 2017.
In 2017, the organization started an annual Scholarship Competition for the youths which provides the platform through which youths contribute to the development of their communities in United States of America and back home.
In 2018, Wazobia Global Media was a media Partner at ” Celebrate the Comforter 2018 held at United Palace, New York and Celebration and Dedication to the International Decade for People of African Descent (2005-2024) and the United Nations for the Eradication of Poverty 2008-2027 hosted by Esther Ajayi Foundation in partnership with white garment Churches and Moses Orimolade University at United Nations in 2019.
In 2020, Wazobia Global Media hosted True Worship Explosion 2020 with over 15 top ministers of the gospel from different parts of the world in attendance via zoom just to mention a few.
Amb.Temitope Omotayo has always made himself available to serve others, he was made a class captain for three consecutive years during his high School days at Baptist Secondary School, Oke Ado Ibadan so the quest to serve others became part of him at an early stage.
About twenty five years ago, he gained admission to the prestigious University of Ibadan to study Sociology but due to high demand for accommodation by students, campus accommodation was not guaranteed even for first year students. His hall of residence was Mellamby hall( close to Trenchard hall and of course Queens Hall) .
He summoned courage to see the then hall warden, after many trials, he was able to see him so after introducing himself, the hall warden told him his name sounded familiar and asked if he was related to someone he knew way back, “i answered yes and told him the person was my father”. He then told him that his father taught him in primary school in 1956 and that he was a good teacher, he later got the campus accommodation.
It dawned on him that it does not cost anything to be good to others and that everything we do does not always attract reward or benefits and again, our children may reap the fruits of our good deeds and vice versa so we should not hesitate to do what we can, when we can.
When he got to 200 level, his hall mates encouraged him to contest for a post in his hall so he contested for Buttery & Welfare Minister which he eventually won , during his tenure, he carried out a lot of reforms. After serving for a year, he decided to represent his hall at the Students Representative Council of the University of Ibadan. One incident he will never forget was when he was made to face the Students Disciplinary Committee for his roles in students unrest against introduction of Municipal fees and MKO Abiola’s death which happened at different times.
He also co founded National Council of Yoruba students which metamorphosed to National Council of Yoruba Youths after he left University of Ibadan. He organized many events which attracted prominent yoruba leaders like late Chief Bola Ige, Justice Olawale Thompson, Chief Olu Falae, Dr Olajide, Prof. Akinwumi Ishola just to mention a few.
His passion for service took a global dimension when he moved to the United States of America over a decade ago and he had encounter with late Aare Seyi Ogunlusi who had just formed Yoruba Youth Corporation North America in Michigan then, he joined him in Michigan, for many years, they went all over the country to promote yoruba culture among youths, they also showcased and appreciated many Yoruba artists through Oodua Image Awards in Houston Texas.
He also served in many other community based organizations like Nigerian Foundation of Michigan where he was the Public Relations Officer for about four years, he also served with Yoruba American Community as General Secretary, Public Relations Officer and in other capacities before he was elected the President this year.
He is a firm believer in unity and peaceful co-existence so he is also a member of Igbo Cultural Association of Michigan and other organizations.
He was appointed a cultural Ambassador by the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit in 2018 and United Nations Peace Ambassador in 2020.
Look out for more in his autobiography ” living with an incurable Passion for Service” which comes out soon.