Born into the Royal House of the Benin Kingdom, Edo state, Princess Modupe Ozolua grew up very aware of and passionate about a number of social causes. She started her humanitarian activities in 2003 through her non-profit, Empower 54, an international humanitarian organization dedicated to providing desperately needed humanitarian assistance such as medical missions, hunger eradication, educational, women/girl empowerment and refugee programs to underprivileged Africans.
As an entrepreneur and philanthropist, she lives multiple lives of a successful businesswoman and a dedicated servant to humanity going into dangerous places in Africa to help the less privileged. Today, *Empower 54* – under the leadership of Princess Modupe Ozolua, is working in several African countries rehabilitating IDP/Refuge women, building schools, and has established a factory in Nigeria to produce the life-saving medication for malnourished children, Ready-To-use-Therapeutic-Foods (RUTF).
In recognition of her philanthropy, Princess Modupe Ozolua has received many international awards, press reviews, and recognition, including from the internationally acclaimed magazine, Elle. Elle Magazine South Africa has featured her twice for her entrepreneurial achievement as a leading “African female Boss” and also as one of the “50 Women Changing Africa” due to her philanthropy activities.
The Governor of Georgia, Mayor Reeds of Atlanta and the City of Atlanta Council have given her a ‘Proclamation of Recognition’ and congratulatory letters on her selfless service to humanity. She has also received honorary titles in the Democratic Republic of Congo appreciating her as an African Princess helping the Continent.
Princess Modupe Ozolua has been featured extensively in the international press in publications such as the Associated Press, Yahoo News, Washington Post, CNN, BBC, CBS, Seattle News, San Diego Times, Radio Monaco, etc
The IDPs in North East Nigeria call her “Sarauniyar Alheri” meaning the “Princess of Goodness”. His Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu is the Patron of Empower 54. While Hollywood actress and musician, Kat Graham, of Vampire Diaries, is the Empower 54’s goodwill ambassador for IDPs.and His Imperial Majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the goodwill ambassador on malnutrition projects.
To know more about Empower 54, visit: www.empower54.org
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