Personality of the Week: Cynthia Mosunmola Umoru
Cynthia Mosunmola Umoru is a farmer and agribusiness entrepreneur. She founded Honeysuckles, intending to sell processed agricultural produce to certain food chains and restaurants. Inadequate supply and low quality of food items prompted the move towards her farm and food supply chain business.
Cynthia’s love for entrepreneurship began at a very young age. While she led the Young Farmers’ club of her secondary school as the President, Cynthia crafted and sold hair clips and ribbons at school. Although she aimed to be a Medical Doctor, Cynthia ended up studying Zoology/Animal Biology at the Lagos State University. This was as a result of the violence in Northern Nigeria, where the Medical school was situated.
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Cynthia Mosunmola Umoru oversees the development and operations of a 7000-hectare agribusiness engaged in farming, food production, processing and distribution of a wide range of produce. She is an Ashoka Fellow and Goldman Sachs 10,000 women Scholar. She also served as an ambassador, advocate, and consultant to the Youth Division of African Union Commission.
Honeysuckles produce high-quality products from its farms and ponds.
Cynthia trains and mentors young Nigerian youths that want to venture into agricultural food production through her ABIRA Agricultural Support Initiative. She is also engaging schools, governments, and businesses to recognize the absence of infrastructure to participate in modern agriculture, especially for the youth. Cynthia was recently selected by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.