Mary Olushoga
Young African in Public Service

EDUCATION: Master of Science | Union College

Mary Olushoga is founder of, a platform powering small business success for African entrepreneurs - a multi-tasking networker, mentor, writer, small business advocate and change agent. Olushoga holds a bachelor's degree from Union College in Schenectady, New York, a Mastor of Science Degree from Baruch College and has served as a public policy fellow at the University at Albany, Center for Women in Government and Civil Society.  

A mix between a PR consultancy and small business development service, The AWP Network shares startup stories of African entrepreneurs, organizes events, webinars and clinics, and creates opportunities to connect with business experts in marketing, tech and HR fields. The AWP Network also offers agribusiness training for women farmers through a strategic partnership with the Planet Earth Institute and recently launched the DREAM Project, a program helping secondary school students in Lagos develop business plans. Both programs supports the economic development and sustainability of African women and girls.

Olushoga is a Vital Voices Global Leadership Fellow, an IndiAfrica Young Visionary Fellow, a Women4Africa International Media Woman of the Year, a Crans Montana 'New Leader', the first-ever GOOD Maker/Oxfam America International Women's Day Challenge Winner, a Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) Associate, an Oxfam America Sisters on the Planet Ambassador and participated in the Sub-Saharan African Women In Public Service Fall Institute.

Olushoga has featured on BBC World News, Black Enterprise,, AFK Insider, Applause Africa, BusinessDay Nigeria, ARISE TV, BET Networks, and presented her work on women entrepreneurs at the Columbia University Africa Economic Forum, Yale University, Duke University, Union College, the United States Department of Labor Strategy Meeting on Inclusion, Entrepreneurship, and Disability, W!se Institute, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, the United Nations ECOSOC Youth Employment Forum, and the Rockefeller Foundation Tech Salon. She also writes for GE Ideas Lab, Guardian Nigeria and the Huffington Post.

The AWP Network is recognized as one of the leading organizations supporting African Women in Technology.

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