If you listed Caleb Adebayo’s accomplishments out on paper, you’d think he was already in his mid-30s. Caleb is the founder of the nonprofit Earth Plus, an associate at a leading law firm in Nigeria, a freelance journalist published in The Guardian as well as other newspapers, a Fellow of the Barrack Obama Young African Leaders Initiative, and was named in 2016 by the United Nations Alliance of Civilisation (UNAOC) as one of 20 Young Peacebuilders in West Africa. This year, he was announced as the winner of the Environmental/Moral Leadership Category of the Junior Chamber International Nigeria.
His resume would be impressive for someone in their mid-30s.
But that’s far from how old Caleb is.
“I’m 24 going on 25,” he tells me in our Skype interview, smiling. He’s ambitious, dedicated to Nigeria’s progress, and reminds me instantly of that famous Lin-Manuel Miranda line: young, scrappy, and hungry.