Ogun is a father of five children, ages 3, 5, 10, 12 and 15. Without a car, life has been difficult for him and his family. His six-mile commute takes him an hour by bus. His wife dedicates her time to home-schooling her three youngest. She is also a raw vegan chef and works a table at a farmer’s market, but she is not able to get all the supplies she needs to run her stand. This has hindered their earning potential and Ogun has had to turn down many job opportunities. He does not live in a safe neighborhood, so his children are unable to play outside. He cannot take his children to the park or to any summer activities because he is worried about taking five young children on public transportation with only one parent to supervise. So overall, they spend the majority of their day at home.
With this car award, Ogun will take on new, better job opportunities, his children will be able to spend more time outside and his wife will be able to properly run her business. In addition, Ogun is excited to invest more time into his hip hop career, which has been a passion of his since age 11. He is also a motivational speaker and addresses underserved youth about anger management and conflict resolution. Now, Ogun will be able to continue to serve his community by taking on more speaking engagements.