The original idea was to have a commercial photography studio in the serene city of Ibadan. That photography studio- known as Twim Studios- was what Olumide Adeleye founded after returning to Nigeria from vocational school in India.
Soon a myriad of events would force him to reconsider his model. The biggest of them was a devastating burglary which forced him to not only see the biting problem of unemployment in Nigeria, but how he was naturally equipped as a teacher to train people who would become entrepreneurs (or easily employable) thereby solving that problem. The result of that period was the birth of Twim Academy.
Twim Academy began with a focus on the media and creative arts. It has now expanded to include fashion, interaction design, performing arts and culinary arts. From the 3-bedroom flat in Akobo, Ibadan, Twim Academy expanded to two flats. Today, the campus of The Twim Art Institute is 3 buildings having a total of 30 classrooms. This growth in a sector that is largely abandoned by the society has come because of the relentless dedication of The Twim Art Institute’s team to delivering great learning experiences and providing real solutions to the problem of unemployment.
In early 2015, Twim Academy was selected as one of MasterCard Foundation and Ashoka’s “Innovations for Youth Employment in Africa” winners and featured at the Ashoka Globalizer Summit in South Africa. The same year, the Twim Academy founder, Olumide Adeleye, was a finalist for the Future Awards Ford Foundation Prize for Youth Employment. New York Forum Africa, a global think-tank, also listed Twim Academy as one of the top 50 “Most Innovative Startups in Africa.”
The Twim Art Institute has grown over the years with fellowships and training from Leap Africa, The DO School in Germany, Yunus & Youth, and many others.