Wanda Colley was born and raised in Beechville, Nova Scotia. She earned her Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy) from Concordia University, Montreal, PQ; and a Diploma in IT and Computer Studies from Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, NS.
She is a self-published author of poetry and creative non-fiction, and has experience in systems development and support, financial management, and web development.
She has been honored to witness and to contribute to ILA’s growth.
Asher hails from the beautiful island of Barbados. His leadership qualities emerged as a delegate of the Global Youth Leadership Conference as an early teen. He is an avid sportsman–having represented the island in swimming and rubgy and he is a 23-year classical violinist–10 of which were spent as first violin in the Barbados National Youth Orchestra. In 2017, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a Certificate in Genetics from Dalhousie University. During his time at DAL he was President of the Caribbean Connection Student Society for two consecutive years and more recently, he was a Teaching Assistant for second-year Genetics and Diversity courses. To further satisfy his love for community development and leadership, Asher leads a youth group and plays violin in the band of his local church Deep Water. The 2018-2019 program year was Asher’s first year as the ILA Program Manager.
Benjamin Ofosu-Atuahene is from Ghana in the West Africa subregion where he completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Ghana, Legon. During his second year at the University of Ghana, he was selected as Ghana and West Africa’s only representative at the 2016 annual KGIP in Seoul, Korea.
He traveled to Canada to continue his education at the graduate level with the Department of political science at Dalhousie University, where he was awarded three separate scholarships and graduated in 2021.
Benjamin is a motivated professional with hands-on experience in social and political research. He is skilled in identifying social research and policy needs and developing innovative solutions to complex research and policy challenges.
Benjamin has been with ILA since January 2022. Benjamin likes to listen to music and play chess in his free time.
Mansita Njie is a proud African from The Gambia, West Africa subregion. She completed her high school education in Gambia after which she moved to Canada to further her education at Dalhousie University. She graduated in 2019 with a double major in Environmental Sustainability & Society and International Development Studies with honours.
After her undergraduate, she landed a job as a junior Environmental and Social Analyst at a consultancy firm in Senegal and later became a tax officer in The Gambia. During her time as a junior Environmental and Social Analyst, Mansita became more purposed towards finding mitigation and adaption strategies to combat climate change and study the impacts of global warming on agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa.
With this rich background and the passion to give back to the community, Mansita decided to join Imhotep Legacy Academy. She is currently the program manager for a new program called Engaging African Nova Scotian Youth in Agriculture and Community Food Security project. The program aims to introduce African Nova Scotian youth to agriculture and expose them to careers along the agro- spectrum.
Mansita is enthusiastic about making higher education more accessible and attainable for our youth and ensuring that they know the world is their oyster, anything they put their mind to, they can and will achieve. Her philosophy on life is to lead with kindness.
On her free time, you can find Mansita either reading a novel or designing or styling an outfit for her side business.
Engaging African Nova Scotian Youth (EANSY) in Agriculture and Community Food Security Project – April 2022 to March 2024
Alyssa ESTWICK EANSY Program Mentor – Sydney
Marie GREEN Regional Program Coordinator – Sydney
Niran FOSTER Regional Program Coordinator – Truro
Cadine JOHNSON FOSTER EANSY Program Mentor – Truro
Kayler MUTYABULE EANSY Program Assistant
Trevor SILVER EANSY Program Mentor – North Preston
Tami WHITE Regional Program Coordinator – North Preston (on leave)
Alex AZDA Regional Program Coordinator – East Preston/Cherrybrook/Lake Loon
To be staffed Regional Program Coordinator – Annapolis Valley
To be staffed Regional Program Coordinator – Digby
Virtual School Program (VSP)
Marissa Assam ANDRECYK VSP Tutor
Carol-Joy CHEVANNES VSP Tutor
Declon DESOUZA VSP Tutor
Asma ELDLIO VSP Tutor
Daniel ETTI VSP Tutor
Shada HAMED VSP Tutor
Glodin MULALI VSP Tutor
Tiara MULDER VSP Tutor
Aminat MUSTAPHA VSP Tutor
Patrick NNOKA VSP Tutor
Akuabata OKANYA VSP Tutor
Anthony OKORO VSP Tutor
Jaiana SHARPE VSP Tutor
After-School Program (ASP)
Tyler ADDERLEY ASP Mentor
Joyce ADEYI ASP Mentor (Wolfville)
Theresa AFI ASP Coordinator
Mabior Mabior AYUEN ASP Mentor (Wolfville)
Isatou BADJIE ASP Mentor
Joan CHERIAN ASP Mentor
Koraleigh CHRISTMAS ASP Mentor
Sainabou DEMBA ASP Mentor
Sohna DRAMMEH ASP Mentor
Rhandi FERGUSON ASP Coordinator
Anastasia FORBES ASP Coordinator
To be staffed ASP Coordinator (Antigonish)
To be staffed ASP Coordinator (Sydney)
Cadine JOHNSON FOSTER ASP Coordinator (Truro)
Maddin LAFFIN-SANTIAGO ASP Mentor
David MENSAH ASP Coordinator
Adebayo MUIZ ASP Mentor
Kayler MUTYABULE ASP Coordinator
Afisemi NGEI ASP Mentor
Uchechukwu OKEREKE ASP Coordinator (Wolfville)
Oluwakemi OLAROTIMI ASP Coordinator
Faidat OLATUNBOSUN ASP Coordinator
Kissel PHILLIPS ASP Mentor
Ariel PROVO ASP Coordinator (French)
Taja SCRIVEN ASP Mentor
To be staffed ASP Coordinator (French)
FIRST LEGO League Program (FLL)
Oluwatobi OSHIKOYA FLL Coordinator
Elisabet ASTATKIE FLL Mentor
Oluwadamilare BANKOLE FLL Mentor
Chibuike EKEADAH FLL Mentor
Temitope ONAFALUJO FLL Mentor
ILA Coding Program (iCO)
Olashile ADEBIMPE ILA Coding Coordinator
Oluwatoni ADENIYI ILA Coding Mentor
Bimpe AYOOLA ILA Coding Mentor
Mohamed KABASHI ILA Coding Mentor
Chiyedza MUGAVAZI ILA Coding Mentor
2023/24 Student Internships
To be staffed Logistics Officer (Fall Co-op)
To be staffed Logistics Officer (Winter Co-op)
To be staffed Logistics Officer (Summer Co-op)
Chidiebere EDDY-OKAFOR Social Media Specialist
To be staffed Activity Developer (Canada Summer Jobs)
To be staffed Young, Gifted & Black Science Fair Coordinator
Imhotep’s Legacy Academy (ILA) is an innovative university-community partnership that uniquely mobilizes university/college students, faculty and community leaders to help improve student success and bridge the achievement gap for Grades 6-12 students of African heritage in Nova Scotia.
Imhotep’s Legacy Academy
1360 Barrington Street, Room J134
Main Level, Sexton Memorial Gymnasium Building
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2 Canada