With a crushing pandemic sweeping the world and social unrest erupting within our communities, 2020 was a year that changed how we look at the future. Last year showed to us the importance of looking out for each other and promoting the health and well-being of not only ourselves but also our neighbors. Here, entrepreneur and social influencer Edikan Adiakpan emphasizes the importance of philanthropy in 2021.
Nigerian-born Edikan Adiakpan is the founder of Akama Lifestyle, a full-service luxury car, private jet, and concierge service. “I love the luxury concierge industry because I get to meet people from all walks of life,” states Edikan. “My circle is incredibly diverse, and I am very grateful for how that impacts my perspective of the world.”
Edikan’s success lies not only in his work ethic and dedication, but also in his deep-rooted commitment to service. “I believe that the more successful we are, the more we should focus on giving back,” explains Edikan. “When we give back, we are creating a better world for others, for businesses, in a sense for everyone.”
Edikan Adiakpan maintains that last year’s disruptions must renew our focus on philanthropy as we take a moment and reflect on what we can do better. “In 2021, people are looking towards building stronger communities,” explains Edikan. “We don’t want to go back to the old ways of doing things. We want better, and that starts with us.” Edikan currently works with a homeless outreach organization in Houston that provides shelter and medical care for those who are less fortunate.
Edikan is ready for a year focused on repair, rebuilding, and revitalization. “I am excited to get to work this year, and philanthropy is something I am passionate about,” says Edikan. “It doesn’t matter where you come from, we all deserve basic human rights, dignity, and compassion.” Edikan continues to build upon his success in 2021, while also lifting others and increasing the quality of life in his community.