Olivo, Okedeyi and Malachi Honored for Exceptional Contributions to County

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Article by: Joe Clark, clarkjx@pgcc.edu

LARGO, Md. — Prince George’s Community College Trustee Aimee Olivo, Risikat I. Okedeyi, associate professor of English, and Carolyn Malachi, college employee, were named to the Prince George’s County Social Innovation Fund’s inaugural 40 Under 40 -Prince George’s County 2012. Olivo, Okedeyi and Malachi are recognized for exceptional contributions in public service and arts and humanities, respectively. The organization will honor 40 county residents, under the age of 40, who have made important contributions in business, education, public service, arts and humanities, science and engineering and athletics. 

In addition to her work at Prince George’s Community College, Olivo is active in the community as a member of Cheverly Parent Resource Center, Progressive Cheverly, Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary Parent Teacher Association, Cheverly Advocates for Public Schools and Envision Prince George's Top-notch School System Community Action Team. She also founded and currently serves as volunteer leader for St. Ambrose Church Children’s Liturgy. 

Okedeyi has two passions that drive her life, teaching and creating. When she is not at the college teaching courses in composition writing and literature, Okedeyi is focused on the arts. As owner LiL SoSo Productions, LLC she combines culture with high-quality nightlife aesthetics and provides artists with various branding support. Serving on the board of directors of Artomatic, she supports events that showcase creative work in visual art, music, film, performance, and fashion. Okedeyi’s other creative outlet is a weekly online radio called “The LSP Effect” where she reveals insights learned from her experience as teacher, event concept producer and a helper of artists. 

After work, Malachi is a songstress, musician, dancer, spoken word artist and social philanthropist. She is also the founder of the Smart Chicks Inc. Network which develops visibility and leadership opportunities for women in the arts. A Washington, DC native and great-granddaughter of legendary jazz pianist John Malachi, she earned a Grammy nomination for her single “Orion” from her 2010 release, “Lions, Fires & Squares.” 

The Community Foundation for Prince George’s County, Envision Prince George’s and the Human Services Coalition of Prince George’s County reviewed each nomination to select recipients throughout the region. Awardees were assessed based on character, dedication to a given field, risk-taking, innovation and contributions to Prince George’s County and the broader community.  

An awards reception is scheduled for January 31 at the Howard Zinn Room, Busboys and Poets, Hyattsville, Maryland. For more information, e-mail fortyunderforty@innovateprincegeorges.org or call 301-996-0792.  

Prince George’s Community College is a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Two-year Education (CAE2Y) designated by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security for the years 2010 to 2015. Established in 1958, Prince George’s Community College provides transfer and career programs that help students transfer to four-year colleges and universities and prepare them for the workforce. Each year, 40,000 students take part in more than 200 academic programs and workforce development and continuing education courses. Located in Largo, Maryland, Prince George’s Community College has additional sites at Joint Base Andrews, University Town Center in Hyattsville, Laurel College Center, Skilled Trades Center in Camp Springs, and Westphalia Training Center in Upper Marlboro. For more information, visit the college website at www.pgcc.edu.    

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