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Interview: Lanre Ajakaiye of 25 Bough Street

December 21, 2020
Jamie Coelho

The entrepreneur has big plans for 25 Bough Street, a community development and commercial impact project in Olneyville.

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Providence Monthly 2020 Who To Watch

December 29, 2020 

John Taraborelli

2020 was tough, but these influencers make us optimistic about the future – with good reason.

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Lanre Ajakaiye Feature

December 29, 2020

John Taraborelli

Lanre Ajakaiye is a bit of a Renaissance man. The Providence native, a child of West African immigrants, is head of membership for the National Fire Protection Association and before that director of marketing operations for AAA Northeast.

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Get to know Lanre Ajakaiye and 25 Bough St.

February 26, 2021

The mission for the 25 Bough Street Initiative spans education, career awareness, health & wellness and financial empowerment for youth and the community at large. 

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New England's First Regulation CF Development Breaks Ground

March 22, 2021

PROVIDENCE, R.I., March 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- In a private ceremony, innovative real estate developer Lanre Ajakaiye, a first generation African-American, broke ground on 25 Bough, the first redevelopment project...

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Rhode Island Entrepreneur Purchases $15,000 Square Foot City Block to Build Cultural Facility

April 21, 2021 


A Rhode Island entrepreneur purchased an entire city block to build a cultural facility, AfroTech reports.


Rhode Island Entrepreneur Buys An Entire City Block To Transform It Into A Cultural Facility

April 26, 2021

Bernadette Giacomazzo

Lanre Ajakaiye is a Rhode Island entrepreneur who is the son of Nigerian immigrants and is ready to create a cultural revolution in his home state.


Becoming a Change-Maker

August 2021

Marybeth Reilly-McGreen

Idrees “Lanre” Ajakaiye ’95 says the example of his father and his URI education are what spur his work in social entrepreneurship and leadership.

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LRI's virtual year: We couldn't stop

Summer 2021

Christine McDermott

To support herself during graduate school,
Abby Montine was a distance-learning pioneer:
She taught children in China while based in New


Lanre Ajakaiye Hall of fame class of 2021

Lanre Ajakaiye Inductee: Lanre is a 1991 graduate of Classical High School. Lanre earned All State honors in Track & Field for hurdles. 

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Community Conversation with Lanre Ajakaiye

December 26, 2021

Local Return

Idrees “Lanre” Ajakaiye ’95 says the example of his father and his URI education are what spur his work in social entrepreneurship and leadership.

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