Pyramid Educational Advancement Foundation’s origin can be traced to the feeling of discontentment felt by Mr. Ayodeji Ilori in 2009 about the lack of interest in Academics by the youths of OJOKORO LOW COW COST HOUSING ESTATE (OLERA), Meiran, Alagbado, Lagos. He grew up in the community and remembers with nostalgia the time when the pursuit of academic excellence was sine-qua-non to being young and this pervasive mindset inspired a healthy academic competition amongst the youths. In his opinion, that pervasive mindset produced visible results as many of his contemporary along with him were outstanding students in their secondary schools and were rewarded annually with gifts. According to him “…some of us were so outstanding that we were given leadership roles (prefects) in school while others secured multinational scholarships to study in the University”. The West African Senior Certificate results of most his peers in the community bears witness to his claims.
It was during this period that he came in contact with a quote by Edmund Burke - "all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to sit and do nothing” - in a book he was reading at the time. This was what spurred him on to call for a meeting with some of his friends (Mr. Seun Ogunjobi, Mr. Muyi Ukute, Mr. Teslim Abdulkareem, Mr. Adedapo Conde, Mr. Ayo Ilori and his brother, Mr. Gbenga Ilori) who live in the estate, but have the same worries going on in their minds.
At that meeting which held at Mr. Muyi Ukute’s house, the group had a series of brainstorming session that led to the emergence of the OJOKORO ESTATE BRAIN CHALLENGE Competition, which was the first project/ program ever embarked upon. The group operated under the name RENNAISANCE Group until 2013, when they had to change the name to PEA(Pyramid Educational Advancement) Foundation during their registration with the Nigeria’s Corporate Affairs Commission as a Non-Governmental Organisation.
From organizing a quiz competition for 50 students, PEA Foundation has gone on to host 7 competition and mentor 6,000 secondary school students. In 2014, the Ojokoro Community Library was established with a grant from Association Des Espouse, support from Employee Energy Limited and donations from members of the local government spearheaded by Mr. Babatunde Thomas. As at last count, PEA Foundation has setup 5 libraries and has an objective of setting up 1 library in every local government in Nigeria.