Dr Arinola Araba

Arinola is a fun-loving, energetic mum to three young adults. She is also a social entrepreneur, founder and inventor of the bMoneywize game – a game which focuses on making maths fun and developing financial skills in children and young people.

First locally endorsed by Barking and Dagenham in 2014, the game gained national recognition as a best new product nomination at the Corporate Entrepreneur Awards 2015; then gained international recognition as a shortlist for the Reimagine Education award at the prestigious Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania, USA, in December 2016 & 2017. The game has also been featured in the 2017 and 2018 Annual National Personal Finance competition for teachers across the UK and has been sponsored by Moneywise, Old Mutual Wealth, Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust

With a previous background in Medicine, Informatics and Management, Arinola previously held varied project management, audits and quality assurance roles in the NHS so becoming an inventor was an excellent change for Arinola.

Truth be told, Arinola dreams of a world where children and young adults are equipped with the tools and know-how to be financially literate. Arinola saw the need: many children struggle with Maths and numeracy both at primary and secondary school levels. The bMoneywize game was birthed out of that need, when Arinola herself was out of work and had to teach her own children the value of money.

Presently, bMoney Wize has grown to also become a youth-focused social enterprise and a games developer serving a growing demand for financial education resources, with a mission to improve memory recall, comprehension and a savings habit while fostering a love of maths among UK-based school age children 7 to 18 years old.

Her work is excellent, very commendable and is impacting the lives of children and young people in the local community where she lives and beyond.

Arinola’s has been sought for interviews by BBC radio, ITV, BBC money box and more.