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Lawrence Tijjani

Lawrence Tijjani's journey is a testament to the power of resilience and the transformative impact of education. His path from a student facing academic challenges to an inspiring figure in motivational speaking and education is a narrative that resonates with many.


About Lawrence Tijjani

Lawrence’s early academic life was marked by setbacks, failing all but one of his GCSEs. This, however, was the turning point that led to a remarkable transformation. He successfully resat his GCSEs and A-Levels despite being diagnosed with Idiopathic Epilepsy at 17, which brought recurrent seizures and hospitalisations. These challenges only fueled his determination to succeed.

Driven by a passion for technology and education, Lawrence embarked on a successful decade-long IT and Computer Science teacher career, eventually becoming a Senior Leader. However, a severe epileptic attack that affected his mobility led him to leave the classroom to focus on his health and well-being. This period was a time of deep reflection and realignment of his priorities.

Founding Happy 2 Host Education

Lawrence founded Happy 2 Host Education, a professional development and creative agency for schools and colleges. He established this venture to address the lack of diversity in the edtech space and to continue supporting educators. As the first black in the UK and Ireland to become a Google Professional Development Partner, he has created programs to diversify the edtech community.

Just A Guy CIC: Turning Pain into Purpose

The concept for Just A Guy CIC evolved from Lawrence’s personal blog, “Just A Guy Trying to Make It,” which he started during his recovery. The blog’s broad appeal led to the realisation of the impact of his experiences. Just A Guy CIC, a social enterprise, emerged from this, focusing on mentoring and workshops for young people, aiding them in building resilience and realising their potential. Discover more about this journey in the documentary “From Pain to Purpose.”

To book Lawrence, contact The Speakers Agency on +44(0)1332 810481 or email

Speech Topics
  • The Power of Teamwork
  • Navigating Setbacks
  • Harnessing Personal Strengths
  • Sustaining Motivation
  • Building Resilience
  • Motivating Young People
  • Digital Safety
  • Technology for Schools
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"I urge you to get Lawrence to share his inspirational journey and key messages with your young people. The power of the spoken word is unique and potentially life-changing!"

St Edward’s Church of England Academy

"Lawrence delivered a highly motivating and engaging talk to students and staff."

Wimbledon College

"It was an inspiring and engaging talk, which we would not hesitate to book again."

Bonus Pastor Catholic College

"Lawrence's presentation at our conference was a huge success, leaving staff energised to keep making a difference through their roles in our schools. The passion Lawrence exuded while sharing his personal story, and the message he conveys, was palpable. He ignited a spark of belief in our collective potential to overcome barriers and achieve any goal. A motivating experience that will undoubtedly inspire our endeavors for the year ahead. "

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