MAKINDE Adeniran , fta
Makinde Adeniran, a Fellow of Theatre Arts (fta) is one of Nigeriaʼs few new age true dramatists who has practiced the theatre/ﬁlm trade almost everywhere in the world, and has won few awards both in Nigeria and abroad for his practice and arts. Makinde, trained at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Osun State as an arts director and an actor, has been a member of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners right from the start of formation of NANTAP and other prominent professional associations across the globe: Actorʼs equity, Federation of International Actors, etc. Over the years, he has served in several committees of NANTAP both in the Lagos State and National Executive Councils as Director of Productions and Screening in 1998 and 2004 respectively. During his professional practice through the years, Makinde has directed several notable plays/ﬁlms such as: DEATH AND THE KINGʼS HORSEMAN, FENCES, GODS ARE NOT TO BLAME, A RESTING PLACE (FESTINA 2004), WHOʼS AFRAID OF SOLARIN (ITD 2001), JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNI-COLOR DREAM COAT, SANGO, SARO THE MUSICAL, ETC. In the same stride, Makinde has worked with reputable organizations as a Writer (BBC media action, Revue Noir, Paris France), as a Broadcaster (Editor, NN24 Television, Consultant, Silverbird Television), as an Actor (West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds UK, Nawao Productions, Zurich Switzerland, Mutation Project Germany, National Troupe, Nigeria, etc) For over 25 years, Makinde has put in a robust practice and activism towards uplifting the association – NANTAP and the Nigerian entertainment and culture industry for which he cuts the image of an “agent provocateur”. For him, the Nigerian practice terrain is not in anyway commensurate to the natural talents that abound in the Nation, and the government policy and institutions are not helping the government to proﬁt from a possible IGR from the sector. For this reason Makinde believes the Nigerian populace are grossly shortchanged of a possible corporate social responsibility that adds to every nation of the world where human capacity is seen as a veritable tool for diversiﬁcation of economy into cultural, educational and ﬁnancial growth.
ASIM – ITA EMILIA EFFIOAWAN
She has extensive experience in all aspects of the Integrated Marketing Communication gamut (especially print, electronic and digital media), youth development and specialist media communications. A graduate (MSc. & BSc.) of Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, she has completed various training programmes on Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Environmental & Social Risk Management, Corporate Reporting, Development Communications and Corporate Governance.
As Co-Founder, Development Diaries Ltd/GTE – a specialized media firm for the Development & Non-Profit Sector, Emilia led the advisory team for the conception, development and roll – out of Social Media Awards Africa™ a premiere continent-wide initiative to reward the innovative and impactful use of social media and virtual platforms. She also founded AML, a foremost content and talent resource firm.
Emilia cut her teeth in the Youth Development and Media Sectors as a Co-Founder of The Future Awards/The Future Nigeria Project and was PR/Marketing Director for the convening organisation, RedSTRAT Communications for six years before quitting the partnership in June 2010. Emilia was also Strategy & Communications Director, 3AL, Associate Producer and Content Director, The Academy and Amstel Malta Box Office Reality shows. She started her career as Presenter, Book Review Segment, Mind Your Grammar on NTA 2 Channel 5 before working as Presenter, Youth Talk with Emilia on NTA Network Service for five years.
For the past seven years, she has worked on the Strategy and External Relations portfolios for ThistlePraxis Consulting as Senior Consultant and is daily responsible for developing strategy for all client briefs, internal projects and initiatives. In this role, she also supervises liaison with partners, clients and the firm’s impressive faculty of experts across the world. In addition, Emilia doubles as the Managing Editor of CSR Files™, a bouquet of information and resource products. She joined ThistlePraxis Consulting Limited in July 2010 as Managing Consultant responsible for developing the brand blueprint, set up and rollout of operations. Emilia also oversees the Strategy & External Relations portfolios for all subsidiary firms of Thistle Group of Companies.
She currently serves as Curator, Lagos Hub, World Economic Forum Global Shapers and a mentor for Queens Young Leaders (YLP) Programme by Cambridge University, United Kingdom and both Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) and I.N.V.E.N.T. in Nigeria. Emilia is an Associate Fellow, Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) and an advisory board member of TechPlus™, positioned as Nigeria’s largest technology exhibition and conference.
Emilia is passionate about Specialised communication and also serves as Patroness, Youth Fellowship, Methodist Church of the Trinity and Advisory Board Member, Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI), USA.
Adebowale Jeff Johnson
He is a speaker of national reforms and an HR Generalist. He was involved in several national projects including the Ministry of Education Reform and the review of the NEEDS document. He was a team member on the Ministry of Finance, Lagos State retreat in 2009 and single handedly managed a Team Building retreat for RF Planning and Optimization Unit of MTN Nigeria in 2009. He also facilitated a class on Total Quality Management for the Federal Ministry of Power, Capacity Development for Local Government Chairmen and members of Local council commission and has facilitated several training sessions for small and medium scale organisations. He was involved in the consolidation of UNITY Bank where is played a major role in the HR Due Diligence bit of the project. He has since managed several HR Transformation, Large scale Recruitment (NNPC, NLNG, Mobil, GTBank, etc) and other Management project for big, medium and small scale businesses.
He has spoken at several university campuses including University of Ibadan, Federal University of Technology Minna, Udegbe North American University, Benin Republic and Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago-Iwoye. He is a teacher of Value, a writer and a great orator. He had been on radio several times speaking on several work related issues and motivation. He held a page on TIMELESS magazine where he educates on several soft skills issues and business advisory.
With the passion to make the youths of Nigeria and Africa become great Leaders of the world, Adebowale Jeff Johnson embarked on an Africa tour to engage the African youths in Leadership training, Root appreciation and Value driven life. His first stop was Benin Republic, in July 2009, in collaboration with GPH of Udegbe North American University.
Specialties: Training, Speaking, Management Consulting, Real Estate and Investment Advisory
Ayo ADEYEMI. (FNIMN,MCIPM)
He has worked in a number of organisations, which includes blue-chip, Multi-national, SMEs and has been part of many start-up business as well. He was the Registrar, National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). He is an author, researcher, Publisher, trainer, public and motivational speaker.
He holds Master Degree in Business Administration from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from Lagos State University, Higher National Diploma in Marketing from Federal Polytechnic Offa.
Fellow of National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN),
Fellow, Professional Excellence Foundation of Nigeria (PEFON),
Full-Member, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM),
Full-Member, Institute of Entrepreneurs (IOE),
Full-Member, Institute of Packaging, Nigeria (IOPN), Member, Chartered Institute of Stockbroker (CIS), Member, Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM), Fellow, Institute of Information and Strategic Management (IISM), an Alumnus of Daystar Leadership Academy(DLA),
Volunteer Mentor, Tony Elumelu Enterprenuer Foundation (TEEF),
Faculty member, FATE Foundation,
Faculty Trainer, Philips consulting,
Volunteer Mentor, Emerging Young Entrepreneur (EYE) for Nasarawa State University,
Resource Person for CIPM,NIMN, and Centre for Management Development (CMD).
He is the CEO, Connecting-Bridge Business Solution ( CBBS), Managing Partner, Lorache Consulting, Founder/ President, AAMentor Foundation and Publisher, Business Quotient Magazine (BQM) and Chairman, 1212 Professional Cleaning Services.
Charter President, Rotary Club of Mushin Golden, Member Full Gospel Business Men fellowship, and President, FEDPOFFA Alumni Association.
Timi is a lawyer and professional speaker with core capacity in open governance, leadership management, and youth engagement. He litigated and defended the rights of communities in a number of high profile cases, some of which involved the Nigerian President, and others involving public utilities such as Power Holding Company of Nigeria.
He is the co-founder, Youths in Motion (YIM), which operates actively in Nigeria, Liberia, and New York, as a movement focused on promoting institutional opportunities for young people across Africa and in the diaspora. One of YIM’s signature program is Democracy in Action (DIA), which promotes democracy by providing the platform for young leaders to closely interact with parliamentarians at a State level. He is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), a member of the International Association of Information Technology Lawyers (IAITL) with endorsement from the World Intellectual Property Organization, a fellow of the Presidential Precinct, the youngest advisory Board member of the Africa Oil and Gas Association (AOGA), a founding member of Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs (CAYE) – West Africa, and a Trustee of the Nigeria Internet Society (NIS) with affiliation to the International Internet Society.
Through his platforms, Timi has trained a combined number of over 30, 000 youths across Africa, especially in Nigeria, on the subject of ethical leadership, social entrepreneurship, open governance, and human rights. He has authored and co-authored three books namely: ‘The Hustlers’ Mentality’, ‘Leading From Within’, and ‘Yes Africa Can’.
Timi studied Law at the University of Ibadan, and earned a Certificate in the Science of Communication from the Graduate School of Communication, Amsterdam. He has also attended leadership, business, and policy training at University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, and the College of Williams and Mary.
Timi speaks English and French, and loves listening to country and classical music.