Monday, 18 August 2014

Ifeyinwa Okafor


Ifeyinwa Maureen Okafor is a first class graduate of law from the University of Bradford, UK with an MBA from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. An alumnus of Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership, University of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA, she currently works as a Lagos based industrialist and is married with three children.

Her background experience spans several sectors including Aviation,Banking and Manufacturing. She is also a fellow of ICAN, ICSAN; a member of IoD and CIBN. She has won several local and international awards including the prestigious 2014 Woman Achiever Award of The International Federation of Women Lawyers

Born on the 31st of December 1969, Ifeyinwa is a native of Ehime- Mbano Local Government Area. She is also an aspirant for Imo State Governor.

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Nwando Ajene


Mrs. Nwando Ajene is the Head of Corporate Communications for the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE). Prior to assuming this role, she served as the Business Development Director for EXP, supporting fast moving consumer goods companies to develop strategies for attracting and retaining their customers. Mrs. Ajene also spent over six years in a range of roles for leading global companies including ABN AMBRO, Quaker Oats, and Northern Trust Bank in the United States.

Mrs. Ajene is a graduate of the University of Chicago Graham School of General Studies where she obtained a Degree in Integrated Marketing Communication, and DePaul University, where she obtained a Bachelors of Commerce in Marketing Degree.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Chika Nwobi


Chika Nwobi is the Founder and Managing Partner of L5Lab, a Nigeria based business incubator in the mobile Internet space. Before L5Lab, Chika was co-founder and Group CEO of MTech PLC. Chika led MTech to become the leading mobile content company in Africa with operations in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ivory Coast serving the likes of MTN, Glo, Zain, Virgin Nigeria, Pepsi, Nigerian Breweries and Nokia. He remains a major shareholder and a member of the board of directors.

Prior to MTech, Mr. Nwobi was a consulted for the Ford Foundation, working on a mobile microfinance management systems. He also worked as a consultant for the IFC (World Bank) and Airtuit (USA) where his job involved working with Fortune 500 clients to formulate their wireless strategy to exploit opportunities in M-Commerce.

Mr. Nwobi graduated as an Honors scholar from East Tennessee State University, with a BA in Economics and a B.Sc. in Computer Science. He was part of the Nigeria 2025 Scenarios Team and was a nominee for the Future Awards Entrepreneur of the Year and Young Person of The Year, 2007. He has been an invited speaker twice at the GSM Africa conference in Cape Town, South Africa.

Source: Black Entrepreneur Profile

Monday, 7 July 2014

Chinelo Anohu-Amazu


Chinelo is the Acting Director General of the National Pension Commission. A key player in the Pension Reform, Chinelo was part of the team of experts that midwifed the Contributory Pension Scheme in Nigeria.

She served in the Fola Adeola Pension Reform Committee set up by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, whose work led to the enactment of the Pension Reform Act 2004, and received a presidential commendation for the quality of work done on the 2004 pension reform.

As Acting Director General of the Commission since December, 2012, she continues to promote the development of secure investment vehicles for pension funds.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Lilian Anekwe






Lilian Anekwe is a medical writer and editor of the Best Health website, part of the BMJ Evidence Centre, and as editor writes consumer health news and health information for patients. She joined the BMJ group in 2011 having worked at the medical magazine Pulse for five years as a reporter and clinical news editor, writing news and features on new drugs and treatments for UK GPs.

She has won several medical journalism awards and has also written health news and features for The Times, NHS Choices, New Statesman, and New Scientist. She lives in London.

Source: WedMD

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Chijindu Ujah


One to watch

Chijindu Ujah is an athlete, specialising as a sprinter. He is the fifth British sprinter to break 10 seconds for the 100 metres, and the youngest to do so, as of June 2014 he is ranked first on the all-time European under-20 list, and third on both the all-time British list and the all-time European under-23 list for the event with a fastest time of 9.96 (with a +1.4 tailwind), achieved at Hengelo, Netherlands on June 8 2014.

He is the current (2013) European Junior Champion in the 100m event.

Source: Wikipedia

Monday, 2 June 2014

Ada Uzoije


Ada Uzoije is an author who grew up in England. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Media and Cultural Studies from The University of Wolverhampton and a Science degree from the Open University.

Ada is a fiction writer who preferred to write crimes, psychological thrillers and paranormal stories. She is the author of The Ghost, The Sinister, Clara,On The Bridge and Millipede Chasing. Ada is currently busy writing her sixth book,The Depression Killer.


Source: GoodReads.com

Monday, 26 May 2014

Uzo Aduba


Uzo Aduba (@UzoAduba) is an American based actress of Igbo heritage. She is best known for her role as Suzanne "Crazy Eyes" Warren in Orange Is the New Black.

Uzo Aduba attended Boston University, she began earning recognition for her acting in 2003, with a performance in Translations of Xhosa at the Olney Theatre Center for the Arts. This earned her a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Best Supporting Actress in a Play.

Her Broadway debut was in 2007 as Toby in Coram Boy. She was a member of the Original Revival Cast of Godspell at the Circle in the Square Theatre from 2011 through 2012. Her first television appearance was on Blue Bloods in 2012. She also played the mother of the title character of Venice at The Public Theater in New York.

Monday, 19 May 2014

Akwaeke Emeli

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo and Tamil writer and filmmaker based in liminal spaces. She was born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria. Her work is often set in a landscape of disquietude, excavating the surface to reveal forces of psychosexual dislocation and violence. Brutal and surreal, it pushes past comfortable morality to honestly explore the margins of humanity.

Akwaeze currently lives in Brooklyn, and has also been writing since she could write. Her works have been published by Raw Fiction and her first full length manuscript, Somadina, was selected as a finalist for the New Visions Award by Lee and Low Books.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze


Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze is a Brooklyn based artist of Nigerian birth 
and British upbringing. her drawings and works on paper have been influenced greatly by this cultural hybridity, as well as textile design, photography, print-making and architecture.
 amanze graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Philadelphia. she then went on to pursue a M.F.A at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.



Amanze has exhibited her work in numerous exhibitions in New York,
 London, Ghana, Lagos, Philadelphia, Seattle and Amsterdam. most recently, Amanze was
 awarded a 2012-13 Fulbright Scholars Award, to join the 
Department of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Nigeria, 
Nsukka. she currently resides in Brooklyn where she maintains a full time studio practice.

Source: rubyamanze.com

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Thanks for your support and patience. Back, bigger and better. Ndewo! - Management.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

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Happy New Year. 

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Thursday, 19 December 2013

Ndi-Igbo in 2013


2013 has been an exciting year for Igbos around the world. Here are a few events that caught our attention.

Chinedu Echeruo sold his mobile and web mapping application, Hopstop to Apple for a lot of money.

Beyoncé sampled Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's call to feminism from TedXEuston 2012 on her new track ***Flawless.

Christine Ijeoma Ohuruogu claimed her second World Title in the 400 metres at the 2013 Athletics World Championships.

Leo Stan Ekeh, chairman of Nigeria’s Zinox Group, was appointed a global partner advisor by software giant Microsoft. Ekeh is the only African among Microsoft Advisors.

Rita Dominic and Mildred Okwo’s  film ‘The Meeting’ garnered rave reviews from film critics all across Nigeria.

The art of Ben Enwonwu (1917 – 1994) took center stage at Bonhams' sale of Modern and Contemporary African Art at Bonhams New Bond Street, May 22, with a new world record for the artist at £361,250.

Adaora Udoji became a 2013 Pipeline Fund Fellow, an angel investing bootcamp for women. 
Melvin Mezue, a D Phil candidate, topped a list of Britain’s highest achieving black or mixed heritage undergraduates and postgraduates.

Chiwetel Ejiofor became  a Name to Remember especially for his role in the film “12 Years a Slave,” for which he has collected top actor awards from several critics groups and nominations from SAG and the Golden Globes.

Professor Nwando Achebe, daughter of late Nigeria’s literary giant Chinua Achebe, was awarded the Third Book Prize, for her work “The Female King of Colonial Nigeria”.

Archbishop Jude Thaddeus Okolo was named the new ambassador to the Dominican Republic for the Vatican.

Chika Unigwe won the 2013 Sylt Foundation African Writer’s Residency Award.

The Turner Prize-winning artist Chris Ofili became a new Tate Gallery member.

Okwui Enwezor was named the director of the 2015 Venice Biennale, the first African-born curator in the exhibition's 100-year history.

British actor Idris Elba has been announced to star in the adaptation of Uzodinma Iweala‘s bestselling book “Beasts of No Nation”.

Jason Njoku, Loy Okezie and Emeka Okoye were listed among Africa's Top 20 Technology Influencers.

Ijeoma Uchegbu, a Professor of Pharmaceutical Nanoscience, at UCL School of Pharmacy, won the Pharmaceutical Scientist of the Year Award from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

Chinasa Ogbuagu was cast in AMC’s drama pilot ‘Line of Sight’.

The Yara Prize 2013 was awarded to Mr. Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu, for his work with African farmers and for the continent’s green revolution.

Tinnie Tempah’s album, Demonstration, was released in 2013 It entered the UK Albums Chart at number three.

Kanayo F. Nwanze was appointed by acclamation as President of The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) for a second four-year term.

Nigerian designer, Amaka Osakwe clothed Michelle Obama for her African tour in 2013.

ArcSight Co-Founder Hugh Njemanze joined AlienVault as Senior Industry Advisor.

Flavour won Video of the Year at the 2013 Nigeria Music Video Awards (NMVA).

Chioma Okereke beat more than 1,800 others to be named runner-up in a prestigious inaugural short story competition - Costa Short Story Award.

The New York Times and other major US publications continued to acclaim Uzoamaka Maduka , Founder and editor in chief of The American Reader.

Chinelo Okparanta's book, Happiness, Like Water received glowing reviews in the New Yorker, NY Times and many more.

P-Square’s single ‘Personally’ was nominated for the "Best International Performance" award at the 2013 Soul Train Music Awards.

Kelechi Iheanacho was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player at the recent under-17 World Cup.

Ogo Offodile hit the headlines as Solange Knowles' new stylist

Kelvin Okafor came to the world’s attention with his amazing pencil drawings.

Sheffield Hallam University PhD student Chinwe Ozoegwu developed a robot arm modelled on an elephant's trunk to help people with restricted mobility carry out everyday tasks, such as helping them to feed themselves.

UNN professor, Francisca Okeke bagged a prize of $100,000 as one of the winners of the 2013 L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards in Physical Sciences.

Mr Emeka Mba was appointed the new Director General of the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC)

Kelechi Osemele and James Ihedigbo won the NFL Super Bowl (XLVII) with the Baltimore Ravens.

Amara Okereke (one to watch) got rave reviews for her part as Maria in NYMT's production of West Side Story at the Victoria Warehouse, Manchester.

Obi Asika joined African Media & Productions Network (AMPN) West Africa as Co-Founder. AMPN is an international TV production and media company which sells, and locally produces, international successful TV formats.



Thank you for all your support. Merry Xmas. See you in 2014.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Ifeanyi Menkiti

Ifeanyi Menkiti is a poet and professor of philosophy at Wellesley College. He is also the owner of the Grolier Poetry Book Shop in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Grolier Poetry Book Shop ("the Grolier") is an independent bookstore on Plympton Street near Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. Although founded as a "fine-arts" bookstore, its focus today is solely poetry. A small (404 sq ft.), one-room store with towering bookcases, it lays claim to being the "oldest continuous bookshop" devoted solely to the sale of poetry and poetry criticism. Here was a place where poets from T.S. Eliot and e.e. cummings to Robert Lowell, John Asbury and Adrienne Rich had hung out in their day.

Ifeanyi Menkiti grew up in Onitsha, Nigeria.  He moved to the United States to attend college.  He received a B.A. from Pamona College in California, a M.S. from Columbia University, a M.A. from New York University and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Harvard University.  Ifeanyi has been published in numerous literary journals including Ploughshares, New Letters,  New Directions, The Massachusetts Review and others.  He also published numerous articles on philosophical issues in many  journals such as Philosophical Forum, The Journal of Value Inquiry, The Harvard Education Review, and the Journal of the American Academy of Religion. His work has been on NPR and he has received a Massachusetts Council of the Arts Fellowship in 1978 as well as a poetry award from the NEA.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Christian Nwachukwu


Christian Nwachukwu, Jr is an appointee of the Obama White House and serves as the senior speechwriter to CEO Wendy Spencer ( Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service [CNCS]) at the Corporation for National and Community Service. Previously, Christian served as a speechwriter to New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg from 2011-13.


Christian Nwachukwu, Jr. grew up on a farm in Manson, North Carolina, studied in Warren County Public Schools, and graduated from Morehouse College. He has lived in Atlanta; Washington, D.C.; Venice, Italy; Los Angeles; and New York City. He is a former Editor at Large at The Freedom Writers Foundation. 

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Odera Ume-Ezeoke

Odera(Left)


Odera Ume-Ezeoke is the founder and CEO of Viewsy

Viewsy is a rapidly growing location analytics startup, formed in 2011 as a solution to a common problem faced by retailers the world over: understanding customer behavior in physical space in order to manage businesses better. Viewsy's solution continues to excite the marketplace. Clients include Vodafone, Amsterdam Arena and Google.

He has a degree in Management, IT & Languages from University of York.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Michael Ajakwe Jr.


Born and raised in Los Angeles, Ajakwe graduated from Inglewood’s Morningside High and attended the University of Redlands on an academic scholarship. He earned degrees in English and Political Science and was named Most Outstanding Senior of his graduating class. He paid his way through college working in a movie theater, and covering news and sports for Redland’s Magazine, the Redlands Daily Facts and the Riverside Press Enterprise.

Since 1993, Michael has worked in the theatre with renowned performers like Emmy-winner Glynn Turman, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Debbie Allen, Ted Lange, Phil Morris, Robert Ri’chard, Hill Harper, Niecy Nash, Tommy Hicks, Tracee Ellis Ross, Art Evans, Gary Sturgis, James Pickens, Tatyana Ali, Marc Coppage, Estelle Harris, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Lee Garlington, Robert Pine, Shayla Rivera, Gary Anthony Williams, Ralph Carter, Deniece Williams, Charles Dutton and Oscar winner Mo’Nique. As a tv and film writer, he’s worked with Martin Lawrence, Greg Kinnear, Sherman Hemsley, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Tichina Arnold, Tisha Campbell, Charles Barkley, Marc Curry, Tracey Morgan, Tia & Tamera Mowry, Kadeem Hardisson, Kelita Smith, Brandy, Diondre Whitfield, Ali Landry, Kelly Perrine, Tim Reid, Tommy Davidson, Ernest Thomas, Richard Lawson, Jackee, Steve Harvey, Steve Trevino, Valery Ortiz, Eve, Paul Winfield, and 3-time Oscar nominee Djimon Honsou. As a live events show writer, he’s written for Anthony Anderson, Kimberly Elise, Jo Marie Payton, L.A. City Council President Eric Garcetti, ex-L.A. Police Chief Bernard Parks, NAACP National President Benjamin Todd Jealous, Jason Alexander, Ben Stiller, and the NAACP Theater Awards (’04-08).

He’s also developed TV and/or film projects for Russell Simmons, Dr. Dre, Bret Ratner, Kim Fields, Reuben Cannon, Norman Howard (nephew of The Three Stooges), Beverly Todd, Vidal Sassoon, ex-NBA great Kenny “The Jet” Smith and Natalie Cole. Mike has written and directed 9 plays and produced 16 that have garnered 27 NAACP Theater Award Nominations, winning 5.

He is a two-time NAACP Award-winning Playwright/Producer (Company Policy/Ted Lange’s Four Queens, No Trump!), two-time NAACP Award Nominated Director (If You Don’t Believe, Body Language), an Emmy Award-winning TV producer (E! Network’s Talk Soup), an award-winning filmmaker (Happy Anniversary, Punk!) and a trailblazing web tv creator (Ajakwetv.com’s Who...)

In 2010, he also served as writer/producer on the three-time NAACP Image award-winning music documentary series Unsung, airing on TV One, having made one-hour life profiles on great pop-soul soprano Deniece Williams, legendary sideman-turned-solo star Ray Parker Jr., and influential rock-funk icon Sly Stone of Sly & The Family Stone.

In 2013, Ajakwe wrapped production on "Trophy Wife', an original six-episode tv comedy series he created, wrote, directed and produced based on his Web series Who... (Ajakwetv.com).

Ajakwe has been featured in a myriad of newspapers, magazines and books, among them: Black Comedians on Black Comedy by Darryl Littleton (Applause Books, 2010), The Script-Selling Game by Kathie Fong Yoneda: 2nd Edition (Michael Weise Productions, 2010), African-Americans in Television: Behind The Scenes by Greg Adamo (Peter Lang Publishing, 2010), and Now Write! Screenwriting by Sherry Ellis and Laurie Lamson (Tarcher/Penguin Books, 2011). Additionally, Ajakwe's writings can be found in the book Souls of My Brothers by Dawn Marie Daniels and Candace Sandy (Plume Books, 2003), Outstanding Stage Monologs & Scenes of the '90s by Steven H. Gale (Merriweather Publishing, 2000), South Central Stories: Double or Nothin', The Ride, Happy Anniversary Punk! (Pipedream, 2001); Company Policy: The Rage Behind The Mask (Pipedream, 2000), The Best Stage Scenes 1996 (Smith & Krause), The Best Men's Stage Monologues 1996 (Smith & Krause), The Best Men's Stage Monologues 1995 (Smith & Krause), and The Best Women's Stage Monologues 1995.

Monday, 7 October 2013

Chima Okorie

Chima Ephraim Okorie is a former professional football striker who was renowned for his goalscoring prowess in the Indian leagues. Okorie moved to India as a student, his big break came when he played first time in the Durand Cup, when is represented Visakhapatnam and Hyderabad x1. There was no such thing as Chandigarh team was an all volunteer team and could not afford to pay their players. He then signed a major deal with Mohammedan SC, East Bengal and Mohun Bagan. He then moved to England, joining Peterborough United on non-contract terms before joining Grimsby Town in September 1993.

He made his English league debut as a substitute away to Crystal Palace winning the Sunday Man of the match, and made four further appearances (all as a substitute) as his career at Grimsby was interrupted by a broken leg. He moved to Torquay United in March 1994 and was a regular in the Torquay side for the next twelve months, before losing his place to Duane Darby.

He was released at the end of the 1994-95 season was joined Norwegian premier side Sogndal, later playing for Danish premier sides Ikast FS and Viborg FF. He returned to India to play again forMohun Bagan

On June 3, 2006 he was made manager of Bengal-Mumbai FC, and also became the club's CEO on August 16. He was appointed manager of Mohun Bagan on February 20, 2007, but resigned on April 7 following differences with the club's senior players. He then became the manager of the Delhi based I-League 2nd division side Osian's New Delhi Heroes.

He never played for the Super Eagles, but in India there’s only one Nigerian footballer everybody knows: Chima Okorie.

Monday, 30 September 2013

Emeka Mba



Mr Emeka Mba is the new Director-General of the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC). He was formerly the Director General of National Film and Video Censor Board (NFVCB).

Emeka is a graduate of Enugu State University of Science/Technology and IESE Business School, University of Navarra.

He has also served as a Regulatory Affairs Manager for Multichoice Nigeria Ltd where he was responsible for regulatory strategy and Policy, day to day engagement of government and industry stakeholders.

Monday, 16 September 2013

Joanna Chikwe


Joanna Chikwe is Associate Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and Associate Program Director of the Integrated and Independent Thoracic Surgery Residency Programs. She is also Mount Sinai's first female cardiac surgeon.

Dr. Joanna Chikwe specializes in using minimally invasive cardiac surgery techniques to reduce post-operative discomfort, speed recovery and improve cosmetic appearance of incisions after surgery.

Dr. Chikwe is one of a handful of US surgeons with advanced training in both reconstructive valve surgery and minimally invasive cardiac surgery techniques such as off-pump, video and robotic-assisted surgery. She works closely with a dedicated plastic surgery and anesthesiology team with a specialist interest in minimally invasive cardiac surgery. Dr. Chikwe employs valve repair to preserve natural valve tissue wherever possible, as well as off-pump surgery to avoid cardiopulmonary bypass for selected coronary bypass procedures.

Dr. Chikwe received her medical degree from Oxford University. She completed her general surgery residency at Oxford and Cambridge, followed by research into cardiac transplantation for which she received a Masters degree from Cambridge University.

Dr. Joanna Chikwe completed her residency in cardiothoracic surgery on the Royal Brompton Hospital rotation where she gained expertise in minimally invasive surgery, including two years specializing in off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting and video assisted and robotic cardiac surgery. She successfully completed a two year advanced fellowship under Dr David Adams focusing on mitral valve repair and aortic reconstruction at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Joanna has published widely in the field of cardiac surgery. She is the author of three key surgical textbooks, including Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Oxford Specialist series; and she has published several book chapters and articles on minimally invasive surgery. Joanna is also active in clinical research, authoring over fifty scientific articles and abstracts published in peer-reviewed journals or presented at international scientific meetings. Her international awards include a Fulbright Award and she is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Nneoma Okorie


One to Watch:

Nneoma Okorie is a host and radio/TV personality who describes herself as “a woman striving to be the voice of the youth amongst her generation”. Nneoma aims to be “the next Oprah” and lives her life by the mantra “You are never too young to accomplish anything no matter how big or small, if you push yourself hard enough anything is possible. Just believe.”

A second born, first-generation Nigerian American, she had a strict upbringing. But at a young age, she realised what she loved to do, and decided to become a media mogul. In pursuit of that dream she says “I continuously challenge myself by taking on difficult tasks, and by dedicating time, effort and passion towards pursuing my dreams.”

The stylish teenager also co-hosts the popular webshow: The Nne & Ike Show, with fellow host Ike Slimster. The Nne & Ike Show is a show that consists of popular topics such as music, fashion, comedy, and etc.

Monday, 26 August 2013

Nkechinyere Anele


Nkechinyere Anele is lead singer of Saskwatch, a nine-piece Soul / R&B band based in Australia.

Having earned a reputation as one of Melbourne’s most electrifying live acts, 9-piece band Saskwatch have taken their unique music to some of the Australia’s biggest and best festivals, including Bluesfest, Meredith and Falls.

They have graced the same stage as Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Maceo Parker, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble and Earth, Wind and Fire. Their 2012 debut album, Leave It All Behind, was released to critical acclaim and their single, “Your Love”, fast became a triple j favourite. They have performed intensive series of shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the BlackisBack in Spain as well as the world’s biggest music festival, Glastonbury.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Jordan Ibe

One to watch

Jordon Ibe caught the eye of Premier League giants Liverpool several years ago after only 11 senior appearances at Wycombe Wanderers.

Having made his debut at the young age of 15 as a substitute against Colchester United he soon became the youngest ever Wycombe player to score in the Football League with a fine solo effort against Sheffield Wednesday in a 2-1 defeat.

The Chairboys' youth-team product reportedly began to attract interest from Manchester United until in late 2011, but Liverpool snapped up the young prospect for a reported fee of £500,000 plus future additional installments.

Ibe began to earn rave reviews at youth level for Liverpool under-21s and his performances led many fans to tip him as the next off of Liverpool's Academy production line. In reward for his form, he was awarded Academy Player of the Year 2012-13 in an official online poll.

The winger was consequently handed his senior debut against QPR in May in which he assisted Phillipe Coutinho's finish during a 63-minute cameo. He continued to impress with a stand-out display against Preston North End in Liverpool's opening friendly of the 2013-14 season.

Keep your eyes peeled for the progress of Jordon Ibe in the near future.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Ndidi Ekubia


Ndidi Ekubia is a talented and well-read silversmith. She achieved her MA in Silversmithing at the Royal College of Arts in 1998 and has since been showcasing her beautiful and creative pieces in prestigious exhibitions. She has been growing in reputation and is well known for her imaginative style and her use of traditional techniques where she beats sheet metal over wooden and steel forms.

Using traditional silversmithing techniques that require the beating of sheet metal over steel and wooden forms, Ndidi produces a range of exquisite vessels, including wine goblets and ice buckets. For The New Craftsmen she has produced a new addition to her work – a limited number of classic household candle snuffers.

Ndidi’s inspirations stem from the patterns of everyday life; from the cityscape of London through to organic natural forms.  In turn, her artistic landscape has been determined by the bold Africa shapes, textiles, food and passionate family conversation of her childhood.

Ndidi has exhibited at the Museum of Arts & Design New York; The Saatchi Gallery in London, the Pavilion of Art and Design, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London; the Goldsmiths Hall London and Sotheby’s New Bond Street in London.

Monday, 22 July 2013

Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba


Dr Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba has been shortlisted as one of the 3 finalists for the Ogunte Women’s Social Leadership Awards in the category: Leader Charitable Organisations and Campaigns 2013.

Akudo founded Friends Africa  as an African voice in support of the Global Fund and the fight against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Friends Africa mobilizes and builds the capacity of the African private sector, civil society and government to improve Africa’s health and is the recipient of the 2012 Stevie Award for Non-profit of the year and finalist for the 2012 ONE Africa Award.

She serves on a number of boards including Roll Back Malaria, the Global Health Council and the Nigerian arm of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). Through her leadership, Friends Africa has been able mobilize over $560 million USD to countries in Africa for the purpose of integrating family planning and HIV services.

Dr Anyanwu Ikemba is a World Economic Forum 2012 Young Global Leader, Stevie Award Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2012 and Stevie Award Innovator of the Year 2012. She is also a member of the Nigerian Leadership Initiative. She holds a Doctorate degree in medicine from Tufts University, a Master’s degree in International Public Health from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology from Lehigh University.

Anyanwu Ikemba is the recipient of two 2012 Stevie Awards: Female Social Entrepreneur of the year and Female Innovator of the year respectively.

Monday, 15 July 2013

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Monday, 8 July 2013

Uche Orji


Uche Orji is the Managing Director/CEO of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA). Mr. Orji joined the NSIA as CEO on October 2nd 2012 from UBS Securities, where he was Managing Director in the New York branch of its Equities division. Prior to his experience at UBS, Mr. Orji was a Managing Director in J.P. Morgan’s Equities division in London. Prior to JP Morgan, Mr. Orji was at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, London, as analyst/portfolio manager.

Mr. Orji holds a BEng in Chemical Engineering from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA) was set up by an Act of Nigeria’s National Assembly (the NSIA Act) in 2011. The objective of the NSIA is to promote fiscal stability, build a savings base for future generations of Nigerians.

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Grace Ihejiamaizu


In 2012 The U.S. Department of State selected Grace Ihejiamaizu as September’s State Alumni Member of the Month in recognition of her dedication to developing Nigeria’s next generation of leaders. Ihejiamaizu participated in the 2010 Study of the United States Institute for Student Leaders (SUSI) Program on the theme of Social Entrepreneurship. She has since applied these entrepreneurial concepts in Nigeria by founding an after-school youth program.

Ihejiamaizu’s SUSI experience allowed her to examine how business techniques and entrepreneurial skills can be used to address social issues. Motivated by this knowledge and following her passion to help young people, Ihejiamaizu returned to Nigeria and launched Raising Young and Productive Entrepreneurs (RYPE). This after-school youth development program offers skills trainings, internship placements, volunteer activities, and a peer mentoring club to educate, engage, and empower Nigerian youth to become leaders and entrepreneurs. Since its inception in 2011, RYPE’s has reached more than 150 Nigerian youth.

As a young social entrepreneur, Ihejiamaizu has already won considerable national and international recognition. In 2010, Ihejiamaizu was recognized by SIFE Nigeria, for her Outstanding Contribution towards a Better Society. In 2011, she was named one of Google’s 12 Brightest Young Minds in the World and was invited to attend Google’s prestigious event, Zeitgeist Minds 2011. Also in 2011, Grace won a grant from the Young African Women Leaders Forum Small Grants Program in support of her RYPE initiative. Most recently, she was one of 60 young people selected from more than 2000 applications to attend the British Council’s Global Changemakers event.

Last month she was listed as Africa’s Top 30 Most Inspirational Young People. She has just started a Social Enterprise company, iKapture Networks, which provides educational services and products to secondary and post-secondary students in Nigeria.She is also the founder and content creator of the fast-growing online platform, opportunitydesk.org, with more than 100,000 visitors monthly from over 160 countries across the world.

Sources: US State Department, Youth Village Africa.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Winnie Awa


One to watch


Winnie Ogbeyalu Awa recently launched an online platform for contemporary art and artists from Nigeria called Ulimuseum.com (@ulimuseum), with the aim of bringing global exposure to talented artists and providing comprehensive content to budding collectors.

A budding collector herself, she is believes in the importance of preserving the arts and culture of the continent, encouraging artist development and building the new generation of collectors to have a positive impact on the African Art Market.

Winnie, who currently works as a Strategic Programme Manager at a top tier Luxury eCommerce company, started her career as a Management consultant at Ernst & Young. She graduated with a first class honours degree in Management & Information Technology at University of Manchester.

She is also a co-founder of a registered charity, With Love From Friends which has raised over £16,000 for education in Nigeria, since its inception in 2008.

For more information on Winnie, please click here

Monday, 17 June 2013

Emeka Afigbo

Emeka Afigbo is the Google Outreach Program Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa. He leads Google's efforts to discover, inspire, mobilise and support tech entrepreneurs and software developers across Africa. He is also focused on growing the internet ecosystem and enhancing locally relevant content across the region through local developers.

Emeka studied Electronic Engineering at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He has a Masters Degree in Technology Innovation Management from Carleton University, Canada.

Emeka worked for Socket Works, SW Global and Parkway before joining Google in 2011.

Sources: otekbits, TedX