Obi Ozor

Obi is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kobo360, a technology company focusing on logistics.

Obi leads the product development and execution team which is responsible for powering the supply chain of more than two thousand businesses including Nestle, Maersk Line, Dangote, DHL Global Forwarding, UPS Supply Chain, Shoprite, Flour Mills, Jumia and many of other companies both on the demand and supply side. Kobo continues to add to the economic development of the continent with more than 4200 direct and indirect jobs created within its one year of existence. It also helps in public sector where it has built Call-up Logic for the Nigeria Port Authority, and this has helped save the bureau more than $1.6 billion monthly.

Obi is a graduate of the prestigious University of Pennsylvania – The Wharton School of Business. He is an advocate of entrepreneurship and leadership as the main avenue to solve the huge economic challenges facing our continent.

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Ifunanya 'Funa' Maduka

Ifunanya 'Funa' Maduka, a filmmaker, is a former director of international original films at Netflix. She was on the front line of Netflix’s international expansion, launching and expanding the international film offering across more than 100 territories.

Her acquisitions brought Netflix its first feature film nominations at both the Golden Globes (Houda Benyamina’s Divines) and the Academy Awards (Ildiko Enyedi’s On Body And Soul).

Further notable acquisitions and productions include: Atlantic, I Lost My Body, Happy As Lazzaro, The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind , Calibre, and Lionheart. Maduka also oversaw the French production,  I Am Not an Easy Man, the upcoming Quebecois production from Patrice Laliberte.

Funa holds a BA in History from Cornell University and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School, where she served on the Board of Trustees and as President of the Student Body, respectively. She has also held leadership and strategic positions at Mc…

Dr. Aloy Chife

Educated at the London School of Economics as a British Foreign and Commonwealth Office scholar, Dr Aloy Chife is the highest-ranking Nigerian-American to serve in an executive-level capacity at a Fortune 100 technology company in Silicon Valley, USA (Apple).

Dr Chife was responsible for the implementation of many successful systems currently operated by the Nigerian government including the Federal Road Safety Commission (National Drivers License), the Nigeria Immigration Service (e-Immigration project), the National Communications Commission (NCC) (telecomm users (Sim Card) registry) and the National Population Commission (NPopC) (National Births & Deaths Registry), etc. Much of the support for the implementation of these technology platforms have come from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) the private sector arm of the World Bank by way of investment and loan financing. Dr Chife has also exported software to countries beyond Africa (including Sri Lanka via a World Ba…

Chidera Eggerue

Chidera Eggerue also known by her pen name, The Slumflower,  is a writer and fashion blogger. She is best known for her book, What a Time to Be Alone, and the online campaign #SaggyBoobsMatter.

She started a blog called The Slumflower to highlight fashion that is not covered within the mainstream. The name refers to the concept of a rose growing from concrete, and comes from the short film created by creative duo Street Etiquette. The blog features modern street style fashions that are affordable. She also writes on topics like friendship, dating, racism, and sexism.

In early 2018, she hosted a Newsbeat documentary that explored hair loss and her own experiences with traction alopecia. She cites Munroe Bergdorf, Renni Eddo Lodge and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as her biggest inspirations. She was the creative director for Innclusive, a home rental organization that caters to a multiracial audience.

In 2018, she was chosen for the BBC 100 Women list.

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Dr. Cheluchi Onyemelukwe-Onuobia

Cheluchi is the founder and executive director of Centre for health ethics, law and development (CHELD), an organisation that provides a holistic approach to health law and policy developments in Nigeria.

She holds a doctorate degree in law, specialising in Health Law, Ethics, and Policy from Dalhousie University, Canada. She has a First Class degree in law from the University of Nigeria. Cheluchi has practised law in a top law firm in Nigeria, developed policy and regulation within government, conducted research in health law, ethics and policy, and helped draft health legislation and regulations, and consulted for different international development organisations.

Most recently, she has taught Health Law and Policy at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University.  Cheluchi is involved in several health promotion activities, including serving on the board of Sharing in Health, an organisation that is established to provide medical literature freely online to medical students in …

Dr. Philip O. Ozuah

New York-based Montefiore Medicine's board of trustees has recently appointed Dr. Philip O. Ozuah as the new CEO of Montefiore Medicine, the parent organization of Montefiore Health System and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

He has also held the positions of Professor and University Chairman of Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Physician-in-Chief of the Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), where he worked to deliver best-in-class clinical care with a commitment to healthcare access for the underserved. Under his leadership, U.S. News and World Report ranked Montefiore Health System’s specialties in the top 1% of the nation’s hospitals and CHAM as one of “America’s Best Children Hospitals.” Dr. Ozuah also has a strong commitment to medical education as well as deep academic medical research expertise, including as an NIH-funded investigator and as Professor and Chairman of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

In these roles, …

Wendy Okolo

Dr. Wendy A. Okolo is an aerospace engineering researcher in the Intelligent Systems Division at NASA Ames Research Center. Her focus is in the area of systems health monitoring and control systems design with applications to air and space components, vehicles, and systems. To that effect she is a Sub-Project Manager for the System Wide Safety Project, leading a team to develop the technologies that will enable the safe and seamless integration of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) into the U.S. national airspace. She also leads a controls team on a Space Technology project, Pterodactyl, to advance the guidance, navigation, and control capabilities that will make precision landing for deployable entry vehicles a reality for planetary exploration. She received her B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in aerospace engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2010 and 2015 respectively. During her undergraduate studies, she interned for two summers with Lockheed Martin working on NASA’s Orion…

Rosalyn Gold-Onwude

Rosalyn "Ros" Gold-Onwude is a basketball analyst/broadcaster who calls games for NBA on TNT, Pac-12 Network, NBA TV, and the WNBA's New York Liberty on MSG.

Nicknamed Ros, she was previously a reporter for the Golden State Warriors and the San Francisco 49ers.

Gold-Onwude is a Stanford University graduate with a BA in communications and a master's degree in sociology.

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Dr Nneka Abulokwe OBE

Over the course of a dazzling 25 year-career, Dr. Nneka Abulokwe has delivered all kinds of innovative high-profile digital tech initiatives. She’s worked for some of the largest multinational digital transformation organisations in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and America, becoming an Executive Director of a €3.7 billion organization. She now advises boards on digital, tech and governance as strategic enablers. She is the Chair of the Board Nominations Committee for the Information Systems Audit Control Association (ISACA). The first black woman to sit on the Board of a top European digital transformation organisation. Dr. Abulokwe earned her doctorate at Cranfield School of Management, UK. She has received several professional awards and prestigious fellowships – ranked 9th in the EMpower Financial Times BAME Executive & Role Models 2018; Fellow, The Association for Project Management (FAPM) and Fellow, The British Computer Society (FBCS). She is a Freeman of the Technologis…

Jenn Nkiru

Jenn Nkiru is an award winning visionary artist and film director based in Peckham, London.

Named as one of the 200 women redefining the creative industries in 2018 by The Dots, Her first film EN VOGUE shot by Bradford Young & Arthur Jafa screened internationally to critical success. Previous credits include a documentary series for Redbull and a campaign for photographer Rankin where he selected Nkiru as one of 20 of the “industry’s top directors and most creative talent”. 

2018 was a whirlwind year for Jenn. She directed music videos for Neneh Cherry and jazz musician Kamasi Washington; in June, the video for Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Apeshit (under their duo, The Carters) was released, which she worked on alongside director Ricky Saiz.

Prior to that, Nkiru debuted the arresting short Rebirth is Necessary – a powerful exploration of the black experience which encompassed archive footage of Sun Ra and the Black Panthers – on NOWNESS. The expressionistic documentary is a forebear to he…

Ifeoma Nwogu

Ifeoma is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Before that she was a Research Scientist at the Center for Unified Biometrics and Sensors (CUBS) and the Center of Excellence for Document Analysis and Recognition (CEDAR).

She completed her PhD in 2009 the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University at Buffalo, SUNY (UB)  as an NSF IGERT Fellow and was an NSF-sponsored Computing Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Computer Science department at the University of Rochester; her master's degree in Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania and her Electrical Engineering undergraduate degree at the University of Lagos, Nigeria.

Recently Ifeoma earned a prestigious National Science Foundation award to use computers to better understand human behavior and social interaction. She aims to study human behavior in a new way, by using machine learning techniques to analyze and find patterns in the many…

Amarachi Nwosu

Amarachi Nwosu is a self-taught photographer, filmmaker, writer and speaker based in Tokyo, Japan. She is also the founder of Melanin Unscripted, a platform aimed to dismantle stereotypes and blur the racial lines by exposing complex identities and cultures around the world. Under her platform she has produced and directed films like “Black In Tokyo”, a groundbreaking short documentary that exposed the black experience of living in Tokyo, Japan and curated events in Lagos, Nigeria and New York at spaces like the ICP Museum under the International Center of Photography. With a background in International Communications; she has worked with a number of brands and companies in cities like Lagos, Tokyo, New York and London. As a writer and visual artist, Amarachi is dedicated to telling unique stories that bring identity and culture to light. Her work has been featured on platforms like Huffington Post, CNN Africa, Black Enterprise, The Fader and Highsnobiety. She has also produced and s…

Chinenye "Chiney" Ogwumike

Chinenye "Chiney" Ogwumike is a professional basketball player for The Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). Chiney holds the record for most rebounds in the history of Stanford Women's Basketball and the Pac-12 Conference. 
In 2014, Ogwumike signed an endorsement deal with Nike soon after being drafted first overall in the WNBA. As of 2016, Ogwumike was elected Vice-President of the WNBA Players Association, and signed an endorsement deal with Adidas. In May 2018, Ogwumike signed a multi-year contract with ESPN to become a full-time in-sports analyst.

Chimney’s sister Nneka also plays for the Sparks.

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Azuka Oforka

Azuka Oforka, born on December 4th 1981, is a Soap Opera Actress. She is best known for role as as nurse Louise Tyler in Casualty.
Casualty is a British medical drama series that airs weekly on BBC One. It is the longest-running emergency medical drama television series in the world,and also the most enduring medical drama shown on prime time television in the world.
Azuka joined the show back in October 2011 as an Ambulance Control Officer. She left the show in February 2019.
Azuka is the daughter of Professor Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu, the first UK sickle/thalassaemia nurse specialist.
Sources - Photo: IMDb, Info: Wikipedia, digitalspy dot com, bbc dot co dot uk, 

Ugochukwu-Smooth Nzewi

Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi is a Nigerian artist, art historian, and curator, currently Curator of African art at Cleveland Museum of Art. He was raised in Enugu and studied under sculptor El Anatsui at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, before traveling as an artist and curator. In the United States, he completed his doctorate at Emory University in 2013 and became the curator of African art at Dartmouth College's Hood Museum of Art. In 2017, he moved to the Cleveland Museum of Art. Nzewi has curated the Nigerian Afrika Heritage Biennial three times, the Dak'Art biennial in 2014, and independent exhibitions at Atlanta's High Museum of Art and New York's Richard Taittinger Gallery. 
On July 22, 2019, he will join The Museum of Modern Art, New York, as the first Steven and Lisa Tananbaum Curator. 
Sources: contemporaryand dot com, wikipedia, artnews dot com, artsy dot com

Chidi Afulezi

Chidi Afulezi is the co-founder of Akoma, a content/storytelling technology platform where a combination of user generated and original content about Africa and its diaspora are created, published and shared with the world.

Prior to building Akoma Chidi helped to solve problems for some of the world's largest corporations.  From building mobile network infrastructure for AT&T to helping build out technology solutions as a music exec at Sony Music.

His career has been adventurous and prolific in the tech, entertainment and media industries, serving in an assortment of product executive roles with tech and media companies including Turner Broadcasting and Time Warner. His bachelor's degrees in Mathematics, Electrical Engineering and MBA were all received from New York University.

Nnamdi Okike

Nnamdi is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of 645 Ventures, a seed-stage firm that applies an institutional model to investing in early-stage companies, leveraging advanced proprietary software. He oversees the firm’s investment strategy and has invested in companies such as ALICE (acquired by Expedia), MM.LaFleur, Overtime, and LeagueApps.

Nnamdi previously spent eight years at Insight Venture Partners, a $13 billion venture fund, where he invested in eighteen companies and had nine exits, with exit value exceeding $5 billion. Exits included Mimecast (IPO; $1B+ market cap), Despegar (IPO, $2B market cap), Privalia (acquired for 500 million Euros), Folhamatic (acquired for $300 million), Photobox (acquired for 400 million GBP), Hitwise (acquired for $240 million), DivX Networks (IPO), and Astaro (acquired by Sophos).

Nnamdi received his BA, JD, and MBA, all with honors from Harvard University. He serves on the Board of the New York Roadrunners, and is a member of the Chairman’s Circle at…

Reggie Ugwu

Reggie Ugwuis a pop culture reporter covering a range of subjects, including film, television, music and internet culture. Before joining The New York Times in 2017, he was a reporter for BuzzFeed News and Billboard magazine, an intern for PBS Frontline, and a minor blogger for The Awl, Complex and others. 
He grew up in Houston and received a degree in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin.

Ijeoma Oluo

Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based writer, speaker, and Internet Yeller.  She’s the author of the New York Times Best-Seller So You Want to Talk about Race, published in January by Seal Press.
Named one of the The Root’s 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2017, one of the Most Influential People in Seattle by Seattle Magazine, one of the 50 Most Influential Women in Seattle by Seattle Met, and winner of the of the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award by the American Humanist Society.
Oluo’s work focuses primarily on issues of race and identity, feminism, social and mental health, social justice, the arts, and personal essay. Her writing has been featured in The Washington Post, NBC News, Elle Magazine, TIME, The Stranger, and the Guardian, among other outlets. 
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Unoma Okorafor

Dr. Unoma Okorafor is founder and CEO of Working to Advance STEM Education for African Women (WAAW) Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to promote STEM Education for African women, and to ensure that talent is engaged in technology innovation in Africa. WAAW Foundation especially focuses on girls in poverty-affected areas with a goal to ultimately increase the pipeline of African girls entering STEM related careers.

Unoma earned her undergraduate degree in Computer and Electrical Engineering from the University of Lagos and a M.Sc. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Rice University, Okorafor also graduated from INSEAD’s Social Entrepreneurship program and Stanford University Business School’s Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship.

She then went on to get her PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University and gained experience as a Software Developer and Engineer at Texas Instruments, IBM and Hewlett-Packard prior to her organization…

Ama Agbeze

Ama Agbeze is the captain of England's netball team. Agbeze plays in the goal defence and goal keeper positions. She debuted in the England national squad in 2001 and became captain during the 2016 season. During her international career she won bronze playing for the English team during the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
Agbeze played for the Loughborough Lightning in the Netball Superleague from 2004–2007, before transferring to Leeds Carnegie in 2008. In 2008 Agbeze signed with the West Coast Fever to play in the Australasian ANZ Championship. She subsequently moved to the Melbourne Vixens for the 2009 season, and after receiving little court time there she transferred to New Zealand franchise the Central Pulse for 2010.
Ama was educated at Monkton Combe School, near Bath, Somerset.
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Brad Ogbonna

Brad is a renowned editorial and commercial photographer based in New York City. A self-trained, photographer who has worked with the likes of Adidas, The FADER, Esquire, The New York Times, Bloomberg, Billboard, Vogue US and the painter  Kehinde Wiley.
Born and raised in the Twin Cities (where Purple Rain was made), he now lives in NYC.

Ifeyinwa and Emeka Frederick

The brother and sister duo on a mission to put Nigerian cuisine on London's foodie map. Chuku’s, their creation, is a London based pop-up Nigerian tapas restaurant. It offers Nigerian cuisine served in bitesized portions, allowing guests to savour a wide menu of Nigerian delicacies and enjoy a sociable, relaxed dining experience.  
The restaurant has the slogan "chop, chat, chill" — chop is Nigerian pidgin for 'eat' and the duo want the restaurant to be a place for people to relax and spend time chatting with friends over their food.
Time Out magazine describes them as “The best of Nigerian London”, The Evening Standard Newspaper calls Chuku’s “The hottest ticket in London” while Elle UK Magazine listed Ifeyinwa as one of 23 female Entrepreneurs Under 30 who is bossing life. 
Chuku’s is the place to be. 

Sources: Kitchup dot co dot uk; Londonist, Munchies dot vice dot com (Photo), TimeOut, theflexitarian dot co dot uk

Faraday Okoro

Faraday Okoro is a New York City based Nigerian-American filmmaker. Named after Michael Faraday, a 19th century English physicist and chemist, the idea of pursuing a career in science has been instilled in Faraday since birth. Though, despite his upbringing and name for that matter, Faraday was inspired to pursue a career in filmmaking after watching 20 minutes of the film Road to Perdition.
He graduated cum laude from Howard University, a historically black college in the heart of Washington, DC. At Howard, he was awarded the Trustees’ Scholarship, which allowed him to attend college tuition-free. Currently, Faraday is completing an MFA in filmmaking at NYU Film School, where he is a recipient of the Peter D. Gould Scholarship.
Faraday’s debut short film Full-Windsor has screened in 14 major film festivals, including the Los Angeles Film Festival, Austin Film Festival, Chicago International Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival and the Montreal World Film Festival. His …

Ike Ude

Iké Udé is a photographer, performance artist, author and publisher. He is best known for his conceptual photographic portraits that explore issues of representation and sexual, gender, cultural, and stylistic identity. 
Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, Ike attended the Government Secondary School, a British boarding school in Afikpo Nigeria. He was a habitué of London before he moved to New York[2] in 1981 to study Media Communications at Hunter College, CUNY. He began his artistic art career in the late 1980s with abstract painting and drawing. Since the 1990s, photography has been Udé's primary medium
Udé is the author of Style File: The World's Most Elegantly Dressed, published by Harper Collins in 2008. The volume profiles 55 influential arbiters of style. The publication provides information on all of the 55 women and men profiled, including John Galliano, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Diane von Furstenberg, Dita Von Teese, and Christian Louboutin.

Udé also cre…

Ijeoma Oguegbu

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Ijeoma is the CEO/Co­founder of Beavly. Beavly is an online marketplace that connects people to top professionals with the purpose of learning alongside them in their workplace. Trainees gain practical knowledge and hands-on experience by interacting physically with the professionals.

Ijeoma Oguegbu graduated from the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), a non-profit post-graduate training and mentoring program and startup incubator, in June, 2016. She had studied Computer Science and Business Management at Wisconsin International University College in Ghana.
Sources: AngelList, LeadingLadies Africa, SheLeadsAfrica, TechPoint Nigeria

Dame Elizabeth Anionwu

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Dame Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu DBE FRCN is a nurse, health expert, tutor, lecturer and medical professor of Irish and Igbo descent. Elizabeth contributed to opening the first sickle cell and thalassemia counselling centre in the UK. As the Dean of the School of Adult Nursing Studies and a Professor of Nursing at University of West London, she helped create the Mary Seacole Centre for Nursing Practice. 
In 2001, Anionwu, along with Professor Atkin, wrote the book The Politics of Sickle Cell and Thalassemia. Anionwu then in 2005 wrote a book called A Short History of Mary Seacole.
Dame Elizabeth was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2001 for her services to nursing. In 2004 she was awarded the Fellowship Of the Royal College of Nursing (FRCN) for developing the sickle cell and thalassemia counselling centre. In 2007, following her retirement, she was appointed Emeritus Professor for Nursing at the University of West London. In 2010 she was indu…

Chioma Ude

Chioma Ude is the enigmatic founder and executive director of Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF). An avid film watcher and commentator, her passion for the industry grew more intense after her involvement in the production of the 2007 Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) UK Roadshow. The ensuing relationship culminated in Chioma producing the 2008 Africa Movie Academy Awards and the institution of a brainchild of hers called the AMAA Charity Benefit. This novel initiative was designed to be an annual Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) platform for industry practitioners and stakeholders to give back to society. 
In 2009, she went on to become the local producer of the ION International Film Festival (IONIFF), held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State in Nigeria. IONIFF is a global touring festival originating from Hollywood, whose objective is the promotion of global awareness and peace through arts, culture and films.
Chioma has a degree in marketing from University O…

Yvonne Orji

Yvonne Orji is an actress and is best known for her work on HBO’s  Insecure (2016), Sex (Therapy) with the Jones(2013) and The Conversation: Talk Show Series (2016).
Yvonne was born in Nigeria and moved to the U.S. when she 6 years old. Orji was on a path to become a medical doctor, but the opportunity to be in a beauty pageant changed that. She decided to defy her parents’ wishes and pursue a career in writing, stand-up comedy, and acting. She began writing for the TVOne show Love That Girl, which starred Tatyana Ali, and was named the new Queen of Comedy by Ayiba Magazine. 
Yvonne also created a web series called First Gen. The show told the story of a Nigerian immigrant daughter who forgoes her medical degree to pursue stardom. The series’ pilot went viral and Orji gained attention from HBO producers who then cast her in Issa Rae’s new show, Insecure.
Yvonne has a bachelor's degree in sociology and a master's degree in public health from George Washington University.

Ifeanyi Awachie

Ifeanyi Awachie is a writer and curator. She studied English at Yale, where she produced a multimedia novella as her senior project in the competitive Writing Concentration. She wrote, performed, and competed with Teeth Slam Poets, Yale's nationally-recognized slam poetry team, of which she was Artistic Director. She was chosen to perform her poem Let's Commence as the Ivy Ode, an annual tribute to Yale College, at the 2014 Class Day Ceremony.
A visual thinker, Ifeanyi uses photography as a means of storytelling. Determined to find images of Nigeria she sensed were missing from mainstream media, she traveled alone to the country for the first time since birth to start the multimedia project Summer in Igboland, aimed at documenting Nigeria in a nuanced way and rebranding it in a positive light. She won the Tristan Perlroth Prize for Summer Foreign Travel to support the project and has hosted multiple exhibits at Yale. In 2015, she published a book based on her experiences. 

Emuche Nwaigwe

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David Emuche Nwaigwe is a multi-talented artist and teacher. He graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago where he studied drawing and painting.

Nwaigwe, who has an MBA, identifies himself mainly as an illustrator. He however has an interest in other artistic mediums including filmmaking, printmaking, and fashion design.

Emuche's fantastic works can be found here

Sources: AfroPunk dot com, EmucheNwaigwe dot com

Austin Nwachukwu

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Austin describes himself as the weirdest tech YouTuber you're not subscribed to. If you like tech, gaming, and comedy, his channel is the place to go.
A Social media influencer and entrepreneur with an academic background in computer engineering. Austin manages a YouTube channel where he provides comical but candid technology-based videos to an audience of almost 50,000 subscribers. Because of this experience, he has amassed over 6 million views and partnerships with YouTube, Amazon, Motorola, HP, LG, and many other marketing companies.
Austin was recently named by DailyTekk as one of the most promising Tech reviewers on YouTube. 

Angie Nwandu

Angelica “Angie” Nwandu is the CEO of 'The Shade Room'. Recently TIME magazine recognised her among the 30 most influential people on the internet.
Angie who is 25 has transformed The Shade Room from an instagram account into a flourishing media empire, replete with its own tipsters, staff and advertisers—all of whom serve an audience of 3.9 million. The Shade Room has spawned a website, Facebook page, YouTube channel, Snapchat account, and online store.
The Shade Room has a full-time staff of four who work in shifts to publish 24 hours a day; 20 unpaid interns around the country who work around 10 hours a week, going to events and keeping an ear to the ground in Atlanta, Miami, New York, and L.A.; and an ever-growing number of readers, aka “Roommates,” who submit tips of varying levels of accuracy.
Nwandu is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, USA

George Ibekie

George is the founder and CEO of DivvyRide. DivvyRide is a start-up that is transforming the current ride share industries. By developing a solutions based model, DivvyRide has created a paradigm shift in ride hailing services by taking the best of the car-for-hire model and combining it with the innovation and forward momentum of the ride share industry.  DivvyRide lets you book rides up to a year in advance, giving you an exact quote for your fare before you order. The app also has options to book immediate rides. A standard DivvyRide fare pairs you with another rider going the same direction as you, but it’s possible to get a private ride for a slight up-charge.

George is a graduate of Indiana University and a former employee of Goldman Sachs.
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Zim Ugochukwu

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Zim Ugochukwu is the CEO of Travel Noire, a digital publishing platform for travelers of color. With an audience of 150k+, she is changing the way we view international travel, forever.

Zim has cloned genes linked to genetic disorders, traveled on a 10-day, 4,900 miles national journey on a train through India to shadow social entrepreneurs and recently launched Travel Noire Academy, an online travel school comprised of courses and challenges tailored to the black experience.

She was named in Glamour Magazine’s “20 Amazing Young Women Who Are Already Changing the World” and Triad Business Journal’s “Top 40 Under Forty,”

Zim was born in Mankato, Minnesota

Sources: blackenterprise dot com, Zim Web

Chinedu Azodoh

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Chinedu Azodoh is a co-founder of Metro Africa Express (MAX). MAX is a crowdsourced last-mile delivery platform that recruits and trains thousands of motorcycle riders and transforms them into a network of delivery agents for small to medium sized merchants. Their goal is to become the “Uber” of ecommerce last-mile logistics in Africa.

Chinedu Azodoh develops MAX’s financing and pricing models and validates the startup’s key business model assumptions. He leads the engineering team and takes ownership of the MAX Technology Stack. He holds a BSc in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering from Illinois Tech. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Finance from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Chinedu has experience leading software development teams at Fortune 50 corporations. He worked as an analyst and developer at Barclays and Goldman Sachs and gained solid experience in Finance and Competitive Market Analysis.

Chinedu is passionate about building businesses in A…

Chidinma 'Nma' Okpara

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A self-declared "nerd," Chidinma 'Nma' Okpara is a Nigerian Chef, serving up -- you guessed it -- quick and easy Nigerian food. Nma who hails from Imo state was recently featured in CNN's article "5 African food bloggers you need to start following now". She was also featured in Venture Africa's article "8 female bloggers changing the face of cuisine in Africa".

Nma's food is hearty, with stews and soups aplenty. She records her food with the passion she thrives on, style and photographic panache. The need to celebrate Nigerian meals and teach others a simpler method of preparing them inspired her well known blog - She also has plans to showcase Africa’s exotic cuisines through her “Dine Africa” project. In her words "Food does not have to be complicated. Food brings love, food brings happiness". Chidinma is surely one to watch.

Sources: CNN, Venture Africa, Nigeria Lazy Chef, Chidinma Okpara

Chizoba Imoka

Chizoba is the founder and Executive Director of Unveiling Africa (UVA), an international non-profit that unites and connects Nigerian teenagers around the globe for positive social change.

She holds a Masters in Educational Administration and International Development Education from the University of Toronto and is currently pursuing a PhD. Chizoba’s excellence and contributions in the community, professional life and academia has gained recognition. She is the recipient of the 2013 Heroes Award for Selfless Service to Africa, Global Citizenship Award from the University of Alberta International, Teamwork Award from Alberta Transportation and the BBPA Minerva Scholarship for academic excellence. Chizoba is a Junior Fellow at Massey College in University of Toronto.

Chigozie Obioma

Chigozie Obioma was born in Nigeria. He has lived in Cyprus, Turkey and now the United States where he is a professor of Literature and Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

A recipient of Hopwood Awards in fiction and poetry, his fiction has appeared in Virginia Quarterly Review and Transition. His novel, THE FISHERMEN, has been published originally in English by ONE/Pushkin Press (UK), Little, Brown (US/Canada), Scribe (Australia/NZ), and in 8 languages since Spring 2015.

Chigozie Obioma was described by the NY Times as truly the heir to ­Chinua Achebe.

Source:, NY Times.

Ebele Okobi

Ebele Okobi is facebook's head of public policy in Africa. Before joining Facebook Ebele was the Director of Yahoo!’s Business & Human Rights Program, leading Yahoo!’s efforts to promote privacy and free expression on the Internet.

Before Yahoo!, Ebele worked as a corporate securities and mergers & acquisitions attorney at Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York, Paris and London, an attorney fellow at Consumers Union (a consumer rights advocacy non-profit) in San Francisco, a director of Advisory Services at Catalyst (a non-profit with the mission of advancing women in business) in San Jose and Amsterdam and at Nike’s EMEA headquarters in Amsterdam, where she created marketing, corporate responsibility and business development strategy for Africa. In 2001, she took a year-long sabbatical in order to volunteer for human rights organizations in the US and Senegal.

Ms. Okobi, who hails from Asaba, earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Southern California, a JD from C…


Jidenna Theodore Mobisson is a musical artist and performer. He was born in Wisconsin to an American mother, Tama Mobisson, an accountant, and a father of Igbo Nigerian heritage, Oliver Mobisson, a professor of computer science at Enugu State University until 1995, when the family moved from Nigeria to Massachusetts.

Jidenna graduated from Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts in 2003. Jidenna attended Stanford University in California from 2003 to 2008.

Jidenna is signed to Janelle Monáe's Wondaland Records label and distributed through Epic Records. He has collaborated with numerous artists, including Roman GianArthur, St. Beauty, Deep Cotton and Janelle Monáe herself, recording a five-song compilation EP titled The Eephus. In February 2015, he released his first single, "Classic Man", featuring Roman GianArthur, another artist signed to Wondaland Records. The song has been played in heavy rotation throughout the United States and debuted at number 49 on Billboard Hot…

Harrison Nwozo

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In 2001, Harrison C. Nwozo Jr, created Tribe X Entertainment LLC, a promotions and Nigerian brand marketing company in Maryland, USA.

Tribe X Entertainment has promoted and sponsored many historical events in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. They include his first event in 2001, a Banky W concert in Washington DC, several Nollywood movie premieres, African International Beauty Pageants, fashion shows, Soccer tournaments, Fundraisers, African Festivals and numerous concerts featuring Nigeria’s top acts like Tuface, Dbanj, Flavour Nabania, Julius Agwu, and P Square to name a few.

Harrison "Harry Baba" Nwozo Jr won the Award for Best US based Promoter in 2008 from the Nigerian entertainment Awards, New York.

In 2011, Mr Nwozo assembled a group of talented young African artists in the Diaspora and he co-executively produced a song and video whose theme was African Unity: "Africans. In addition, Harrison created the ‘Ndi Igbo Jikotanu’ mixtapes to promote …

Dehlia Umunna

Dehlia Umunna is a Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She has been a lecturer at HLS since 2007, and is Deputy Director and Clinical Instructor at HLS’s Criminal Justice Institute (CJI).

Prior to joining CJI, Ms. Umunna spent seven years at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS) as a trial attorney. At PDS, she represented indigent clients in hundreds of cases that ranged in seriousness from misdemeanor charges of theft, assault, and drug possession, to felony charges of narcotics distribution, firearms possession, armed robbery, kidnapping, child sexual abuse, rape and homicide. Some of Ms. Umunna’s cases received nationwide media attention.

From 2002 to 2007, Ms. Umunna was an adjunct professor of law at American University, Washington College of Law (WCL). In that capacity, she created and taught a seminar titled “The Lawyer’s Role in the Judicial Practice." 

Ms. Umunna is a member of the Massachusetts, Maryland, District of Columbia an…

Amara Enyia

Dr. Amara Enyia, 32, earned a PhD in education policy studies and a law degree simultaneously from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has served as a public policy fellow under former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. Currently, she works as a municipal development consultant and is the executive director of Austin Chamber of Commerce on Chicago’s West Side.

Amara serves on the board of the Renaissance Reintegration Project. This social enterprise provides entrepreneurship training for ex-offenders often unable to successfully reintegrate to their communities because of the stigma of their records. A keen athlete, she has participated in two Ironman competitions.

In 2014 Amara announced her candidacy for Mayor of Chicago, she was one of the first candidates to announce a bid to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel. She later withdrew.

Cedric Ogbuehi

Cedric Ogbuehi, born April 25, 1992 is an American football offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas A&M.

Ogbuehi attended Allen High School in Allen, Texas, where he was a two-time all-state selection. In his junior year, Ogbuehi was the best blocker for an offense that averaged 36.1 points and 225 rushing yards per game, finishing the season 15–1 with a UIL state championship. As a senior, Ogbuehi helped lead the way for an Allen offense that averaged over 466 yards per game, allowing just one sack. He was an Associated Press second-team all-state pick and unanimous first-team all-district honoree. He played in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

As a senior in 2014, he received first team All-America honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation. As early as May 2014, Ogbuehi was projected a high first-round selection in the 2015 NFL Draft by various mock drafts. Despite tearing his ACL in his fina…

Obi Okeke

Obi Okeke, is the co-founder of Los Angeles-based prestige car dealership Fusion Luxury Motors. Fusion Luxury Motors is the most unique Independent Luxury Exotic Automobile Dealership on the west coast located in Los Angeles California. It places a high emphasis on Contemporary Ultra Exotic & Vintage/Classic Cars.

With over 25 years in the Automobile Industry, Obi posses the prowess to undertake any high-Level Complex Automobile transaction including large Automobile Collections, as he has accomplished many times over.

Obi has been in the news recently. Floyd Mayweather, the boxer, bizarrely rang Obi at 3am to order a Bugatti - insisting the car was to be in his driveway in just 12 hours. The £1.5million valued super-car was delivered just 11 hours later.

Sources: Daily Mail, Fusion Luxury Motors web site.

Jahlil Okafor

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19 year old Jahlil Okafor is a 6'11", 270-pound basketball player for the Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team. He entered Duke with widespread recognition as the preseason Collegiate National Player of the Year. He played high school basketball in Chicago, Illinois for Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, where he earned high school national player of the year awards from McDonalds, USA Today and Parade.

He was heavily recruited since before high school and had been at the top of the recruiting rankings for several years. He is a distant cousin of Emeka Okafor. At the 2012 FIBA Under-17 World Championship, he earned the Tournament MVP for the gold-medal winning USA team. In 2013, Okafor led Whitney Young to the 2013 Chicago Public High School League (CPL) city championship. He was an All-American as a junior in 2013. The following summer, he was an All-Tournament team selection at the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship for the gold-medal Team USA.

At Duk…

Amede Nzeribe

Amede Nzeribe, founder of AMEDE, is one of the leading icons in the Nigerian fashion industry. Amede, a lawyer turned designer believes in designing timeless classic pieces that appeal to women of all ages. The brand has graced the catwalks of major fashion shows like Arise Magazine Fashion week for two consecutive years, and the Lagos Fashion and design week for three consecutive years. The brand has been featured in major publications like Conde Nast, Glamour, Elle and Vogue magazine. The brand has also had the opportunity to be featured alongside international brands like Mary Katranzou, Lanvin, Prada etc on international showroom sites for international fashion buyers, bloggers and fashion editors.

Amede’s 2015 coolection, ‘The Lady’ featured at the Catwalk Edit London Fashion Week event this year at Chelsea Old Town Hall. Amede hails from Oguta in Imo State.

Sources: Amede, Dr Ebere Okereke, London Fashion Week, Vogue, Prada

Uche Uzorka

Uche Uzorka is a mixed media artist who lives and works in Lagos, Nigeria. Uzorka was born in 1974 in Delta State, Nigeria, and graduated in 2001 from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, majoring in painting.

Uzorka’s practice incorporates painting, collage, cutting and pasting, charcoal, and ink drawing in an examination of processes of urban street culture. Uzorka won First Place in the National Art Competition in 2011 for his collaboration with artist Chike Obeagu.

Odera Igbokwe

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Odera Igbokwe was born in 1990 in a cocoon of fire and stardust and raised in Maplewood, New Jersey. Odera received a BFA in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design and studied movement-theater and West African dance at Brown University.

Odera’s illustration work is in the collections of Beyoncé Knowles, Solange Knowles, and Oumou Sangaré. Odera currently lives and works in New York City. As an illustrator, Odera loves to explore storytelling through character archetypes, afro-diasporic mythologies, and magical girl transformation sequences.

Visit to learn more about Odera’s work.

Source: Lightspeed Magazine