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Ijeoma Oluo

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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. 
Source: ijeomaoluo dot com. Photo: christyharriso dot com

Unoma Okorafor

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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

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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.
Source: Wikipedia.

Brad Ogbonna

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.
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Ifeanyi Awachie

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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. 
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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

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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

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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 - Nigerianlazychef.com. 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

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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

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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: chigozieobioma.com, NY Times.

Ebele Okobi

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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Amede Nzeribe

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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 mytrand.com 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

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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 odera-igbokwe.com to learn more about Odera’s work.

Source: Lightspeed Magazine

Chika Oduah

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Chika Oduah, a freelance journalist and photographer, has reported in Central America, Africa and the U.S. From her current base in Nigeria, Chika covers the West Africa region for international news outlets like Al Jazeera,  AllAfrica, NBC, The New York Times, UK Guardian, The Atlantic, National Geographic, National Public Radio, This Is Africa, MSNBC and many more.

Chika's work has also appeared in The Huffington Post, CNN’s Inside Africa, McClatchy News, Religion News Service and National Public Radio, among other publications. She is a 2010 graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, with a Master of Science degree in broadcast journalism. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism.

Sources: Afrocentric Confessions, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera

Uche Okoronkwo

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A passionate journalist, Uche Okoronkwo has years of experience reporting on Africa’s business and financial landscape.

After graduating with an M.A in business and financial journalism from Columbia university’s prestigious school of journalism in New York, Uche worked as an anchor for CNBC Africa covering West Africa’s markets and interviewing some of the continents biggest names in business.

Joining Bloomberg TV Africa in 2013, Uche continues to bring Africa’s markets to the global playground.

Source: BloombergTV

Yvonne Ike

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Yvonne Ike is an internationally regarded investment banker credited with pioneering a number of ground breaking transactions which significantly deepened the Nigerian market . With over 18 years professional experience in financial services.Yvonne has led senior teams across New York, Geneva, Hong-Kong Nigeria, South Africa and India.

She gained exposure to all capital market operations and products including fixed income, derivatives, and equities. Yvonne was appointed Managing Director with responsibility for West Africa, allowing her to work mainly in Nigeria. In this role Yvonne was instrumental in raising the profile of Nigeria as an investment destination for international investors and was involved in 28 transactions across Africa.

She led innovative transactions including GT Bank’s Global Depositary Receipt (GDR) a US750M listing on the London Stock Exchange, the US$300M UBA GDR, Yvonne led on the merger of Stanbic and IBTC. In an advisory capacity Yvonne provided financial a…

Phillip Ihenacho

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Phillip Ihenacho has 20 years of corporate finance and consulting experience. He is currently Chairman of Seven Energy, a leading independent oil and gas company in Nigeria that was bought out from Weatherford, the NYSE listed oil and gas services company.

Phillip was previously CEO of UBA Capital Europe Ltd (formerly Afrinvest UK) and is a co-founder of the premier West African investment bank, Afrinvest West Africa. Phillip has been active in the African telecommunications, financial services and oil & gas industries for more than 12 years.

During the course of the last several years, he has been involved in capital raising and acquisition advisory mandates in Ghana, Nigeria, and Cote d’Ivoire, on behalf of multinational and regional telecommunications companies, oil and gas companies, and financial institutions.

Prior to Afrinvest, Phillip worked for McKinsey & Co. in New York, London, Stockholm and Johannesburg. While at McKinsey he worked primarily in corporate finance-rela…

Kelechi Anyadiegwu

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Kelechi Anyadiegwu (@KelechiUjuu) is the founder of Zuvaa. Zuvaa creates a unique social shopping experience that connects customers all over the globe to African style. Zuvaa also offers unique products from around the world as well as a community that embraces and engages the customer through meaningful cultural stories about each designer. She started Zuvaa to fill a void she saw in the African Fashion Industry, a place for affordable, ethically made, African Inspired Pieces.


Kelechi is a also social media and community engagement expert, having worked on a wide range of projects and clients, from EA Sports to the Microelectromechanical Systems Sensors Trade Association. She has also the founder of JELYPals, which is an edtech startup that seeks to use education and technology to create bridges in the African Diaspora.


Source: Inc Magazine

Blossom Ozurumba

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Blossom is currently the technical Assistant on New Media to the Honorable Minister of State, Petroleum Resources at Ministry of Petroleum Resources, Abuja, Nigeria.

Rose blossom who prefers to be called Blossom, holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Management from the Coventry University, United Kingdom where she graduated with a Second Class Upper Division; Professional Certificate in Public Relations from the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Professional Diploma in Public Relations from the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, a member of the Global Alliance for Public Relations and Communication Management; and an Advanced Certificate in Journalism from the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas where she graduated with a Distinction.

She joined the services of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on 5th March 2007 as a Graduate Trainee and currently works as the Technical Assistant on New Media to the Honorable Minister of State, Petroleu…

Catherine Uju Ifejika

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Catherine Uju Ifejika is chairman and chief executive of the Britannia U Group, a group of oil and gas companies. The Company is an indigenous and Integrated Oil & Gas Company, incorporated on 4th December, 1995 under the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The Company has Upstream (Exploration & Production), Downstream, (Supply & Trading), Shipping and Sub-Surface Engineering Affiliate Companies. Recently her business bought a stake in a major oil and gas field, Ajapa. The reserves, according to Britannia, are worth $4.3bn

A lawyer by profession, Mrs Ifejika previously worked in the oil and gas industry for 20 years in Texaco, which later merged with Chevron, rising from junior counsel up to regional company secretary before retiring early to focus a building an enterprise for herself.

She is a graduate of Queens College Enugu and Ahmadu Bello University.


Yagazie Emezi

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Dedicated to the cultural preservation of the African aesthetic, Yagazie Emezi began her website yagazieemezi.com - as a project to locate young and upcoming photographers with the intent of providing a platform that showcases their work and points of view of Africa. This is part of a concerted effort to encourage the creative arts movement within Africa and the Diaspora, to provide us with spaces to tell our own stories, support our creative entrepreneurs, and view ourselves through our own lenses. With a dual degree in Cultural Anthropology & Africana Studies, Yagazie embarked on this journey to not only curate our existing culture and the talent of our youth, but to also emphasize the necessity of a habit of cultural preservation among us that goes beyond documenting only past and traditional practices. Our culture is NOW.

With contributing photographers based in Ghana, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, U.S and Germany and with varied backgrounds, this site d…

Ifeyinwa Okafor

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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.

Nwando Ajene

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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.

Chika Nwobi

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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…

Chinelo Anohu-Amazu

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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.

Lilian Anekwe

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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

Chijindu Ujah

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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

Ada Uzoije

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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

Uzo Aduba

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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.

Akwaeke Emeli

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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.

Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze

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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