One to watch
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 Duke, he earned the USBWA National Freshman of the Year and ACC Player of the Year. He was also a 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball All-American first-team selection. He is a superstar in the making.
Monday, 23 March 2015
Monday, 16 March 2015
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
Tuesday, 10 February 2015
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.
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
One to Watch
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
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
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
Monday, 17 November 2014
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.
Monday, 3 November 2014
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 and ratings advise to the Federal Government of Nigeria , the Ghanaian Government and The Lagos State Government. She led a team that built a cross product business that exceeded revenues of $100m.
In 2008 she was a member of the special Technical Committee for the Review of Capital Market Structure . Yvonne has a BSc in economic and spent the first three years of her career as an auditor with Ernst and Young International. She has been an FSA registered representative since 1994. In 2007 she received recognition from Her Majesty The Queen as one of the Top 200 business women in the UK to make a significant impact on society. she was listed on the UK Powerlist in 2008. A keen supporter of charitable projects including the acting as a senior advisor. African Gifted Foundation . She is the current Vice Chair of the Prince’s Trust Women’s Leadership Group.
Tuesday, 21 October 2014
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-related assignments, particularly in privatisation, capital markets and banking areas. He has also served as Chairman of the Investment Committee of Aureos West Africa Fund.
Phillip has a BA in History from Yale University and a JD in law from Harvard Law School. He was born in Lagos and grew up in Jos, Nigeria.
Monday, 6 October 2014
One to watch
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
Wednesday, 24 September 2014
One To Watch
Blossom Nnodim is a Nigerian writer, compère, entrepreneur and public servant. She is popular across major cities in Nigeria for her social media educative start-up known as #AdoptATweep.
Blossom was born in Bauchi, Nigeria. She is a graduate of Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri and Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
Blossom Nnodim was awarded the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) of the U.S Department of State as one of the Young African Leaders selected to monitor the U.S Elections in November 2012. She has since been involved in electoral governance especially using social media and was invited to monitor the recent FCT Council elections as a Foreign Observer. She was one of the speakers at TedX Abuja.
In July 2012, she was named a ProMaCon Project Management Ambassador and committed herself to a Social Good Advocacy responsibility to use the social media and other platforms to educate young Nigerians about the ideals of project management and its indispensability to national development. She has variously been described as an inspiration to young people.
Friday, 12 September 2014
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.
Thursday, 28 August 2014
One to Watch
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 documents their work and travels, in and out of Africa. You’ll also find interviews spotlighting African creatives, as well as features on art, fashion, and film. The goal is to illuminate new and different perspectives on the continent along with highlighting young and overlooked talent.
Yagazie Ledi Francisca Emezi was born and raised in Aba, Nigeria and moved to the United States in 2005 where her love and yearning for home led to an intensified passion for Africa and the arts. She is also a visual artist and cartoonist, as well as a video blogger whose YouTube channel is a popular digital platform that discusses social issues, hilarious snippets of personal life, and a plethora of topics rarely addressed openly in African communities, such as eating disorders and sexuality.
Monday, 18 August 2014
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
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 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 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 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.
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
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.
Monday, 2 June 2014
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.
Monday, 26 May 2014
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
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 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.
Wednesday, 5 February 2014
Happy New Year.
We have been busy, we have been moving home. A picture we were told is worth a thousand words. They speak louder we kept hearing....So -> We are now on Pinterest.
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Your continuous feedback and support will always be appreciated. Thank you & God bless.
Management. (Feb. 2014)
Thursday, 19 December 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.
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
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, 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 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
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
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.