Wednesday, 5 February 2014

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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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Management. (Feb. 2014)


Thursday, 19 December 2013

Ndi-Igbo in 2013


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ogo Offodile hit the headlines as Solange Knowles' new stylist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

Monday, 25 November 2013

Ifeanyi Menkiti

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

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

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

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Christian Nwachukwu


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


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

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Odera Ume-Ezeoke

Odera(Left)


Odera Ume-Ezeoke is the founder and CEO of Viewsy

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

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

Monday, 28 October 2013

Michael Ajakwe Jr.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 7 October 2013

Chima Okorie

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 30 September 2013

Emeka Mba



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

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

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

Monday, 16 September 2013

Joanna Chikwe


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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 9 September 2013

Nneoma Okorie


One to Watch:

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

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

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

Monday, 26 August 2013

Nkechinyere Anele


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

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

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

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Jordan Ibe

One to watch

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 29 July 2013

Ndidi Ekubia


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

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

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

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

Monday, 22 July 2013

Akudo Anyanwu Ikemba


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

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

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

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

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

Monday, 15 July 2013

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Monday, 8 July 2013

Uche Orji


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

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

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

Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Grace Ihejiamaizu


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

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

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

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

Sources: US State Department, Youth Village Africa.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Winnie Awa


One to watch


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

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

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

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

For more information on Winnie, please click here

Monday, 17 June 2013

Emeka Afigbo

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

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

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

Sources: otekbits, TedX

Monday, 10 June 2013

Chidube Ezeozue

One to Watch

MIT graduate student Chidube Ezeozue is a first class electrical engineering graduate of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is currently pursuing dual master’s degrees in MIT’s Technology and Policy Program and in electrical engineering and computer science.

Frustrated by his nation’s erratic electrical grid, Chidube created an app, with his brother, that crowdsources information about Nigerian power outages. With the app, called NepaSituation, people living in Nigeria can report outages. This data, when merged into an algorithm developed by Ezeozue, can help Nigerians predict when power outages may strike their neighborhoods, and how long those outages might last.

After graduating from MIT in June, Ezeozue will remain in Cambridge, working as a software engineer for Google.

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Sources: Massachusetts Institute Of Technology, Bella Naija

Monday, 3 June 2013

Ifeyinwa Ighodalo

Ifeyinwa is a graduate of Accounting from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and has a Diploma in Interior Design from the American College in London.

Ifeyinwa has worked in and run various furniture manufacturing and interior design companies, including Coonita, Casafina furniture company and Design Options, which she co-founded in 1987. Her passion and love of interiors helped grow Design Options and establish the brand as the preferred choice and one-stop shop for furniture and interior design in Nigeria.

As an icon In the industry, Ifeyinwa has set out to re-invent herself through the brand DO.II which will service the need for a wide range of design choices and high-end finishes along with the impeccable organization, customer service and quality that she stands for, thus filling the gap that the dissolution of Design Options has left in the industry.

In addition to the 2012 Best Residential Designer Award, Ifeyinwa has been honoured with the St Moritz Style Woman of the year Award 2004. She is also the proud recipient of the prestigious International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC) 2010 Award, a global initiative supported by the US Department of State.

Monday, 20 May 2013

Robert Nkemdiche

One To Watch


Robert Nkemdiche born September 19, 1994 is an American football defensive end. He currently attends Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia in his senior year.

Nkemdiche has been named High School Junior of the Year by Rivals.com,and was selected to the 2011 USA Today All-American team. He has been regarded as the "Southeast's best [high school football] prospect since the early 1980s" by ESPN. Nkemdiche committed to Ole Miss, making him the highest touted Rebels recruit since Eli Manning in 1999.

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, His father is a cardiologist while his mother is a politician currently represents Onitsha South in the Anambra State House of Assembly.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Justus Nwaoga



Justus Nwaoga is among ten 2013 African innovators who were nominated for developing practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable problems. They were chosen from more than 900 applications from 45 countries.  The finalists for the Innovation Prize for Africa, IPA, 2013 provided practical examples of Africa’s investment potentials.

Nwaoga was nominated for developing a new way to collect renewable solar energy by using the mimosa pudica weed, an organic African medicinal plant.  With this breakthrough, it was possible to construct a functional mimosa solar panel with the Mimosa plant extract. The solar panel is designed in such a way that the electrical potential of the cells can be restored on exposure to direct sun rays, after they have been discharged.

The Innovation Prize for Africa is an award founded by the African Innovation Foundation and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.  It mobilises African innovators and entrepreneurs by providing a total of $150 000 to winners who deliver market-oriented solutions for African-led development. The prize encourages private equity investors, government and development leaders to invest across sectors and build a climate that fuels Africa’s economic growth.

Nwaogu is with the Department of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Ijeoma Emesowum



One to Watch

Ijeoma Emesowum returns for her fifth season at the Shaw Festival as Sarah Undershaft in Major Barbara and Vernon in Guys and Dolls. Last season, she appeared in Ragtime and A Man and Some Woman. Previous Shaw credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Admirable Crichton, The Women, Serious Money, Born Yesterday, Half an Hour and The Devil’s Disciple.

After making the jump to Toronto in May 2008, Ijeoma began the quest to enrich herself. She began with the help of b currents rAiz’n ensemble, then with Canadian Stage Company’s GYM and by getting out in the big city, whose skyscrapers and huge crowds continue to amaze this small town girl. Ijeoma has also been part of the annual reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, hosted by the Shaw Festival.

Other theatre credits include a workshop of Lisa Codrington’s The Aftermath (New Groundswell Festival, Nightwood Theatre); Binti’s Journey (Theatre Direct); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Canadian Stage Company); The Norbals, Jitters, The Women, Appointment with Death (University of Windsor).

Ijeoma holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Windsor.

Monday, 22 April 2013

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Monday, 15 April 2013

Francisca Okeke

Francisca Okeke is a Professor of Physics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She recently received the L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Award for her significant contributions to the understanding of daily variations of the ion currents in the upper atmosphere which may further our understanding of climate change.

In a statement, UNESCO said Okeke has made the study of the ionosphere her lifetime work. The ionosphere lies between 50km and 1000km above the earth surface. “A very thick layer of charged particles, the ionosphere produces changes in the magnetic field on earth’s surface that affect the planet in a host of ways. Her research could lead to a better understanding of climate change and help pinpoint sources of dramatic phenomena like tsunamis and earthquakes”

She was also the Dean in the faculty of Physical Sciences at her University, from 2008 to 2010.

On YouTube



Monday, 8 April 2013

Chinwe Lucy Ozoegwu


Chinwe is currently researching autonomous self-adapting industrial in-house built robots, and how they can be used to facilitate mass customization. Robots, she hopes, will learn from their own experiences without being restricted to pre-conceived routines. In other words robots will use their experiences to think for themselves.

Chinwe Ozoegwu received her BEng in Electrical and Electronics (4.62/5 GPA) from Moscow Power Engineering Institute, an MSc in Electronics and Information Technology (with Distinction) from Sheffield Hallam University and is currently pursuing a PhD in Industrial Automation and Robotics in Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

In line with her stellar academic credentials, Chinwe secured a Bilateral Education agreement between Nigeria and Russia including free tuition, maintenance, insurance, book and travel allowances from the Russian and Nigerian governments, at Tver State Technical University and Moscow Power Engineering Institute.

She is also currently lecturing a range of engineering subjects at the undergraduate level. She is also fervently committed to inspiring young women to study Engineering and Science disciplines, and is a member of Women in science, Engineering and Technology of Sheffield Hallam University.

LINK: Chinwe explains the science behind the Festo robot arm (YouTube).



Monday, 25 March 2013

Nicholas Okoye

Nicholas Okoye (@NickyOkoye) is presently the President and Chief Executive Officer of Anabel Group Inc, the group includes Anabel Mobile Limited, Nigeria’s pioneer tier one Manufacturer of Smart Mobile Devices, online portals and data platforms, Anabel Capital, Advisor and capacity building Consultant to the Central Bank of Nigeria. Anabel Technology specializes in developing applications that allow groups, associations and corporations to share work reports off site and integrate solutions from anywhere in the World.

Nicholas Okoye is the founding Group Executive Director and the first Leader of the pioneer Executive team that set up the Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp), Nigeria’s first home grown conglomerate, involved in Oil, Gas, Hospitality and Agriculture. At Transcorp, Nicholas was responsible for rising over $1 billion USD in less than twelve months which was recorded and still is, one of Nigeria’s most successful capital raising exercises till date.


In 2005 Nicholas was nominated as one of the top forty Nigerians “under forty” by Nigeria’s leading News Papers. He was also nominated twice, first in 2006 and then 2008 as one of the top five most innovative young Executives in Nigeria by one of the Country’s leading New Papers, ThisDay, at its annual Thisday Awards ceremony.

Nicholas was educated at the Anambra State University of Technology where he gained a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Micro Biology and Genetic Engineering. He has participated in extensive higher educational programs including Executive Educational courses at Harvard Business School and London Business School. He is married with three children.

Monday, 4 March 2013

Ikenna Azuike

Ikenna Azuike (33) is an ex City lawyer turned internet personality and entrepreneur. After turning his back on a successful career as a lawyer in London, New York and Singapore, Ikenna took the surprising step of becoming a youtube video blogger focussed on Africa and an internet entrepreneur with a niche in sustainability. Four years on, Ikenna’s youtube show What’s Up Africa has a following of thousands. His foundation and company Strawberry Earth has also become a well established name in the sustainability field in the Netherlands.

Ikenna’s digital life is devoted to finding the latest creative and innovative trends being embraced by young Africans as well as by young people interested in living more sustainable lifestyles. He shares the results of his search through What’s Up Africa and Strawberry Earth.

In a nutshell What’s Up Africa is a youtube video blog launched in March 2011. The show features satirical news, comedy sketches, music and general creativity from the booming continent of Africa! In January 2012 What’s Up Africa was also recognised by US platform: TheRoot.com as one of the 25 “blogs to watch” in 2012.

Strawberry Earth is a platform built around a community of people interested in sustainable lifestyle. Since its launch in December 2008, Strawberry Earth has grown from a weekly blog about sustainable design to a platform offering: daily sustainable inspiration to thousands of people, creative events and fantastic deals on great items. Strawberry Earth’s media partnership with PresentPlus means it is now a pivotal platform linking sustainable businesses and initiatives with young and influential creatives all over the world.

Ikenna is regularly invited to host Africa and sustainability related events where the emphasis is on creative branding, internet trends, new media journalism and digital life in general, and he does so with enthusiasm and lots of energy.




Monday, 25 February 2013

Enyinne Owunwanne

In 2008, Enyinne ( @enyinneo ), a former Hedge Fund Operations Analyst, decided to leave the world of Wall Street behind and pursue a path of entrepreneurship.

She started Heritage1960, a blogzine and an online retail destination offering a curated view of global African fashion, lifestyle, and design.  Named after the year 17 African countries won their independence, Heritage1960 celebrates freedom, individuality and unique style inspired by the continent.

Born in the US, Enyinne grew up in Kuwait and has lived and studied in Philadelphia. She has a Masters Degree in Global Fashion Management and worked as a US Business Development Manager at London-based trend forecasting company Worth Global Style Network (WGSN). 

H1960MUSE is Enyinne’s Tumblr moodboard, “a collection of people, places and things that inspire” her. She is one to watch.