Friday, 21 August 2009

Chinasa Ogbuagu



Chinasa is an actress who plays the role - Lloyd in the new sci-fi FOX drama, Fringe. Fringe explores mysteries of the paranormal as well as the relationships between the characters, and is steeped in mythology.

She has also starred in the hard-hitting and emotional series from NBC’s Law & Order brand chronicles the life and crimes of the Special Victims Unit of the New York Police Department, the elite squad of detectives who investigate sexually based crimes. Created by Emmy Award-winning producer Dick Wolf, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is the second longest-running drama series in the history of television.

Chinasa also plays a role with Allison Schubert and Indika Senanayake in “A Family of Perhaps Three,” by Gertrude Stein.

Ndubuisi Ekekwe



Ndubuisi Ekekwe was born in Ovim, Abia state. He attended Secondary Technical School, Ovim and the Federal University of Technology, Owerri where he graduated as the best student in the department of electrical & computer engineering with specialization in electronics/computer engineering in 1998.

He holds four masters degrees: MBA (University of Calabar), MTech (Federal University of Technology, Akure), Ms (Tuskegee University, USA), MSE (Johns Hopkins University, USA) and a doctorate in management from St. Clements University.

Ndubuisi is certified in many key technologies and has published many technical papers in leading journals and conferences. His working experiences include NNPC and Diamond Bank. He holds two pending patents on microelectronics and has consulted for universities, World Bank, and firms. He also holds visiting appointments in two African universities and presently the principal investigator of emerging Africa’s first microelectronics institute. He is attending the African Union congress in Kenya this March and will join a leading US semiconductor firm as a team shaping the future of computing.

Ndubuisi is the Founder/President of African Institution of Technology. He is selected for inclusion in the Marquis Who’s Who in America (2010 edition) and Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide (2009). His first book, Nanotechnology and Microelectronics: Global Diffusion, Economics and Policy, by IGI Global, USA will be ready early next year.

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Kimberly Anyadike



15 year-old Kimberly Anyadike is the youngest African-American female to fly solo across the country. Anyadike made history by flying across country – logging 7,000 miles – from Compton to Newport News, Va., in 13 days. Kimberly, who started flying at the age of twelve years old, was accompanied by legendary Tuskegee Airman, Levi Thornhill.

Kimberly, who lives in Inglewood, was praised for her courage at flying a single-engine Cessna aircraft across America unsupervised, from Compton Woodley Airport to Newport News, Virginia, which are opposite parts of the country. And she has been honoured for the feat.

In her blaze of glory, Kimberly not only appeared on Cable News Network (CNN), but has also been hosted by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California within a space of hours.

Source(s): Linda Ikeji, AllAfrica, The insider, CNN

Chuma Igbokwe



Dr. Chuma Igbokwe is the Consul of the Republic of Niger to the United Kingdom. Chuma is a seasoned entrepreneur and medical practitioner. He obtained his medical qualification at the College of Medicine, University of Ife in 1989, where he was awarded the Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBCHB) degree.

Dr. Chuma Igbokwe serves on the board of a number of companies both charitable and non-charitable, where he lends his wealth of experience. He is a founding member and Executive Director of Mild Group of Companies UK, Clinical Director of St. Luke’s Hospital Group UK, President of Sartorius Medical Solutions Houston, Texas USA, Chairman, Mild Energy and Mineral UK operations, Executive Director of Golden Dragons Limited and Patron “For Our Tomorrow”, a charity based organization.
His Excellency has, over the years, been member of the following professional bodies :- Royal College Of Psychiatrists UK, British Medical Association, Medical Protection Society UK, Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, Institute of Directors and the Chartered Management Institute UK.

Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu



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Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu is a successful entrepreneur with proven ability to lead teams to grow revenues and market share through innovation and people leadership. A graduate of Political Science from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, he is the pioneer Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of InfoGraphics Nigeria Limited with over 20 years of an eclectic career spanning marketing communications, digital design, strategy, change/transformation and software development in private and public sectors.

In 2005, Microsoft recognised his leadership of InfoGraphics’ to excellence in execution through adherence to Microsoft best-practices, implementation guidance and effective and customer-acknowledged internal process methodology with the two prestigious awards – the 2005 Microsoft Partner of the Year for Enterprise Solutions and Regional Partner of the Year (Nigeria/Ghana). Gobal recognition came also in 2006 with the Regional Winner, Microsoft Worldwide Partner Awards to consolidate its position as a foremost software design firm in the country and the leading Information Worker and Collaborative Portals solutions provider in West Africa.

In early 2007, Chinenye joined Microsoft as General Manager for Anglophone West Africa with a goal to assist the software giant in its mission to achieve local relevance and growth through its partner ecosystem and its demonstrated commitment to the countries in which it operates in West Africa. In this role, he accelerated the company’s growing presence in the country, involvement in corporate citizenship programmes, partnership with public and private sector players in articulating and executing digital inclusive policies and projects, education, employment generation and other capacity-building initiatives.

Curently, he is a Director of a number of inflential ICT and Youth/Leadership Development organisations as well as a key adviser to governments on Information Ecology and Strategic IT. In his words, “a commitment to innovation is the key to leadership and value-creation in the competitive 21st century. Information and Communications technologies offer a unique proposition to me as an individual, to my generation and to the larger Nigerian stakeholder community hoping for quantum change in our development opportunities. And we will succeed because we are deeply convicted that we have a generational mandate for change and the courage to pursue our vision.”

Source: Ted

Monday, 3 August 2009

Zeal Onyia



Zeal Onyia was one of the architects of professional popular musicianship and bringing popular musicians into unionism in Nigeria.

A consummate musician with a wide taste for a variety of musical idioms. In one of his unique compositions of 1958, titled: "Egwu Jazz bu Egwu Igbo" (Prim-pri-ya-prim-pri-ya) he traced the history of Jazz to Igbo Land. Among his other top hits are Vicky yem Afum'u'o, Dibia A'buro Chukwu, and Odiasi (all on Decca West Africa Records). Zeal Onyia was without doubt an accomplished musician and trumpeter.

When Louis Armstrong on his visit to Nigeria in 1961 heard Zeal at the National Stadium Suru Lere playing a welcome tune for him, Louis lost no time in recognizing a protégée. "Who is that hip cat?" he enquired. That acquaintance translated into instant respect and a life long friendship between the two until the great Satchmo passed on in July, 1974.

Zeal Onyia passed away in 2000.

Chika Mordi



Chika Mordi is currently CEO of UBA Capital, the investment banking arm of United Bank for Africa (UBA) Plc.

He is one of the most respected corporate executives in Nigeria was admitted to the prestigious Harvard University as a Mason Fellow for a period of one year.