Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Nonso Diobi


Nonso Diobi was born July 17th, in Enugu to the Diobi’s family. Nonso Diobi grew up in Anambra state, Nigeria. He grew up with a family of 5, 2 girls and 3 guys. As the last child of the family, Nonso Diobi always saw himself in the limelight and as an independent individual. He began his own mini business at a tender age, selling clothes to his fellow individual at his high school. His parents exposed him to explore his God given talents by doing stage plays at his local church when he was 15years old. He became one of the best in his church drama group.

In the fall of 2001, He decided to take his acting skills to another level by entering into the now famous Nollywood. He featured in his first movie “Border line” which was shot by top director “Adim William”. His first breakthrough movie “Hatred” came right after he did Border line”

Nonso Diobi never looked back, as Nollywood keeps calling on this young, handsome, dynamic, and multitalented star with many movies to his credits. As the first Nigerian actor to be signed unto Jton Productions in New York, Nonso Diobi is using his opportunities to explore other God talents which he plans to unleash within the next few years.

Source: Izogn Movies

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Afam Onyema

Afam Onyema is the founder and Chief operating officer of the GEANCO Foundation, a non-profit healthcare purveyor.

GEANCO Foundation has a simple goal - to save and improve the lives of vulnerable women and children in the African country of Nigeria. They seek to attain this goal by developing world-class medical, educational and athletic facilities. Their projects will improve health conditions and learning opportunities for Nigerians, enriching their lives and empowering them to strengthen their communities. It follows Afam's father's dream of building a world-class hospital in Nigeria. Afam has since recruited Forest Whitaker, Jimmy Kimmel, politicians, Nobel Prize winners, and members of the Forbes 400 Richest Americans as key donors.

Afam is a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School. He was recently profiled by Forbes Magazine.

Source(s) Geanco, Harvard Magazine, BBC, LinkedIn

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Eddie Opara

Eddie Opara is an interactive and graphic designer. Opara's dazzling multidisciplinary range combines technology-based wizardry with solid graphic chops. He is traditionally-trained graphic designer and a self-taught software developer with a perfectly tuned eye and keenly strategic mind.

Born in 1972, Opara grew up in London and attended the London College of Printing. After the London College of Printing, Opara headed to Yale's graduate school of graphic design, where he received his MFA in 1997. He immediately realized that he wanted to reach beyond print design. Opara veered out into the burgeoning field of interactive design, technology and research. He worked for a company named ATG, which was populated by MIT Media Lab grads, then moved to Imaginary Forces, where he focused on electronic environments and motion graphics. He was then recruited by his former professor at Yale, Michael Rock, to work at 2x4, where Opara was finally able to bridge his print and new media personalities into beautiful work for Vitra and Prada.

He left 2x4 to start his own firm - Map Office, where he could also introduce self-initiated projects into the fold. He gracefully moved from creating graphic identities for institution like Brooklyn Museum and the UCLA Architecture and Urban Design School to building Web sites for firms like the Architectural Research Office to programming motion graphic walls for the Morgan Stanley building in Times Square.

Opara's company has also developed technology products like a visualization software system named View for the ad agency JWT, to use in analyzing the effectiveness of the brands it manages. His clients have included the Menil Foundation, the Studio Museum in Harlem, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Queens Museum of Art, the Mori Art Museum, JWT, Vitra, Prada, St. Regis Hotels, the Corcoran Group, Morgan Stanley, New York University, UCLA, Grimshaw Architects etc

Opara has won numerous awards including a Gold Cube from the Art Directors Club and honors from the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and I.D. magazine. His work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and has appeared in publications such as Archis, Surface, Graphis and I.D.

Opara recently became the 17th and newest partner of Pentagram. Pentagram is the world's largest independent design consultancy.

Watch Eddie Opara (YouTube)

Sources: Creative Review, Fastcodesign, Pentagram

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Chinyere Oteh

Chinyere E. Oteh is a mother, educator, artist and activist. A 2007 Fellow of RAC’s Community Arts Training Institute, she is involved in several community art endeavors including teaching photography and creative writing for the PPRC Photography Project and Springboard and membership in Yeyo Arts Collective which operates Gya, a community gallery and fine craft shop.

In 2007 she studied the photographic arts full-time for a year at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. She received her BA from Washington University in 2002 where she wrote an honors thesis “Mixed Race Identity: A Challenge to or an Affirmation of Racial Categorization.” Oteh strongly believes in the power of art to communicate that which we are often too afraid to speak about.

Oteh is also the founder of the Cowry Collective, a time-banking network in St. Louis in which members exchange services based on time spent on a project instead of the dollar value of their work experience or professional degree.

Oteh, 30, was born in Florissant and moved with her family as a child to Detroit and Washington. She returned to St. Louis in 1998 to attend Washington University, where she earned a degree in American culture studies. She has worked in various local education programs combining arts and creativity with learning.

Source(s): The Nu-Art Series, St Louis Beacon, Google