Monday, 25 June 2012

Chioma Okereke

One to watch

Chioma was born in Nigeria and came to London at the age of seven. She started her writing career as a poet before turning her hand to fiction. Her writing has been published in Bum Rush The Page and The Callaloo Literary Journal.

Additionally, her work has been shortlisted in the Undiscovered Authors Competition 2006, run by Bookforce UK, and in the Daily Telegraph's Write a Novel in a Year Competition in 2007.

 BITTER LEAF, Virago Press June 27, 2010,  was her first novel.

Monday, 18 June 2012

Victor Olisa


Victor Olisa is a Chief Superintendent with the London Metropolitan Police and the the first black commander for Bexley local council in London.

Olisa, 52, is one of the three chief superintendents from black minority ethnic background working for the Metropolitan Police.

He started his career in Surrey Police in 1982 before transferring to the City of London Police in 1990 as detective inspector in the Fraud Squad. After a spell at the Home Office, he transferred to the Metropolitan police in 2006 as a superintendent in Southwark Council before his recent appointment.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Catherine Ugwu


Catherine Ugwu is co-director of the Live Art Development Agency, London and joint artistic director of Keidan/Ugwu, an organization concerned with developing and positioning new performance work. Ms. Ugwu formerly served as deputy director of Live Arts at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London (1991-1997). She is currently combined arts and drama advisor for The Arts Council of England and London Arts Board; board chair of the Talawa Theater Company; and board chair of the Showroom Gallery, London. She frequently organizes and contributes to national and international conferences, seminars and debates.

Catherine Ugwu got into "live arts" production working at the ICA in the nineties, and has been involved in performance arts ever since. The Millennium Dome opening was probably her first solo work - which brought her into contact with Mark Fisher. She went on to produce the opening and closing ceremonies for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester in 2002, the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, and was part of the team that produced the opening and closing of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Catherine and Mark are currently working with the Glasgow 2014 team to produce the Commonwealth Games flag handover, to be staged in Delhi in October 2010


Based at the Three Mill Studios in Bromley-by-Bow, Ugwu has been charged with the responsibility of producing the London 2012 opening ceremony.

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Emeka Azuka Okoye






Emeka Okoye is a Software Engineer and a Techpreneur based in Lagos and Nairobi. He is also the co-founder of Next2, an outfit whose mission is to create social and economic value for its users by connecting them to people and organizations nearby with whom they share common interests or concerns.

Emeka has over 19 years of progressive experience in Web, Enterprise & Mobile Software development and Project Management including management, strategic technical analysis, architecture design, planning and product development using object-oriented approach, agile methodology with best of breed technologies.

In 2011 he was named among the Techloy’s Best People, Brand & Events of 2010. His Ozii mobile application was named the second best mobile application at the 2011 Mobile Web West Africa Expo. During the same year, he built the first Mobile App for Election reporting and violence, monitoring elections in Nigeria & Liberia.

In 1996, Emeka designed the first banking website in Nigeria. In 1998 he co-founded one of Nigeria's earliest and popular web portals - Nigeria Exchange (ngex). In 2001 Emeka joined OpenLink Software Ltd, one of the worlds biggest middleware companies. He later rose to Country Manager for the West African region.

Emeka is the Mobile Product Manager for StorySpaces, an online storytelling platform for civic journalism, education, business and media.

Emeka is a leading contributor to technology in Africa.