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Onyema Nwelue

  Onyeka Nwelue is a filmmaker and author whose book, Hip-Hop is Only for Children won the Creative Non-Fiction Book of the Year at the 2015 Nigerian Writers’ Awards. He adapted his novella Island of Happiness into an Igbo-language film, Agwaetiti Obiụtọ, which won Best Feature Film by a Director at the 2018 Newark International Film Festival and went on to be nominated for Best First Feature Film by a Director and the Ousmane Sembene Award for Best Film in an African Language at the 2018 Africa Movie Academy Awards. Island of Happiness was inspired by true events in Oguta. Nwelue is the founder of La Cave Musik, a record label based in Paris, France. Nwelue studied Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, and earned a scholarship to study Directing at the Prague Film School in Czech Republic. He is currently a visiting assistant professor and Visiting Fellow of African Literature and studies in the English Language Department of the Faculty of Humanities, Manip
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Nkechi Obi

  Nkechi is a Sports Management Consultant with over 30 Years’ experience and accomplishments in sports management, marketing and administration. Her experience spans a variety of projects especially with start-up operations in Marketing and Communication, Exhibition design and promotion, Event design and management, Media Content development and broadcast (Politics, Music and Sports), Political Media Campaign Management as well as Products Merchandising and Marketing. Nkechi was in charge of the Team Nigeria project (2003-2007) – designed to harness private and public sector funding for the training and participation of Nigeria’s athletes at international multi-sport events such as the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and All Africa Games and a host of other events. Over the past 30 years, she has also promoted capacity development in sports administration as a key component of sports development and has acted as Consultant on development of bespoke content and projects to governmen

Rita Ndidi Amuchienwa

  Rita Ndidi Amuchienwa is the country account executive at Intel Corporation, West Africa. She is responsible for end to end Intel business in West Africa, as well as Public Sector Coverage, C-Level Engagement, Training, Education, Order management and Deal Closures. Before joining Intel, she had worked as Senior Channel Sales & Alliance Manager (West Africa) for Oracle; Regional Sales Manager (Motorola Solutions) and Country Channel Sales Manager (HP). Ndidi has a BA and Ph.D. from the University of Calabar as well as Masters of International Business Management from the University of Cumbria. Source/Photo: LinkedIn

Ugo Ugochukwu

  13-year-old Ugo Ugochukwu is a promising karting champion from the United States. Ugochukwu has already claimed several titles in the US and Europe and was recently crowned FIA European karting champion. This month Ugo signed a long-term deal with F1 team McLaren to develop his career through the junior categories of motorsport. The signing is drawing comparisons to when Lewis Hamilton was also signed by McLaren at 13. Ugo's mum is Nigeria's super model, Oluchi Onweagba-Orlandi Sources:  CNN, ESPN, PlanetF1  

Lawrence Okolie

Lawrence 'The Sauce' Okolie is a professional boxer who on Saturday delivered a punch-perfect display before landing a sixth-round knockout of Krzysztof Glowacki to become WBO world cruiserweight champion. Okolie was born in Hackney, London to Igbo parents. He attended Stoke Newington School. He was selected for Team GB in 2016 Rio Olympics. At the time Lawrence was studying Psychosocial Studies at the University of East London and had to defer his third year because of the Olympics. On 18 January 2017, Okolie announced his decision to turn professional, signing with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sport to compete in the cruiserweight division. On 20 March 2021, Okolie became the WBO cruiserweight champion of the world. Sources: BBC, Matchroom Boxing, WBO, TeamGB, Dazn

Kelechi Ndukwe

  Kelechi Ndukwe is a U.S. Navy Officer serving on the Joint Staff in the Force Structure, Resource, and Assessment Directorate.  As a Surface Warfare Officer, he has served on multiple warships with extensive deployments to the Mediterranean Sea, Horn of Africa, Arabian Gulf and Western Pacific Ocean.   During his most recent sea assignment, he served as the Commanding Officer of USS DEVASTATOR (MCM 6), a minesweeper based in Bahrain.  Ashore, Kelechi served in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs, representing the Navy on Capitol Hill as a Congressional Liaison.   Prior to joining the Joint Staff, he was the Deputy Executive Assistant to the Director for Surface Warfare on the Navy Staff.  Kelechi graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and earned a Master’s degree in National Security and Strategy from the U.S. Naval War College. On the 2nd of April, 2021, Commander Ndukwe took command of a U.S. Navy Guided Missile Destroyer, US

Oluchi Enebeli

  Oluchi Enebeli is Nigeria's 1st female Blockchain Engineer and the founder of LadiesDoTech, a community aimed at building the ideal African tech ladies, with a focus on Blockchain. She has a background in building scalable blockchain services to enhance crypto interactions across products as well as developing smart contracts with varying business logic. She is quite fascinated by the power of technology in the world and loves to try out new technologies. Oluchi is a graduate of the University of Benin, Nigeria.  Sources: Photo/Text: LinkedIn Profile, Medium, Github