OUR SPEAKERS

Olumide Idowu

Olumide is a Nigerian with over 10 years of experience working on Communications, Environment Sustainability, Climate Change, Agro-ecology, Monitoring & Evaluation and Sustainable Development issues. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Statistics from the University of Abuja in 2010. Olumide is a communication and digital expert and trainer with extensive experience in creating, facilitating and managing projects.

Eketi Edima

LAWYER, WRITER

Eketi is a lawyer, author, editor, mental health advocate, and social media influencer. She is a serial volunteer who is passionate about issues concerning women and children. Eketi lives to tell stories, helps others birth theirs and vanquish all grammatical errors from the earth.”

Wale Micaiah

Statistician

Wale Micaiah is a Statistician with uncommon insights in making sense of numbers. He has extensive experience in data governance, information & Cyber security and risk management. Wale uses Data to identify and proffer solutions to development issues. With Data, promotes citizens-government interaction and contributes to national calls for accountability and transparency in the use of public resources.

Bassey Ikpi

writer

Bassey Ikpi is an American-Nigerian writer and mental health advocate. She appeared on HBO’s “Def Poetry Jam” and joined the touring company for their Tony Award-Wining Broadway Show. Appearing on stages across the globe as both a public speaker and TV personality, Bassey has also added contributor editor for Catapult to her growing credentials. An active voice in the mental health community and a pop culture connoisseur, her essays on both too ice can be found on platforms including The Root, Ebony and The Africa Report. Bassey’s essay, Just To Get By, appears in the anthology for Temple University Press, who will speak for America. Bassey is the founder of the Siwe Project, a mental health organization whose mission is to spread mental health awareness in the global Black Community. She is also the creator of #NoShameDay, an initiative that normalizes conversations surrounding mental health in order to reduce stigma. Her debut memoir I’M TELLING THE TRUTH BUT I’M LYING, will be released in February 19, 2019 and is currently available for pre-order.

Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor

Ifeanyi Nsofor is a 2018 New Voices Fellow at the Aspen Institute. He is the CEO of the EpiAFRIC and Director of Policy and Advocacy in Nigeria Health Watch. With 20 years post-graduation experience in global, Ifeanyi has worked in government, non-profit and for-profit sectors in the health space. He is a leading advocate for Universal Health Coverage in Nigeria. This means he wants every Nigerian NOT to suffer financial hardship to access quality healthcare. He pushes for use of technology to democratize health. He is passionate about removing the stigma associated with mental health in Nigeria so that everyone will have universal access. He was a 2006 Ford Foundation International Fellow.

Usman Shamaki

legal practitioner

Usman Shamaki is a Kaduna based legal practitioner, writer and mentor. He has written on numerous social issues and some of his articles have been published on various print and online media.

SEGUN SEGA AWOSANYA

Chief Executive Officer

International Strategist, Realtor (MSc.), Sustainability Environmentalist (PhD), 
Apple Developer/Technology, Political, Business & Brand Analyst

Oluwatosin Olaseinde

chartered accountant

Chartered accountant with 10 years experience across accounting, corporate finance, auditing and taxation. Has worked with several multinationals – Bloomberg TV, CNBC Africa, BAT and a few more.

Currently runs Money Africa, a personal finance platform that teaches people to build financial habits, cut down on unnecessary spending and generate multiple income streams.

Dr. Yemi Kale

Statistician-General of the Federation

Dr. Yemi Kale, Statistician-General of the Federation and Chief Executive Officer of the National Bureau of Statistics, holds a B.Sc. in Economics (First class honours) from Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia, M.Sc. (with distinction) and Ph.D. in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Tolulope Adeleru-Balogun

journalist

Tolulope Adeleru-Balogun is a multi-talented journalist with over 12 years’ experience in broadcast journalism. She has broad experience in jump starting new media organizations and helping to guide them to success. Tolulope led several teams to achieve their set goals within organizations she worked in and in adhoc committees where she was given the responsibility to lead.

Nwakaego Boyo

MD/CEO of Temple Productions

Nwakaego Boyo is the MD/CEO of Temple Productions, and has worked extensively in the creative art industries in Nigeria for over 20 years.

She studied Theatre Arts with a focus on TV and Film and has a number of critically acclaimed feature films, documentaries and advocacy films under her belt. Mrs. Boyo is an Art Enthusiast and Collector, advocate for girls and women’s empowerment and education.

Doc Ayomide

Medical Doctor

Doc Ayomide is a medical doctor who went on to specialise in mental health, but likes to think of himself as an interpreter. He doesn’t believe faith or culture have to be a barrier to mental health, so he enjoys helping people connect the two languages in ways that work for them!

Since he first glimpsed this connection in a novel he read in medical school, he’s spent of his career thinking about and wrestling with it, and he shares his insights on his website (https://t.co/d4vE9kidcG), his email newsletter and his Twitter (@DocAyomide), as well at venues including a TEDx.