Chairman
Chairman

Obodoechina (Obi) Asika is one of Nigeria’s most prominent cultural entrepreneurs. He was educated at Eton College & The University of Warwick, and is a core advocate of Nigerian soft power and is focused on convergence.

the Founder of Dragon Africa, a strategic communications agency & conference producer, He is also Founder of Cabal entertainment which is a new 360 entertainment company, Obi is also co-Founder and Chairman of SocialMediaWeek Lagos, the largest new media and technology conference in Africa & is a co-Founder & director of 5ive Music, which provides support to independent artists in Nigeria.

Obi has worked across the sports, music, television, live events, social media and technology industries and is one of the principal advocates of Nigerian Soft Power. He has been an Executive Producer for amongst others, Fifa U20 World Cup 1999, CAF Nations Cup 2000, Big Brother Nigeria 2006, Dragons Den Nigeria, 2007, The Apprentice Africa 2008, Naija Sings 2009-12, Calabar Festival 2008 & Calabar Rocks Tv Series 2008, Soccerex West Africa, WorldPension Summit Africa Special. As well as the critically acclaimed official Government documentary on the Nigerian Centenary ‘We are Nigerians’, to name a few. Obi Asika has advised multilaterals, govts, brands & agencies on the creative industries, strategic communications, events and more. He is a respected and widely quoted expert on a broad spectrum of subjects pertaining to Nigerian business, for several global media institutions, such as The Economist, CNN, CNBC, BBC, The Financial Times and many more.

A passionate and tireless cultural activist, Obi is also a member of the board of Directors of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), which is the premier copyright protection society in Nigeria. He is also a member of the board of the Smithsonian African Museum amongst many others.

In December 2015, he was appointed to the executive cabinet of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as Senior Special Assistant on Social Media, to the President and Commander-in-Chief, serving in that position, till May 2016. He was the first African appointed to a cabinet rank for Social Media at the Federal Level and is recognized as one of the drivers of the Nigerian entertainment explosion.

He is married to Yetunde Asika and is blessed with a daughter Kpari Anwulika Asika.

Nkiru Asika is an Oxford University graduate whose professional experience spans audio-visual production, training, consulting, p u b l i s h i n g , j o u r n a l i sm, c o r p o r a t e communications and event management. Well-born and well-bred, she is a global player who has schooled, lived and worked in five countries across three continents. She also holds a B.A. and M.A. in History from Oxford University, a Post Graduate Diploma in Publishing from the University of the Arts, London and M.A. Journalism from the S.I.Newhouse School of Communications, Syracuse University, USA where she was awarded an academic scholarship for high achievement. She also studied etiquette and personal communication skills at two finishing schools – Institut Surval-Montfleuri in Switzerland and Lucie Clayton College, Knightsbridge, London.

Nkiru is Founder/CEO of Enterprise Creative, a social enterprise focused on boosting the professional and business capacity in the Nigerian creative industries. Enterprise Creative is the convener of the Creative Careers Fair, the Forum for Financing Creative Business and Freelance Fridays, Writer’s Workshop and Saturday Skills Swap among other initiatives. Enterprise Creative also owns and runs the HotHouse in Ikeja, Lagos, a co-working space offering networking, learning and business support for creative and digital entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur Country works with several partners including the British Council, First Bank, Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy, UK Trade & Investment, Foreign Commonwealth Office and others on initiatives to develop Nigeria’s burgeoning creative economy. Recently, Nkiru launched the Nigerian affiliate of Entrepreneur Country, a global network of digital entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur Country provides a global discovery platform, thought leadership and strategic alliances for high-growth SMEs and works with corporates to help them leverage digital applications to enhance their revenues and promote their brands.

A sought-after speaker and consultant on the development of the creative economy, Nkiru was the official Facilitator and Entertainment Sector Leader for the World Bank/NEMT Growth and Employment Summit in 2010; Moderator of the first Creative Industries Forum at the NESG Forum, 2011; Presenter and Session Chair for the British Council Creative Expo in 2012; Producer of the British Council Creative Expo 2013 and 2014; Advisory Board of WOWE Conference 2013 and 2014; Panellist at the UK Nigeria Creative Forum in London 2013; Speaker at the Mobile West Africa Conference 2013; Producer of the UK-Nigeria SME Summit 2014; and more.

OutSource Media has produced content for blue-chip brands such as First Bank, Lagos State, Stanbic Bank, Union Bank, PENCOM, Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and more. OutSourceMedia has also been the event consultant for prestigious events such as the Office of the Speaker of the House of Reps Town Hall Meetings in 2008 and the 1 African Summit of the World LP Gas Association 2009.

Nkiru was a partner and director ofleading media and entertainment company, Storm 360, and as such was the senior Producer of some of the biggest budget TV projects in Nigeria including:Amstel Malta Box Office, Big Brother Nigeria, The Apprentice Africa, Dragons Den, GloNaija Sings and Vodafone Icons in Ghana.In addition, Nkiru has also written and produced historical documentaries including: Journey to Amalgamation; Her Story, Our Story; Empowered for Change. She was also a director of AMPN West Africa, Producers of TV shows And The Winner Is and Football Legends. Nkiru is a Partner in strategic advisory and communications firm Dragon Africa. Under Dragon, she is the Co-Producer of the ground-breaking global franchise, Social Media Week Lagos 2013 & 2014.This July, she was an integral part of the production team of the Nigeria Our Heritage variety show held successfully at the Kennedy Center, Washington DC during the US-Africa Summit.

Nkiru has also built a reputation as an excellent corporate trainer, under the brand Protocol School of West Africa, which she launched. She provides training in communication skills, media relations, corporate etiquette and personal effectiveness for private clients who have included fast-rising entrepreneurs and bank MDs. She also provides group training for staff of organizations such as Etisalat, the Nigerian Defence Academy, Bollore, Business Day and the Nigerian Senate.

For several years, Nkiru enjoyed a successful career as a journalist, including 5 years as writer and columnist with Smart Money Magazine (The Wall Street Journal’s Personal Finance Magazine) in New York, during with she won an award for outstanding writing from the prestigious National Press Club of America in2003. She was briefly a Personal Finance Columnist for Guardian Nigeria and was a Member of the Media Strategy Group of the relaunched Daily Times of Nigeria in 2005. She was also appointed by the then Minister of Information onto the Editorial Board of Nigeria Monthly Magazine in 2004. Nkiru is also one of elite group of journalists invited to conduct a series of historic interviews of former President Olusegun Obasanjo for the Presidential Library archives. Nkiru has been published in over 20 global publicationsand has also appeared as on-air expert on networks such as CNBC America, CNBC Africa, CBS Radio and AOL Live.

Nkiru is a Member of the UK-based Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs (IOEE). She is alsoa certified IOEE Mentor and a certified Trainer of the Creative Enterprise Toolkit developed by the National Endowment for Science Technology & the Arts (NESTA) in the UK. Nkiru resides in Lagos and is blessed with two teenage children, Mayowa and Seyi Oluwasanmi.

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Born in The Hague, Holland, Yetunde Asika was born to the Late Ambassador Ayodele Yusuf Joseph Bakare and Mrs Olyfunmilayo Olayemi Olivia Bakare nee Odufunwa. She is a lawyer, with the dual qualification of Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria and a Barrister of the Supreme Court of England and Wales, She began her formal education at Vernon Holm Prep School, Lower Harlbledown, Canterbury in England and Canberra Church of England Girls Grammar School, Canberra, Australia. It was important to her parents that she maintained a strong connection with Nigeria and thus attended Command Secondary School Lagos for a few years before returning and back to public school in England (Kent College Canterbury and then King Edwards School Surrey). She concluded her LLB (Law Degree) and LLM (Masters in Law ABD) at Holborn College of Law London and received her professional qualifications at the Inns of Court School of Law, London.

She began her legal practice in the UK in 2001, specializing in high profile criminal cases including the infamous Richard Reid (Shoe Bomber) case. She then went on to work for the United Nations, International Criminal Tribunals Rwanda (ICTR) which was established and sits in the place of her birth, The Hague. Working for The ICTR, Yetunde defended some of the most infamous, international, genocide, war crimes cases to date. At the age of 22 Yetunde was nominated and appointed to be on the Youth Advisory Panel to the United Kingdom Government and Home Secretary, an initiative to involve key young members of society in the process of government, law and decision making. Part of her role included being assigned to Members of Parliament, attending forums and giving her views to the United Kingdom Home Secretary. Yetunde was invited to attend and contribute as a member of the Society of Black Lawyers, in the talk at the House of Commons on the “Reform of the Mental Health Act”. Also in her capacity as a member of the SBL, Yetunde assisted the Chair in writing the response to the UK Government consultation paper issued by the Attorney General of the UK entitled “Deaths in Custody”.

Yetunde is a firm advocate for development of her community and for positive initiatives that improve the lives of children. This is a legacy she wishes to carry on in her adopted home town of Onitsha. In 2002-2003, Yetunde was asked to assist and act as researcher and project manager on the Community Courthouse Regeneration Project on Old Street Magistrate Court House. A project designed to take the underprivileged youth of London off the streets. In 2004, Yetunde was invited with members of the American Bar Association, and took part in an international symposium, alongside thefamous American Baptist minister and civil rights activist Al Sharpton, on “Leadership & Diversity in the Law”.

Also in 2004 Yetunde was chosen in her capacity as a member of the United Kingdom Home Office initiative, to take part in a leadership skills and managerial programme, designed to prepare, mould and shape key members of society for leadership in the United Kingdom. The following year, Yetunde was again invited as the sole advocate representing the views of law students and young lawyers in the UK in a forum addressing the very serious issue of “the benefit of ethnic minorities in the corporate legal profession today”. In 2007-Yetunde attended the International Bar Association Conference held in the United States, as a member of the Society of Black Lawyers, and co-wrote two presentations delivered at the conference, one on terrorism in the UK and the other on working as one of the youngest lawyers for the United Nations and the ICTR in particular. She pursues a variety of business and community projects, such as an empowerment programme called the “Beautiful Me” Initiative started by her company TBHE. The Beautiful Me initiative is a mentoring and empowerment CSR program designed to nurture, rehabilitate and uplift the female adolescents in Nigeria. Each year Yetunde and her partners visit various educational institutes around Nigeria, delivering this unique empowerment programme to create a haven where young ladies are empowered, nurtured, and uplifted through self-employment programs. The initiative is supported by Lagos state and by the United Kingdom Trade & Investment (UKTI). Yetunde Asika is a positive and hardworking lawyer and businesswoman. She is married to Obodoechina (Obi) Asika a and mother to Kpari Anulika Ayomikun Aisha Asika.

Uju Asika (Cole) is a seasoned media professional whose portfolio spans TV and film, creative writing and digital content. For the past two and a half years, Uju was a TV screenwriter for hit Nigerian daily drama ‘Tinsel’, broadcast across 47 countries. She is Inspired by her life as a busy mother of two in London, and is founder and ‘Babe-in-chief’ of Babes about Town, a multiple award-nominated blog curating the best activities and finds for families in London and beyond. Babes about Town has achieved recognition as a dynamic and influential web site that produces vibrant, up-to-the minute content described by parents as ‘outstanding’, ‘exhaustively researched’ and ‘literally life-changing’.

As one of the UK’s leading parent bloggers, Uju has partnered on promotional campaigns with more than 50 major lifestyle brands, including market leaders Amazon, British Gas, NatWest, Persil, Camp Bestival, LolliBop Festival, Leapfrog, Johnson’s Baby and John Lewis.Uju was handpicked by parent blogging network BritMums to feature in a viral video campaign for O2 for Mother’s Day 2012 that surpassed 700,000views on YouTube. Uju also appeared on the BritMums Live conference promotional film (shot by professional filmmaker Vicki Psarias). She has made multiple appearances on BBC London radio (on Eddie Nestor’s Drive Time, the Vanessa Feltz Show and BBC London Breakfast Show) as a guest commentator on hot button parenting issues.

Babes about Town has also featured on Visit London (the official tourist site for London), Bang FM Radio, Madame Noire, Bossip, Lazy Daisy, Angels & Urchins and The Daily Telegraph. Uju is passionate about telling stories and helping creative individuals and organisations find their wow factor.She is the founder and lead strategist of Mothers & Shakers, a boutique collective of bloggers providing bespoke social media marketing and consulting for creative and family-friendly businesses. Mothers & Shakers (aka MaSh) is developing an exciting portfolio of clients and has taken part in well-received campaigns, including live events such as Yelp’s Time Traveler’s Ball held at the London Marriott Hotel and the London Bloggers Evening at National Portrait Gallery. Previously Uju created and managed content for diverse media outlets in London, New York and Lagos, such as Time Out (Visitors Guides), AOL Time Warner (AOL City Guides), the Guardian newspaper, Salon.Com, B3 Media, Storm 360 and the briefly revived Daily Times Group, Nigeria.

As a former arts and lifestyle editor, she wrote hundreds of articles for local, national andinternational publications. She interviewed scores of Hollywood celebrities, artists and entertainers including Denzel Washington, Idris Elba, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Spike Lee, Paul Schrader, Gurinder Chadha, Chris Ofili (Turner prize winning artist), Danny Glover, Kimberly Elise, Taye Diggs, bell hooks (author) and many more. As a consultant to leading UK multi-ethnic arts network B3 Media, Uju was hired to produce the EPK (electronic press kit) for multiple award-winning UK feature film Bullet Boy. She wrote the press packet distributed at screenings internationally and conducted on-camera interviews with the main cast and production crew.

Past screen credits include the Nigerian TV reality shows Amstel Malta Box Office (line producer) and The Apprentice Africa (UK segment producer), co-produced by Storm Vision. Throughout her career, Uju has continued to develop and nurture her early passion for poetry and fiction writing. While an active member of the NYC organization Girls Write Now, Inc. Uju led a writing workshop attended by 50 professional and aspiring writers. Her poetry and memoir is published in several anthologies including IC3: the Penguin Anthology of New Black Writing in Britain.

At 22, Uju was invited to give one of her first public readings as part of the literary panel Young, Gifted and Black alongside award-winning African Caribbean authors Diran Adebayo, Joanna Traynor, Leone Ross and poet Lemn Sissay. Most recently in 2014, Uju was live-streamed in from London to speak on a panel for the Enterprise Creative Writers Workshop in Lagos, sharing insights and advice on blogging, screenwriting and advancing your writing career. Uju holds a BA English Literature from University College London (2:1) and graduated at the top of her class with an MA Magazine Journalism from New York University. While applying for graduate school, Uju was also awarded the Madeline C Halpern scholarship and the Charles B Horton fellowship for journalistic excellence. One of Uju’s best-loved accomplishments was creating an original TV drama series that placed 2nd in an open competition by M-Net and was optioned for production in Nigeria. She is the author of one novel (in draft) and is currently working on her second novel idea. Uju is happily married to Abiye Cole, owner of one of the UK’s fastest growing independent food retail brands Big Apple Hot Dogs. She is the mother of two boys, Ezra and Jed who are the real stars of Babes about Town and who (to their surprise and Uju’s amusement) are sometimes stopped by fans around London that recognize them

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Ed Emeka Keazor is an historian, lawyer, writer and documentary film-maker, who has for over 20 years been researching important outposts in the making of modern Nigeria.

He is the author of the critically acclaimed works a ‘120 greatest Nigerians we never knew’, ‘The Lagos-Hamburg Line- A brief History of German Companies in Nigeria’, ‘The Federation Cup and Nigerian Football’, amongst others. He was responsible for the historical documentaries, ‘Onunaekwuluora: The Thurstan Shaw Story’ and ‘Lagos: The birth of a city of style 1861-1961’. He also acted as consultant historian to the official Nigerian Centenary documentary ‘We are Nigerians’. He has also been featured or consulted a number of important historical documentaries, including Finding William Onyeabor; ‘Afia Attack; ‘Faaji Agba’ and many others

He is a respected authority on Nigerian History consulted by a number of global media platforms, such as CNN, BBC, Al-Jazeera, Reuters, New York Times, Iranian Press TV amongst others. Ed received an award from the African Society of Cambridge University for his work in African History, in 2014. His TED talk ‘Rediscovering History has attracted several thousand views and furthers his aim of promoting informal history education among young Africans. He is also a regular contributor to the Igbo Conference of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, delivering a variety of papers focused on landmark personalities and events of Igbo origin.

Ed has curated a number of important and acclaimed cultural events in the Nigerian space, these include the Quintessence Festival, 2014; An exhibition: ‘The First Century of Nigerian Newspaper Advertising 1861-1961’ and ‘History through the Headlines’ hosted at the Irep Film Festival.

He has several published works, on several subjects ranging from Law to African History, these include the authorised biography of Dibueze Chinyere Asika- ‘A life in words and pictures’; As well as the critically acclaimed ‘The 120 greatest Nigerians we never knew’; ‘The Lagos-Hamburg Line- A Brief History of German Companies in Nigeria’; ‘The Federation Cup and Nigerian Football’; ‘The comprehensive honours list of the men of the Nigeria Regiment in World War 2 (1939-1945)’. ‘Tunji Sowande: Crown Court Judge and Jazz Saxophonist: A short biography’; ‘Gamaliel – The Biography of Gamaliel Onosode’; ‘Sir Louis Mbanefo: A study in courage and excellence.’; ‘. His journal publications include: ‘Finding Captain Savage’: The discovery of the first African Army Officer’; ‘’Nigeria: Five best practice electoral case studies in Nigerian History’. ’The satire of Fela Anikulapo-Kuti as a weapon of social change’; ‘The Cock and Shoot Chronicles: The Nigeria Regiment in the First World War 1914-1918; ‘A comprehensive history of the Palmwine Guitar’; ‘Justus Domingo: The first Nigerian International Popular Music star’; ‘The comprehensive history of Nigerian Afro-Funk’.’Disqualified Directors and their Shadows’; ‘The Constructive Dismissal Conundrum’; ‘Shortfalls on Mortgage repayments: A defensive tool-kit’. Most significantly, he has awaiting publication, the authorised biography/collected speeches of Ajie Ukpabi Asika, in two volumes titled: ‘A Scholar Among Soldiers’ and ‘Ukpabi Asika in his own words: The complete speeches and writings of Ajie Ukpabi Asika CFR. Other works awaiting publication include, ‘Nigeria: The real story of the amalgamation’.

He holds the traditional title of Ezennia Ugbonabo, bestowed by the Umunnakwa community of Obosi and is the proud father of two children Odinaka and Nnakibie Akolisa Keazor.