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Harrison Akadidi, #UnveiledEntrepreneurAwards Nominee

harrisonHarrison Akadidi is the CEO of one of Nigeria’s biggest PR and Management Company H&M Nigeria http://www.handm.com.ng and also the Business Developer of Africa’s Biggest Mobile Television Network “Channel.M1 http://www.channelm1.com “ Harrison Akadidi’s professional life kicked off in 2008 by starting off one of the biggest brand in Modeling in Nigeria http://www.pensiveagency.4t.com and moved on to rebrand in 2009 to Models.87 http://www.models87.7p.com and in 2011 Harrison Akadidi had a rebrand to the now known H&M Nigeria. Harrison Akadidi has created so much creative projects to inspire change and the life of many young Nigerians. Credits: • Jos Peace Concert: 2010 (featured 20 Top Music Act and 30 Nollywood Top Acts) — Project Manager • ITPS 1 Album: 2010 (featured notable Nigerian Music Acts) — Executive producer • ITPS Concert: 2010 (featured over 800 youths) —- executive producer • Fashion Plus: 2011 (featured 50 models, 10 designers and 10 music Artiste) —- executive producer • One Night Stand: 2011 (featured 1 designer and 10 Music Artiste) —– executive producer • Tattoo Convention 2011 (featured 10 tattoo artiste and over 500 Lagos Trendy Youths) — executive producer • AEROMANAIC: 2011 (School Concert in University of Ibadan) —- executive producer • ITPS 2 Album: 2011 (featured notable Nigerian music stars) —– executive producer • ITPS 3 Album: 2012 (featured International stars and Nigerian Artiste) —- executive producer • Music Industry Corporate League Awards: 2012 (we gave award certificates and had music performances and workshop) —– executive producer • The Good Friday Show: 2012 (featured exclusive performances from top Nigeria Act) —- executive producer • Blue Star: 2012 (Fashion and Music Show) —- executive producer • PSY FASHION-MIX: 2012 (Fashion and Music Concert, Student Edition at LeadCity Uni) —- executive producer • INNOVATION AWARDS: 2013 (we gave awards to companies like MTN, AERO, Stanbic IBTC, Jumai.com, and so many other organizations) —– executive producer • TV MEETS RUNWAY: 2013 (Fashion Show was designed as a tribute to late REMI LAGOS) —– executive producer • 2KINGS CONCERT: 2013 (featuring 2face and femi kuti) —- Media Correspondence Manager Educational Back Ground with dates in which I finished the programs • NIIT LAGOS: Database Administrator 2006 • University of Lagos 2010 Mass Communication • Harvard Institute 2010: Professional Cert in Project Management • SOON, ENGLAND 2004: Cert in Literature Old Supporting Projects: few list of projects I have supported in several ways • Walk Against Rape 2011 – 2012 • Project Capable 2010 – 2011 • Future Awards 2010 and 2011 • Blueprint Awards 2010 • MTV MAMA 2010 • MJ Tribute Concert 2011 • Miss Tourism 2009 – 2010 Lagos and Jos • Catch Fire Camp Meeting Abuja 2011 • Smoke-Free Ambassador 2011 Harrison Akadidi was born in April 6th, 1987, From Delta State, brought up in Lagos, spent part of his life in Europe. He is the brain behind so many entertainment brands in the country.

Kemi Filani, #UnveiledEntrepreneurAwards Nominee

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I am a young vibrant writer, celebrity blogger, a status quo challenger and out-of-the-box thinker with a passion for learning new things every day.

I am unarguably one of God’s prettiest creations,an ardent social media tourist and one of the faithful Nigerians that dwell more on making the utmost use of the present for the betterment of the nation’s future rather than relegating on the past.
Travelling and meeting new people is something I enjoy doing; Recently I embarked on a trip to the North; Plateau state to be precise and even though it felt like I had stepped out of God’s Garden of Eve into a Lion’s den (due to the Northern insurgency), the journey turned out to be a sweet memorable one.

I have a personal green diary where I write out thoughts I could never share with anyone else and also jot out quotes that inspire me.My favorite quote is Mahatma Gandhi’s“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”Everyone wishes that the world were a better place but only a few are actually working towards making the change happen; most times we find it easy to mock the spec in the eye of others yet the log in our eye is far greater.

I blog at kemifilani.com, tweet at @kemisolafilani, share my photos @kemisolafilani (Instagram), upload videos @KemiFilani and keep up with friends at http://www.facebook.com/kemi.filani.
Attached to this mail is my photo.

Best regards,
Kemi Filani

Meet Jordan Olanipekun, #UnveiledEntrepreneurAwards Nominee

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Jordan Olanipekun is the CEO of Roc Images, began photography professionally with his friends who helped to build the brand “roc images” this started in 2011 november with borrowed cameras, but he continued to work hard and today he can be called one of the few fast rising photographers in Nigeria. He started editing pictures for people and then realised he could practice as a photographer full tim
e because of the love for pictures and art. He has photographed many celebrities and top individuals within and outside Lagos.

Studied mass communication in Babcock University, he is an aspiring mogul in media practice, and he is branching out into other areas, he looks up to other great photographers like B.Lawz, DMayo and celebrity photographers like Yetunde Babaeko, Kelechi Amadi and Obi Somto. His philosophies in life are think big……think Forbes and also turn your hobby to a business and don’t turn your business to a hobby, that’s foolishness.

 

Michelle Emiaha, #UnveiledEntrepreneurAwards Nominee

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Michelle Emiaha is a net addict and a writer with a penchant for Africa entertainment. She is the founder and sole writer at www.gistville.com where she regularly updates her readers. She’s also a social media management expert for Nigerian brands and hopes to break new grounds in her quest to sensitize organizations on the positive impact of social media on their business. She can be found at @ReelMichelle

 GISTville is a celebrity gossip, lifestyle and fashion blog created with the sole aim of re-defining the perceptive of the fashion and entertainment industry in Nigeria and subsequently across Africa.

It brings something different to the table as its articles are simple, straight to the point and easy to peruse and delivered at bolt-ish speed.

Bosah Chibuzor Felix, #UnveiledEntrepreneurAwards Nominee

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Bosah Chibuzor Felix, A graduate in computer science from Lagos state university. the last child of 5, born on 19/12/83 and raised in the city of Lagos, hail from Anambra state of Nigeria.

The company was Incorporated in the year 2011 and is a company that deals in the manufacturing of footwears which includes handmade Albert slippers, loafers, pam slippers and dress shoes,and is fast becoming Nigeria’s online destination for Xclusive designer footwears. with an objective to meeting the needs of not just Nigerians or africans but also to become a world standard footwear coy that can ultimately compete with all other prominent designers across the globe,and placing Nigeria as a centre for quality, by offering a wide variety of PUSH branded, comfortable, durable and stylish footwears for men and women.

 PUSH.

 

CHUDE JIDEONWO, #UnveiledEntrepreneurAwards Nominee

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A lawyer and award-winning journalist, Chude has, for a decade now, garnered key experience in all forms of traditional and new media, and has translated that practical experience into successful media campaigns; he is also recognized as a leading expert on New/Social Media and Youth Lifestyles. Above all, he has worked as an expert in development across the continent, mostly with The Future Project (www.thefuturenigeria.com), which is focused on inspiring leadership, building entrepreneurs and innovative use of the media (traditional and new) tool for sustained social change, and which has reached millions of Nigerians, especially young people, in about 5 years.

He began his career in 2010 as a TV presenter on The Sunday Show (NTA), and worked as a researcher with Celebrating Jesus (MBI) and Inside Out with Agatha, a TV show syndicated across the country. He was also with New Dawn, which showed on the NTA Network, for three years, rising to become Associate Producer as well as heading the Special Projects division. His credits as writer, assistant director, and host include The Academy, Patito’s Gang, Video 10, Big Brother Nigeria and Moments with Mo (Mnet). He presently hosts Rubbin’ Minds on Channels Television and frequently moonlights as an events compere. 

He began to write professionally in 2002 with the defunct Tempo magazine – and other writing and editing credits since then include Time Out Nigeria, Farafina, Thisday, The Guardian, True Love West Africa, Genevieve, Made, Mode, Takaii, FAB, Soundcity Blast, Bank PHB’s Inspired, Celtel’s Share.Our.World and the Big Brother magazine. Contributing Editor for arts journal Sentinel Nigeria, he has also been consultant editor to a number of magazines including Tour Nigeria (for the Federal Ministry of Tourism), Variety, Takaii, and an official magazine for the Nigerian Airforce.  He joined NEXT Newspapers as Copy Editor in July 2009, again the youngest in that position, and now maintains a position as member of the paper’s editorial board. In 2011, he distinguished himself as the youngest journalist ever to interview a sitting Nigerian president; securing an exclusive sit-down with Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.

Also known as a book reviewer, his novel, His Father’s Knickers, written when he was 13, was launched in 2001 in conjunction with the National Orientation Agency and the French Cultural Centre.

As a communication professional, Chude was Assistant Publicist with Common Ground Productions in 2006, was appointed Publicist for Bank PHB’s The Apprentice Africa in 2007, and served briefly in the External Relations department of the Nigeria LNG, before moving to Virgin Nigeria Airways, as Asst. Manager, Media Relations in 2008; the youngest in a managerial position.

At present, Chude is co-founder and Managing Partner of Red Media/The Future Project, a full service media-content, communication and development company that has worked for several national and international brands. The firm also owns The Future Nigeria Awards, reputed as Nigeria’s biggest youth event, and winner of The Nigeria Events Awards for Event of the Year 2011.

Red Media is a PR and Communication Business which clients have included Google, BlackBerry, The British Council, amongst others. Asides being the twin-organisations’ chief executive officer, he doubles as Creative Director, with direct responsibility for Strategy, Planning, Content and Communication. In this position, he has created several direct impact platforms including The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TF-ESS), the Young Writers Network, Get Your Green On, the Do-Something Youth Conferences amongst others, and has overseen very successful national campaigns, with responsibility for the viral ‘I represent Naija’ and ‘I am the future’ campaigns in 2008 and 2009. Red Media/The Future Project has worked with the World Bank, the Africa Union, the British Council, the Nigerian Presidency and the Federal Ministries of Youth, Education and Information. Blue-chip companies it has worked for/with include MTN, Zain, NB Plc, Unilever Nigeria Plc, Stanbic IBTC, GTBank, First Inland Bank, Access Bank and Ericsson, amongst others.   

Chude also founded EnoughisEnough (EiE) Nigeria, one of the country’s foremost civic participation groups as well as a premium voice for young people in politics. The group, which has received funding from the Omidyar Network and the MacArthur Foundation, distinguished itself in the 2011 Nigerian elections, working with civil society leaders as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission. He chairs the Public Relations & Communications Committee, and in that position has secured buy-in from national and international media including the CNN (International), BBC, Radio France, Reuters, the Associated Press, amongst others, the organization was also a driver for Nigeria’s first ever youth-centred presidential debate in March 2011.

Amongst other things, he was engaged, as a consultant, with the conceptualisation and execution of Nigeria’s 1st Annual Creative Careers Fair, which held in Lagos with over 3000 participants.

Also a public speaker, he has motivated youth across the country, as well in Ghana, South Africa and in the United Kingdom and has been facilitator at capacity building sessions by the Lagos State Government, AGDC/Samsung Real Dreams, Fate Foundation, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, amongst others. He has been Project Defense Panelist/Judge for organizations including the United Nations Information Technology Service (UNITeS), YGC Africa amongst others, and has spoken at events, schools, churches, seminars and conferences including the recent 2010 ICT and Civic Engagement Symposium organized by the Berkman Centre for Internet & Society in conjunction with Harvard University and the Sam Nunn School of International Affairs.

Chude was called to the Nigerian Bar in November 2007, after emerging Best Student in Land Law from the University of Lagos. His awards include the British Council Telling Stories Competition and he is also youngest recipient of the Nigeria Media Merit Award, winning for Entertainment Journalist of the Year. Other awards and nominations include the Olive Award for Media and Production, the Green Yaggy Achievement Award, the Sowambe Awards as Best Social Media Activist, the Just U award, the Dynamix Awards, the Life Changers Awards for Best Advocacy Campaign of the Year, and the Inside Out Role Model Award. Forbes International in 2013 named him one of Africa’s 30 “best entrepreneurs” under 30.

In 2007, he was selected as one of 101 Young African Leaders by the African Business Forum; in 2009, he was selected for the US Government’s International Visitors Leadership Programme (IVLP) and in the same year was invited as a Youth Expert to the ‘Strategy Review and Consultative Workshop’ with youth leaders on the African Union Development Youth Corps Initiative. In May 2010, he was selected for the Nigeria Leadership Initiative’s (NLI) Future Leaders Fellowship. NLI is a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Same year, he was also invited by the Africa Union as a Youth Expert to facilitate sessions of the Youth and Shared Values Summit.

In 2011, he was Facilitator for the Nigerian Presidency on a special Youth Stakeholders Forum to chart an agenda for youth engagement in government over the next four years; he was invited as an Expert in February 2011 by the Ford Foundation on its forum on Social Media for Change; in March 2011, he was invited as Facilitator and Media Expert to the Right to Health Summit of the Social and Economic Rights Action Centre (SERAC) and same month he was invited to speak at the Bayelsa Book and Craft Festival as well as alongside Twitter co-creator Dom Sagallo and Blog Director of President Barack Obama’s campaign New Media Committee Sam Graham-Felsen, at the 1st Youth-Marketer Converge Conference in Lagos, Nigeria. He was, in May, appointed the youngest member of the awards committee for the Ford Foundation Jubilee Transparency Award, alongside distinguished Nigerians like Justice Adolphus Karibi-Whyte and Rev. Fr. Matthew Kukah and in July was appointed into the British Council’s Steering Group for its Creative Industries Expo. He sits on several boards including the One Percent Project and the Oando Foundation.

 In 2013, he was names by Business Day as one of Nigeria’s best entrepreneurs under 40, and by Forbes as one of Africa’s best entrepreneurs under 30.

 Chude’s life work is centered on creating opportunities, especially for young Nigerians, as well as employing the media as a pro-active tool for positive social action. In a country defined by its closed spaces, the platforms he has created and helped launch provide some rare opportunities for the historically disadvantaged to find the space to build themselves and add value to their immediate environments. 

He became editor of Y! Magazine (www.ynaija.com) in July, 2010, and has just concluded a Masters programme in Media and Communication at the prestigious Pan-African University, Lagos. 

ADEBOLA WILLIAMS, #UnveiledEntrepreneurAwards Nominee

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Adebola has garnered experience in Television production, Marketing and Communication over the last 10 years working on Platforms on AIT International, NTA Network, Ben TV in London, Channels TV, MNET, CNBC, amongst others. Above all, he has worked as an expert in development across the continent, mostly with The Future Project (www.thefuturenigeria.com), which is focused on inspiring leadership, building entrepreneurs and innovative use of the media (traditional and new) tool for sustained social change, and which has reached millions of Nigerians, especially young people, in about 7 years.

As Founder and Director of The Future Project (www.thefuturenigeria.com), which runs The Future Awards, described by the World Bank as the “Nobel Prize for Young Africans” – identifying and rewarding young Nigerian leaders, innovators and entrepreneurs and using them as role models to inspire a generation of Africans, Adebola’s work spans across marketing, external relations and operations.

In this position, he has managed several direct impact platforms including The Future Enterprise Support Scheme (TF-ESS), the Young Writers Network, Get Your Green On, the Do-Something Youth Conferences amongst others, and has overseen very successful national campaigns, like the ‘I represent Naija’ and ‘I am the future’ campaigns in 2008 and 2009 which went viral. Red Media/The Future Project has worked with the World Bank, the Africa Union, the British Council, the Nigerian
Presidency and the Federal Ministries of Youth, Education and Information. Blue-chip companies it has worked for/with include MTN, Etisalat, NB Plc, Unilever Nigeria Plc, Stanbic IBTC, GTBank, First Bank, BlackBerry, Access Bank and Ericsson, amongst others.

Adebola has primarily sourced for sponsorships, partnerships and formed crucial external relations for all the companies under the Red Media Africa group getting the buy in of organisations like BlackBerry, First Bank, Access Bank, Etisalat, amongst others and Government support like the Rivers State, Ekiti State, amongst others. Easily the voice of Red Media Adebola is tasked with the role of managing clients, partners, friends and family of the brands/business.

Adebola also co-founded EnoughisEnough (EiE) Nigeria, one of the country’s foremost civic participation groups as well as a premium voice for young people in politics. The group, which has received funding from the Omidyar Network and the MacArthur Foundation, distinguished itself in the 2011 Nigerian elections, working with civil society leaders as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission. He sits on the Executive board as chairman. The platform has also gained huge media exposure and buy-in from national and international media including the
CNN (International), BBC, Radio France, Reuters, the Associated Press, amongst others, The organization was also a driver for Nigeria’s first ever youth-centred presidential debate in March 2011.

Amongst other things, he was engaged, as a consultant, with the conceptualisation and execution of Nigeria’s 1st Annual Creative Careers Fair, which held in Lagos with over 3000 participants.

Also a public speaker, he has motivated youth across the country, as well in Ethopia, Ghana, South Africa, the United Kingdom as well as the United states and has been facilitator at capacity building sessions by the Lagos State Government, AGDC/Samsung Real Dreams, Paradigm Initiative Nigeria, Felabaration project, amongst others.

Adebola was selected as one of the Top 100 of Our Generation by Top 100 UK in 2007 and 2008 and was selected as a Global Changemaker by the British Council in 2009, attending the Changemakers Conference and World Economic Forum in Cape Town. In May 2010, he was invited as a youth expert by the Africa Union and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to work on the African Youth Charter for the decade of youth in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and in September, he was invited on an entrepreneurial panel at the Harvard Business School African night. In April 2011 he was invited by the UNECA nand the African Union for the African action plan for the road safety decade in Adiss Ababa. In 2012 he was selected as one of the Young Africans to engage world leaders in the MTV meets series, in 2013 He engaged Hilary Clinton as a young African Leader on her African townhall meeting tour and was also selected to engage Obama on his African townhall in June 2013. Adebola was recently selected as a lead panelist at the NIDO AGM/World Conference in New Jersey. A member of the African Leaders Network and maintains a role as Director in Harambe Nigeria an Agric development NGO with Partners in Stanford.

As a media Entrepreneur, He has Facilated sessios for the British Council creative Enterprise, Junior Chambers National Conference, the 1st Youth-Marketer Converge Conference in Lagos alongside Twitter co-creator Dom Sagallo and Blog Director of President Barack Obama’s campaign New Media Committee Sam Graham-Felsen.

Adebola’s and his partners life work is centred on creating opportunities, especially for young Nigerians, as well as employing the media as a pro-active tool for positive social action. In a country defined by its closed spaces, the platforms he has created and helped launch provide some rare opportunities for the historically disadvantaged to find the space to build themselves and add value to their immediate environments.

He has also launched the innovative platform http://www.tfess.com, an online portal that connects young students, school-leavers with opportunities and capacity as professionals and entrepreneurs.

Names by Forbes International as one of Africa’s 30 “best entrepreneurs” under 30, he became Managing editor of Y! magazine (www.ynaija.com) in July, 2010, an Alumni of The London School of Journalism, Pan African University and London School of Marketing .

Iroghama Ogbeifun, #UnveiledEntrepreneurAwards Nominee

Iroghama Ogbeifun is a graduate from the University of Massachusetts, Boston with a BSc in Biology and Psychology. She also has a MSC in Public Health from Brunel University, London. The 2013 winner of MTN’s The Next iroTitan, Iroghama owns HAIRVEN, a company that manufactures products for the care of hair extensions and natural hair. Hairven’s mission is to provide quality products that meet the after care needs of women who use weaves. At Hairven, they also passionate about teaching women how to have healthy hair whether you have relaxed hair, natural hair, colored hair or bleached hair by providing products and hair regimens that help women achieve this. There are currently two hair product ranges:  the introductory range ‘The weave care range which comprises of Shampoo, conditioner, serum and leave in conditioner’ and ‘The Healthy Hair range which comprises of Shampoo, conditioners, protein treatment, detangling leave in mist, tea tree and castor oil’. Iroghama is a fun loving, confident woman with a go-getter attitude. An extreme extrovert, she is not afraid to speak her mind. Her mission for HAIRVEN is to empower women by giving them an opportunity to earn an extra income through the HAIRVEN Representative program. HAIRVEN products are available in Nigeria and Ghana. For more info: www.myhairven.com. Iro.ogbeifun@gmail.com +2347063443434 +2348067127213

Osusu Gloria Joy, #UnveiledEntrepreneurAwards Nominee

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  • Name; Osusu Gloria Joy                                
  • Brand Name;  Links & Glitz Concept/Magazine,a subsidary of Glo-May Specialties;an event management firm.                                                               Scope Of Business ; Event Planning,Coverage,Modelling,Agency/Grooming,Fashion Show Host /Organiser, Run way /Media Consultancy,Publicist and Magazine Publication ( Links&Glitz Magazine).                                  
  • Company address; 3rd Floor, Gbemisolar House, Omole Phase 1, Berger Lagos. Branch Office; 7 Orogun Street, Off Taoheed Road, Ilorin Kwara State. 
  • Phone; Business: 07032225615, Direct Line: 08057361602.Pin; 273A9B14.            
  • Date of commencement; May 2012 as a modelling agency and then added fashion show,models grooming and magazine publication to our artillery.
  • Email; joy_osusu@yahoo.com or linksandglitz@yahoo.com.                                 Website;www.linksandmodels.com,www.facebook.com/linksandglitz and @linksandglitz

Links & Glitz Magazine is published bi monthly in Nigeria by Links & Glitz Concepts, a subsidary of Glo May Speacialties. We basically stand for Modeling, Fashion Shows, Run ways, Events, Media and Publication.

Goal; to become a fashion and modelling household name/ brand.                                                     

 Mission; to become a unique platform for fresh talents to be unveiled, showcased and promoted with special focus on models, designers and entrepreneurs.Its important to note that we started out as links and models but due to expansion and coverage, we re branded and now goes by the name links and glitz. Our former page and twitter handler are a proof our existence;www.facebook.com/linksandmodelsmagazine and @linksandmodels.

For now, we are still constructing our new site,so the old one is still active(www.linksandmodels.com).               

Imo Douglas , #UnveiledEntrepreneurAwards Nominee

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My name is Imo Douglas (CEO at Dobem IT Consults), I hail from Akwa Ibom State, I was born on the 4th of July, 1989.

Career life:

In 1996 I became the Director of Operation of Dobem Computer & Multimedia Calabar which was founded by my Mother (Mrs.  Glory D. E.) where I handled the duty of the Graphic/Web designer till 2010 when I decided to start my own company which was first named Media OnPoint Company. It ran from 2011 to 2012. Due to the inability to pass CAC name availability search I decided to revert to Dobem but this time I founded a new company in the Dobem Associates (Registered as a Limited Liability Company) family name Dobem IT Consults and I have been running it ever since.