Aisha Hanan Buhari
Creative and Digital Photographer
Aisha Hanan Buhari is a young fine art photographer from Katsina state in norther Nigeria. She receives her BA in Digital Photography and Media in 2019, and this autumn she begins her MFA in Photography as well. Aisha has also exhibited her works in Abuja, Paris and London.
As a daughter of Nigeria's most prominent politician, she has lived a life dedicated by the expectations and responsibilities unique to her family's position and therefore exists in a space that is both free and restricted. This fuels her passion for her art as it is in many respects her most honest and open form of expression. Having already lived many unique life experiences beyond her years, her work is often subtle, mysterious or even cryptic, and addresses the themes of freedom, privacy, identity, the public gaze, pride and the unseen beauty of her Fulani heritage. Her ethnicity plays an especially significant influence, as all of her work's titles are in her native language.
Alhaji Mahmud Mohammed Jega
Journalist, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Daily Trust. Nigeria
Mr. Jega, a citizen of Kebbi State, Nigeria, is the Chairman of the Editorial board of the renowned Daily Trust Nigeria Newspaper. A seasoned journalist with three decades of experience, he is also an author and writer for various exceptional columns both in new media and traditional print media delving on history and current affairs amongst other topics.
Starting out as a Zoologist, he was an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Biological Sciences, University of Sokoto from 1983 to 1990. He soon realised he had a passion for writing. He decided to become a Correspondent and Assistant Editor for The Citizen and later on to the Newspaper of the ‘90s, New Nigerian. He took it a step further by studying Journalism at The International Centre for Journalism Training at Reston Virginia, USA in the early ‘90s and that propelled him further in the field.
CEO, VerifyMe Nigeria
Esigie Aguele is the Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer of VerifyMe Nigeria, a technology firm specializing in employment history reporting and worker verification solutions for corporate and domestic employers in Nigeria. VerifyMe is redefining the Nigerian workforce through its innovative business solutions; and leading the way in verified worker history reporting, workplace security, and qualification transparency.
Mr. Aguele is a seasoned expert in Systems Engineering, Enterprise and Solutions Architecture, Systems Conceptualization and Design, Business Transformation, Business Development, and Operations Management. He is a Certified Enterprise Architect (University of California), a Certified Project Management Professional, and a LEAN Six Sigma Certified Professional.
Trained as a biochemist at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Fatima Mamza has grown to become an industry-leading expert in Makeup, skincare and beauty. Starting in her university days, Fatima Mamza has grown her clientele base from weddings, special events, birthdays to being the preferred make up expert for top government officials.
With an average of 10 years professional offering her services in this industry, she has significantly become a leading voice in empowering women through the means of unlocking the true African beauty with her artistry.
Fatima has been privileged to work with a variety of clients over the years, from First ladies to business professionals, models to mothers and bride to celebrities.
With her vision and unmatched mastery, having high profile clients like First Ladies in her portfolio, Mamza keeps developing and launching beauty brands that cut through the industry. With her deep knowledge of beauty and feminity, Mamza's infuence is not hidden.
Haruna Hassan Tukur
CEO, Hafaz Farms.
A 24-year-old entrepreneur from Yauri local government Kebbi state. Haruna attended the Regent Secondary school Abuja before going to Heriot-Watt University where he graduated with a Bachelors degree of accountancy and finance. currently, he is the CEO of Hafaz Integrated Farms Ltd, a 450-hectare farm in Yauri local government Kebbi state, that cultivates rice, maize, sorghum, and soya beans, it also consists of a rice Mill and an oil Mill for value addition.
Haruna is the secretary committee on agriculture Kebbi state investment forum and a Podcast Host called Hafaz Post, a platform that interviews entrepreneurs from different sectors to share their struggles and triumphs in entrepreneurship in other to educate and motive other youths to venture into entrepreneurship.
Maryam Bukar Hassan
Spoken word Artists
Maryam Bukar Hassan, a.k.a Alhanislam, is a poet and an exponent of the spoken word, who has performed at major festivals and events including the Ake Arts and Book Festival and the Kaduna Book and Arts Festival. Over the years, her work has received critical acclaim, and she recently released her album titled “IN THE HEART OF SILENCE”, which contains one of the poems she delivered at the 2017 Ake Arts and Book Festival.
As the founder of Deen-at-Heart, an organization that focuses on the moral re-engineering of the youth, she is a renowned motivational speaker, and also an active core member of the creative clan. She is the pioneer of the Deen-at-Heart foundation, under which She runs a counselling platform known as “THE HELPLINE” that offers support and counseling to young people in real time and also "THE REVERT PACKAGE" that is responsible for educating and providing basics for reverts.
Director General, National Automotive Design and Development Council, Nigeria.
Jelani Aliyu, MFR is an International Automotive Designer and currently the Director General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, Nigeria.
A graduate of Architecture from the Birnin Kebbi Polytechnic, where he was awarded the best all round student. He also studied at the College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan, United States and worked with General Motors in both the United States and Germany. Jelani is an accomplished Automotive/Industrial Designer, Architectural Conceptualist, Technology Proponent, and designer of the Chevrolet Volt Electric Car Concept. He is strongly committed to the development of Nigeria and people.
Mrs. Kofo Akinkugbe
Managing Director/CEO, SecureID Nigeria
Kofo Akinkugbe, a prize-winning graduate of Mathematics of the University of Lagos, spent 12 years in banking, first at the International Merchant Bank (local affiliate of the First National Bank of Chicago) and then as a pioneer staff member of Chartered Bank.
Kofo founded Interface Technologies in 1998, SecureID Limited in 2005 and SecureCard Manufacturing in 2012. She currently serves as the Managing Director/CEO of SecureID Group (comprising of SecureID and SecureCard Manufacturing). SecureID is a MasterCard, VISA and Verve certified Smartcard Personalization bureau and digital technology company whilst SecureCard Manufacturing is the first polycarbonate Smartcard manufacturing plant producing high security identity cards and documents for the Banks, Telecoms and Public sectors. Both companies, recognised and respected in the global Smartcard industry, provide high- end digital security solutions to organisations and governments across Africa and beyond.
Multidisciplinary Creative Entrepreneur
Onye Ubanatu is a producer, director, seasoned content creator and creative facilitator, and has worked in a diverse range of television shows, produced documentaries, Local and International events, corporate videos, International News features, award winning short and feature films.
His company and platform MypassionMylife Media won the 2012 vendor of the year at The Nigeria Events Awards, And also a functioning and inspiring platform for young Nigerian creative entrepreneurs. Onye Ubanatu is currently Hennessy international Never Stop Never Settle campaign ambassador, under the “content creator category.” He is an award winning Screen Producer, Photographer and entrepreneur who can be described as a Nigerian whose sole aim is to inspire using his daily experience and real life stories.