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Theme: Upside

This event occurred on
June 13, 2020
Lagos, Lagos

Upside is a world of perspective, opportunity and leverage. With challenges being inevitable like rain and tax, it is up to us as a Community to actively look out for the upside in situations.

Lagos, Lagos, 90806
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Chiedozie .

Spoken Word Poet
Chiedozie is a Nigerian born poet and playwright whose work is inspired by the journey of finding home, inclusion, love and laughter. His poems are aimed at endearing people to the beauty in dissimilarity, and his stories tell of the audacity to be human.

Chika Nwobi

Venture Capitalist
Chika Nwobi is founder of Decagon, where an army of world-class software engineers are being equipped with the skills to fuel the growth of the African technology ecosystem. Through his venture development firm, Chika has been involved in incubating over 20 startups including Babybliss – Nigeria’s top omnichannel platform for mom and baby, Jobberman and Cheki. He was the founder of MTech where he launched Nigeria’s first mobile internet service with MTN Nigeria in 2001 and helped pioneer the Mobile VAS industry. Chika has also led consulting engagements for Ford Foundation and IFC. Chika has a BA in Economics and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and is in the MSc Software Engineering program at the University of Oxford. He also completed the Stanford University SEED transformation program. Chika is also a venture partner in Rise Capital, an emerging-markets focused venture capital firm and a member of the Board of Unilever Nigeria Plc.

Chukwumerije Okereke

Professor of Environment and Development
Chukwumerije Okereke is a Professor of Environment and Development at the University of Reading where he also serves as the Co-Director of Climate and Justice Centre and the Leverhulme Climate Justice Doctoral Scholarship Programme Previously, he was a Senior Research Associate at Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at the University of East Anglia, UK, and Head of Climate and the Environment Development Centre at the Smith School Enterprise, University of Oxford, respectively. He remains a visiting fellow at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute (ECI) Professor Okereke’s work is devoted to understanding the mix of policies, strategies, and institutional arrangements that can help to address climate change and natural resource degradation in Africa in the context of sustainable development and Africa’s structural economic transformation.

Folakemi Ezenwanne

Medical Doctor
olakemi Ezenwanne is a medical doctor with over 4 years of experience working as a medical officer. Her clinical skills are versatile and she has worked with various medical units from A&E to Outpatient clinics Particularly passionate about Public Health and Preventive Medicine, she founded Proactive Healthy Woman, a mobile preventive healthcare outfit that deals with Health Education, vaccinations and screening for women. Her desire to contribute her service in the ongoing pandemic led her to volunteer at Eti-Osa Isolation Centre Lagos where she currently deals with the management of the confirmed cases of Covid-19, complications and co-existing morbidities. She obtained her Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) from Igbinedion University Okada. She’s married with 3 children.

Hadiza Blell Olo "Di'ja" .

Recording artiste, songwriter, visual artiste and humanitarian
Hadiza Blell Olo AKA Di’Ja or Aphrodija as fondly called is a recording artiste, songwriter, visual artiste, humanitarian, and entrepreneur. Born to a Sierra Leonean Father, and a Nigerian mother. She was raised in Kaduna. Di’ja likes to describe herself as a citizen of the world. She is a graduate with two international degrees but with an uncommon passion for arts; spoken or written words, pictures and songs. She is signed to Don Jazzy’s Mavin Records and has a lot of great records to her credit. Some of which will include “awww, Amen, Air, Sowemo, Falling for You ft Patoranking, Radio and recently she released her first body of work which is self titled “APHRODIJA”. Di’ja speaks English, Krio and Hausa fluently.

Niniola Williams

Niniola Williams is the Managing Director of DRASA (DR. Ameyo Stella Adadevoh) Health Trust, a public health organization reducing the spread of infections to improve public health. DRASA works with government, local and international partners, community leaders, students, and health workers to promote adequate sanitation and hygiene, reduce and prevent the spread of infectious diseases, and strengthen Nigeria’s health security and emergency preparedness. Prior to leading DRASA, Niniola worked with Management Sciences for Health (MSH), a global health organization operating in over 50 countries with a focus on priority health issues such as HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. Before MSH, Niniola worked with a brand agency while also serving on the core team of Keiyo Soy, a Kenyan nonprofit focused on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) projects as well as medical outreach programs. Niniola holds a BA in cognitive science/neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and is certified in Social Sector Management, Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), and Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). She is a Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) Class of 2018 honoree, Avance Media 100 Most Influential Young Nigerians 2018 honoree, TEDx speaker, and an Acumen West Africa Fellow.

Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji

Social Entrepreneur
Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji, named by Forbes as one of the 20 most Powerful Young Women in Africa is a Data Science & Artificial Intelligence Leader, Social Entrepreneur & Policy Advisor in EdTech & Human Capital Development. She is the Founder / CEO of RISE NETWORKS, Nigeria’s leading Social Enterprise whose mandate focuses on using Tech Innovation to create advocacy, skills empowerment and learning opportunities for the inclusive growth of Youth with the core objective of preparing them for effective Value Based Leadership at all levels in the Public, Private and Social Sectors. She is the chairperson for the Victims of Terrorism Support Fund where she is Chairperson of the COVID-19 Task Force. She is also the Founder of Fordeo Foods and Rise Interactive Waste Management Company.

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Lagos, Nigeria


Lagos, Nigeria