Adeshola Komolafe / (October 2012 – October 2015) is a female entrepreneur who is convinced that the future of entrepreneurship in Nigeria and Africa at large depends on women. Not to replace men, but to transform options qualitatively and quantitatively. She is the CEO of Media Insight and Oak TV. She consults for several UK aid programms from the Department for International Development (DFiD). She is an Initiative for Global Development Emerging Leaders Fellow; a member of the World Bank Youth Forum and AlJazeera Media catalyst.  She is in very high demand as a public speaker; often making presentations on entrepreneurship, leadership and youth development. She derives pleasure in writing about entrepreneurship and has written for several newspapers and magazines. She has also contributed to sections of books. To give back to the society, she started Save our Future, a platform that introduces underprivileged kids to information technology.


  • BSc, Political Science
  • Masters, Public Policy and Administration, Bayero University
  • Digital Marketing, MIT Sloan
  • Digital Storytelling, Columbia Business School

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Amaka Okechukwu OPARA


Amaka / (September 2014 – November 2015) is a policy analyst and economist who holds a Bsc in Economics from the London School of Economics and a Masters in Public Policy from Johns Hopkins University. She has worked on private sector development and policy formation with institutions including the Brookings Institution, the Center for Global Development and the United Nations Foundation. Most recently, she works with the World Bank where she works with state governments in Nigeria to improve their service delivery to citizens in healthcare, education, and urban water supply. She is the founder and CEO of AfriMind, a knowledge platform for highlighting African thought leadership on development matters, for discussing and analyzing economic policies in Africa, and for finding salient African solutions to the problems facing the continent.


  • M.A. Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University
  • B.Sc. Economics, London School of Economics

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Gabriel IDAKWO


Gabriel Idakwo / ( 2013 – October 2015) shares the passion of making the world a better place for all. He’s been involved with several organizations like ENACTUS Nigeria, Heinrich Boell Foundation amongst others. He is particularly interested in issues bordering on education and the environment. He has extensive experience as a Data Analyst; has worked with Arva Technologies and Florida State University Institute of Government. Gabriel IDAKWO is currently a doctoral Computational Science candidate.


  • M.S. Business (Econ Devt), University of Southern Mississippi
  • B.Sc. Biochemistry, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

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Ishaya BAKO


Ishaya Bako / (October 2011 – June 2014) – A near fatal car crash months after his graduation from university led Ishaya to make a decision away from a career in IT to one behind the camera. His resolve was strengthened when he was accepted into the MA Filmmaking program of the London Film School from which he graduated in 2010 with a distinction and an emphasis in writing and directing for film.His graduation film, “Braids on a Bald Head” was screened in over a dozen film festivals including Seattle and Clermont-Ferrand and won the Best Short Film Prize at the 2012 AMAA awards.Ishaya directed “Fuelling Poverty”, a documentary that comments on the 2012 fuel subsidy scam in Nigeria and his first feature film is “Road to Yesterday”, a romantic thriller starring Genevieve Nnaji and Oris Erhuero. Ishaya is the creative director of Amateur Heads Productions, a filmmaking creative committed to producing socially conscious content.


  • M.A. Filmmaking, London Film School
  • B.Sc. Management Information Systems, Covenant University

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Neku Atawodi


Neku Atawodi / (January 2012 – June 2014) is the founder of equity crowdfunding platform, Malaik. She spent most of her life playing professional polo for brands, having played in over 22 cities. She returned to Nigeria in 2010, where her tech adventure began after she designed and implemented the bar code file tracking system for the Nigerian Ministry of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. She is the CEO of Bamboo Green Concepts Ltd, an investment outfit with a diversified portfolio. Neku is also the founder of Ride to shine – a self-funded non-profit organization that teaches African Orphans about Equestrian Sports. She is an Associate fellow of the Royal Commonwealth society, and a Clinton Global Initiative Lead mentor. She holds a Masters in International Business from the European Business School, London.


  • M.A.International Business Management with Spanish- European Business School, London
  • B.Sc. Equestrian Sports Science- University of Brighton, UK

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