He is the Executive Vice Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer of Verdant Zeal Group. Verdant Zeal is Africa’s marketing and communications group headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria with two international branches in Ghana and The Gambia.
His illustrious career has spanned three decades in journalism, advertising and enterprise development before setting up Verdant Zeal in 2007.
The Group in its 10years has spawned 7 independent subsidiaries such as Great Measures Network, BrainBox i-Media and RedGecko Ltd.
A prolific and eloquent speaker with a wealth of experience from his career across diverse industries, Tunji is well versed and speaks at various events across the globe.
Nollywood Actress Ego Boyo was the silver screen darling in the Nigerian TV series Checkmate in the early 90s. Since then, she has starred in movies such as violated and began her own production company called Temple Productions which has produced numerous movies and commercials for blue chip companies.
Nwakaego “Ego” Boyo is a well-known and accomplished actor and producer who has worked extensively in the Nigerian film industry since the 90s. She made her debut as an actor in the critically acclaimmed Soap Opera “CHECKMATE” which aired on the NTA network service for five years playing the role of Ann Haastrope – a role which endeared her to Nigerian audiences.
In 1996, she produced her first feature film “VIOLATED”, a Moving Movies Production, directed by the Late Amaka Igwe. The film was considered one of the highest selling home video productions of its time, and has gone down in Nigerian Film industry history as one of the best Romantic Dramas, and the benchmark for Romantic films in Nigeria.
Ego set up her own production company later that same year, and continues as the managing director /CEO of the company. Set up as a full digital production company with a rental arm and working in production from end to end, a service it continues to provide across two continents.
In 1998, Ego delved back into production with another collaboration with Amaka Igwe, this time the film was “TO LIVE AGAIN” which was directed by Amaka Igwe and went on to garner several THEMA award nominations, and REEL award nominations and eventually to win best Film/Picture at the Reel Awards in 1999.
In 2002, Ego produced arguably the biggest romantic feature film of the decade “KEEPING FAITH” directed by Steve Gukas starring Joke Silva, Richard Mofe Damijo, Olu Jacobs, a relatively unknown Genevieve Nnaji as well as Funlola Aofiyebi, Bimbo Akintola and industry staples Keppy Ekpeyoung and Fred Amata as well as Veteran actor, Ibidun Alison.
Ego is also a humanitarian and was recently appointed the 60th President of the International Womens Society in Nigeria.
His Excellency, Mr. Obed Mlaba was born in 1943. From a young age, Obed always displayed a keen interest in the discourse towards the attainment of freedom for all in South Africa thus culminating in his active participation in grassroots civic movement activities.
At first, Obed participated in the struggle as a member of the Umlazi Resident Association from which he then moved on to the United Democratic Front (UDF).
After South Africa’s historic transition to multiparty politics, Obed became the first Mayor of Durban in 1996. Simultaneously, he held the titles of Chairman of the Kwa-Zulu Natal Local Government Association and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA). At the end of his tenure as Mayor, Obed had become one of South Africa’s longest serving Mayor with a mayoral term spanning more than 15 years.
He is currently South Africa’s sixth High Commissioner to the United Kingdom since 1994.
Obi Obadike is a celebrity trainer and world-renowned fitness expert and TV personality.
He is an internationally recognized celebrity fitness/nutrition expert who has graced the cover of over fifty fitness magazines and has written over 100 articles, making him one of the most published fitness experts over the past decade. He has graced more fitness magazine covers than any African-American fitness professional.
He recently co-wrote a diet and exercise book with Hollywood TV Actor and movie star Morris Chestnut known for his role in the movie the best man and tv series Rosewood. The book is called “The Cut – Lose up to 10 pounds in 10days and sculpt your best body.”
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Website: www.obiobadike.com and www.thecutbook.com
Denrele Edun is a Nigerian television host, whose work has been recognized with 16 awards and over 30 nominations in his career
He is known for his fashion style and eccentric personality. He started his television career as an actor at eleven when he played a presenter/producer on Kiddievision 101 on the NTA Network. He has previously worked with SoundCity and moved on to become one of Channel O’s VJs and recently became one of the hosts of lip sync battle Africa.
The beautiful Dakore Egbuson-Akande is an award winning Nigerian actress. She’s known for her role in the Nollywood movies Fifty, Journey to Self and the new movie Isoken which is now showing in theatres in the UK.
She’s also one of the Ambassadors for Amnesty International, Action Aid Nigeria and Oxfam of America.
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Iyanya is an award winning singer, songwriter, and performer. He rose to fame after winning the first season of Project Fame West Africa, and is best known for his hit single “Kukere”. He released his debut studio album, My Story, in 2011 which had singles such as “No Time” and “Love Truly”.
His second album Desire, had hit singles such as “Kukere”, “Ur Waist”, “Flavour, “Sexy Mama”, and “Jombolo”. The 19-track album featured guest appearances from M.I, Wizkid, D’banj, Emma Nyra, Tiwa Savage, Flavour, May D, Tekno Miles, and Yung L.
In 2013, He won the Artist of the Year award at The Headies and Ghana Music Awards. He was also nominated for best international performance at the soul train music awards and in 2014 received 4 nominations at the world music awards which include world’s best song, video, male artist, live act and entertainer of the year. In October 2016, Iyanya announced on his Instagram that he signed a record deal with Mavin Records.
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Adwoa Hagan-Mensah is one of the founders of the catering company Eat Jollof London and also The Ghana Supper Club based in Kent.
Eat Jollof London is a high end professional catering company, which was founded with the aim of pushing West African food forward and adding a little spice to the industry. The Ghana Supper Club is a more intimate affair. 12-15 lucky diners book to sit together to experience Ghanaian hospitality, 5 course Ghanaian inspired meal in the comfort of her home.
Adwoa has participated in numerous TV programmes including BBC’s The Restaurant hosted by Raymond Blanc and Sarah Willingham (Dragons Den), Market Kitchen with Tom Parker-Bowles and more recently the BBC cooking competition The Box with James Martin where she was a winner.
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Yemi Osunkoya is the award winning director and creative genius behind the brand Kosibah.
Kosibah specialises in contemporary and elegant couture bridal and evening wear using luxurious fabrics and grand embellishments. His designs are simply divine.
Yemi is celebrating 25years in the wedding industry as he established the Kosibah brand in London in 1991. He named the company kosibah in honour of his mother. The name Kosibah comes from the Republic of Benin and is the day name of a female child born on a Sunday.
His Celebrated clients include Louise Rose, the leading actress of Universal film Life & Lyrics, Alesha Harvey, Miss World Agbani Darego, Sheila Ferguson, and singer Stephanie Benson. Kosibah’s clientele is truly worldwide and is particularly represented in the UK, Nigeria and USA.
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Gloria Halim is a Holistic Health & Wellness Coach and the author of “Healing Foods Healthy Foods”. She guides and supports people on the journey to relieving their stress, balancing hormones, improving their diet and working on their mind-set making them more relaxed. She trained and became qualified as a holistic health coach in New York, and is certified by the American Association for Drugless Practitioners. She is also a member of the International Association for Health Coaches and sits on the board of the charity TPOT (The Power Of Touch).
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Instagram: www.instagram.com/gloriahalim or Website: www.gloriahalim.com
Tewa Onasanya is a Pharmacology graduate from the University of Portsmouth, UK and the founder and editor of Exquisite magazine – a Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Magazine for today’s woman. She talks about her passion for female empowerment, her cancer foundation and why she made the switch to publishing.
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Former CNN correspondent, Christian Purefoy is passionate about translating ideas into engaging video and digital platform content and has been fortunate to collaborate with some of the most talented teams and a diverse range of international organisations; with a particular interest in personal human-interest stories and impactful social commentary.
Kavitha Chahel is the founder and MD of a coaching and training business Compassionism ltd, focusing on developing compassionate leaders, to create effective teams and happy humans. She is an experienced business coach and company director. For nearly 20 years Kavitha has worked in business development, marketing, business leadership and strategy across the corporate, public and charitable sectors.
Kavitha is also a non-executive director of Asha projects, a charity that provides safe housing to women and children fleeing from domestic violence. She has worked with clients across EMEA, the Americas & APAC. Kavitha is a speaker and has been a guest lecturer at the university of Middlesex and London Metropolitan University.
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Ed is an entrepreneur and an internationally renowned expert in the area of psychology and business. He is a multi business owner who is fiercely committed to helping others expand their capabilities and their ability to achieve success.
Learn from a true professional and an internationally renowned expert in the area of psychology performance & relationships. Ed has used cognitive psychology in a therapy, leadership and business context for over 16 years and has taught relationship skills in some of the most prestigious facilities in the United States and London where he ran a private relationship clinic in Wimpole Street London for over 8 years.
Ed talks all over the world about the application of practical psychology techniques and how it can be applied daily to break through your limitations the past, how you can create the relationship you deserve and how he personally has helped thousands of people secure and grow the relationship of their dreams with quick change processes so you can do the same too.
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Stella Okuzu has over 20 years of banking experience covering Corporate, Commercial and Retail Banking as well as Internal Controls and Audit.
She currently runs a Management Consulting Company called EDD Consulting. EDD Consulting provides Business and Personal coaching services. She seeks to help her clients achieve their personal best and is passionate about helping people develop their entrepreneurial spirit.
Stella is particularly passionate about women issues and serves with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and Dress for Success, Greater London as Mentor and Volunteer respectively. She is also working on a fashion line to generate sustainable revenue to support Orphanages around the world.
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Multi-award winning DJ ABASS is a London based DJ, MC, broadcaster and a media & entertainment consultant. He is the CEO of DJA Media.
Originally from Nigeria, he is one of the most influential figures in the popularisation of African music in the UK and beyond. As a broadcaster, he hosted and co-produced the popular TV music program ‘Intro with DJ Abass’ and remains a regular commentator on African issues on UK television and radio. He is a founding member of the Nigerian Djs UK Association and a long standing co-organiser of the Nigerian Corner at the annual Notting-Hill Carnival.
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Connie-Lee Bennett is the fabulous founder of Meraki Therapy. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of Psychology, Connie has developed is recognized for her own methodology: her T.H.R.I.V.E system and her Authentic Communication Model. She has been voted the ‘Best Complementary therapist’, become an Authority in the field of Holistic Psychotherapy.
Connie has spoken in the United Kingdom, India, Brussels, the Netherlands and France; produces her own radio show; written articles for magazines and authored various self-published books and created various online programmes. She also give workshops twice a year in Paris and London.
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Kene Mkparu is Founder and Group MD/CEO of Filmhouse Cinemas and FilmOne Production/Distribution Nigeria has over 25 years cinema and film industry experience.
In Aug 2016, he launched the first IMAX cinema in West Africa, in Lekki Lagos, Nigeria, complete with Signature Dine-in cinema offerings.
In 1991, Kene began his career in the film industry as General Manager with Odeon UK. When he returned to Nigeria in 2008, as managing director, he set up and launched Genesis Deluxe Cinemas. He was also the managing director and ceo of FilmAFRICA UK, a production & distribution company that specialized in releasing African films in mainstream UK cinemas. This is a position he held from 2005 – 2008.
Filmhouse cinemas has a chain of 12 cinemas and a strategic roll-out plan to reach 25 cinemas by 2018.