Educator + Visual Artist
Ashley Stewart is a lecturer of graphic design and communication at University of Port Harcourt. She has obtained Masters degrees- MSc. and M.A. in multidisciplinary fields and is a distinguished alumnus of Loughborough University, United Kingdom.
She has published several scholarly articles with design criticism, value and management at the core. Using education as a platform, she tackles complex challenges associated with design management in the classroom and within organizations.
Dr. Ukwuori-Gisela Kalu
Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice + Mental Health Advocate
Dr Ukwuori-Gisela Kalu is a Clinical Psychologist who is passionate about Mental Health promotion in Nigeria and globally. With her upbringing influenced by two different cultures (German and Nigerian), she has an understanding an appreciation of cultural differences in health perception and concepts of normality, and how these affect people's daily lives. She has worked in a variety of countries, including Germany, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Mexico, Argentina, Tanzania and Nigeria. She currently works as a Consultant Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice in both Lagos and Abuja. She has a strong interest in both clinical work and research, and she has valuable experience working therapeutically in a range of psychological approaches and with a wide range of clientele (including children, adolescence, individuals with Neuro-developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, individuals with intellectual disabilities, older adults and adults of working age). Dr Ukwuori-Gisela Kalu obtained a Bachelor (BSc Hons) in Psychology, a Masters (MSc) in Neuropsychology and a Doctorate (DClinPsy) in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), Kings' College London in the United Kingdom. She is a registered member of the United Kingdom Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – the regulating body for Health Care Professionals in the United Kingdom.
Engr. Robinson Tombari Sibe MNSE
Engr. Robinson Tombari Sibe MNSE was born in Bodo City, Gokana LGA in Rivers State, Nigeria. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology and a Masters Degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering (Telecommunication) from the University of Port Harcourt. He has almost two decades of professional experience in Engineering, Information Technology, GIS and Remote Sensing, Environment and Sustainable Development. He is a COREN registered Computer Engineer and also a Corporate Member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers.
He has consulted in a wide range of projects cutting across several sectors, such as: Government, Environment, Engineering, Oil and Gas, Power, Health and Banking, etc. He is a Development Strategist, and his wide perspectives and experience in this regard, have proved invaluable in several projects.
In 2007, he founded E-Sense Technologies Ltd, a leading Geospatial and Information Technology company, where he still serves as the Chief Executive. He also holds interests in other business endeavours.
He is a regular contributor to several national dailies and online news portals, such as: The Guardian, Punch, Daily Trust, Business Day Newspaper, Leadership, Blue Print, Sahara Reporters, The Cable, etc. He has presented Technical Papers at several conferences, both locally and internationally, and made several contributions in the Public Space.
Tombari Sibe is happily married with 2 children. His hobbies are computing, football, reading and poetry.
Brand Management Consultant + Media Entrepreneur
Perez Tigidam is a brand management consultant and media entrepreneur based in Nigeria. He runs one of Nigeria’s foremost brand consultancy and design firms Arden & Newton Ltd and doubles up as the user experience and content strategy team lead at TheNerve Africa, a global business news magazine reporting on the new economy, culture and innovation on the African Continent.
Technology Enthusiast + Visual Effects Artist + Writer
Serial entrepreneur, technology enthusiast, seasoned and versatile computer graphic artist, motion graphic artist, animator, visual effects artist,writer, marketing communications professional and media solutions provider with 14yrs professional and industry experience.
Currently the Founder and Managing Director of KOMOTION STUDIOS, which is a versatile Nigerian media content creation company specializing in proving media solutions and creating disruptive content for various industries. He is also the Founder and Creative Director of GIDI VIRTUAL TOURS which is a 360 interactive virtual tour and Virtual reality content production company.
Architect + Photographer + Product Designer
Tosin Oshinowo is a registered architect in federal republic of Nigeria. She has been lead Architect at cmDesign Atelier (cmD+A) since 2012. CmD+A is an architecture design consultancy practice based in Lagos. The practice has recently completed Maryland Mall, which opened in June 2016.
She completed her Architecture Education at the Architecture Association London and also holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Design from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Prior to setting-up cmD+A, her experiences have been shaped by working in leading international practices like Skidmore Owing & Merril’s LLP London and the Office of Metropolitan Architecture Rotterdam, where she was part of the team that designed a proposal for the 4th Mainland Bridge in 2008. Upon returning to Lagos, she practiced at James Cubitt Architects and was team-lead on projects such as the master plan and Corporate Head Office Building for Nigeria LNG in Port Harcourt.
Her interests are in architectural history and socially responsive approaches in architecture design and urbanism. She has served as the convener of SHO-N-TEL (2009 - 2014) at the University of Lagos, an event series that takes practicing professionals back into the studio to present their experiences to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Tosin is an award-winning amateur photographer and has worked in a professional capacity on public art design installation in Lagos. Her written work includes an article on 'the reclamation of public space in Lagos', which was published in October 2012. She took part in the Playable Cities Lagos workshop with the Watershed Art Center, Bristol that was organized by the British Council Lagos in March 2016. She is a founding member of the ‘African Alliance for New Design’ (AAND), a think-tank that explores the value of design for the current generation of creatives on the continent.
In 2017, Tosin started her furniture line Ilé-Ilà. Translated to House of Lines from her native Yoruba, Tosin’s new brand celebrates her approach to architectural design - minimalist, clean and culture-rich. The heart of the armchair collection is its Aso-Oke upholstery, a nod to Tosin’s heritage.
Tosin is a devoted mother.
Award Winning Rapper + Media Entrepreneur
Music in Nigeria is a hard nut to crack; speculatively only about 5% of artistes (or less) in the Nigerian music industry are really making a living off their talent. This is why my greatest desire is to help people in the creative arts make a decent living off their talent…enough to have a good life and still pursue their passions. As founder and creative director for IngeniousNG, a creative consultancy company based in Lagos Nigeria. I lead a brilliant team to help artistes and record labels create business plans, identifying the core focus points of the art that can be monetized. The consultancy sometimes requires building specialized bespoke teams to help clients achieve set goals long after our services have been done.
I often use my experience being a multiple award winning rap artiste in the African entertainment industry to help corporate clients find an affordable and genius way to amplify their brand voice especially in today’s very noisy social media space. By creating a strong social media identity for the brand through web design, social media management, online promotions and content creation, we design innovative ways for engagement so that the client actually talks to the target audience in the language they want and the audience understands.
Understanding that brands and clients must be treated like individuals, each with a unique identity, we treat every client especially because even though their needs may be similar, they may want different results. So, apart from my B.Sc. in Geology at the University of Port-Harcourt Rivers state, I expanded my business acumen with a diploma in entrepreneurship from Fate Foundation. I gained experience in customer care and office administration from time working as a personal assistant and later admin manager at Matty Ventures LTD while at the university and have worked as creative director and lead for several projects for clients. One of the top includes; project lead for Educational videos in the “Opon imo” version 2 (a mobile tablet for secondary students in Osun state preparing for their WAEC). I lead my team; video recorded the teachers in all the science and arts subjects and edited it for the state government which also led me to write a speech for Governor Aregbesola which was used in the version 2 tablet.
As an artiste, I have won several awards including the “Best West African Act” Channel O Awards ‘2008 held in South Africa for material off my first album “Number one” released under Grafton records in 2008 (a record label based in Nigeria and the U.K). I also won the “Best New Act” at the African Music Awards 2009 held at Troxy in London. I was recognized in my home city Port-Harcourt for contributions towards the entertainment industry at the prestigious Odudu Awards in 2012. As a celebrity and entrepreneur, I have been involved with several N.G.O’s and notable causes like the “Born-Throway” project - a creative arts project to teach destitute children and youths in the street the basics of the performing arts to help them make a living off their talents. I was involved from September 2011 to April 2013 as a celebrity guest helping to promote the initiative in the media and giving talks to the youths inspiring them with my drive and desire to live off my talents. I also was able to get corporate sponsorship for the N.G.O from Coca-Cola in 2013.
I have also been involved with sickle cell in Nigeria through the SCSI (sickle cell society Ireland) and SCAIIN (sickle cell awareness initiative Ireland Nigeria) since 2009 to present day. I have worked in the capacity of an ambassador, performing at their awareness events in Dublin and Nigeria, representing the body during seminars and in the media plus lead in brainstorming on how to improve awareness impact with the limited funding available to the body.
Recently, I was involved as a performing act in the Global online festival for the event “A local act for peace” 2017 where I gave a speech and performed to the global audience streaming around the world. This was held at the Wheatbaker hotel in Lagos Nigeria.
Teria Yarhere (M-trill) is 37 years old, married and lives in Lagos Nigeria. He performs with an awesome live band (D’veterans) locally and internationally. He loves to travel, watch movies and go swimming (especially if the hotel pool is large, being that he is from the Niger delta). His mantra is “Think trade, not aid” and that helps him navigate the murky waters of Entrepreneurship, business development and life. He believes his word is his bond so if he commits to a goal, he makes sure it is done excellently.