Speakers

  • Tayo Oviosu

    Tayo has over twelve years of experience in a variety of technical and business roles in High-tech and Private Equity. Most recently, he was Vice President at Travant Capital Partners where he was responsible for executing the firm`s investment strategy in West Africa.

    Prior to joining Travant, Tayo was a Manager, Corporate Development, at Cisco Systems in San Jose California. In that role, he was responsible for strategy, acquisitions, and private equity investments in four technology sectors - Virtual Computing, Application Networking, Security, and Network Management. Tayo also helped lead Cisco`s investment expansion in Africa. At Cisco, Tayo led numerous acquisition and private equity investment opportunities, including the $130m acquisition of Reactivity, and investments in Aquantia (10G Base-T, Series A), and Guardium (Database Security, recently sold to IBM). Tayo was also responsible for the private sale of 22% of Cisco`s South African operations to a consortium of investors in 2007.

    Prior to Cisco, Tayo was a Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting in the CRM and Technology practice. At Deloitte he worked on cases in five industries – high tech, telecom, pharmacy retail, government, and healthcare. He was primarily responsible for leading technical implementation teams.

    Tayo also had stints at start-ups Biomorphic VLSI as a Semiconductor Chip Design Engineer, and Event411 as a Software Engineer.

    Tayo earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, cum laude, from the University of Southern California. He also has a Masters in Business Administration from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University.

  • Kola Karim

    Kola Karim is the Group Managing Director/CEO Shoreline Energy International Ltd (a leading energy and infrastructure company focused on sub Saharan Africa). His current portfolio consists of business in the Oil & gas, exploration & production Industry, construction, commodity trading, agro-allied products, engineering services, logistics, FMCG, power infrastructure etc.


    Kola a strategic business enthusiast has ventured into upstream oil & gas exploration sector "Shoreline Natural Resources" is the second largest onshore field, by reserves in Sub Saharan Africa. He has also acquired a foot hold in the food (QSR), cosmetics, retail, entertainment and technology. In addition to his role at Shoreline Energy International, Mr. Karim is the current Chairman of Shoreline Natural Resources, Costain West Africa PLC and Nigerian Ropes PLC. He serves as director in several companies including Shoreline Oil services, Shoreline Power Ltd, Eco bank Nigeria Plc, Schlumberger Testing & Production Services Nigeria Limited, Trans Amadi Facilities Ltd, AG Leventis PLC, Shoreline ETC LTD –Kenya, Panalpina- Angola, CWA-Ghana, and Fortis-Ghana.


    Mr. Karim is a Young Global Leader 2008 Award Honoree and also a pioneer and active member of the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Multinationals of the World Economic Forum. He has delivered opinion and position papers at international conferences, investment forums, business schools and universities.


    He future motives revolve around the establishing a firm corporate portfolio of pioneering business operations that will positively contribute to the development and commercial improvement of sub Saharan Africa.

  • Deepankar Rustagi

    Deepankar Rustagi, Founder / General Manager of VConnect.com. VConnect is the largest local search engine in Africa, with over 700,000 Businesses registered on it. In July 2013, Forbes Recognized VConnect.com as one of Africa`s Hottest Tech Startups.

    Deepankar is a young entrepreneur, who grew up in Nigeria.  He feels very passionately about the Service Sector opportunities in Nigeria.  He enjoys squash and table tennis in his free time.

    Deepankar is an Engineering graduate with a diploma in Entrepreneurship from Indian School of Business. He has over 7 years of experience in business development and consumer strategy. Prior to his Nigerian experience he worked with Keane Inc. as a Business Analyst. 

  • Bobo Omotayo

    Bobo Omotayo is also known under the nom de plume `The Renaissance Man`. He has contributed as a columnist and freelance writer to several print and online newspapers/ magazines including The Guardian, Business Day, TW Magazine, and BellaNaija.com

    In November 2011, he published his first book, London Life, Lagos Living; a collection of short Lagos-life observations turned `stories`,  which has sold thousands of copies both at home and abroad since its release earning its own cult following. He has toured key cities across the nation and delivered speeches on several youth platforms.

    In 2011, he was one of two young people selected by MTV Networks Africa to be a panelist at the launch press conference for the MTV Base Meets...with MTN, a groundbreaking pan-African multimedia campaign designed to inspire African youth by connecting them with some of the world`s most influential personalities. He has also been nominated for several accolades including The Future Awards` Creative Artist of the Year.

    That same year, Bobo became the youngest person in Ogun State to run for political office when he contested under the People`s Democratic Party platform for a seat in the Ogun State House of Assembly.

    Earlier this year, Bobo released his second title, Honourable; a collection of short and random observations from a political campaign trail.

    His unique body of work are peppered with an array of art, illustration and photography – courtesy of a handful of international artists, photographers and illustrators – and reflects his love of these and other creative mediums.

    Professionally, Bobo is a bright and multitalented specialist in communications with 10 years` experience in public communications and public relations for corporate concerns, global brands, and NGOs.

    He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.

  • Tannaz Bahnam

    Born in Iran and raised in the UK and US, Tannaz has made her way across the world settling in Lagos as the Founder of Lost in Lagos, the premier online guide to Lagos. Prior to moving to Lagos in 2008 she worked in sales and marketing for international media houses, including National Geographic Magazine which is what brought her to Lagos. Seeing a need for a platform for lifestyle businesses, to help them promote themselves, and for a platform for consumers to communicate with business owners she started LostinLagos.com in 2010. WIth a significant development of Lagos, LostinLagos.com has grown into a lifestyle brand, improving Lagos living. Her love for Lagos lead her to launch a city campaign to help change the image of Lagos through the We Love Lagos campaign.

  • Somi

    Vocalist, songwriter, arts scholar, and Sony Music recording artist, Somi is originally from Uganda and Rwanda, but grew up between Illinois and Zambia, and currently resides in New York City.  She recently completed an 18-month creative sabbatical in Lagos, Nigeria where she completed a body of work she calls "The Lagos Music Salon".  Co-produced by Nigerian maestro Cobhams Asuquo, American composer Keith Witty, and Somi herself,  the album will mark her major label debut and will be released internationally on Sony Music in early 2014.  

    Somi`s last album, If The Rains Come First, debuted at #2 on the Billboard World Music Chart and features her legendary mentor Hugh Masekela.  Heralded as a "world music luminary" by The New Yorker, Somi`s original songwriting prompted ESSENCE Magazine to declare that she "is at the forefront of a new roster of African artists" while VOGUE exclaimed that her voice is simply "Superb!"  As her career has taken off, Somi`s talents have been called upon for collaborations and live performances alongside Angelique Kidjo, Mos Def, John Legend, Cassandra Wilson, Baaba Maal, Paul Simon and many more.  

    Somi is also a TED Fellow, an inaugural Association of Performing Arts Presenters` fellow, a recipient of Doris Duke Foundation`s FAJE Award, and the founder of award-winning non-profit organization New Africa Live.  She holds a Master`s Degree in Performance Studies from New York University`s Tisch School of the Arts.  In her heart of hearts, she is a “Proudly East African” girl who loves poetry, music, family, freedom... and, obviously, Lagos. 

  • Kelechi Amadi

    Kelechi Amadi is a renowned Artist that has earned international recognition for both his photography and paintings. Some of his works have been featured in exhibitions within and outside Nigeria. He would be presenting “Nigeria in 41 amazing pictures”. This 41 pictures will capture the core of Nigeria as a Nation.

  • Tunde Kelani

    Tunde Kelani is a renowned Cinematographer that has worked on most feature films in Nigeria.  An advocate of ‘Alternative Technology’ in motion picture production in Africa, Tunde Kelani has successfully produced and directed many digital features, SAWOROIDE, THUNDERBOLT and AGOGOEEWO  He has since added THE NARROW PATHARUGBA, MAAMI and currently working on DAZZLING MIRAGE. He continues to push the boundaries of digital media as alternative technology of making motion pictures in Africa.

    He would be giving an educative talk on "the video of my life" and how to make a video with the mobile phone

  • Nkem Begho

    Nkemdilim began her professional career in Germany, where she worked on high profile research projects at the Max Planck Institute (MPI) for Psychiatric Research in the department for Statistical Genetics and Proteomics, as well as for the Pharmaceutical Company Affectis Pharmaceuticals AG, Germany. Her focus was on the development of software solutions for complex biological as well as chemical calculations and simulations, database design and administration as well as statistical analysis.

    As of today, she is the Managing Director of Future Software Resources Nigeria Ltd, a position she has occupied since 2008. As Managing Director of the Nigerian based web-solution development firm, she successfully re-branded the company, thus changing its focus from stand-alone solutions to web-based educational, enterprise and business solutions.

  • Dr. Innocent Okuku is the Head of Commercial Services at Notore Chemical Industries Limited (Notore), the only producer of urea fertiliser in Sub-Saharan Africa. Notore has grown into an agricultural phenomenon and is one of the world`s lowest-cost fertiliser producers. Notore`s leadership in self-empowerment techniques and focus on enhancing food production forms part of its "African Green Revolution" campaign, which includes educating farmers on inputs benefits and best practices. Dr. Okuku oversees the development of these farmer education strategies and leads a team that works with relevant stakeholders to develop joint projects that will contribute to the achievement of the African Green Revolution.

    Dr. Okuku has extensive experience spanning over 20 years in the agricultural industry and is passionate about the development of the industry in Nigeria. Prior to joining Notore as Head of Agric Services in July 2008, Dr. Okuku served as an International Scientist with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria. He has also served as a capacity building specialist on several Agricultural Development Projects in Nigeria over the past 10 years including USAID and World Cocoa Foundation funded Sustainable Tree Crops Program (STCP), USAID-funded Sustainable Practices for Agriculture in Critical Environments (SPACE) and the USAID-funded Maximizing Agricultural Revenues and Key Enterprises in Targeted Sites (MARKETS) project in Nigeria.

    Dr. Okuku`s passion for the development of agriculture in Nigeria led him to champion the creation and implementation of farmer field schools for promoting Integrated Crop and Pest Management among smallholder cocoa producers in Nigeria. He has also been involved in the development and delivery of several training curricula that focus on developing farmers` capacity to improve the efficiency of their input use, productivity and profitability of their enterprises in many African countries. He is a master trainer of the Nigerian Agricultural Enterprise Curriculum and an associate of Making Cents International- Sysco Entrepreneurial Institute development program.

    Dr. Okuku holds a PhD in Crop Protection and has over 10 years teaching experience at School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. 

  • Yewande is CEO of Stanbic IBTC Capital, a subsidiary of Stanbic IBTC Holdings (a member of the Standard Bank Group). Yewande has been part of Stanbic IBTC’s management team for over a decade and has been involved in several landmark transactions including some of the largest capital raisings and corporate restructurings in the history of the Nigerian capital markets. She has advised many leading corporate. Yewande headed the bank’s Corporate Finance team from 2000 to 2009 when she assumed responsibility for the Investment Banking team.

    Yewande was one of “35 International Women Under 35” featured in the October 2007 edition of World Business Magazine and she was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship for International Leadership in May 2010.

    In her spare time, Yewande has an interest in bringing formal financing to the Nigerian film industry and is currently producing a full feature film.

    She is happily married with 2 children.

  • Tonye Cole

    Tonye Patrick Cole is the Co‐Founder and Group Executive Director of Sahara Group, which is a energy conglomerate with a strong operating presence spanning the entire energy value chain in Nigeria to neighboring West African countries and past the African sphere to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

    The global operations of the Sahara Group comprises of 19 operating companies with over 650 employees located in over six countries. Mr. Cole and his partners have strategically managed the operating companies from incubation and have successfully driven the company to an USD11billion annual revenue base. Tonye Cole is chiefly responsible for the strategic expansion of businesses within the organization`s energy portfolio and is actively involved in the exploration of the upstream businesses in new frontier and emerging markets.

    In addition to founding and managing one of Nigeria`s largest energy conglomerates, he is also the founder of the Nehemiah Youth Empowerment Initiative, which is an NGO set up to empower the Nigerian youths in different parts of the country. Consequently, he is a "Brand Ambassador" for Nigeria, working to inspire youth to unlock the continent`s tremendous human potential. This is achieved by working closely with a good number of foundations in Nigeria (Africa 2.0, Rise Youth Foundation, Down Syndrome Foundation, Servant Leaders Foundation, Compassion Center for Physically Handicapped Children in Port Harcourt, Cheshire Home for the Disabled in Lagos, Slum2School Project and various charitable organizations).

    Tonye Cole has delivered numerous papers on diverse topics such as Oil and Gas Dynamics, Sustainable Energy, Youth Empowerment, Entrepreneurship and Capacity‐Building, Leadership, Change, Strategy, among others. He has also participated actively in various seminars, trainings and conferences till date. Mr Cole attended the University of Lagos where he gained his merit Honors in Architecture.

    Mr. Cole is happily married with 3 beautiful kids.

  • Tope Sadiq

    Mr Tope Sadiq is an IT consultant with over 12 years experience in mobile telecommunications. He is currently Director of Content with E- scape technologies as well as Executive Producer at FreedomHall.

    An avid reader, swimmer and cook, he is driven by the desire for others to unlock their potential and walk in it for the progress of humanity.

    One of his favorite sayings is " we all have a gift" and so he encourages both young and old to fully explore their giftings and help others to do so.

    He is a spoken word poet and is currently in the forefront of pushing the spoken word into mainstream consciousness and acceptance, he is currently writing a book titled " essence of presence". 

    His hobbies include playing chess, he supports west ham united football club and loves music.

  • Bilkiss Adebiyi-Abiola

    Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola is the CEO and Co-Founder of Wecyclers, a for-profit social enterprise working to help communities reclaim their neighborhoods from unmanaged waste. Founded in 2012, Wecyclers, in partnership with the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), utilizes low-cost cargo bicycles called “wecycles” to provide convenient recycling services to households in Lagos, Nigeria using an SMS-based incentives system.

    Bilikiss is a graduate of Fisk University, Vanderbilt University and MIT’s Sloan School of Management.  While at MIT, Bilikiss was a Legatum Fellow at MIT’s Legatum center for Development and Entrepreneurship and was a vice president of the MIT Sloan Africa Business Club. Bilikiss is an Echoing Green Fellow and a Finalist for the Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards.

  • Nnenna Onyewuchi

    Nnenna began her career in marketing communications over a decade years ago at McCann Erickson, New York, in the New Business department. After two years managing business development activities for the New York office and coordinating offices across the global network for worldwide pitches, she moved into the Strategic Planning department, where she rose to the position of Vice President. At McCann, she helped conceive Tag Ideation, a lifestyle marketing practice group, developing a set of proprietary research tools and co-designing a proprietary branding model. She returned to Nigeria in 2004.

    Since returning to Nigeria, Nnenna has worked in advertising, event planning and content development for international brands like Standard Chartered, MTV, Coca-Cola, BAT, Celtel, Motorola and Microsoft, as well as local brands such as Paga, FCMB,  V Mobile, Virgin Nigeria, Cross River State Tourism, Oando and First Bank.

    She was Director of Business Development and Strategy at Chris Parkes Marketing Solutions, an experiential marketing company before moving on a position at TBWAConcept. After TBWA/Concept, she worked for a brief time at HiTV, a pay TV operator, before joining ZK Advertising. In her time at ZK, she developed comprehensive strategies for clients including Zain, Dangote and several PZ Cussons brands. During her second year at ZK, Nnenna also took on the role of Creative Director, developing award-winning advertising for a variety of clients.

    In 2011, Nnenna and her partners took over the agency, rebranding it to Yellow Brick Road. She is also a founding partner in Blackbox, a strategic marketing consultancy.

    Nnenna loves to read and secretly hopes to one day wake up in a J.D Salinger novel.

  • Papa Njie

    Founder and CEO of UNIQUE SOLUTIONS, Papa Yusupha Njie, is a 37 year old Electronic Engineering and Management graduate of Middlesex University, UK. He is a trained electronic and computer engineer. He has passionately driven the strategic agenda of Unique Solutions over the past 13 years, together with his dedicated management, young and dynamic staff taking Unique Solutions from humble beginnings to its current status as one of the leading ICT service and solutions provider in the Gambia. He is the Executive Director and local shareholder of RLG Communications Gambia Ltd being the firstlocal computer and mobile phone assembly plant in the Gambia and one of a few in the sub region, providing employment opportunities for over 50 young Gambians that were trained by Unique Solutions and RLG.

  • Uwa Agbonile

    Uwa is the CEO of InfoWARE Limited and one of the managing partners of Solutaris LLC. Uwa has over 20 years’ experience in the technology industry having worked in Citibank, Chevron and Microsoft.

    Since becoming CEO of InfoWARE/Solutaris partnership in 2009, Uwa has driven an R&D investment of over 1.5 Million USD resulting in a software product spectrum covering Investment banking, Financials, consumer & retail banking, Business Intelligence and mobile platforms.

    Uwa holds a first degree in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka and an MBA from the University of Lagos. Holder of US patent 7509538. Uwa has been a speaker and panelist at various international events including the Harvard Business School in Boston, MA, University of Washington and at Microsoft headquarters in Redmond, WA.

  • Bunmi Otegbade

    Bunmi is an award-winning social investor and strategist with a big heart for the poor. He runs Nigeria’s first network of business incubators targeted at the so-called “unemployable” youth – youth without university education.

    As MD of Generation Enterprise, Bunmi launches youth-run businesses in “Bottom-of-the-Pyramid” markets. By adapting Silicon Valley startup concepts, these youth establish innovative businesses that create wealth and jobs in poor communities.

    Founded as a US-Nigeria collaboration, Generation Enterprise has partnered with state governments in Nigeria, and launched a site in India with World Bank support. Bunmi manages the organization’s operations from Lagos.

    In the past, he co-founded Engineers with a Mission that custom-designed alternative energy sources for poor communities in Papua New Guinea, Honduras, Kenya, Vietnam and Haiti.

  • Chef Fregz

    Chef Fregz loves to cook! He is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris Culinary Arts School in France and hosts periodic “Chef Fregz Specials” where he whips up a yummy menu with a different theme each time then everyone enjoys a taste.He also caters special premium events and private dinners. He runs his own personal website and provides premium private catering services.

  • eLDee

    eLDee founded his own independent label (Trybe Records) to support the group he started with friends in 1998. As the head of Trybe Records, he re-engineered what has now become the music genre most call Afro-hip hop/Afro-pop or contemporary Nigerian music. Trybe Records also created a platform for new talent that would help achieve the goal of placing African Hip Hop/African Pop on the international map developing successful award-winning artists.

    Writing and producing most of his music “Return of the King” marked the beginning of eLDee’s solo career earning him various nominations and awards including the Nigerian Entertainment Award for “Best International Album” in 2007. A household name both in Africa and in the African communities abroad he remains one of the most RESPECTED artist/producer out of West Africa, on the international scene

  • Wumi Oghoetuoma

    Wumi is the CEO/Founder of Crown Interactive. He provides the vision and solution plans based on product innovation and development acumen applying market knowledge based on more than 10 years of communications industry experience. Wumi has business expertise in multichannel self-service, business process re-engineering and solutions design for service provider operations teams such as AOL Broadband, Talk Talk, Virgin Media, Thomson Reuters and others. Wumi is a Computer Science graduate from Kingston University and certified TMForum NGOSS eTOM and SID consultant. He delivers thought leadership consulting in the area of Cross-Industry Product Development.

  • Azu Nwagbogu

    Azu Nwagbogu is the founder and director of the African Artists’ Foundation (AAF), a non-profit organisation based in Lagos, Nigeria that is dedicated to the promotion and development of contemporary African art. Established in 2007, the AAF organises art exhibitions, competitions, and workshops with the aim of unearthing and developing talent in Nigeria. Nwagbogu founded the National Art Competition in 2008, an annual arts competition in Nigeria that provides a platform of exposure to emerging Nigerian artists. Nwagbogu also serves as founder and director of the LagosPhoto Festival, an annual international arts festival of photography that brings leading local and international photographers in dialogue with multifacated stories of Africa. Nwagabogu has served as a juror for the Dutch Doc and the POPCAP Photography Awards. Nwagbogu lives and works in Lagos.

  • Kunle Adeyemi

    Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, urbanist and designer. He is currently best known for creating "Makoko Floating School", an innovative, prototype floating structure located on the lagoon heart of Nigeria’s largest city, Lagos. This acclaimed project is part of an extensive research project - "African Water Cities" - being developed by NLÉ, an architecture, design and urbanism practice founded by Adeyemi in 2010, with a focus on developing cities. Born and raised in Nigeria, Adeyemi joined Rem Koolhaas at the world renowned Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) in 2002.  At OMA he led the design and execution of several large prestigious projects in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. These include the Shenzhen Stock Exchange tower in China, the Qatar National Library in Doha and Prada Transformer in Seoul. Adeyemi is currently one of 5 members of the International Advisory Council for the World Design Capital 2014 being hosted by Cape Town, South Africa. Adeyemi is also a sought after international speaker, lecturer and visiting critic; recently presenting at Harvard, MIT, Princeton and Milan Design Week.

What is TEDxLagos?

TEDxVictoriaIsland is reborn as TEDxLagos!

TEDxLagos was created in the spirit of the TED mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals for and in Nigeria the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences in Lagos.

Our TEDxLagos conference is multi-disciplinary; our theme: inclusion is broad enough that it will encapsulate the work of all our speakers and performers in their wide range of fields. It gives a common thread that will tie our live speakers and performers; helping ideas flow from one presentation or performance into the next.

At TEDxLagos, live presenters will spark deep conversation and connections. TEDxLagos is fully planned and coordinated independently by volunteers for and in Nigeria.

You, our audience will witness TED talks and performances inspired by our speakers passion for what they do.  

What will their talks and performances be about?  What makes our speakers hopeful for the future? What do they reflect on?

You will have to attend to find out!

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Event Details

  • When:
    Friday, September 27, 2013
  • Where:
    Oriental Hotel
    Lagos Nigeria
    +234 1 277 9000
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