If you have a dream of starting a business, Kingsley Okonkwo should be your coach and mentor. He’s a genius when it comes to helping people turn their dreams into concrete, thriving enterprises. He will not only teach you how to build a business but how to create one that gives both money and meaning; a business that makes impact and leaves a legacy for the coming generations. He has been coaching business people for close to fifteen years.
A graduate of Yaba College of Technology (YABATECH) where he studied Business Administration and Word Of Faith Bible Institute, he is the Senior Pastor of David’s Christian Centre, a vibrant church in Lagos and Abuja. He is a TV personality, an author and a much sought after speaker who has shared the stage with the likes of Pat Utomi, Fela Durotoye and many others.
He is happily married to his lovely wife and best friend Mildred who pastors with him and they are blessed with two adorable daughters. The world needs mentors and Pastor Kingsley is a great one – an inspiration to all who wish to better themselves.
MILDRED KINGSLEY OKONKWO
Mildred Kingsley Okonkwo is an alumnus of Obafemi Awolowo University and University of Lagos where she bagged her first degree in English language and a Master of International Law and Diplomacy respectively. She started out as a broadcaster in the year 2000 at DBN television and then moved on to a private production company as the presenter of a programme called Energy Matters which aired weekly on NTA and Super screen. From there she moved on to a career in customer care at an Econet franchise in Port Harcourt where she worked for 2years.
Today, she is the associate Senior Pastor at David’s Christian Centre and the convener of the Just Us Girls conference a yearly conference which hosts over 2000 women. She is an author and very happily married to Kingsley Okonkwo.
MR. DEBO ADEJANA
Mr. Debo ADEJANA is MD/CEO Realty Point Limited. He started business part-time in 1994 as a Youth Corp member in Maiduguri, Borno State of Nigeria. He is a graduate of Engineering from the University of Ilorin, Kwara State and a holder of Masters Degree in Business Administration (Marketing).
Prior to starting up Realty Point Limited, ‘Debo, a meritorious service award winner, had spent nearly 9 years in the Banking Industry. He was in a middle management capacity and was responsible for a portfolio of about N1.5 billion. Currently riding a wave of over 7 Estate Developments, of over 8,000,000sqm of land, in different locations, all within Lagos and Ogun States of the Nigerian Federation, Realty Point Ltd has grown to become one of Nigeria’s top real estate firms. Debo is happily married to Moni and they are blessed with three lovely children.
MR. IFEANYI AKOGO
Mr. Ifeanyi Akogo studied Geography & Regional planning in Delta State University, Abraka. An ex-banker turned management consultant, Ifeanyi was the head of the training department of BAA Consult before resigning to start up Dryclean4U Limited which has grown to become one of Nigeria’s finest dry-cleaning outfit.
Ifeanyi is a member of the Guild of Cleaners U.K and a certified Trainer from the Center for Management Development. He is also an alumnus of the internationally acclaimed Pan-African University.
Ifeanyi is married to Aderemi and they are blessed with two sons.
MR. OLASUPO AROGUNDADE
Mr. Olasupo Arogundade is a multi-faceted entrepreneur. With over a decade of experience in the Banking Industry, he has acquired valuable skills in asset optimization, database management and office administration.
He obtained an Msc Transport Studies from Olabisi Onabanjo University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Transport & Logistics of Nigeria (ICTL). He is also an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers (ACIB).
He is currently the CEO of KingsHouse Group a company with diverse interests in Entertainment (Tours, Events and Leisure Cafes), Information Technology Industry, Logistics and Distribution (Coca Cola Products and others) and Training (KingsHouse Learning Centre). He is happily married to Funmi and they are blessed with two sons.
MR. ADEBUSAYO ADEKANMBI
Mr. Adebusayo Adekanmbi is a young, passionate and creative director cum producer with a strong desire to impact individuals at every opportunity accorded him. He worked while studying accountancy in LASU but since that was not his passion, he stopped and pursued his dreams. He proceeded to P.E.F.T.I where he sharpened the inherent skill and talent of filming and directing. With a need to be better at what he’s been called to do, he joined the Tinsel, Mnet crew, gaining experience and knowledge in the art of film making before he finally resigned and birthed his own company, COMPASS PICTURES.
With his vast experience, he has directed and sub-directed tons of major stage dramas and video shoots like Everyday people, Dear Mother, House hold, Choices, PUSH, EKAN, REDLINE and has other works in the pipeline. He is not just a movie director but a life coach and a visionary leader. He is happily married to his dearly beloved heartthrob, Glory and they are blessed with a lovely son.
ADEDAYO DAVID EWEJE
Adedayo David Eweje was born in Lagos, Nigeria. He attended command children’s school ikeja, Lagos, and Command Secondary school, Ipaja Lagos and proceeded to the Lagos State University, Ojo in Nigeria, where he studied Geography and graduated in 1999. While at the university he had a passion for fashion and image consulting and he won several social awards in this regard.
Sequel to his graduation, he worked in the Nigerian Telecommunications Industry for nine years and in December 2008, he resigned as the Head, Resolution unit in the customer care department of Globacom Nigeria Limited. After his resignation, he set up David Wej Clothing International and within a short time, the David Wej Brand has gained enormous recognition and patronage most especially within corporate Nigeria and the entertainment industry.
The idea for Westman Quest began with Bright’s dissatisfaction with the services of his “Alagbafo”, a yoruba word for “Local Washer man”. The services of the washer man was below satisfactory but that was all Bright could afford at that time. However, as he endured the services of his “Alagbafo”, he nursed the dream of opening a world-class laundry outfit where clothes would be properly cleaned under the strictest levels of professionalism and quality.
Today, that dream has become a reality with the birth of Westman Quest, which has branches spread across Lagos, delivering top-notch dry cleaning services to its clients.
Funke Bucknor- Obruthe has always known she was not going to practice Law, while she was studying Law in the University of Lagos. Immediately after she finished her Law school in year 2000. She worked briefly in St. Matthew Daniel and Balogun Law Firm for four weeks and later joined Tie Communications, an advertising company. Along the line, Funke desired a change in her job after realizing the company does more of advertising, instead of her first love, which is in Public Relation. And this spurred her to start what is today known as ZAPPHAIRE EVENTS, an events consulting, planning, marketing and management company. This outfit she founded some years ago is today setting the pace for others to follow in the business of events planning in Nigeria.
Though, her decision to delve into the world of events planning was not good news to her parents in the first instance, because they were a bit skeptical of her success in this terrain she chose to make her solace. But along the way, her decision to stand her ground made them to rally around her to encourage her.
Today, there is no way you will talk about the pioneers of events planning in Nigeria without talking about Funke Bucknor- Obruthe. When she ventured into events planning back then in 2003, she was practically the second person to start events planning in Nigeria. The first wedding she ever coordinated after setting-up her outfit was Florence Duru’s wedding. After that, she has also planned events for the likes of Florence Ita- Giwa, John Momoh, Titi Atiku, Late President Yaradua’s daughter and Late Solomon Ayoku’s, just to mention a few. She is today doing what she loves doing and yet making money from it.
Funke Bucknor- Obruthe never had any formal training in events planning. But her flair for organizing events made her to develop herself by reading books, surfing the internet etc, for relevant information as regarding her desire in events planning.
This enterprising young woman is not just an event planner, she also organize frequent training sessions, seminars and workshops where she teaches young people entrepreneurial skill, management and how to be a successful event planner. As a public speaker, she has delivered countless of lectures/speeches due to her burning desire to contribute her quota to the development of society.
Funke’s entrepreneurial spirit and continuous desire to change society for the better has earned her awards like (The Future Awards 2006) – “The Entrepreneur of the year”, (Wedding Planner Magazine 2007) – “Wedding Planner of the Year” and still counting.
Temitope Olagbegi doubles as the CEO of Sixth Sense Décor and the Creative Director of Designs by Rehabiah. She is highly talented and passionate about style and decorations. Though she is a graduate of Accounting from the University of Lagos, her passion for design and decoration made her attend Sheffield School of Interior design and Ivy design School both in the UK where she obtained diplomas in designing.
Today, Sixth Sense ranks as one of Nigeria’s finest interior décor houses. The Orange butterfly logo of the company is ubiquitous around Nigeria. Tope’s newly launched fashion company, Designs By Rehabiah is already making waves and is poised to become one of the powerhouses in the Nigerian fashion industry.
Michael is the Chairman/CEO of 12 Baskets Foods Ltd. He is a Chartered Marketer, a trained and seasoned Administrator, Manager, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist, endowed with many years of experience both internationally and domestically in the food and dining industry.
As a child, Michael grew up in a family with a rich heritage of catering. He got his first culinary training from his mother who was a known caterer and had a deep affinity for cooking. He went on to perfect the art of cooking and eventually started 12 Baskets Foods Limited, which has grown to become one of Nigeria’s premier finger-foods manufacturers.
Today, 12 Baskets Foods has become a household name, not only providing top-notch finger foods, but also providing training for people who intend to go into the culinary world.
Tara Fela-Durotoye is a Nigerian makeup artist and lawyer. A pioneer in the bridal makeup profession in Nigeria, She launched the first ever bridal directory in 1999, set up international standard makeup studio, and established the first makeup school in Nigeria.
She is the founder and current CEO of House of Tara International. She is also the creator of the Tara Orekelewa Beauty range, Inspired Perfume and the H.I.P Beauty range. One can hardly mention the make-up industry in Nigeria without mentioning Tara Fela-Durotoye.
In 2007, She was awarded the Africa SMME Award and the Entrepreneur award in South Africa.
She is married to Fela Durotoye and they are blessed with three boys.