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Olalekan Paul

Advocate

IBRAHIM Olalekan Paul is a 24 year old young man. He is a member of the Global Youth Coalition on HIV/AIDS. He has a strong passion and has been an advocate on HIV prevention, condom programming and eliminating stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV and dispelling myths about HIV and AIDS. For his education, Olalekan graduated from the University of Lagos, in Nigeria, with a degree in Mass Communication, and specialized in journalism and media creation. While at UNILAG, he was the erstwhile Political Editor of Happenings Publication; Production Manager UnilagSun Newspaper; and former Executive Editor, MassCope Magazine. He was also a correspondence for The Sun Newspaper, and The Punch Newspaper. Besides that, he contributed to CampusLife section of The Nation Newspaper, and also writes for some online publication.

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Akinsola Omotola

Student

OMOTOLA Akinsola is one of the most positive and encouraging individuals you could ever meet. Her zeal and dedication to social justice, social change, service and leadership makes her shine in all her endeavours. Her hope is to empower others; especially young people and help them be all they could possibly be. Born and raised in Ibadan, Nigeria, Omotola is a forward thinker and an agent of change who has come a long way because of her outstanding passion for civic engagement. Because of her commitment to youth and education, she worked to create Jumpstart Academy with a group of exceptional and outstanding young professionals and students in Nigeria.

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Onigbinde Oluseun

Advocate

ONIGBINDE Oluseun is a graduate of Electrical/Electronics Engineering from the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta. He has sound experiences in data visualization, analytics, strategy and business development and has worked with two of Nigeria's frontline banks. As a firm adherent of open data and how it guarantees transparency and drives communities to action, he co-founded a civic startup in Nigeria named BudgIT. BudgIT, founded in 2011 during a technology boot camp organized by Co-Creation Hub, uses technologies of any form that appeals across to everyone across every literacy span to make public data more accessible, transparent and understandable to Nigerians and great people of the world. BudgIT also provides infographics, visualization and data comprehension support to citizens, civil society organizations and public institutions.

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Makinde Ayodeji

Lawyer

MAKINDE Ayodeji was born on the 24th of April, 1984 into the family of Late Mr 'Dayo Makinde & Mrs G.O Makinde of Atiba Local Government area of Oyo State. He had his primary school education at Dafield Nursery & Primary School where he proceeded to Methodist High School from 1995-1998 and proceeded to Command Day Secondary School, Odogbo from 1998-2001, Ibadan where he eventually finished his secondary education. For his tertiary education, he proceeded to the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife where he study Law (2001- 2007) and was called to the Nigerian bar in the year 2009. Ayodeji is the Creative head and visionary of Divine International; a dynamic organization that uses comics as tools for societal transformation and also with a view to inspire the youth. He writes comic scripts, develops creative concepts from the script, makes them into comics and gets them distributed. Currently his works are in over 15 states of the federation and by 2015, he hopes to have covered all the states in Nigeria.

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Babalola Omotola

Makeup Artiste

BABALOLA Omotola Grace hails from Ekiti state but was born and bred in Ibadan and currently domiciles at No 2, Oba Olagbegi street,Old Bodija Ibadan. Her early life started at Old Bodija, Ibadan, had her primary school at D'alfred nursery and primary school and proceeded to Methodist Grammar school, Oju irin Ibadan. While waiting to gain admission into a tertiary institution, she engaged herself productively and lucratively. She attended the University of Ibadan Distance learning programme and is currently in the process of getting a degree in Social works. Her foray into beauty make-up was borne out of her belief that every human is beautifully and wonderfully made and, when she observed that many women were labelled ugly, either due to gender segregation or unhealthy dominance by their male counterparts, she set out to do something about it. She believes that every woman is beautiful in her own right.

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Oladele Okikiola

Graphic Designer

OLADELE Raymond Okikiola born on 8th of August 1992, is a man of many parts; a Medical student, Graphic artist, Photographer, Blogger and an Adventurer, with a strong interest in Nature photography. He is an indigene of Igbeti in Olorunsogo Local Government of Oyo state, Nigeria but currently domiciles in Ilorin, Kwara state. In 2009, Okikiola picked an interest in the creative arts especially the Graphic design aspect and honed his skills by understudying contemporary Nigerian creative artist such as James ‘Abinibi’ Alabi and others, thereby developing his skills in Adobe Photoshop and vector software like corel draw to create designs and montages. In tandem with his Graphic design work, Okikiola nurtured a long time love for photography with a special interest in Nature and still life photography. His works along with other great minds has brought him some acclaim as he was recently selected to work with the British Council in Nigeria for the “Through my eyes” Project.

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Oyeneye Abiola

Student

OYENEYE Abiola Abiodun is a complete Nigerian. He hails from Abeokuta-south Local Government Area of Ogun state, was born in Jos, Plateau state on the 19th of March, 1993 but was moved to Ibadan at about 6 months old owing to his mother’s bid to escape the harsh weather in Jos. He started his education in Ibadan as he attended God’s Grace Nursery and Primary School, Monatan but when he was in Primary 2, he moved to Lagos after his father was posted to Lagos. At Lagos, he completed his Primary school education at Brigade Primary School, Ojo, Lagos and in July, 2004. He moved to Command Day Secondary School, Ojo where he started and finished his Secondary education. In 2011, he got admitted into the prestigious, Federal University of Technology, Akure, to study Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He is an outstanding student who had one of the best results in his WAEC, and maintains an impressive CGPA.

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Bello Oladolapo

Youth Corp Member

BELLO Oladolapo is a 21 years old young man who has excelled in his academics. He was the best graduating student in his secondary school (Command Day Secondary School) out of over 600 students and on the premise of his impressive WASSCE results (5As and 3Bs) he won the BRF scholarship award which saw him through his University Education. In February 2012, he won the Ademola Segun Educational Fund (ASEF) Scholarship for Biologists. The scholarship is a top award open to only Final Year Biology students in Public Universities in Nigeria. He was one of 8 winners. He graduated from the University of Lagos in 2012, where he studied Zoology as the best graduating student in my department after finishing with a First Class.

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Israel Richard

Teacher

ISRAEL Richard Tosin is a native Osun State, Ile-ife. He was born on the 27th of November in the late 80’s in Kano state to the family of Mr. /Mrs. Israel. His parent left Kano state in 1989 after the religion crisis that claimed many lives. There in Ile-ife, he started his primary school education in Faith Standard Nursery and Primary school. He was in primary three when he left for the government school due to financial constraint. In 1998, his parents relocated to Ibadan and he enrolled in a community primary school, Olode, Ibadan where he obtained his primary education certificate in 1999. He then proceeded to community high school, Ogungbade where he obtained his SSCE certificate in 2006. In 2006, he got admission to the University of Ilorin where he garnered a B.A in linguistics. And in 2012, he enrolled for PGD in journalism at the International Institute of Journalism, Abuja.

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Abiodun Fayemi

Musician

FAYEMI Abiodun Gabriel Success was born into the family of Mr. and Late (Mrs) S.A. Fayemi on December 27, 1990 at Baptist Hospital, Ogbomoso, Oyo State (Now Bowen Teaching Hospital) and he is the last child of his family. He attended First Baptist Church Nur / Pry School, Isokun Oyo town, Oyo state from 1994-2002 and then proceeded to Olivet Baptist Height Secondary school, Oyo for his J.S 1 between 2002-2003 from where he went to Rock of Ages Comprehensive College, also in Oyo town where he completed his Secondary School Education in the 2008. His sojourn into music started basically during his primary school days but professionally in the 2007 when he wrote a complete track. His decision to go into music was premised on the fact that he enjoyed music the most and the belief that he has the talent for it. Download his songs here.

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Adetoun Adekoya

Musical Artiste

ADEKOYA Adetoun is a prolific singer who finished as the 2nd runners up at the MTN Project Fame 5. She is a versatile performer as she has a sublime touch to most genres of music but has a special bias for Soul, Jazz, R&B and her new found style Waka. She has been singing from a tender age of 11 in the children section of her local/family church. Her ability to dance and sing simultaneously stood her out. Besides, ability to manage and express her voice range (low to high pitch) stands her out. This Prowess has stayed with her and she has deliberately improved and honed her skill(s). Adetoun's voice is robust and unique. Her voice fits into any genre of music and she also possesses the ability to sing live (on stage) and in the studio. She has worked with so many studios and producers which include Azusa Studio, Trinity Studio, Cobhams Asuquo Music Production (CAMP), Instinct Studio,etc.

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Ogundipe Olalekan

DJ / Music Producer

OGUNDIPE Olutoba Olalekan nicknamed DJ Lobitz is a Disc Jockey, Video Jockey and a music producer. He does smooth mix on traditional turntable and modern day CD player. He’s proficient with 3 major DJ softwares (Traktor, Serato, Virtual DJ) effectively. He could also do video mix. He has participated in many DJ competitions and was able to finish in the first 5. He has also handled many events and shows both in the University of Ibadan and outside the campus. As a DJ, he has a reputation for manipulation of songs (DJ MashUp) He he had his Primary school education at Aanuoluwa Nur/Pri School, Ifaki Ekiti before proceeding to Adladof high school, Ifaki Ekiti, Ekiti state between 2000-2006 for his secondary schooling. He attended the University of Ibadan where he obtained B.sc Physiology.

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Abioye Olagoke

Farming

ABIOYE Kehinde Olagoke, in his words, says - “I am a young man determined to change the mindset of people, bring respect and dignity to a maligned profession and also impact positively, not just my immediate environment, but youths as far as my reach, I decided to go into full time farming.” His Hedge Global Resources is a company born out of passion and dedication to take advantage of the growing trend in the nation’s agricultural sector, key into its goals of food security and sustainability and also play a key role in actualizing the millions of job opportunities this sector is capable of providing. The visions, he says, is to bridge the green gap in our locality and the nation at large within the next decade and also to operate in the most environmental friendly conditions with quality and adequate bio – security never compromised and producing, packaging, marketing and delivering fresh and healthy livestock and its products and feeds too thereby attracting the world to Nigeria.

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Olatunji Oloruntobilba

Designer

OLATUNJI Oloruntobilba (MBBS, IB) is a 26 year old young man who hails from OGUN state. Born in Ibadan, he grew up in Ilorin and studied in Ibadan. He has his business set up in Ibadan and also works as a health IT professional at the College of Medicine, UCH, Ibadan. With exposure to visual arts and several awards from primary school to date, he started his Creative Design firm while in University and it has grown to be a full scale design services company today. He is a Medical Doctor; a graduate of Medicine and Surgery from the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. He is a young entrepreneur with an ardent drive for excellence, expertise and propriety. He is a designer, a visual communication expert with many years of local and international exposure to digital design. He runs a growing digital design firm with several local and international clients. He is also a developer, a user interface designer, interactive media developer, programmer and software architect with growing interests in health informatics, simulation and robotics.

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Agboola Seyi

Footwear designer

AGBOOLA Seyi Matthew is a 28 year old Entrepreneur who was born at The Mission House, C.A.C, Oke Ado, Ibadan. He is the third child of a family of four. He attended Ore-Ofe Oluwa Nursery and Primary school, New Gbagi market, Ibadan. He then proceeded to Bishop Phillips Academy, Iwo road and iCLASS professional tuition, Bodija, both in Ibadan. “I have spent all my years so far in Oyo state, Ibadan”, he says. In August 2009, he founded ITELE FOOTWEARS COMPANY LTD., where he works as the Chief Executive Officer. At ITELE, they produce leather works like shoes, sandals, and belts. He says he started this business with N25, 000 in 2009 and now it is worth millions of Naira. He thinks he has been extremely favoured by the Almighty, and that his hard work has been rewarded.

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Ajayi IniOluwa

Student/Designer

AJAYI Folu, is a 19 year old, 400 level student of the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan, who hails from Oyo State. She is a young fashion entrepreneur and designer, who established the House of Dabira at the age of 17. In her own words, "I am a creative, adaptable and bright individual, with an excellent eye for detail and design. I strive always to achieve the highest standard possible, at any given task. I possess good communication skills. I enjoy learning new things." She runs a growing fashion house, which currently boasts of both local and international client base. A few of her numerous achievements are listed below: "ARA KAN OGE' 2012 Spring Summer Collection Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection "Sashay With Me" 2013 Spring/Summer Collection "Playful Elegance" 2014 Spring/Summer Collection Ife Runway Fashion Show, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, September 2012 The House of Dabira Official Launch, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo State, April 2013 Nigerian Students Fashion and Design Week, University of Lagos, Yaba, Lagos State, June 2013 Black-Girls Ignite-Africa, Ignite Your Passion, Ember Creek Hotel, Ikoyi, Lagos State, October 2013 Heritage Mall Fashion Show, Heritage Mall, Dugbe, Ibadan, Oyo State, November 2013.

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Egunjobi Mojoyin

Jeweller

EGUNJOBI Mojoyin is a 23-year old graduate of the Communication and Language Arts department, University of Ibadan. Her journey to entrepreneurship began at the age of 5. “Starting early has given me the confidence and conviction of contributing my own quota to solving the problem of unemployment in Nigeria”, she says. She is an Ingenious Jeweler, a craft/skill facilitator and she also runs an innovative vocational academy that seeks to bridge the competitive gap between the Nigerian Youth and their Global counterparts. This they do by teaching top- end skills that stand our trainees out in the local and international market scene. Her tenets are doggedness, innovation, excellence, focus and pro-activity. She loves pushing the boundaries. Her brain child, Mojolisa Jewelry, is a line of jewelry pieces that are crafted to its fined state, with a high level of ingenuity, style and creativity. “We have a vibrant arm that caters for training and mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs. We also have an arm that is committed to spurring children's minds towards creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial qualities.” Till date, the vocational school has trained over 250 people in jewelry making and other crafts. Since inception they have have partnered with different organizations to motivate and empower the young and old with top-end skills.

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Bamgboye Yetunde

Designer

BAMGBOYE Yetunde, CEO of Yetroselane, was born in the '80s as the first child of her parents. She completed both her Primary and Secondary education in Ibadan and proceeded to Bowen University Iwo, Osun state where she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science. Yetunde's passion for fashion started in her growing up years when, as recounted by her, she used to join up pieces of cloth for her baby doll. Being the daughter of a fashion designer, Yetunde has always been exposed to the concept of Fashion. The seeds planted by both parents resulted into what is known as Yetroselane today. Yetroselane started as a brand in her 2nd year in Bowen University by making outfits for friends, roommates and class mates, this later spread around the school as a result of the quality and uniqueness of her pieces. After graduation she was posted to OYO state for her national youth service and she was drafted to Access Bank. It was during this period that she established Yetroselane as a brand riding on the platform already created by her Dad. After her one year National Youth Service, Yetunde got offered a job with Access Bank which she declined as she felt she had a stronger calling in the business of Fashion.

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Akintayo Akinwale

Urban Planner

AKINTAYO Akinwale was born on the 26th of May 1987 in Oyo town of Oyo East Local Government. He is a graduate of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, Oyo State. He currently holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso. He has some professional certificates in Applied Geoinformatics. He is currently the GIS Technical Officer/Creative Manager at Global Geo-Systems. He is a public analyst and a strong advocate of good governance who dreams of a corruption free Nigeria. Akinwale has worked on projects such as street mapping of some Major Towns and Cities in Nigeria, building data of some major towns and cities in Nigeria.

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Adediran Hameed

Entrepreneur

ADEDIRAN Abdulhameed Adebosola has in his less than three decades of existence defied all odds and demonstrated that there is no limit to what the young people can explore and achieve. He was born to the happy family of Adediran on Wednesday, 18th March, 1987. This bundle of joy has evolved through a black, bold, bright boy over the years. A graduate of the prestigious University of Ibadan where he studied Medicine and Surgery, Hameed is a proud Ibadan and indeed Oyo State indigene whose Pacesetter slogan has always been his driving force for unwavering innovation and creativity. Furtherance to this passion for creativity and innovation, he came up with www.ibadanmarket.com , an idea seriously gaining ground in Ibadan and environs.

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Abobarin Tayo

Architect / Web designer

ABOBARIN Oluwatayo Abiodun is creative young entrepreneur with an eye for details and excellence in delivery. Trained as an Architect at the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos; He has been able to master the principles of design and has applied it in helping to improve visual appeal of several upcoming and established brands. He is a self-trained web and graphics designer with high proficiency in major industry software under Adobe and Autodesk. He has also recently undergone an intensive training on Creativity at Stanford University - Venture Lab. Abobarin Oluwatayo Abiodun was born in Ibadan on Sunday, 30th March 1986 to the family of Mr & Mrs S. O. Abobarin at Adeoyo Maternity Hospital. He is an alumnus of Loyola College Ibadan. His childhood was spent in a crude but interesting environment for a child and he has grown up to be self-confident and self-aware. Tayo’s life revolves around Architecture, Brand Awareness and his relationships. His recent projects include ibadancity.com, an online business directory, job portal, event-hosting and forum platform, among others.

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Oke Oluwalonii

Broadcaster

OKE Oluwalonii is passionate about a few things; womanhood, womenfolk, interior decor and voice artistry. Of all these passions, voice artistry gets most of her attention for now. This dynamic young lady dropped out of pharmacy, studied sociology, happened to broadcasting and speaks English, Hausa, Yoruba and a bit of French. She hails from Ekiti State and was born in Kaduna State where she had her primary and secondary education. She has lived in the city of Ibadan for eight years, 4 (four) out of which she has worked, first as a volunteer Duty Continuity Announcer in the Premier University media house, Diamond FM, and then as a Presenter, Newscaster, Duty Continuity Announcer and sometimes Producer in the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS) and her sister station Oluyole FM. She has made appearances ranging from red carpets of events to reality shows aired on cable channels. In all these, she strikes one as a no-nonsense, forthright but very playful and down to earth person.

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Mark Victor

On Air Personality

MARK Victor Eniola is a resident of Oyo State of about four years. He is a media consultant to a large number of individuals and outfits. He is the founder and owner of 'Coded Media'; an outfit approved by the corporate affairs commission of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He works with Voice of the Children Africa as Head, Undergraduate Research Team. He is a PR consultant to about 19 personalities who has successfully managed promotional tours for lots of musical acts. He is also an On Air Personality at Diamond101.1FM, Ibadan. Programs he anchors include 'Talent Show' and 'Home Drive'. He was a nominee at the 2013 Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Award and a winner of M.X.E Radio Presenter of the Month. He stays at Suite 317, Northgate Hotels, Sasha, Ibadan. He is also a freelance presenter/producer for some other media houses. “Put simply, I an outstanding entrepreneur, presenter and media consultant”, he says.

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Obilor Pat

Radio/TV Presenter

PAT Obilor is a creative professional with strong literary and communication skills and years of experience producing, presenting and performing works of artistic expression. She has a rich literary and artistic background from both her academic training and professional experience as well as strong skills in organizing groups towards achieving social goals using various artistic media. Her interpersonal skills are well developed and she has a strong drive to add value to any institution where she work or volunteers. She brings a passion for excellence into everything she does and has a high aptitude for executing social intervention programs. “With a root from splash Fm, my media career started when I served as one of the pioneer radio presenters on UI Radio - Diamond FM where I present and produce youth and life inspiration programs”, she says. As a young CEO, she runs Sparkles Media; an event company which has provided a firm platform to host three successful editions of her annual Youth & Celebrity conference - STANDOUT WITH PAT.

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Oyekan Damilola

Civil Servant

OYEKAN Damilola is an enthusiastic, committed and focused person who always seeks a challenging opportunity in a dynamic organization with the urge for career development in a growth oriented environment. She is a good listener, an integral growth driver who is ready to share ideas and solutions from bottom line growth. She has been working with the Oyo State Government from November 2011 till date as an administrative Officer at the Ministry of Establishment and Training: November 2011- November 2012, Ministry of Trade, Investment and Cooperatives: November 2012- Till date. She has represented the Ministry during meetings and matters that concern the State. She has professional affiliations with Associate, Institute of Strategic Management, Nigeria, graduate membership, Institute of Public Diplomacy and Management (in view).

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Olufemi Olumide

Social Entrepreneur

OLUFEMI Olumide is a social entrepreneur, agent of change, goal oriented and vision-driven leader. He is the President and Co-founder of G-Next Youth organization. He is an emergent force to be reckoned with in the field of human capacity development. With over 8 years of experience in the sector, he has raised many leaders on various platforms and championed several Nation building projects. He also serves on the board of Practivate, a project management and enterprise development oriented company as a management consultant. Olumide is President and Co-founder, GENERATION NEXT YOUTH ORGANISATION that has been in operation since August 15, 2004 till date (9 years 4 months) based in Ibadan. Generation Next Youth Organization (G-Next) is a Christian youth initiative with a vision to practically impact the life of youths in our immediate community. G-Next has a membership count of over a 1000 nationwide, with presence in 5 states in Nigeria. It comprises of professionals both in Nigeria and UK on the board of trustees who are passionate about the cause.

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Adesina Oyindamola

Social Entrepreneur

ADESINA Oyindamola was born in Ibadan, (UCH) Oyo State on the 21st of January 1987, a seasoned business development professional, leader and strategist, with core strengths in organizational strategies and process design, Oyindamola Adesina holds a degree in Creative Arts from the University of Lagos and a Management Certification (ViEMP) from Pan Atlantic University. She has represented the African Child at the Global Summit of Women (2004) in Seoul South Korea campaigning for the importance of Economic Education for young people. In 2012, Oyindamola co-founded the Youth Participatory Development Initiative. An initiative that strives to give the less privileged an opportunity to compete in; and contribute to their society. The Initiative is established to work towards equal opportunities for youth development, regardless of parental, financial, or behavioral backgrounds. Roles in business development, consulting, non-profit, and product design have given her the ability to manage multi-disciplinary projects and to navigate complex challenges. She currently heads the Corporate Affairs/Communications department of Genesis Studios and she is also the Co-founder and President of the company’s Eve Global Foundation for Women. Oyindamola thrives on social services and community development. She can be counted on to execute big ideas.

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Adekanye Femi

Basketballer

ADEKANYE Oluwafemi is a 23 years old native of Igosun, in Oyun Local Government area of Kwara state but who resides in Ibadan in Oyo state. He was born into a family of seven (7),four boys and three girls with him been the last of them. I had his primary school education at Federal staff school Ilorin and secondary institution at Saint Anthony secondary school before moving to Mount Camel College. He is a graduate of the Performing Arts from the University of Ilorin. He is also an upcoming actor, a model and a professional Basketballer. He obtained a diploma in mass communication at Federal Polytechnic offa, before embarking on a degree programme in Performing Arts. He started playing basketball at a tender age; watching his brothers train every evening kick-started his interest in the game. Before age 15, he had started playing with the top lads in d state. He had offers from the United States of America to play for a team when he was still in the university but owing to the importance of Education, he declined, deciding to wait till he finished his schooling. He started representing Oyo state in Basketball at the 2006 National sports Festival (Gateway games) and, as captain; he led the Oluyole Warriors basketball team back to the premier league after 14 years in relegation, winning the MVP in the recently concluded league, and other awards in the process. For him, Oyo state is now his home.

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Adeyemi Odunayo

Cyclist

ADEYEMI Odunayo Peter was born on the 16th December,1986 and hails from Idi - Osi Local Government area of Ekiti State. He had his primary school education at Praise Nur & Pry school from 1992-1997 and his secondary school education at Apata Community High School from 1998-2005. His tertiary education was at the Polytechnic of Ibadan, 2009- 2012. He works at the Oyo State Sport Council as a professional cyclist. To this end, he has participated in the Oyo State fest, 2005 where he came first, the Gateway festival, 2006, Abenco Construction Company championship 2009, finishing in 4th place, Kaduna festival, 2009, also 4th place, Port Harcourt championship, 2010 where he won a bronze medal, Decathlon championship, Lagos 2010 - silver medal, Garden city festival, 2011 - bronze medal, Decathlon Championship, Lagos 2011 - silver medal Eko 2012 festival- silver medal, Decathlon championship, Lagos 2013- silver medal, Cycle Shop & Lucozade Sport Championship, Lagos 2013 -gold medal (team work). He has also competed internationally as he embarked on European tour of Azerbaijan in 2012.

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Amoo Oluwakorede

Student

AMOO Oluwakorede plays for NEW STARLET FOOTBALL CLUB situated at Zumratul Hijaj secondary school Olorunsogo Ibadan in Ona Ara Local Government. He is an undergraduate at Ladoke Akintola University of Technology studying Agricultural Economics and currently in his third year. Owing to his choice of football as a profession, he has played for his faculty team at school and as the captain, his faculty team won the just concluded Dean's Cup. He was also part of the team that represented Oyo state at the AIRTEL Rising Star Competition as the first choice striker, wining at the zonal level but losing to Port Harcourt in the national finals at Lagos. As a kid, he was awarded a scholarship by the manager of Asegun group of schools - Emperor Dele Ayoade, owing to his performance in the under-13 category in the year 2009 by and also emerged as the highest goal scorer for the year's league in the Local government.

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