History was made at the maiden edition of the ELOYConference. The ELOYConference took place on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at the Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos. The event kicked off with an opening prayer led by Pastor Ituah Ighodalo. The theme of the conference was “Empower Her to Sustain Her”.
The convener of the event, Mrs Tewa Onasanya welcomed the attendees and encouraged them to push themselves harder and always know that they can achieve everything they set out to do. Dr. (Mrs) Ifeyinwa Ukaegbu, representing the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Sustainable Development Goals,Her Excellency,Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefuleri delivered the keynote speech where she spoke about how important women empowerment is and the benefits of gender equality.
Also delivering a goodwill note on behalf of the Lagos State Governor, Governor Babajide Sanwoolu, Solape Hammond relayed the governor’s support. In addition, she mentioned various ways by which the Lagos state government is empowering women.
Speaking on the first panel were Solape Hammond, Ini Abimbola, Yinka Fisher and Tale Alimi where they discussed ‘The Importance of Sustaining Women Empowerment’. This panel was moderated by Mrs Tewa Onasanya.
The second panel featured Ommo Clark, Lola Ekugo, Oreoluwa Somolu Lesi, Jones Bassey and Layole Oyatogun as the moderator; they discussed the panel topic “Using Technology and Digital Media to your advantage”.
Samantha Turner-Girard, Damilola Owolabi, Olori Ajayi and Eno Essien were panellists for the third panel and their topic focused on “Habits of Successful Business owners” which was moderated by Tokunbo Chiedu
The fourth panel with the topic “Becoming Aware of Unconscious Gender Bias” had Kamil Owofolajo, Charles O’Tudor and Charles Odii in discussion with moderator Toyosi Etim-Effiong.
The final panellists were Mary Akpobome, Fatima Olajumoke, Lucky Idike, Chris Oputa, Teju Abisoye and was moderated by Lehle Bahle. They dissected “How to Access Finance for a Business – Determining your company’s financial needs”.
Janet Adetu held the first master class where she focused on the importance of etiquettes as an individual which transcends to a business.Abiola Adediran’s master class emphasized why there should be a definite structure in every business.
Ivie Temitayo-Ibitoye took the master class on “Sustaining your Workforce” where she implored all business owners to pay attention to their employees.
Charles O’Tudor’s master class tagged, “Branding and advertising that works” suggested ways to successful branding and advertising experience in the final masterclass.
The highlight of the conference was the business pitch competition where 6 finalists were thoroughly drilled by the judges. They commended their business ideas which encouraged Mrs Mary Akpobome to offer a sum of 250,000 Naira each to all six finalists. In addition, Engr. Chris Oputa promised one of the finalists a life-changing business opportunity. This also encouraged Charles O’Tudor to offer them intensive 3 months of branding services. Michael Musa of Africa Business Radio with media presence in over 35 countries pledged to support the finalists with free media publicity for their brands.
Mrs Tewa Onasanya mentioned that the winner of the grant of 1 million Naira will be announced on the awards night and ascertained that the ELOY team is ready to ensure that whoever wins the money will be strictly monitored for proper management and of the funds.
“Access to finance- Determining your financial needs”.
The 1st annual ELOY conference is a part of the initiative of the ELOY Awards Foundation. The ELOY Conference is being used as a platform to educate and empower thousands of women. The ELOY Awards Foundation is about empowering and challenging thousands of women to be more and do more by providing access to resources, business skills and tools for them to be able to grow, transform and sustain their businesses, which will, in turn, benefit their families and the community at large.
50 women will also be chosen to be part of the ELOY Awards Foundation Sustainable Empowerment Program (SEP). This gives them access to Six months mentorship, trainings and affordable finance. The ELOY Awards Foundation is about empowering and challenging thousands of women to be more and do more by providing access to resources, business skills and tools for them to be able to grow, transform and sustain their businesses, which will, in turn, benefit their families and the community at large.
This year’s edition is themed; “Empower her to sustain her”.
The ELOY Conference will take place on Wednesday, 13 November 2019 at The Muson Center, Lagos.
Meet our panellists who would be speaking on the topic; “Access to finance- Determining your financial needs”.
MRS. FATIMA OLAJUMOKE
Mrs Fatima Olajumoke attended the prestigious Secondary School Queen’s College Yaba Lagos.
She holds a B.SC degree in Accounting from the University of Jos, Plateau state in 1998, and an MBA in Finance from Ladoke Akintola university of Technology in 2010.
She is a CBN Certified Microfinance Banker and an Associate Member of the Nigerian Institute of Management.
She is also a Fellow Member of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria and Association of Economists and Statisticians of Nigeria.
Mrs Fatima Olajumoke has over 17 years working experience beginning with her National Youth Service at Akintola Williams Adetona /Isichie and co. and thereafter worked with Basic Komputers before joining the Bank in 2002.
She was the former Branch Manager at NPF Microfinance Bank Ikeja branch and is presently the Head, Marketing Department of the bank.
She has attended various Managerial and Marketing Courses amongst which are trainings organised by CBN/AFOS/MicroSave on Savings Mobilisation and Digital Financial Services, and Lagos Business School on Executive Sustainability and Social Impact Assessment training.
She has been in the fore Front Promoting and Coordinating the Financial Inclusion policy of CBN and the Government in the bank.
Lucky Idike Jr.
Lucky Idike is an economist and chartered accountant with extensive consulting experience.
An alumnus of two of Nigeria’s most prestigious educational institutions (King’s College Lagos & University of Lagos) and a Fellow of ICAN, Nigeria’s foremost Professional Association, he has led and worked in various teams on a wide range of engagements in the public and private sector organisations (both for-profit and not-for-profit) developing strong competencies.
He is a value-adding team leader and player, with a high level of integrity. Lucky has travelled extensively within Nigeria and internationally, and possesses a sound knowledge of the socio-economic, political and cultural environment in Nigeria and the sub-region. He is interested in diverse cultures and uses his trips to catalyze his passion for Nigeria’s development.
He is passionate about the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge as a tool for growth/empowerment and is, therefore, an avid reader of books and journals on leadership, finance, management, biographies, fiction and history.
A good public speaker, he brings to speaking and consulting assignments and ability to present a clear and well-articulated thought flow and also to illustrate, clearly and graphically, painting a vivid picture with words. Prepared for a leadership role in Nigeria’s public sector, Lucky brings strong passion, strong values and a determination to make a strong impact regardless of challenges.
IFEANYI CHRISTOPHER OPUTA (ENGR.) – MD/CEO
Ifeanyi Christopher Oputa is a serial entrepreneur and the founding CEO of COLVI LTD, owners of Studio24. He has been in business for over 3 decades and has a vast knowledge of the digital imaging industry, fashion industry, and real estate.
Engr Oputa led the company through its expansion from a little corner-shop in Kaduna, GRA to a multi-faceted business organization employing over 350 talented full-time team members.
Ifeanyi Oputa has won Dozens of awards for his work over the years and is a happy father to Maria Ndaliaku Oputa.
Mary Akpobome is the Chief Operating Officer of HBCL Investment Services Plc, a private Investments company. Prior to her appointment to HBCL Investment Services Plc, Mary was the Executive Director, Business Banking overseeing all Corporate, Commercial, Special Projects, Intervention Schemes, Multilaterals, Agriculture and Export Businesses of Heritage Bank.
A Fellow of the Institute of Credit Administrators, Mary holds an MBA from the University of Lagos and a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria. She is an Alumnus of Lagos Business School, London Business School and INSEAD (France); Mary has attended courses at Stanford Graduate School, Harvard Business School, Kellogg Executive Education and well as IMD (Switzerland).
In 2015, following the acquisition of Enterprise Bank Limited by Heritage Bank Plc, Mary was appointed the Acting Managing Director of Enterprise Bank Limited. Her solid experience in the management of people and resources was instrumental in stabilizing the operations of the bank, improving its service orientation and preparing it for a seamless integration with Heritage Bank Plc.
A consummate Banker with over 30 years cognate experience and vast proficiency and skills in Credit Management, Commercial and Retail strategies, Mary began her banking career with Citizens International Bank serving in different departments before joining Platinum Bank Ltd in 2001 and rose to the position of Executive Director Designate in 2008 overseeing the Service Bank of Bank PHB.
Mary is a team leader with extensive experience in the private and public sectors.
Teju Abisoye is a lawyer and the Acting Executive Secretary at the LSETF.
Prior to assuming the role, she was the Programme & Coordination Director at the LSETF. She has worked across various roles in project planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation of humanitarian projects.
She also has extensive experience with Government driven entrepreneurship programmes, especially YouWIN!, an initiative of the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Lehlé Baldé MSc
Born in Canada to Senegalese parents, Ms Lehlé Baldé is a pan African strategy and communications professional and a passionate financial inclusion advocate and radio host.
She has lived in over 11 countries: Canada, Madagascar, U.K, Kenya, Italy, Swaziland, Rwanda, Cameroun, Senegal, Mozambique, Nigeria and has visited many more. She speaks French and English fluently in addition to conversational Spanish.
Ms. Baldé holds a BA in communication from the University of Waterloo in Canada and a master’s degree in international marketing Strategy from the University of Northampton in the United Kingdom. She currently works in strategy and partnerships at West Africa’s most authoritative daily and content producer Business Day.
Ms. Balde is a senior associate Strategy Innovation and Partnerships at Business Day Media, West Africa’s leading provider of business intelligence and information on diversified media platforms including online, mobile and print. Ms. Baldé is the anchor of Financial Inclusion Today a radio show program on Rhythm 93.7 powered by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Ms. Baldé is also the columnist behind Business Day Culinary Delights. She is the editor of the Business Day CEO magazine a digital magazine that tells the stories of African millennial entrepreneurs. She is the co-producer of The Bridge Talk Show season 2 and 3.
Ms. Baldé has worked with both the public and the private sectors in the UK, Nigeria, Mozambique, Cameroun, and Canada. She regularly moderates conferences and panels on issues she is passionate about. Ms.Baldé is particularly passionate about financial inclusion, culinary experiences, travel, writing, socio-economic development, human rights and the continent of Africa.
LINE UP OF ACTIVITIES FOR KINGSWEEK 2019.
We are delighted to announce our guest speakers in celebration of 110th Anniversary of the founding of our good old school and announce the schedule of KINGSWEEK 2019 activities.
KINGSWEEK is the initiative of the alumni of the prestigious King’s College Lagos to celebrate the founding of the School providing an avenue to reconnect with old classmates, network with other alumni and invited guests.
This year’s edition will run from Friday, September 20 2019 to Sunday, September 22 2019 with all activities holding at the school premises on Catholic Mission Street, Onikan.
HE Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Executive Governor of Ekiti State will be the Guest Speaker for the Founder’s Day Lecture set to take place on Friday, 20th of September at King’s College Lagos, Catholic Mission Street. Time: 5.00pm prompt.
We are also excited to announce HE Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Executive Governor of Kebbi State as our Special Guest of Honour for the Founder’s Day Dinner set to place on Saturday, 21st of September at King’s College Lagos.
Time: 6pm prompt.
Please call Wande on +234 706 239 5947 for ticket purchase
WHAT WENTDOWN AT THE BUSINESS OF PHOTOGRAPHYCONFERENCE2019
Photography enthusiast will not forget The Business of Photography2019 in a hurry, as it brought together the best brains in Nigeria under one roof to educate photographers and intending photographers about different aspects of the photographybusiness. The event took place on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at the Landmark Event Centre, Lagos.
The event began with an opening speech from the conveyer of the event, Kola Oshalusi and was hosted by Lamide Akintobi and Kabutey Ocansey.
The first-panel session had Jite Ovuraye,(Associate Producer, Accelerate TV) as the moderator and the panellists included Reze Bonna, (international fashion photographer) and Bayo Omoboriowo (personal photographer of the President of Nigeria).
They engaged in a discussion that highlighted the impact of positive storytelling on a brand or project.
The second panel session was moderated by Tewa Onasanya ( founder of Exquisite magazine), while TY Bello (creative director of TY Bello photographer), Ijeoma Balogun, (founder of Redrick PR), Chris Omojiade ( life coach), Ayona Aguele Trimnell (CEO, Bantu Photos represented by Mr. Chima) and Colette Otusheso (Head Accelerate TV) were panellists.
They discussed branding, the role of PR/marketing strategy in the photography industry.
The third panel session was moderated by Lehle Balde (Senior Associate, Business Day), with Charles Anyawu (Head SME Enterprise at LSETF, representing Akintunde Oyebode the CEO of LSETF), Engr. Chris Ifeanyi Oputa (CEO Studio 24), Uzoma Dozie (GMD/CEO Diamond Bank) on the panel and they discussed The financing of the photography industry as well as the role of the government.
The fourth panel session had Toyosi Etim- Effiong (TV Producer Arise TV) as the moderator and the panellist included Georgette Monnou (Media and Entertainment Lawyer), Kelechi Amadi Obi (Lawyer/international Photographer) and Lucky Idike (CEO LOI Partners), George Okoro ( Renowned Wedding Photographer/Publisher) they discussed intellectual property and legislature in shaping the visual narrative.
The final panel session was moderated by Edwin Okolo, (Head of content, Red Africa) and the panelists were documentary photographers; Adekanye Olusegun, Tolani Alli, Bernard Kalu, Tobi Balogun (commercial photographer) and Obi Somto. These set of panellists thoroughly discussed Redefining the photography Industry.
Asides the panel sessions, there were master classes on various aspects of photography such as Architecture (Kelechi Amadi Obi) Products (Debayo Rotilu), ( Jide Odukoya) and Youtube (Keli Abel). Fade Ogunro (On Air Personality) also did a presentation on her brand.
The event ended with networking as well as a private and public photography viewing session curated by The White Space.
Thank you all for attending The Business of PhotographyConference2019 and A Big thank you to all our Partners and Media Partners without you the event won’t have been a success. Gracias!
The BOP Team.