Tope Sadiq is an IT consultant during the day and a poet by night,having worked for a mobile telecommunications company for a number of years,he decided to follow his passion and the Freedom group was born. Freedom Group- consists of Freedom Studios a kitchen where great alternative Music, Film and Poetry are produced.
FreedomHall- a platform where talent is discovered ,nurtured and exposed on a national stage.
Freedom Records a music and film distribution channel via online and mobile FreedomHall Arts Foundation an NGO through which we can help the less previledged in our Midst and in Other Nations.
Tope Sadiq is currently Director of Content for e-Scape Technology as well as Executive Producer FreedomHall. His hobbies are Fishing,Chess,Cooking and Swimming
Segun Akin-Olugbade is the brain behind SE Automotive, and responsible for a large part of the set up strategy of the organisation. He is also responsible for the design of the SE Dau, the company’s first car, and the quarter scale SE Dau Prototype. Segun has experience in automotive design and engineering from Perei Engineering (UK) Limited, where he worked as a Concept Development Engineer. He also engaged in a number of live, industry design projects at Coventry University, and Loughborough University in the UK, where he obtained a BA in Automotive Design, and a BEng in Automotive Engineering respectively.
Segun’s vision is for an industrialised Nigeria, supported in large part by a sustainable automotive industry. In addition to creating a formidable automotive business, Segun is also looking to pioneer skills growth in advanced automotive design and engineering development, by introducing state of the art methods of Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Manufacture (CAM). In addition to putting Nigeria on the automotive development map, this will give engineers a broader range of skills, which they can use to create opportunities for themselves by innovating in their respective environments.
Ivana Osagie is the CEO of Notore Seeds which is a subsidiary of Notore Chemical Industries. Notore Seeds develops and markets specially bred ‘high yield’ seeds which increase farmers’ productivity far above regular seeds. Ivana holds M.Sc and MBA degrees and has a varied background. She brings to the agricultural sector, over 25 years’ experience, much of it gained in management consulting and investment banking. She is passionate about, and committed to being a part of the change she so longs to see sweep across Nigeria and the rest of Africa.
Emeka currently leads Google's efforts to discover, inspire, mobilise and support tech entrepreneurs and software developers across Africa. He is focused on growing the internet ecosystem and enhancing locally relevant content across the region through local developers. Emeka is also passionate about football, especially when his unnamed team is winning.
Shina Ajulo is the CEO of Sporedust media Ltd, a Nigerian animation company. He is self-taught in animation, and has a life long dream of making a world class feature animation. This is what drives his passion for the little known industry. Amongst his many passions, he also loves the culinary arts and is quite a proficient cook.
Caterina Bortolussi (CEO & Deputy Head of the Creative Dept.) The founder of the design label Kinabuti has a degree in Marketing and an MA in International Business and Economics. She is ﬂuent in 4 languages (Italian, English, Spanish and French). Following her childhood years in Italy, she moved to London where she started her professional career with Barclays Capital, then moved across sectors working as a Marketing Coordinator for the Gulf Agency Company (shipping, logistics and marine services) to being a Media Consultant in Nigeria for Impact Media Group which partners with publications like Forbes Magazine, Washington Post, etc. Based in Nigeria since 2006, she then went on to be the Commercial Director for DHL Global Forwarding in Nigeria, where she was in charge of developing and implementing strategies to grow their client base.
Upon leaving DHL she has been focused on involving herself in projects which have a strong impact on the well-being and social life of the people of Nigeria, speciﬁcally the Niger-Delta region. She has handled production for the ION International Film Festival in Port-Harcourt, publicity and communication for the Africa International Film Festival in Port-Harcourt, and has started in 2010 Kinabuti Fashion Label and Kinabuti Fashion Initiative with a strong focus on developing an industry where people can be trained to earn a livelihood In different areas of the fashion industry while building an enterprise with a strong focus on the business of fashion and efficient management. Her wealth of experience, passion and key contacts around the globe give her a unique perspective on the business and have positioned Kinabuti at the epicentre of Nigerian fashion.
Mitchell Elegbe conceived the idea to build Nigeria’s first on-line, real-time transaction switching and processing infrastructure to enable the electronic circulation of money. He has been the MD/CEO of Interswitch Limited since its inception and has led a young group of dedicated Nigerians into achieving the leading transaction switching and payment processing company in Nigeria today. He is on the board of directors of several organisations some of which are; TechInvent Limited, Telnet Nigeria Limited, ipNx Limited and STI Consulting.
Ita Hozaife, founder of Ink Marks, is a young, dynamic professional writer and an avid supporter of arts and culture in Nigeria. She is passionate and committed to creating a positive image for Nigeria and effecting change in Nigeria through arts and culture. Ita spent her formative years between London and the United States of America. She has a degree in Theater and Communication Arts and a diploma in Screenwriting.
Muyiwa Omololu founded Eko Water Buses with the vision to provide a modern world class water transportion ferry service within Lagos. He also founded Alliance for Agriculture Corporation in order to leverage the financial, technical, and academic resources of the United States of America to improve agriculture in Nigeria.
Harry ’Tomi Davies (TD) is recognized as an expert in IT-led business transformation from a background of FTSE 100 level companies in the UK, USA and Africa. The CEO of TVCLabs a Technology Business Accelerator based in Lagos, Nigeria, he sits on the Boards of Sproxil Nigeria, Strika Entertainment, TechnoVision Communications, PeoplePrime and MBO Capital. TD is co-author of business bests-sellers “Corporate Bold” and “Cracking the Success Code”.
Martin Pagel is a leading technical executive who has worked in a variety of capacities with some of the word’s leading firms. During his 20-year career, he’s served on both the business and technology side of major corporations such as EVDense, ixio, E-Stamp, and Microsoft. He has extensive experience overseeing technology direction and architecture, product planning, and project management, among other things. He also holds five intellectual property patents, as well as the German equivalent of a Masters in Computer Science from the Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina, of Brunswick, Germany.
Sim Shagaya is the founder and Executive Chairman of DealDey.com - West Africa’s leading group buying site and the fast growing Konga.Com, an online retail store dealing in health & beauty care, personal care, and baby care. Sim Shagaya has over 13 years experience in New Media and Investment Banking and has worked with leaders such as MicroStrategy, Lucent Technologies and Real Networks. Sim also served as the Africa lead for the search and internet advertising leader - Google Inc. Sim is a graduate of George Washington University, Dartmouth College and holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Chris Teitzel is an expert in mobile business strategy focused around how to build universal platforms capable of reaching all devices. Working around the world, including projects in Haiti, he has helped bridge the gap between mobile devices and the latest in online content. He works heavily in the open-source community where he is a leading voice on one of the largest front-end mobile platforms. With a degree in Molecular Biology, part of his success in technology comes from his scientific background and ability to look at complex systems with organization. When he isn't creating new mobile solutions he is involved in his local community, sits on the board of a non-profit organization and enjoys spending time in the mountains around Seattle, WA.
East African soul-jazz vocalist + songwriter and founder of New Africa Live. In 2011, Somi was named a TED Global Fellow and an inaugural Association of Performing Arts Presenters Fellow
Dr Ola Orekunrin is the Managing Director of Flying Doctors Nigeria Ltd, West Africa’s first Air Ambulance Service. She graduated from the University Of York, one of the youngest doctor’s in the UK and has worked in the NHS for nearly ten years . She has a specialist interest in trauma and pre-hospital care, buttressed by her private work at motor-racing circuits across the country. She has published her own book along with several articles in high-profile medical journals and has sat on various influential boards at the British Medical Association. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious MEXT Japanese Government Scholarship and produced ground-breaking research in the field of regenerative medicine through her work with induced pluripotent stem cells. She also is a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Surgeons and holds their board certification.
Teni is an environmental lawyer and an expert on the Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism. She attained her Bachelors Degree (LLB)hons. and Masters Degree (Merit) from the University of Warwick, UK. With her Master's Degree, she specializes in Climate Change and the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), she has written several articles on CDM's, carbon credits and climate change.
Kola is the Founder and Managing Director of Doreo Partners, an impact investing firm focused on the African agriculture sector. Doreo leverages agriculture venture capital to drive youth employment, a critical need in Africa, the world’s youngest continent. A prime example is Nigeria, a country with half the population under the age of 18 years old and a current youth unemployment rate over 50%. With these dynamics, Nigeria will have 40 million new youths entering an oversaturated workforce in the next 10 years alone.
To counter the African continents youth unemployment challenge, Doreo invests in early stage businesses that increase the profitability of small holder agriculture, which in turn creates market forces that attract young people into agriculture… Unlocking millions of jobs. In addition, Doreo provides strategic advisory services to select clients, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, HRH the Prince of Wales, International Sustainability Unit, the Government of Nigeria and leading global investors.
TEDxVictoriaIsland is a local, independently organized event in Victoria Island, Lagos that strives to re-create the unique experience found at TED, where the world’s leading thinkers and doers congregate to share what they are most passionate about. The fundamental goal of TED and TEDxVictoriaIsland is to spread ideas and advance the discourse on innovation and creativity. We aim to provide a platform where the smartest thinkers, greatest visionaries and most fascinating teachers will not only inspire others, but also be filled with a similar sense of wonder and urgency to shape the future.
On Friday the 12th of October, at the Federal Palace Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos, hundreds of young, inspired and innovation driven Nigerians gathered to engage and experience ‘ideas worth spreading’.
With a rich array of Speakers who are positive change makers in their own rights, and an audience eager to influence and expand these ideas, the hall was packed with so much positive energy and spirit of possibility.
Somi, a Rwandan Jazz Singer, set the ball rolling with a brilliant solo performance. Caterina Bortolussi, an Italian, shared a story of how her personal realisation and transformation has evolved to become a move that has affected lives of young girls and women in Rivers State, Nigeria, through fashion. She said she sees fashion as a tool to foster growth and development in Africa.
Segun Akin-Olugbade is building a high performance sports car in Nigeria. When asked why he is doing that, he answered simply, ‘Because I can.’ Speaking about the future of his idea, Segun said SE automotive Ltd will make African designed, African developed, international standard cars.
Kola Masha wants to create 10 million Commercial Farmers in Nigeria by 2030. He said that Nigeria’s job creation engine is Agriculture. He revealed that the common challenge for local Nigerian Farmers is low economies of scale. A farmer organization will deliver high economies of scale by providing leadership, management and investment.
Shina Ajulo showed us the future of Animation in Nigeria, and we all loved it to point that he got a standing ovation afterwards. A school drop-out, self-taught animator, Shina now has a team that he has built a company around, driven by an intense passion. According to Shina, “We have the best stories in Africa, but the problem is delivery. We want to tell these stories with the best quality of animations.”
TED Fellow and Managing Director of Flying Doctors Nigeria Ltd, West Africa’s first Air Ambulance Service, Dr Ola Orekunrin, inspired everyone to take a stand and say ‘Never Again’ to issues that hold us back as individuals and as a collective group of people.
Harry Tomi Davies spoke of the importance of "Letting Children Play".
Mitchell Elegbe, MD/CEO of Interswitch Ltd, capped the day off with an insightful illustration of how perception is key if we are to affect the future as we intend to. This was very critical, especially as the theme for the TEDx Victoria Island was ‘We are the Future’.
Somi closed the show in the most beautiful way, with a performance that resonated through the hall and I am quite certain the whole experience will resonate in our hearts till our ideas become industries and our country and continent is transformed because of our efforts.