Speakers Profile

Prince Akanni Idowu

Prince Akanni Idowu was born in Lagos, one of the sons of the Late Royal Majesty the Oba (King) of Ikorodu Land! (The Ayangburen of Ikorodu) He is the immediate past president of the Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria, where the young and upcoming designers were his major focus. He successfully created an imaginable platform for the young designers by organizing a Talent hunt competition at different times: 2009, 2010 and 2012.

He trained as a designer from the Yaba College of Technology and Macs Institute of Fashion & Dressmaking and Koya Industry (A Garment Factory) in 1986/89. He also studied Marketing Management at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University and Business Management at Lagos State University where he bagged his degrees.

He started his training ambition from Macs Institute of Fashion (1989) where he taught for years and started developing his skill through understudying of different fashion schools abroad; he also worked in three other fashion schools in the early 90’s.

In 1993, he decided to set up his own label, Nobel Fashions which was later changed to Nobel Afrik – the change came to existence because of his love for African fabrics and culture. Over the years Nobel has trained students as pattern makers, cutters and dressmakers both in and out of Nigeria. One of them, (Kola Kuduus, a top men’s wear designer in Nigeria today and many others also doing very well in the fashion and training industry today) Prince Akanni passion is not only to train but to see his students do well in the fashion industry.

Today, some his students has bagged awards at different times; Nigeria best designer in the year 2004 (Bayo Adegbe of Modela Couture), Chinneye Obi, 2nd Runner up Vilsco/Fadan fashion talent competition in the 2009, Fehintola Odusina of Phenchies Atuors Winner; Fashion Designers Association of Nigeria (FADAN) Talent Hunt 2012and Folusho George of yours fashionably, 1st Runner up FADAN Talent Hunt in the same year.

His designing label as proven it’s self in the fashion industry both home and abroad. His belief is that everybody is blessed with a means of achieving their dreams in life as he welcomes you to the world of possibilities, where dreams become reality.

H.E Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi

H.E Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi is the First Lady Of Ekiti State and a British- Nigerian feminist activist, writer and policy advocate. In 2001, she co-founded the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), the first Pan-African grant-making organisation. She serves as a UN Women Nigeria Senior Advisor, and was appointed as a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at King’s College, University of London in 2017. She is Principal Partner, Amandla Consulting, and runs an online community called Abovewhispers.com.

Mrs Omotosho

Mrs Omotosho, popularly called “Madam Tourism” is the quintessential ace TV broadcaster, journalist, public administrator, publisher and a successful entrepreneur. With almost three decades of executive management positions in broadcasting and public service, Mrs Omotosho’s highly successful TV program “Towards a Greater Nigeria” which started in 1990 remains the oldest, longest-running and most watched weekly public enlightenment programme that has survived many military and civilian administrations in Nigeria.
With a strong commitment to excellence, Mrs Omotosho was appointed the Chairman, Governing Board of the Lagos State Broadcasting Corporation in 1996, transforming the corporation into a highly successful broadcasting organisation. In recognition of her strategic management success and entrepreneurial ability, in August 2000, she was appointed by the Federal government of Nigeria to the position of Director General of the Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC). Within a short period of time, she succeeded in transforming the Corporation into a vibrant and dynamic establishment that won international accolades and awards.

Ojoma

Ojoma leads British Council Arts, Education and Society programmes working with colleagues across Sub-Saharan Africa and the UK to devise strategies and lead programme teams to deliver positive artistic, social and economic outcomes, particularly for young people. Before that, she was Director of Arts, Nigeria and West Africa for British Council. Ojoma is also a member of the UNESCO global expert facility on the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expression. From 2014 to 2016, she supported the Nigeria World Bank Growth and Employment project, advising on approaches for film and music sector development. Listed on the YNaija list of 10 Most Powerful People in Nigeria’s Arts and Culture (under 40) in 2014, Ojoma is a Fellow for DEVOS Institute of Arts Management, University of Maryland and an Associate Fellow for Nigerian Leadership Institute.

H.E Folake Abdulrazaq

H.E Folake Abdulrazaq She is presently the Minister/Head of Consular, Education and Welfare, Nigeria High Commission in London.
Mrs Olufolake is from the prominent Davies Family in Lagos and Her late father Hezekiah Olufela Davies,was a trained journalist, Prolific writer with good published books to his credit.
She is a fashionista who dresses moderately and knows how to keep eyes glued to her dress sense and you cant miss her with her signature sunglasses which come in different classy shapes and colours.