BY ADEDIWURA OKELEYE
Dbanj, Gbenga Adeyinka, TeeA, Tosin Ajibade and Chris Ihidero have joined the long list of creative minds set to speak at OSMD Network’s inaugural youth empowerment summit on the 11th of August 2016.
The bi-annual event, which promises to be fulfilling, will reward over 20 promising Nigerian youths with career building mentorship in their aspiring fields of focus.
OSMD Network, a non-profit organisation dedicated to Nigerian youths, has tagged the conference “What Is Your Hand: A STRATEGIC TOOL”. The summit will kick off at Conference Hall, Mauve 21, Ring road, Ibadan, Oyo state.
Multi-talented entertainer and entrepreneur Dbanj and experienced stand-up comedian TEE-A will be the MCs of the event as award-winning writer and filmmaker; Chris Ihidero will moderate the conversations.
Heavyweight integrated marketing communications expert Tunji Olugbodi and CEO and business mogul Ubong King are the keynote speakers. Ali Baba, Steve Babaeko, Ayeni Adekunle, Funke Bucknor-Obruthe, Tosin Ajibade, Fashie Fizzie, Akin Oyebode, and Gbenga Adeyinka will take part in the panel discussions.
Ali Baba is a veteran Nigerian comedian generally known as the first real stand-up comic in Nigeria. He is popularly known as the father of Nigerian comedy known to have mentored a number of Nigerian comedians.
Gbenga Adeyinka is a comedian and versatile MC. He is the publisher of Nigeria’s first comedy magazine, LaffMattazz Magazine.
Steve Babaeko is an award-winning prolific creative writer, brand development professional and multi-platform media influencer. He leads an army of new generation marketing communication firms; X3M Ideas and 7Interactive plus X3M music.
Ayeni Adekunle is a renowned journalist, PR expert and businessman. He is the founder/chairman of BHM Group, parent company of BlackHouse Media, Nigerian Entertainment Today and IDAfrica.
Funke Bucknor-Obruthe is a PR expert, event planner extraordinaire and CEO of Zapphaire Events. Tosin Ajibade is a notable social media publicist and founder of Olorisupergal.
Fashie Fizzie is a top Nigerian photographer, fashion trendsetter and streetwise businessman. Akin Oyebode is an astute civil servant, banker, social commentator, strategist, creative and original thinker. He is the pioneer executive secretary of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund.
Speaking on the maiden edition of the summit, the Founder, OSMD Network, and Convener, OSMD Network Youth Empowerment Summit, Abisoye Fagade commented,
“We believe Nigerian youths to be critical to the growth and development of any given community and state at large. At OSMD Network, we are of the opinion that the empowerment of these individuals will bring about gratification and an eventual change and development in the future.”
For seat reservations, participants are expected to register on OSMD’s official website, www.osmdnetwork.com. Registration and attendance is free.