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Before his departure for the United States he obtained his primary education at the Bayero University Staff Primary School in Kano, Nigeria. He then studied for the WAEC GCE Ordinary Level at St. Francis Xavier Junior Seminary, in Wa, Ghana and for the WAEC GCE Advanced Level at the Presbyterian Boy’s Secondary School in Accra, Ghana.
He is an ardent supporter of the Super Eagles and the Black Stars. In his free time he is a fitness enthusiast, and now has several half-marathons under his belt.
Francis Xavier Tuokuu is an eminently talented young man. He is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Corporate Social Responsibility and Energy (MSc) at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland in the United Kingdom.
He is a prolific young Ghanaian writer who has over Thirty published articles and over two hundred daily news/reports and stories on various newspapers, websites and magazines across the world including, The Daily Graphic (Ghana’s leading newspaper), The Finder newspaper, The Chronicle Newspaper, The Al-Hajj Newspaper, The True Statesman, The Good Shepherd Newspaper, AllAfrica.com, The Development Analyst Magazine based in East Africa, tekedia.com, myjoyonline.com, ghanaweb.com, ghananewslink.com , inter alia.
He started his basic education at Jilo Primary School, Bimbila in the Northern Region and continued from St. Anthony’s Model Primary, Jirapa in the Upper West Region. Thence, he moved to St. Augustine’s J.H.S, Jirapa where he finished in 2000. Click here for the complete profile.
Ejiofor Agada . A veteran, brand-focused technology journalist, consultant and researcher. With expertise and interests solely on technology (personal, consumer and enterprise)brand matters, he has been on the media scene since 1998. Having once been named as the youngest line editor in the history of Nigeria (as features editor of Policy Magazine at the age of 21), he went into media consultancy and PR about four years ago. He currently has to his credit the establishment of three publications in the country as editorial consultant, and the establishment of the only Technology PR firm in the country – PMM Nigeria.
Tayo Akinyemi is an entrepreneurship enthusiast who has worked for several young ventures in the US, Africa, and Latin America. Tayo also has experience in the development and nonprofit sectors. She began her career at Catalyst, an NGO dedicated to advancing women in corporate business. Since then she has focused, with varying degrees of success, on understanding how businesses are built and sustained. From developing a community-inclusive business strategy for a greenfield sugarcane ethanol venture in Mozambique to executing the US entry strategy for a digital marketing company in Brazil, Tayo has explored the social impact of commercial business. To that end, Tayo wrote for NextBillion, a website and blog dedicated to exploring development and enterprise, for nearly two years. Most recently, she contributed to the launch of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the African Leadership Academy, and helped develop the Anzisha Prize, ALA’s award for young African entrepreneurs. Tayo has an MBA in Sustainable Global Enterprise from Cornell University, a BA in Sociology from Princeton University, and is on the lookout for exciting opportunities involving Africa. You may go to her Tekedia author archive here.
Simon Drew has worked within the mobile phone industry for a number of years and during that time has witnessed a rapid development in mobile technology. As well as having a keen interest in all the latest mobile news he is also the proud new owner of a Galaxy S2.
When he is not writing about and playing with new phones he enjoys creating music, exercising and reminiscing about Symbian.
Ireti Ajala is the Managing Partner of Spatial Technologies Ltd. STL is a fully registered company in Nigeria providing both simple and complex GIS and other location base solutions for the Nigerian market. Recently STL invested in LagosLocation.com -an innovative hotel search and price comparison portal for Lagos, Nigeria, aggregating hundreds of hotels in Lagos into one portal to give Lagos bound travelers the benefits of price comparison
Kwame Som-Pimpong is Co-Founder of Afara Global LLC. He drives the development of Afara Global’s products, enabling localities and small firms to connect to opportunities on the African continent. Kwame has a vision for stronger ties between the US and African countries in the public and private sectors. He has experience at all three levels of the United States’ public sector conducting performance audits, budget analysis, market research, economic impact studies, and project management for several cities, the State of Georgia, and the federal government. Kwame leverages his experience to study economic developments in Africa’s public and private sector. Twitter: @kwsompimpong Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Onyema Felix Akubueze B.Eng, MBA, MSc, studied at the University of Newcastle, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom and obtained MSc Communications and Signal Processing Engineering in 2007. He also obtained an MBA in Project management Technology and a Bachelor degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering both from the Federal University of Owerri (FUTO), Imo State, Nigeria. He is the Chief Technology Officer/CEO of Pawaak Technologies Ltd – a leading ICT and biometric company in Nigeria.
A native of Cote d’Ivoire, Eric Kacou is co-founder and CEO of Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners (ESP), a firm providing entrepreneurs and leaders with the right mix of insight and capital needed to generate prosperity. Prior to starting this venture, this, he served as Managing Director of OTF Group, a competitiveness consultancy focused on emerging markets. An expert in business strategy and economic reconstruction, he led the Rwanda National Innovation and Competitiveness (RNIC) Program. Eric also served CEOs and leaders of over a dozen developing countries and international development partners. Eric started his career as a strategy consultant with Monitor Company advising Fortune 500 executives. A candidate Mason Fellowship in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Eric earned his MBA at the Wharton School, and serves on the Wharton Executive Board for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The World Economic Forum honored Eric Kacou as a Young Global Leader.
Olabode Olakanmi trained as electronic and electrical engineer at Obafemi Awolowo University, completed Advance leadership school KingsWord OAU,GLT business school Ile-Ife. He has served as IEEE OAU student branch chair, Director of Technical activities OAU Space club and SGAC National Point of Contact (NPoC) for Nigeria. His technical team work experience includes development of space weighing scale for African Centre for Space science and Technology Education, development of model geosynchronous satellite, lunar Lander, and satellite alignment systems for African Centre for Space science and Technology Education, SMS based security alert system for homes and offices (2nd best project 2006 e-week project exhibition O.A.U). He started as electronics circuit hobbyist since 1993 and actively in embedded system profession.
James Toluwase Collins is a Design Engineer at Momas Systems Nigeria, an indigenous smart metering company, leading the provision of smart metering in Nigeria. An embedded systems designer, Tolu is interested in tracking how events in the world’s leading economies influence developing economies and how locally grown systems can be integrated into global high-tech systems. He is currently working with other engineers and students to develop a design and research network for embedded systems design and education in Nigeria. His hobbies include reading, writing songs and poems, and listening to music (classical and contemporary).
Yaw Adu-Gyamfi- is a consultant on Governance and Sustainable Development and Director at Kumasi Center for Life-Long Learning, a center for skills training and entrepreneurship, research and advocacy based in Kumasi, Ghana. Yaw has for five years worked at Suame Magazine, managing skills training programs for small-scale manufacturers, businesses, and service providers while facilitating strategic partnerships among government, academia, and the private sector to encourage local socio-economic development. As a member of the Pan-African Competitiveness Forum-PACF, Yaw works to strengthen the competiveness of local organizations in African countries through shared best practices and efficient cluster management, and a Fellow with Atlas Corps in Washington, DC.
Adebola Daramola. I am a professional with great interest on the subject of Innovation. Through the years, I have been in the Financial Services (Banking) and Professional Services, with brief stint in other sectors. This gave me access and exposure to all manner of innovation: technological, organizational, product and process. I am drawn by the great potential inherent in my Country, Nigeria. I want the country to take advantage of what Knowledge Economy (KE) offers. I enjoy business history, biographies, literature and the arts. I am happily married to a great woman, who shares same name with me.
David Ojika is a former Senior R&D Engineer at Nigerian Communications Satellite (NigComSat) – one of Africa’s foremost satellite communications company – where he led various projects development in control and embedded systems. Now studying at California State University Los Angeles for a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering with concentration in Computer and Biomedical Engineering, David obtained his first degree in Computer Engineering from Enugu State University in Nigeria. He is also a founder of a fast-growing ICT company in Nigeria.
Mr Olawale Shakir Bakare Msc,Sigbed, studied at Northumbria University in the United Kingdom and obtained Msc Embedded Computer Systems Engineering.. He has worked for Eaga Group Ltd 2009,has had experience with the British Telecomms,UK as Technical Helpdesk Support between 2008 and 2009.Worked for Longman Nigeria Plc as Computer Control Officer between 2002 and 2005. A member of special interest Group of Embedded Systems arm of IEEE. He is a co-founder/ member of Board of Directors, PAWAAK Technologies Limited, Wale is the chief technical officer and also presently represents PAWAAK Technologies Ltd in Europe and Middle East (E & ME) and presently the Chief Technical officer of PAWAAK. Mr. Olawale Shakir Bakare has brought his wealth of experience to PAWAAK Technologies.
David Adamo Jr. is a Nigerian software/web developer, avid music enthusiast and co-founder of adloopz. He is the persona of a musing small-town boy, memoirs of an unapologetic geek.
Ahmad A. Sadiq. Ahmad Sadiq is an expert in satellite communications and embedded systems engineering. He is the founder of Microscale Embedded Nig Ltd – one of Nigeria’s foremost embedded systems firms. He has worked in Splashers Technologies, and Markgrey Technologies, and currently works for Nigeria Communications Satellite Ltd (NigComSat). A graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, he has attended many foreign training, including one in CAST Shenzguo Institute, China. He brings his knowledge of local market to our team.
Mr. Oghogho Ikponmwosa is a engineering lecturer in Landmark University, Nigeria. He was the former HOD, Electrical Electronics Engineering, Igbinedion University, Nigeria. He is an embedded systems expert. He has published widely and spoken at major conferences nationally.
Bode Olatunji is professional with about a decade experience; a dynamic, innovative and result-driven leader, focused on achieving exceptional results in highly competitive environment that demands continuous improvement.He holds BSc Economics from University of Ilorin and has held many positions including General Manager at Horizon Stockbrokers Limited, HOD Operations at Horizon Stockbrokers Limited, Senior Investment Analyst at Dynamic Portfolio Limited, Relationship Management Officer at WSTC Financial Services Limited.
Paul Allen Oche is an electrical engineering graduate of University of Nigeria Nsukka. He is also a poet whose book is presently under review by a major U.S. publisher. This is how he described himself, in his own words:
I live now on earth and would like to network with fellow earthlings. Please aliens, back off./ I love life, animals, music, writing,traveling and playing. Even if you don’t love any of these things that I love, I am sure we have got life in common.That’s pretty much already./You can call me Paul.I am very simple and not as complex as the world.But I have an obsession for airplanes and spacecrafts./I am an engineer by profession and writer and poet by default./Finally, I am a lover of the finer things of life. What about you?
Ndubuisi Ekekwe . He is an engineer, inventor, educator, founder, author, and awards recipient. He holds two doctoral and four master’s degrees and graduated (BEng) class best from Nigeria’s #1 university – Federal Univ of Tech, Owerri, in 1998. An Adjunct Professor of engineering, Babcock University (Nigeria), blogs regularly at Harvard Business Review.