#YNaijaPowerList2021: Davido, Ola Brown, Tacha, Dare Adekoya, Tunde Ednut listed among most powerful young Nigerians


Uwem Uwemakpan

He is a Startup Coach and investor with a unique style and a passion for growing the ideas of emerging entrepreneurs. He has his hands in a number of projects, making it a wonder how he is able to juggle so much with his time. He is the VP of Operations at Ingressive Capital, an investment company. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Impact Officer at The Spark; a social network connecting entrepreneurs to enablers and growth resources. He is also the Lagos Chapter Director of Silicon Valley based Startup Grind and manages the community team and initiatives. Prior to his current engagements he was the Programme Manager of the largest Pan-African Entrepreneurship Programme; The Tony Elumelu Foundation. He also hosts ‘The Afropreneur Network’, an initiative dedicated to growing the African Entrepreneur. He is the host of TEDxSurulere. He is the curator of Startup Digest, an email newsletter featuring the top tech and startup events around Africa.

Abigail Okala

Looking at this brand manager, it’s a wonder how she has career spans engagement in exclusively big names companies. She has held positions in some of the most popular companies in the country and outside of it. Haven gotten her MSc. in Advertising and Marketing from Coventry University, she got her first job as a Customer Relation Executive at Barclaycard Northampton, United Kingdom, a PPI complaint company. She then moved to Black House Media as a Public Relations Account Executive. Her next phase took her to the powerful consulting agency, Insight, where she worked as a Brand Manager. Next she held the role of Team Lead Senior Brand Manager at X3m Ideas, and currently, she is a Brand Manager at Seven up Bottling Company. She was the recipient of the Brandcom Awards Brand Manager of the year 2020.

Timilehin Akinbinu

This brand strategist has enjoyed a rich and extensive career, one that has seen him consult and worked on projects for companies across different sectors, the likes of World Bank IFC, P&G, Pepsico, PMI, JTI, Mondelez, Nigerian Breweries, Guinness Nigeria, Friesland Campina, Pepsico, Arla, Coca-Cola, MTN, ABI, and others. He is currently the Senior Manager, Marketing Strategy & Planning at Insight Publicis; the largest marketing communication in West Africa.

Bankole Williams

Dubbed theMind Surgeon, this Consultant prides himself on studying the human mind. He is the CEO of LYD Consulting Limited, a consulting firm that assists businesses in creating solutions. He is a distinguished consultant who has assisted no less than twelve prominent banks in Nigeria develop and deploy solutions for long-term profitability and sustainability. He is the founder of Live Your Dreams Africa Foundation, an initiative aimed at solve the problems of unemployment and underemployment in Nigeria. He was the recipient of the Google.org Award for Youth Empowerment in Africa. He is a career coach who aims at reaching 1000 workers so that, in his words” they can become Highly Paid & Highly Sought-after Professionals in their choice Careers.”

Adaora Lumina Mbelu

She has a passion for innovation and a belief in the power of creativity to achieve extraordinary business results, and as such applies this belief when taking on projects for organizations. She is the founder of Lumination Global Network, an organization on a mission to empower individuals and organizations to live a life of purpose. She has worked on projects with several multinational companies, SME’s, and individuals. Some of these brands include: Google, Guinness, Johnny Walker, Microsoft, Pernod Ricard, FSDH, Union Bank, Pepsi Co, Tobi Bakre, Denola Grey and many more. She is the founder of Socially Africa; a movement that teaches people to Be Good, Do Good, and Inspire Good. She also started an accountability group- The Switch-On Bootcamp in April 2020 to teach enhance focus and productivity; ensuring that people could still execute their ideas in the middle of the pandemic. In 2019, she was awarded “Most Inspiring Woman” at the Her Network Woman of the Year Awards.

Esther Agbarakwe

With a burning passion to see climate change thread towards the right direction, she founded the Nigerian Youth Climate Coalition and co-founded the International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI), both of which as the name suggests, are initiatives to work towards and sustain a greener earth. She currently works in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General at United Nations, where She was the Communications and Public Mobilization for Climate Action department of the United Nations. She has a decade of experience working on projects for major intergovernmental organizations like including with the United Nations, DFID, World Bank, AfDB in advancing priorities for MDGs and most recently the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). She also has a passion for photography.

Reginald Aziza

With eight years Post-Qualification Experience advising on high-value disputes and transactions all over the world, Reginald Aziza these days, renders his services to Chevron Nigeria Limited as the Attorney in the Legal Division of the company. He is a lawyer well known for his brilliance as he gained a ton of notoriety in the corporate world for the impressive academic feats of bagging 3 first class honors. The first in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), where he graduated as the best graduating law student from the Faculty of Law. He bagged his Second first degree from the Nigerian Law School. And the third in Cambridge University, where he graduated with a Master of Corporate Law (MCL first class). He has a foundation; the Reginald Aziza Foundation, which affords young law aspirants scholarship programs. In 2019, he was listed in Avance Media list of 100 most influential Nigerians.

Modupe Durosinmi-Etti

Moduoe Durisinmi-Etti is a Business Development manager who has a ton of experience in driving technology expansion, partnerships, strategy, and operations in top-tier technology startups across Africa. She is currently the Program Director at The Bulb Africa. She also has a rich and profound career history. Some of the companies she has worked with and the positions she held includes; Snr. Manager- Government Relations & Partnerships at OPay, Developer Community Manager at Flutterwave and Outreach & Partnership Associate at Andela. She is a public speaker who graced the TEDX stage this year.

Blessing Abeng

She is the Branding & Communications Director Ingressive for good, a company focused on equipping young Africans with tech skills to help them contribute to the development of Africa, socially and economically. Since her short time there the company has recorded over 20,000 applications, trained 5000 people, over 47000 hours were spent on learning, over 100 people got jobs right after earning a certificate. She is also the CMO and Co-founder of Disha, a popular tech company which builds digital tools and templates for graphic designs, websites and other media contents. She is also a business coach, a public speaker, and an author. She has worked with brands like, Prospa, Bolt, Heritage Bank, MTN, MTN Project Fame, Alomo Bitters and more, and her experience with these companies have led her to the belief that Nigeria could become dominate in tech, the way we dominate in music.

Chidi Nwaogu

This tech entrepreneur and software developer is the Co-Founder and CEO of Publiseer, a digital publisher that helps African writers and musicians from low-income communities to distribute and monetize their creative works across over 400 digital stores in 100 countries. He is the co-founder of Savvy, a global fellowship program that has equipped over 4,100 brilliant individuals from 137 countries, with the necessary knowledge and skill that they need to start their own impact-driven business in a post-COVID era. He is a serial entrepreneur who began his journey at the tender age of 16. He has since founded, grown and sold two internet companies He is also a Pfizer Scholar, a TedX speaker, and an author. According to Nairametrics, he is one of Nigeria’s “Millionaire West African Startup Founders. He also seems to enjoy being a mentor as he currently mentors at The Tony Elumelu Foundation, Anzisha Prize, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, Teach Nigeria and more. He is the recipient on numerous awards including; the Migration Entrepreneurship Prize 2020, 50 Top Nigerian Personalities on LinkedIn, and many more.

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