The Future Awards Africa Prize For Professional Service
Bukky Akomolafe (31)
Bukky Akomolafe is the Commercial Manager at Travelstart, Africa’s largest online travel agency. Bukky is in charge of Travelstart Nigeria’s local brand strategy, offline marketing and selecting mutually beneficial partnerships. All with the goal of further deepening Travelstart’s penetration in the Nigerian market. Since launching the Lagos office, she has helped travellers with the stress and inconvenience of booking the traditional way. With its nimble technology, in conjunction with a vast inventory, which includes access to 500 airlines flying to more than 11,000 destinations worldwide. With her work, she has been able to increase the revenue of the company by over 35% year on year and foster partnerships that puts the company in the right light.
Adesola Ade-Unuigbe (28)
Adesola Ade-Unuigbe started off as an editorial assistant in the events and entertainment department of BellaNaija and in less than 5 years she has become the Head of Content and Digital Ventures at the age of 28. She introduced BN TV platform with the aim of specially creating Nigerian and African video content. She has helped give a youthful new vibe to the content on the BellaNaija website and grow social media presence with 1.5 Million followers on Twitter, over 1 million Instagram and so on. She tirelessly looks for how BellaNaija can innovate. Apart from overseeing the content at BN, in 2018/19, she came up with a beloved cartoon character that ran for a few years on social media called Lil Bella. Relatable and positive, it was the first of its kind for a Nigerian media company. She co-founded the PVCitizen initiative alongside Uche Pedro and Ik Nwosu. It is an initiative that pushes young Nigerians to be active citizens, arming themselves with knowledge on everything from how to vote, to how to make their voices count. Even though she does not own her own platform, she realised early enough that her passion is in helping brands become the best that they can be. She has definitely helped shape the direction and contributed to the success of BellaNaija these past few years through her vision.
Since becoming Head of Content at BellaNaija in February 2019, the site traffic has consistently increased. In September 2019 for instance, there was an increase of 18.24% in the users and 18.36% in the sessions.
Yinka Iyinolakan (30)
Iyinolakan helps shape the narrative that is accentuated by sustained agenda to promote an Open and Globally Competitive Economy; therefore, influencing the country’s National Development Plans has been the strategic priority of the NESG since inception. The NESG is involved in Public-private policy dialogue and the effect of better communication and advocacy will benefit every sector of the Nigeria economy. Milestones in the past year include the Companies and Allied Matters Bill (CAMA), Competition and Consumer Protection Bill Passage. The CAMA is particularly important as Yinka’s Communications work has further informed Small/Medium business owners and enthusiasts on the benefits of the new bill which includes single business ownership, electronic transfer of shares which result is higher ease of doing business. Through several policy advocacy initiatives such as the National Assembly Economic Business Roundtable (NASSBER), Nigerian Renewable Energy Roundtable (NIRER) and 11 Policy Commissions and 55 Thematic Groups which cuts across Trade, Agriculture, Transportation and Sports.
Onoriode Reginald Aziza (27)
As an attorney in the legal division of Chevron Nigeria, Reginald Aziza provides tailored legal support to the company’s Joint Venture Operations and litigation. In his position, Aziza helps the company negotiate important agreements with indigent communities in which the company operates, ensuring that the concerns of all parties are duly considered and implemented. Aziza has worked on complex, multi-billion dollar disputes for Chevron, testing his stellar education and commitment to legal practice.
A graduate of Kings College and Obafemi Awolowo University, Aziza graduated as the class valedictorian in his year, before transitioning to the Nigerian Law School where he also graduated with honours at the 2013 Bar ceremony. He completed the trifecta with a Masters in Law from Cambridge University, also graduating with honours in 2015 and won the Wolfson College Jennings Prize for a starred first-class in a Cambridge Law Examination.
Aziza has practiced at leading law firm Olaniwun Ajayi LP, Lagos, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, London and Sherman and Sterling LLP, Paris. He has worked on cases for financial giant Goldman Sachs and is currently working towards a Ph.D. in securities regulation at the University of Oxford.
Peter Tega Oghenejobo (32)
Peter Tega Oghenejobo is the Chief Operating Officer of Mavin records. He Oversees the daily operations of the company and the work of executives (Marketing, Partnerships, Finance, A&R, International, Digital, Operations, and HR). Design and implement business strategies, plans and procedures. Alongside with the team he leads, Tega was able to raise a multimillion-dollar equity investment global strategic partnership deal with Kupanda Holdings.
This is quite a huge deal for the label as it will continue to cause a ripple effect that will benefit the industry as a whole both in the short and long term.