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Ali Baba

Ali Baba, christened Atunyota Alleluya Akporobomerere was born in Warri, Delta State, on June 24th 1965 to the Royal family of Agbarha Otor, Ughelli North Local Government Area the first son after several girls He spent the first 8 years of his life in Warri. After acquiring a degree from the then Bendel State University, Ekpoma in 1990, he relocated to Lagos, having discovered his comic talent and funny bone in his 3rd year in university. He had planned to return to Ekpoma to read Law but that was not to be, since he discovered he could make more money from making people laugh than defending them!

Through guts, sacrifice and creative dynamism, Ali Baba carved a niche for himself as a comedian for both corporate and non-corporate events. These days no event is considered complete without a comedian to MC that event. Ali Baba, has lived with the philosophy that this business is big enough for all who want to make their chosen profession. As such, he has supported, mentored and presented several comedians helping to ensure that standards are maintained and professionalism encouraged. It is no longer strange to hear a comedian charge impressive fees for events. The industry, yes, the Comedy Industry though yet to be standardized, is growing fast and strong to the credit of the God Father of Comedy.

He has been a professional stand up comedian for the past 22 years striving to always be at the top of his game and has in the last 13 years received several awards. Ali Baba GCFR, is married to Mary and is blessed with three daughters, Xsara, Brandi and Valerie and a set of twin boys Ejiro and Tejiri.

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Waje

Waje is an award winning Nigerian singer, songwriter and ONE and UN brand ambassador. Considered Nigeria’s queen of Pop-soul, Waje’s vocal quality spans over 3 octaves and is one of Nigeria’s most popular and respected female musicians. She has been described as ‘one of Nigeria’s best loved female musicians’, ‘a vocal powerhouse’ by respected Online Magazine ‘Bella Naija’, ‘The 6th biggest young musician in Nigeria’ by MSN.com, & ‘One of the 300 people that made 2012’ by The NET NG.

Her first album, W.A.J.E enjoyed critical and commercial acclaim and was the only Nigerian album alongside Femi Kuti’s to be nominated in the World Music Award’s Album of the Year. The album’s hits include the award winning heartbreaker ‘I Wish’, Onye ft Tiwa Savage, Ijeoma, Oko mi, Higher and the dramatic piece ‘No Be You’. Waje was also a mentor with Ashish Thakkar’s Mara Foundation. Her charity foundation Waje’s Safe House, collaborates quarterly with major’ organisations like HP, Kaymu Nigeria and other women in business to help women and children in need.

Waje has received over 20 awards and nominations worldwide including a Channel O Music Award, 4 World Music Award nominations in 2014 alongside Femi Kuti, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and others.

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Kelechi Amadi-Obi

Kelechi Amadi-Obi, after obtaining a law degree and his call to bar in 1993, settled to full-time studio art. He has earned international renown for both his photography and paintings. His unique style and mastery of aesthetics and creative lighting in his paintings have been reinvented in his photography to create understanding, dynamic and result oriented photography for his clients.

Some of his works have been featured in exhibitions within and outside Nigeria. These include; 2006 “Snap Judgement” – New Position in Contemporary African Photography, International Centre of Photography, New York, USA,2005 “Depth of Field” South London Gallery, UK, 2004, “Lagos” Ifa Gallery, Stuttgart, Germany, 2003 “Transferts” Africalia, Brussels, Belgium. In 2004, he won the St.Moritz Style Award for Photography.

Some of his clients include Guiness Nigeria Plc, MTN Nigeria Plc, PZ Nigeria Plc,British American Tobacco, The Ford Foundation, PrimaGarnet Ogilvy, SO&U, InsightGrey, Nigerian Flour Mills and Orange Drugs Nigeria Ltd.

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Dr. Cosmas Maduka

Dr. Cosmas Maduka is the founder, President/CEO of Coscharis Group. He started Coscharis Motors as a one-man business and over the years has transformed the organisation into an indigenous conglomerate with diverse interest in Manufacturing, ICT, Petrochemical, Auto care and Auto Components, Automobile Sales and Services, Agric and Agro Allied business sectors of the Nigerian economy.

Through his visionary leadership, Coscharis Group has secured sole franchise of BMW, Rolls Royce and Jaguar Land Rover premium brands and Abro USA Auto care and Consumer products. Coscharis is also a very strong partner for distribution of Ford brand of automobiles in Nigeria.

He is currently serving on the Board of many companies notable among them are CG-Eko LLP, First System Refinishes Ltd., CG Biostadt Limited, Sixt Rentals, Nigeria. He served as a Director in Access Bank Plc., one of the leading banks in Nigeria for twelve (12) years from 2000-2012.

Dr Maduka is a holder of Honorary Doctor of Business Administration (PhD) of University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2003. He is an Alumnus of Harvard Business School (Executive Education Program). In September, 2012, he was conferred with the National Honors of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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Ejiro Amos-Tafiri

Ejiro Amos-Tafiri is a fast growing designer in the Nigerian fashion scene, the designer honed her skills as part of the design team at Zizi Cardow and Tiffany Amber. Since she emerged on the scene in 2010, She has made significant progress. Although she had a background in basic science and an eye on a medical career, she soon delved into her core area of interest. She had always had a thing for the arts and ended up enrolling at the Yaba College and Science and Technology where she studied.

Fashion and eventually graduated summa cum laude, obtaining a Distinction Grade as well as a Best Student award. She was privileged to witness and work on collections that showed at local and international fashion shows during this period. A few of which are:

FAFA Kenya-Fashion for Peace, Nairobi 2009
Arise Africa fashion week Jo’hannesburg South Africa
New York Fashion week spring/summer 2009
Face of Africa 2010, Lagos Nigeria

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Toke Makinwa

She was born in Abuja then her parents relocated to Lagos state. Toke is born into a family of four and she is the second child. Toke lost her parents at a very young age and was raised by foster parents Mr. & Mrs .Akinyelure.

Toke went to high school in Federal Government College Oyo State and is a graduate of the University of Lagos where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature and has always known that she will be in the Nigerian entertainment spotlight.

Toke Makinwa is a Nigerian Television and Radio personality as well as a Vlogger. She hosts her own weekly comedic series on her YouTube Vlog called Toke Moments. The petite Toke is a style icon and her immaculate styling has gotten her featured in fashion editorials like Exquisite Magazine, This Day Style, Mode Men, True Love, City People, Fashion TV and Complete Fashion Magazine. As a skilled hostess, she was chosen to anchor the 25th edition of the Most Beautiful Girl in Nigeria Pageant, embarking on a ride of a lifetime with aspiring beauty queens from every state. “I won’t say the sky is my limit. I believe it’s my starting point and as I keep working harder and mastering my craft, things will only get bigger and better.” she adds.

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