|Occupation||Writer, Lawyer, activist|
Tobiloba Ajayi is a Nigerian lawyer and disability rights advocate. She has cerebral palsy. She was awarded a Mandela Washington Fellowship in 2016. She obtained a master's degree in international law from the University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom. Her disability advocacy includes contributing to Nigeria Vision 2020 on disabilities matters and "The Lagos State Disability Law". She has authored three books.
Ajayi is the fourth of the five children of her family. Her parents were reluctant to enroll her into school at an early age because of her disability. She could neither sit, stand nor walk. Her education started at the age of three and she completed her secondary and tertiary education with a law degree in Nigeria before moving to the United Kingdom to obtain a master's degree in International law from the University of Hertfordshire.
Early in her career she worked at the Mobility Aid and Appliances Research and Development Center. As of February 2018 [update] she ran the organisation "Let CP Kids Learn", which promotes the education of Nigerian children with cerebral palsy and offers advice and support to their parents.She contributed to Nigeria Vision 2020 on disabilities matters and was part of the team that drafted "The Lagos State Disability Law". She was awarded a Mandela Washington Fellowship in 2016. As of January 2017 she worked at Benola Cerebral Palsy Initiatives.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of movement disorders that appear in early childhood. Signs and symptoms vary among people and over time, but include poor coordination, stiff muscles, weak muscles, and tremors. There may be problems with sensation, vision, hearing, and speaking. Often, babies with cerebral palsy do not roll over, sit, crawl or walk as early as other children of their age. Other symptoms include seizures and problems with thinking or reasoning, which each occur in about one-third of people with CP. While symptoms may get more noticeable over the first few years of life, underlying problems do not worsen over time.
Samuel Ajayi Crowther, was a Nigerian linguist, clergyman, and the first African Anglican bishop of West Africa. Born in Osogun, he and his family were captured by slave raiders when he was about twelve years old. This took place during the Yoruba civil wars, notably the Owu wars of (1821-1829),where his village Oshogun was sacked. Ajayi was later on resold to Portuguese slave dealers, where he was put on board to be transported to the New World through the Atlantic.
Matilda Kerry is a public health physician. She founded the George Kerry Life Foundation in 2007 and has since set up community-based cervical and breast cancer awareness and screening programs which have screened 8000 women, provided pre-cancer treatment and educated over 100,000 families free or at highly subsidized rates. Her vision is equitable health services for all women in Africa.
Ufuoma Stacey McDermott is a Nigerian film-maker, actor and former model.
Chief Dele Momodu is a Nigerian journalist/publisher, businessman, and motivational speaker. He is the CEO and publisher of Ovation International, a magazine that has given publicity to people from all over the world, mainly in Africa. In 2015, he officially launched Ovation TV and subsequently launched an online newspaper called The Boss. Momodu has received hundreds of awards and honours for his work in the world of business, politics, literature, the music industry and the fashion industry. He writes a weekly column called "PENdulum", published every Saturday on the back page of Thisday newspaper. The articles are praised for highlighting issues in Nigeria, as well as discussing popular topics, current events and notable people, often in a polemic/critical style.
Malini Chib is an Indian disability rights activist and author who has cerebral palsy. Chib wrote the book One Little Finger over the course of two years by typing with only one finger.
Farida Nana Efua Bedwei is a Ghanaian software engineer and cofounder of Logiciel, a fin-tech company in Ghana. Farida Bedwei has built mobile and enterprise applications, and is also known for her knowledge of software architecture, and deploying mobile services, particularly for banking applications.
Chief Godwin Olusegun Kolawole Ajayi, SAN popularly known by his initials GOK Ajayi, was a prominent Nigerian lawyer.
Carol King is a Nigerian actress, thespian and presenter best known for her role as "Jumoke" in the TV series Everyday People. Known for her "motherly role" in TV dramas, Carol has featured in several soap operas and movies including The Gods Are Still Not To Blame and Dazzling Mirage, a 2014 drama film directed by Tunde Kelani.
Olajumoke Omoniyi Oduwole is a Nigerian jurist and academic. She was appointed the Prince Claus Chair holder from 2013–2015.
Nigeria national cerebral palsy football team is the national cerebral palsy football team for Nigeria that represents the team in international competitions. The program for the national team was launched in 2012, but as of 2016 the team has yet to play an international match. Several games were scheduled but issues came up and Nigeria was unable to travel for these games.
Lois Auta was born on 29 April 1980. She hails from Kaduna State, Nigeria. Lois Auta is the founder and chief executive officer of Cedar Seed Foundation. She has received awards for her role in promoting disabled sport globally in the U.S. She was hosted among 30 Nigerians by President Mohammadu Buhari for technology innovation and creativity.
Omoyemi Akerele is the founder and executive director of Style House Files, a fashion business development agency that primarily focuses on the Nigerian and African Fashion Industry. She launched the Lagos Fashion and Design Week and her creative development agency gives African brands the opportunity of showcasing on Pitti Immagine in Italy and the Lagos Fashion and Design Week.
Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye is a Nigerian editor, journalist and presently the head of language services at BBC World Service. She was the former Sunday editor of The Punch Newspaper. She is also a Mandela Washington Fellow.
Lanre da Silva is a Nigerian fashon designer based in Lagos. Launched in 2005, her eponymous label includes couture, ready-to-wear, jewelry and hairpieces. Da Silva's collections often incorporate metallic fabrics, lace and African patterns, while referencing the 1940s or 1800s. The Africa Fashion Guide recognizes her as having "... created a name for herself in high fashion in Nigeria."
Mfon Ekpo is a Nigerian entrepreneur and author. In 2017, Ekpo was named one of the most inspiring and influential women in Nigeria by Leading Ladies Africa and shortlisted for the British Council Alumni Awards for Social Impact in Nigeria. Ekpo serves as an Executive Director with The John Maxwell Team.
Seun Ajayi is a Nigerian actor, voice over artist and master of ceremonies. He is a native of Ijebu Ibefun, Ogun State, Nigeria. He is known for his role in the television series Hustle. Ajayi was born on 31 March in Kaduna, the Northern part of Nigeria and is the last child among five children. His family moved to Lagos when he was nine years old. His father is a retired civil servant and his mother is a business woman. He had his primary and secondary education in Lagos and his tertiary education in the University of Lagos where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in theatre arts.
Adv. Geline Alfred Fuko is a Tanzanian lawyer, and human rights activist who is a graduate of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's programme in Comparative Local Development at the University of Trento Italy, Financed by the European Union Commission She has helped to promote democracy in Tanzania in organisations such Tangible Initiatives For Local Development Tanzania (TIFLD) She was instrumental in designing and managing the first and the only Online Public Database on constitutional resources. In 2016, she was granted a Mandela Washington Fellowship by the United States Department of State. Her achievements were specifically highlighted by President Obama at the YALI Presidential Summit in Washington, D.C. on 3 August 2016.
Florence Seriki MFR was the founder and CEO of Omatek Ventures Plc., the first Nigerian ICT company in Africa to assemble and manufacture computers and computer parts like computer cases, speakers, keyboards, mouse.
Katherine Muterspaugh Steele is the Albert S. Kobayashi Endowed Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, United States.