Why The Event Experience Africa?


The event experience Africa is an opportunity to help businesses understand and implement the right structures required to thrive in the events industry.

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Ibukun Awosika

Chairman, First Bank Nigeria Ltd

Mrs Ibukun Awosika, multiple award-winning businesswoman, author, renowned speaker and current Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria.

Mrs Awosika is the First Nigerian recipient of the prestigious International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge Award (IWEC) as a nominee of the US Department of State in 2008.

She serves on a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards amongst which are: First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Cadbury Nigeria Plc., Convention on Business Integrity (CBi), and the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority. She also chairs the board of Afterschool Graduate Development Centre (AGDC) - a facility which she promoted to help address youth employability and enterprise issues in Nigeria: She was Chairman, FBN Life Assurance Limited; FBN Capital Limited; and Kakawa Discount House Limited.

With high interest in social issues including women, @ibukunawosika is a co-founder and past chairperson of Women in Business, Management, and Public Service (WIMBIZ). As a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, Aspen Global Leadership Network, Institute of Directors, and Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria, she, through her projects continues to use her opportunities in life to further the greatness of her dear country by raising entrepreneurs to create jobs for the large unemployed youthful population. She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), served on National Job Creation Committee (NCJC), and sits on the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain.

Ziad Raphael Nassar

Founder, ONCE Weddings Lebanon

Ziad Raphael Nassar, Founder of ONCE is an internationally sought after event planner and designer.
For over 15 years, he has exceptionally created breathing taking weddings and luxury events with Royals and A- Listers amongst his clientele. @ziadraphaelnassar has been referred to as the Architect of Dreams and a master of creation.

As a testimony for his innovative and creative design, New York publishing house, Assouline, published in 2012 “Once Weddings” as its first coffee-table book on weddings, featuring Nassar’s most prominent work.

Kola Oyeneyin

Founder & C.E.O, Venia Group

Kola Oyeneyin is a Believer, Entrepreneur, Crusader, Nation Builder, Pan-Africa Advocate, Movement Builder and Disruptive Innovator!

He is the Founder and CEO of Venia Group, a venture creation and development company with interests in startup investments, Media & Technology, Financial Services, Infrastructure, Insurance and Energy with brands including The Venia Business Hub' – Nigeria's premier Serviced, Virtual & Coworking space provider, 'AutoGenius' – Nigeria’s 1st Digital Insurance platform, 'The iLx Center' – an Integrated Learning Experience Center, and 'Venia Gateway Services' - facilitating ease of business access into Nigeria and so on.

He is also speaker and trainer on several platforms and on multiple subject matters including Entrepreneurship, Career, Technology, Social and Economic Issues, Church, Nation, Youth Empowerment and Politics.

He will be moderating the Business of Events Panel.

Zainab AlSalih

Founder & MD, Carousel Events Dubai

Gifted with a natural sense of grace, and a passion for creating and celebrating beauty all around her, Zainab is the founder and creative force behind the Dubai based luxury weddings boutique, Carousel.

One of the most respected authorities in the Middle East on all things related to weddings, Zainab has been covered and quoted in numerous regional and international programs and publications, in various languages, on radio & television, in print, and online. She is also recognized as one of Dubai’s leading female entrepreneurs.

Through Zainab’s vision and her passion, through her love of people and her compassion, and through her attention to detail and personal grace, Carousel has become one of the most highly sought-after luxury wedding design and planning agencies in the Middle East, and a true inspiration for Middle Eastern women of her generation, and the generations that follow.

Chioma Nwogu Johnson

MD, Dure Events Texas

Chioma Adure Nwogu-Johnson, Creative Director of the highly acclaimed Dure Events,
has created over 200 exclusive events all over the world. From intimate affairs to
opulent soirees and corporate events, she has spent over a decade amassing a wealth
of industry knowledge and a vast network of incredible vendors. Known for her attention
to detail, passion and drive, Chioma ensures that each event is unique and flawlessly
executed; beyond this, she is a true creative, constantly striving to create true sensory
experiences no matter the occasion.

She has planned events across the globe including St. Lucia, Puerto Rico, Mexico,
Turks & Caicos, Paris and Dubai and has been featured on platforms such as CNN,
Munaluchi Bridal Magazine, Ebony Magazine, Essence Magazine’s Bridal Bliss, Aisle
Perfect, and The Brides Café to name a few.

Modupe Emmanuel

Head Chef, Salt Lagos

Modupe Emmanuel is a wife and a mother. She is the Head Chef of Salt Lagos, a fast growing culinary company, based in the city of Lagos, Nigeria.

Modupe studied law at Cardiff University and then completed a Masters Degree in International Commercial Law at the University of Nottingham. After being called to the Nigerian Bar in Nigeria, Modupe practiced Law for 5 years and then decided to pursue her passion for the love of good and quality food. In order to formalize her passion, she went on to train at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu Paris and obtained a Grand Diplome in both pastry and cuisine. Whilst studying in Paris, she was among the top performers in her Intermediate Pastry class.
Following her completion of the Grand Diplome, she successfully completed an apprenticeship at Le Mini Palais Restaurant, Champs Elysses, Paris. Her success at Le Cordon Blue is evidenced by her appointment as an official representative of Le Cordon Bleu in Nigeria.

Upon her arrival in Nigeria, Modupe started Salt Lagos, a quality culinary service provider in 2013 and has since established herself and her team as one of the top culinary service providers in Lagos. Salt Lagos is well known for the unique desserts, cakes and pastries.

In 2017, Modupe was named as one of the 100 most inspiring women in Nigeria.


Day 1

Networking/Opening Cocktail

Time: 4pm
Theme: Urban Graffiti with an African Touch Dress Code: Streetly African
Venue: LandMark Beach Front

Day 2

16th January 2019

Registration/Breakfast and Networking
Opening Address by Funke Bucknor Obruthe
Plenary Session I: The Business of Events
Plenary Session II: Uniformity and Diversity in the African Event Industry
Spoken Word rendition
Lunch / B2B Session
Keynote Address
Creating Lifelong Memorable Experiences (Zainab of Carousel Events)
B2B Session

  • Curated Class Session I :
  • Entertainment 101: My Craft, My Superpower
  • Visuals 101: Beyond The Visuals
  • Hospitality 101: Stand Out: Move to Mastery
  • Wedding Planning for Millennials
  • Design: Achieving Depths Beyond Trends
  • Curated Class Session II
  • Entertainment Roundtable
  • Visual Masterclass
  • Hospitality Masterclass: The Pursuit of Perfection
  • The Exceptional Wedding Planner
  • The Special Events: Navigating a Constantly Evolving Space
  • Day 3

    17th January 2019

    Registration/Breakfast and Networking
    Recap of Day 1
    General Session I: Funke Says (Session with FBO)
    General Session II: Why You?
    Keynote Address II: Keeping it Fresh and Professional
    Experiential Designing: Creating a consistent plan that always works
    Lunch /B2B Session
    General Session III: Switch it On
    General Session IV: Leveraging Technology for your Business
    The Event Showcase/ B2B Session
    General Session V: The Game Changer
    Raffle Draw
    Closing Ceremony

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