Meet the speakers

THE EVENT XPERIENCE AFRICA (TEXA) was birthed out of the need to continue to build and mentor an ever growing audience of event entrepreneurs, equipping them with the right tools needed to thrive in the industry.

The conference is targeted at seasoned event professionals and beginners alike empowering them to be more and do more at the same time providing them the opportunity to learn, unlearn and relearn

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, She 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.

DJ Spinall

He is the first Nigerian DJ to be endorsed by any brand in Africa and the first African DJ to tour in the United States.

DJ Obi

He is known to have broken the critically acclaimed Guinness world record for longest marathon club DJ-ing in the world (with a record time of over 200 hours)

He is currently Syndik8’s official DJ. He is known for his ability to take down any party , any day , anytime.

DJ Jimmy Jatt

Jimmy Adewale Amu aka Dj Jimmy Jatt will always be credited for the new phase of Nigerian DJs and for being one of the pacesetters of Hip Hop in Nigeria.

With his entertainment career spanning over two decades. @djjimmyjatt released a debut album titled THE DEFINITION featuring over 50 of Nigeria’s best artistes including the hit single STYLEE which featured 2face Idibia, Mode 9 and Elajoe.

His sophomore album, THE INDUSTRY a 24 track album rated as the”biggest collaborative album in Africa” was released in 2014. DJ Jimmy Jatt has also written a biography titled AVANT-GARDE.

With a TV Show and an Annual Concerts both tagged “JIMMYS JUMP OFF” which has been a platform through which countless artistes have kicked off their careers on mainstream media, JIMMYS JUMP OFF concert is Nigeria’s biggest DJ event.

DJ Jimmy Jatt is the biggest DJ brand out of Africa, however, his accomplishments in the entertainment industry within and outside the shores of Africa remains a force to reckon with humbling legacies others still emulate and draw inspirations.

George Okoro

Founder, George Okoro Photography

George Okoro is a renowned and award winning photographer and the publisher of George Okoro Wedding and Lifestyle magazine .

He has built a successful event and wedding photography brand . His portfolio covers weddings and events across the globe covering the UAE, Gambia, Ghana, South Africa, Liberia, Spain, France, Italy, UK, USA and across most of the states in Nigeria.
In 2016, he was nominated for the prestigious Future awards for “creative professional of the year” and in 2018 he won the award for “Event Photographer of the year” by APPOEM (Association of professional party organizers and event managers of Nigeria). His work has been published in several magazines and journals in Nigeria and abroad, he has appeared in numerous TV and mentorship programs and seminars where he is invited to talk about his journey .

He is credited as the first photographer to profile the current first family in 2015 and also photographed the official portrait of the Wife of the President HE Aisha Buhari.

Steve Babaeko

Founder, X3M Ideas & X3M Music

Steve Babaeko is an Advertising/Marketing Communications expert of over 23 years and Record Label Boss. He is the founder of X3M Ideas, listed as ``one of Nigeria’s fastest growing communication agencies and X3M Music, a record label to which artistes such as singer-songwriters Simi and Praiz are signed.
Steve is the Vice President of AAAN Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria and he is on the 2018 jury of the New York Advertising Festival.

He will be speaking on the subject of branding and marketing as it relates to the events industry at the conference.

Edi Lawani

Head Consultant,Kukuruku Inc

Edi Lawani is the Head Consultant of KUKURUKU Inc. a total entertainment production and management Company. He has created, designed and executed numerous top notch events and projects over the last two decades. He is also an Executive Producer in Nollywood.

Having worked across the African and European landscapes in showbiz and media consulting, he has successfully managed numerous local and international artistes.

Nnanna Adim

Creative Director, Cinematics

He is the lead cinematographer, DoP and Creative Director at Cinematics, An innovative media company that specializes in event cinematography, creative visuals, Videobooth and classified ads.

Having mastered the art of innovative content creation, he has worked with major brands like Google, Facebook, VISA, Cocacola, Martel, Trace, Zenith and Budweiser. He initiated the phenomenal 360 videobooth experience which captivates everyone at the event and provides brands with that audience engagement factor needed at every event.

Astou Djamat-Dubois

CEO, Spotlight Productions Cote D'Ivoire

She is the CEO of Spotlight Productions, an Experiential Event Management agency based in Côte d’Ivoire
She is a multifaceted international event planner and coach with over 10 years of experience spanning from the United States to Canada and now throughout Africa (mostly Francophone countries), She has a special touch for small and custom-made social and corporate events and believes in building exceptional relationships.
She is also the Co-Founder of Event Pro International, Africa's first bilingual Event Training Center and has helped train and coach over 150 Wedding and Event professionals and business owners in more than a dozen French-Speaking countries over the past 6 years.
She excels at developing international partnerships and is a strong advocate of panafrican cross-border collaborative work especially in the event industry.

Bovi

Bovi is a comedian, actor, and writer with several awards under his belt.