GUEST APPEARANCES

Banky W

Panelist – Chat with the Pros (Day 2)

Olubankole “Banky W” Wellington is a multitalented and prolific Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Filmmaker, Businessman and Philanthropist, who has evolved over the years into becoming arguably the most versatile Entertainment and Media Mogul on the continent of Africa.

Chinwe Egwim

Panelist- Chat with the Pros (Day 2)

Chinwe Egwim is a professional Economist that has 500+ published economic notes geared towards macro, development and financial economics. She is currently the Chief Economist at Coronation Merchant Bank.

Chinwe was appointed as a National Consultant by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to lead the services trade project which is partly driven by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

Mr Phisha

Exhibitor – Arts, Heritage and History (Photography) Days 1 & 2

Akinlabi Akinbulumo is a visual storyteller and brand strategy/ideation expert. An ardent follower of the Sun Tzu philosophy, Akinlabi is constantly driven by the maxim: “The true product of a company, regardless of its resources, is the quality of its thinking”.

 

Folu Oyefeso

Exhibitor – Arts, Heritage and History (Photography) – Days 1 & 2

Folu Oyefeso is an independent photojournalist dedicated to telling stories about Nigerian and African culture. Long has the western media painted African countries to be dark and desolate, but this is NOT our identity.  

 
By combining photography and short story-telling, Folu Oyefeso seeks to remind Africans of the greatness they come from.
In this process, he showcases the beauty in our landscape, the richness of our people and their immeasurable potential. We are vibrant in our culture and beauty and we should tell our own stories.

Banky W

Panelist – Chat with the Pros

Olubankole “Banky W” Wellington is a multitalented and prolific Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Filmmaker, Businessman and Philanthropist, who has evolved over the years into becoming arguably the most versatile Entertainment and Media Mogul on the continent of Africa.

Mr W served as Executive Producer and Lead A&R for some of the continent’s most successful albums, including WizKid’s 2011 Smash hit-filled debut Album “Superstar”, and his 2014 follow up album “Ayo”, and the supreme hit-filled Label compilation cd “Empire Mates State of Mind”. Banky followed that up with two tremendously successful solo albums: “R&BW” in 2013, and 2017’s “Songs About U” – each album boasting of non-stop Afro-R&B hits like Yes/No, All I Want is U, Blessing Me, Love U Baby, and many more.

Not to be outdone by his exploits in the music world, Mr W is very accomplished in several other fields: he’s a published writer, as several of his articles and write-ups have been featured in numerous Nigerian Newspapers, blogs, magazines and media platforms. As a philanthropist, he launched the “Banky Wellington Organization (BWO)” through which he spearheads or partners with numerrous charitable and incredibly impactful initiatives.  He launched the “I am Capable” Scholarship Fund, which has provided tuition, room & board assistance for multiple deserving youth over the years in various tertiary institutions in Nigeria, the US, and Canada. Having survived 3 separate battles with Skin Cancer, he became a brand ambassador and major donor to the Pink Oak Cancer Trust Fund, which provides funds for the treatment of Cancer Patients in Nigeria who are unable to afford it. He’s an ambassador for “Teach 4 Nigeria”, and he funds the Back 2 School Adult Literacy Initiative in Eti-Osa, Lagos, which provides free education to illiterate adults in his constituency, who were unfortunate to never have gained basic literacy and numeracy skills. He has been  involved in many more initiatives including notable projects and organizations like “Enough is Enough” and “LightUpNigeria”; ever the Youth Ambassador, he was one of the most visible and vocal personalities involved in various citizen protests over the years, calling for good Governaance and active participation by Nigeria’s young people; he also jointly spearheaded the #Dream4Naija project with international organizations such as USAid and IRI, and has worked closely with the European Union in Nigeria in multiple annual Campaigns to combat the problem of Gender Based Violence and Sexual Assault.

In 2019, Banky Wellington made an inspiring foray into the world of Nigerian Politics, as a candidate of the Modern Democratic Party, for the House of Representatives in Eti-Osa, Lagos. Without the backing of any major party, or sponsor, Banky ran one of the most inspiring campaigns ever seen by a Political Candidate in the country, and inspired a generation of Nigerian youth to get involved in rebuilding Nigeria to be the kind of country they desire.  

Chinwe Egwim

Panelist: Chat with the Pros

Chinwe Egwim is a professional Economist that has 500+ published economic notes geared towards macro, development and financial economics. She is currently the Chief Economist at Coronation Merchant Bank.

Chinwe was appointed as a National Consultant by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa to lead the services trade project which is partly driven by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. 

She is a highly sought after thought leader and has spoken at, as well as delivered keynotes on several reputable platforms and expert panels. Her TEDx talk on Equipping the Female Economy has contributed to conversations around lifting women. On print, her views around economic trends are featured across media platforms – Chinwe’s article on the AfCFTA and Women was published by the World Economic Forum. She provides expert advice around economic trends on news channels such as CNBC Africa and the BBC.

Chinwe’s book- Understanding Economic “Jargon” has ranked as a bestseller on Amazon. It breaks down how economic indicators and the investment climate react to economic shocks and upswings.

Chinwe is an advocate for women empowerment. In 2020, Chinwe was appointed as an Executive Council Member of Women in Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ).

She has received reputable recognitions and awards for her work as an Economist and Advocate for Women Empowerment. Some of which include:
• Recognised as one of the Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) 100 under 40 in support of the UN International Decade for People of African Descent.
• Listed as one of the 100 most inspiring Nigerian women by Leading Ladies Africa.
• Recognised as a leading woman in banking by the Association of Professional Women Bankers.
• Won the HER Network Career Woman of the Year 2018.
• Featured on the cover pages of multiple business-driven magazines.

Chinwe is on the Executive Council of Africa Policy Conversations and an Advisory Board Member of Bookings Africa, 9 to 5 Chick and The Women International. Chinwe is a Founding Partner of DAS Hub Africa. She is a mentor to young professionals and a resource person for impact-driven initiatives geared towards Africa.

MrPHISHA

Exhibitor – Arts, Heritage and History (Photography)


Akinlabi Akinbulumo is a visual storyteller and brand strategy/ideation expert. An ardent follower of the Sun Tzu philosophy, Akinlabi is constantly driven by the maxim: “The true product of a company, regardless of its resources, is the quality of its thinking”.

As a Visual storyteller, Akinlabi goes by the alias MrPhisha and uses a unique style of photography and, art and videography to build and tell real and passionate stories. Amongst his various projects is “Genii” a mini documentary series focused on demystifying the creation process but yet telling stories of ordinary people who give themselves wholly to ideas that make them become truly extraordinary. The first season features some celebrity guests including Praiz, Osa Seven, Darey Art-Alade and Mai Atafo. He is the author of PHINC!, a book aimed at getting readers to think in a way that produces great results and offers guidance on  living life on purpose.