Board Of Trustees

  

Biola Alabi


A Yale World Fellow with a Degree in Public Health from the University of Cincinnati, Biola Alabi has long supported educational and developmental agendas, in both her professional and personal capacity.

Dually raised in Nigeria and the United States, she returned to Nigeria in 2008. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to promote continuous development of African television industry.

As Managing Director of M-Net Africa, Alabi brought her business perspective and creative insights forward to impact one of Africa's biggest entertainment companies. Leading the organization's African expansion, her achievements included Big Brother Africa, Face of Africa and the creation of TV channels in Swahili, Hausa and Yoruba.

She led the ambitious multi-channel expansion of the Africa Magic brand into eight customized channels. Passionate about African film and TV, she also developed and launched the inaugural AfricaMagic Viewers' Choice Awards.

Currently the Managing Partner of Biola Alabi Media Consulting, Alabi was named 2013 AABLA West African Business Woman of the Year and was listed as one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa by Forbes Magazine. She currently sits on the board of the Africa Democratic Institute (ADI) as its vice- chair. She previously served as a fellow at the Nigeria Leadership Initiative, and was a board member at Hospitals for Humanity.

Ada Osakwei


A creative food entrepreneur and passionate agribusiness advocate. As the Founder and Chief Executive of Agrolay Ventures, an investment firm targeting early stage agribusiness and food-related companies and projects, Ada seeks to redefine the food production and retail opportunity across Africa's large consumer markets. Agrolay invests in food start-ups as well as incubates its own new agri-ventures. The company has four investments namely The Nuli Juice Company, an innovative beverage brand that utilizes locally grown vegetables and fruits to make healthy juice products, Nuli Foods, a food manufacturer that makes ready-to-eat traditional African meals, Nature’s Bounty, a Nigerian dried fruit snack brand, and African Courier Express, a Nigerian technology enabled logistics & services company.

From November 2012 to May 2015, Ada was seconded by the Tony Elumelu Foundation to serve as the Senior Investment Adviser to Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, Nigeria’s former Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development. In this role, she was responsible for advising the Minister on all agriculture investment-related activities involving private sector investors, and led investment policy and financing initiatives. Amongst various initiatives, Ada led the development and launch of the Fund for Agricultural Financing in Nigeria (FAFIN), an innovative private equity fund dedicated to investing in agribusiness companies in Nigeria. In her final assignment, Ada headed the campaign team that successfully ushered in Dr. Adesina as the president of the African Development Bank Group (AfDB).

Ada Osakwe is a 2016 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She received the ‘Achiever in Agriculture’ Award in 2015 and in 2014, was named one of Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa. She is also an Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow of the Africa Leadership Institute and a fellow of the African Leadership Network (ALN).

Ekene Onwu


Ekene Onwu is the Head of Digital at Kwesé | Econet Media, a pan-African media start-up based in South Africa, set to democratize television in Africa. He is currently completing his PhD proposal at Stellenbosch Business School, having completed a Masters of Management programme in Entrepreneurship and New Ventures Creation at Wits Business School, specializing in Corporate Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation in February 2016. He also has BSc degrees in Actuarial Science and Financial Modelling from the University of Pretoria and the University of South Africa respectively. He joined Econet Media in 2016 bringing several years of digital media industry leadership, technological innovation experience and tech start-up industry knowledge to his role. He has an insatiable desire to showcase Africa's true potential and business prowess through the creation of pioneering cross-collaborative business initiatives built on the back of technologically innovative customer solutions.

His journey started at DStv Digital Media a division of Mutlichoice, where he worked as a Quantitative Analyst, Project Manager, Product Manager, and then moved on to become the Head of Content Recommendations where he worked on artificial intelligence predictive models to recommend content to users based on viewing habits and patterns – all this, in a time frame of less than four years. He then moved on to head up content discovery and innovation at ShowMax, which was only a small tech start-up at the time, but has quickly grown to become South Africa’s number one online media streaming service.

Ekene spent the earlier years of his life in Nigeria where he was born and moved to South Africa over a decade ago to further his studies and enhance his professional career.