Inspire Young Leaders Summit 2018

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The role of leaders in the success of any system cannot be overemphasized. In a world that is constantly growing and diversifying, it is even more critical to have leaders that are vast, enlightened and well adapted to the changes happening around us. It is therefore necessary for us to secure our future by grooming the leaders of the future from the generation that is spearheading the evolution of our world; the youths.The Inspire Young Leaders Summit (IYLS) is an initiative that aims at building future leaders from the youths in our society. We are driven by a passion to develop leaders in as many youths as possible, because we recognize that leadership is not a function of position but of service.

We believe that by creating a network of youths with leadership mindsets we can drive solutions to the problems that continue to riddle our societies.


Bidemi Zakariyau

Bidemi Zakariyau is the Founder & CEO of Nigeria’s fastest growing PR agency, LSF|PR, a full service public relations agency with core competencies in corporate communications, consumer and lifestyle brands.

Bidemi handles the day–to-day management of LSF|PR and currently leads her team in creating communications strategy for the agency’s clients. She is actively involved in advising clients on critical communications strategies and issues. Her work reflects the international scope and breadth of the agency’s offering and has included advising clients on entry strategies into the Nigerian Market and ongoing corporate reputation building efforts.

Bidemi has won various awards and her work has been recognised by many platforms including; The Future Awards Africa (Prize for media enterprise), 100 most influential women in Nigeria 2017 (Leading Ladies Africa). Rising PR Practitioner (Nigerian Institute of Public Relations)

Bidemi is member of the Nigerian Bar Association and the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations. She is a board member of Réle Art Gallery.


Gbadebo Adejumo

Gbadebo Adejumo (Born January 14, 1994) is a Nigerian born Tailor & Fashion enthusiast. He's a graduate of Petroleum Engineering from Afe Babalola University. Gbadebo has briefly interned at Amazon Energy, Deltaafrik Engineering & Yomi Casual Clothings. He's currently an Education Consultant at Tabitha-Knowel Integrated Services Lagos, Nigeria. Simultaneously, he's the Team lead at ROUTE 52, a newly launched Nigerian fashion firm. He likes listening to music & teasing people for fun. He loves to smile sheepishly too.


Prof Sidi Osho

Professor Sidi Osho is the Pioneer & Past Vice Chancellor, Afe Babalola University, and the President/Founder of Sidi Osho Foundation, Nigeria.

An award winning, outstanding and hardworking Agriculture and Higher Education Expert that is action and result oriented; highly productive academic, with leadership qualities managing multi-disciplinary projects. With over 35 years’ experience in administration, strategic planning, International and Private Sector Partnerships. An International Scientist that graduated from Michigan State and Ohio State University in USA worked with the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), and in several African countries in the area of Agriculture.

Prof Sidi Osho has strong interpersonal skills successfully demonstrated in both national and international assignments.  She has travelled widely in Africa and all over the World while managing research projects for International Development Research Center, Canada (IDRC). United Nation Children Education Fund, (UNICEF), World Bank and UNDP.

Prof Sidi Osho was appointed as the Pioneer Vice Chancellor of Afe Babalola University in January 2010. She brought a wealth of experience in administration, strategic planning, International and Private Sector Partnerships, teaching, research, food security and development to the Institution which brought it to the World Class level in a period of 4 years.

Prof Sidi Osho developed several food processing equipment’s for crops and conducted National and International trainings all over the world and collaborates with many scientists in Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Uganda, Malawi, Togo, Republic of Benin, Senegal, Madagascar in the area of Agriculture , Food Science, Food Systems,  education and recently Tourism and Hospitality Management.

She is a member of over 17 professional societies that include both National and International societies.  She has attended over 100 conferences all over the world presenting conference papers in Higher Education, post-harvest, food processing, Nutrition, Agriculture, Hospitality &Tourism.

She has over 160 publications, some of which are published in learned journal proceedings, monographs, books chapters, training manual etc.

Prof Sidi Osho has become involved in several initiates to improve quality of lives of people and communities and our Africa; thus the founding of Sidi Osho Foundation (SOF).

SOF’s mission is to contribute  to the growth of human development and alleviating poverty in Africa development initiatives which  include;  Education, Entrepreneurship, Food Security, Leadership and Governance, Health, Sustainable development and most importantly, Youth, Gender and Women Empowerment.

A member of several professional societies has impacted many lives and communities in her career path and has received many awards some of which include:

TOYP (Top outstanding Young Persons of the World) (1997).

Best Female Scientist; College of Agriculture Olabisi Onabanjo University, (OOU) 2006

Award for promoting the Concept of Safe Campus, Association of Heads of Security of Tertiary Institutions, 11thMay 2011

Distinguished Award for Outstanding Contributions to Advancement, service to Humanity and Role Model for the Girl Child 20th October 2011. Center for Grass Root women Advancement and Development and International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA).

Golden Award Children – In – Science and Technology CIST Ghana 2011, for Out Standing support towards popularization of Science & Technology among Children; 15th November 2011.

Best Vice Chancellor of the Year, Nigeria, Oct 2014, by Association of Vice Chancellors.

Award of the African Woman Hall of Fame Commemorating the UN International Women’s Day by the Nigerian Presidency and African Female & Youth Students Initiative, 8th March 2015.


Olusola Amusan

Olusola Amusan, is a Philanthropies Lead at Microsoft Nigeria. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from Federal University of Technology Akure. He is the President of the 8th African Youth and Governance Conference and a member of the Country Support Mechanism for the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund in Nigeria. He is also a curator for the Lagos Global Shaper community of the World Economic Forum.


Osundare Damilare

Damilare Osundare popularly known as Asiricomedy is a man of several robes. Having made a name in the Nigerian entertainment sphere. He carved a niche for himself as an inspiration comedian. He uses comedy as a conduit to deliver inspiration to his audience

ASIRI explores his passion to inspire any listening audience through several online platforms such as: InspiMonday: a weekly dose of inspirational nuggets across all his social media pages; Bayo the erudite, an edu- comedy online series; Uncle Asiri series, amongst others. He is the author of the international Bestselling Book ASIRI Mystery.

He is a graduate of Microbiology of the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo university Ile ife. He is also a graduate of the CBN Enterprise development center Business school. He is a recipient of several awards like the NEA 2017 (Nigerian entertainment awards) for best comedian awards in New York, Acj awards amongst several others.

Damilare is a professional Master of Ceremonies, anchoring both corporate and social events. He is also a powerful orator. He is the convener of Walk-For-The-Needy, an annual charity event for the poor.


Ogunrotimi Omowumi

Ms. Omowumi Ogunrotimi is a Legal Practitioner and Social Development Activist. She has been actively engaged in various initiatives with a strong emphasis on gender and young-people’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR). For these programmes, she developed, managed and produced several episodes of three media programmes: ‘Expressions’, ‘Our World’ and ‘The Gap’, all which have been aired on various TV and Radio stations across Nigeria.

Her social development activities include the organization of a Prison-Outreach programme, wherein she taught inmates Entrepreneurship, Vocational, and Literacy skills, as well as Social Studies. In recognition of her important work on Sexuality education in the country, Ms. Ogunrotimi was invited, in 2012, by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to moderate a session at its National Family Planning Conference in Nigeria. During the same year she was also invited, and fully-sponsored, to attend the African Conference on Sexual Health and Rights, held in Namibia.

In recognition of her intellectual abilities, Ms. Ogunrotimi was recruited as a Legislative intern at Nigeria’s National Assembly immediately following the completion of her undergraduate studies in Law, at the Ekiti State University; from which she graduated with a Second-Class Honours. While at the National Assembly, she was responsible for the drafting of Bills and Motions, provision of support to the Legislative Committees on both the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Human Rights, as well as the conduction of interviews; particularly on issues relating to affirmative action for Women.

In addition to her National-level work, Ms. Ogunrotimi has also volunteered for a number of International Institutions and Organizations, including The Population Council, ActionAid International - on its Activista Programme - which works with young people around the World to address important challenges such as Hunger and Poverty, as well as the Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN) - where she served on its National Executive Committee for 4years.

Over the years, Ms. Ogunrotimi has been actively engaged in addressing Global Development agendas, such as the SDGs with her book ‘The Maze and the Map’, she addressed the crucial issues of Food-security and Poverty-reduction in Nigeria.

Currently Ms. Ogunrotimi is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, as well as Founder of ‘Gender Mobile’; a technology-driven initiative and platform that provides specialized support services to Girls and Women survivors of Social Injustice within the African continent.


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