Keynote Speakers


Professor Erlinda D. Adetayo

Professor of Entrepreneurship, OAU, Ile-Ife

Professor Erlinda Dionco Adetayo is a Professor of Entrepreneurship with the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria and holds a Ph.D. in Business Administration. She joined the Department of Management and Accounting, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife in 1994 as Assistant Lecturer and rose to the rank of Professor in 2006. Read More…


Mr. Valentine Obi

Founder, Covenant Visions International Ltd, Nigeria

Valentine Obi is the founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of eTranzact Global. eTranzact is Africa’s leading provider of mobile banking and payment services, with operations in some African countries, including Nigeria and the United Kingdom. He has an extensive experience in Information Technology sector and has served in various capacities both locally and internationally… Read More…


Israel A. Ovirih

CEO, Banklink Ltd

Israel Ovirih is an accomplished investment banker, serial entrepreneur and tech-evangelist. In short, Israel is a believer in Innovation and Creativity all the way! Israel read economics, financial engineering and entrepreneurship at the Swiss Finance Institute and the MIT, Boston USA. Read More…

Other Speakers


Mrs. Adenike Adeyemi

Executive Director, FATE Foundation

Adenike Adeyemi is the Executive Director for FATE Foundation. FATE Foundation is a non-profit founded in 2000 by Fola Adeola (Co-Founder and Pioneer MD, GTBank) with a mission to foster wealth creation through the provision of business and entrepreneurial development. Through enterprise training, mentoring, consulting, advisory support, business plan development, Incubator, and sector focused Accelerator programs… Read More…


Mrs. Taiwo Abiose

Assistant Director, Lagos State Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment

Mrs. Taiwo .F. Abiose was born in May 22nd 1967, a native of Lagos Island in Lagos State. She attended Christ Church Cathedral Primary School, Lagos Island and finished her First Leaving Certificate in 1979. She later attended Comprehensive High School, Ayetoro, Ogun State for her O’level in 1979-84. She later went to the defunct Federal School of Arts & Science for A level 1984-1986. Read More…


Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Engr. Jonathan Olukunle Onajobi is the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Ogun State since October, 2016. As the Administrative Head of the Ministry, he is responsible for overseeing all the activities of the Ministry including Commerce, Geological Services, Investment and Industrial Promotion. He has served as the Director of Power Resources and Services of the Bureau of Electrical Engineering services (BEES)… Read More…

Dr. Olumuyiwa A. Oludayo 

Registrar, Covenant University

Dr. Olumuyiwa Oludayo is the Registrar (for the second time) of Covenant University, Ota. He holds his B.Sc., M. Sc. and Ph.D degrees in Industrial Relations & Human Resource Management from Covenant.

Dr. Oludayo has had the privilege of serving as the Dean of Student Affairs of Covenant University and became the Youngest University Registrar in Africa in 2013… Read More…

stephen_oluwatobiDr Stephen Oluwatobi

Director, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development Studies, Covenant University

Stephen Oluwatobi has over 8 year experience in education, research and community development. He earned his PhD in Innovation Economics. He is an expert in the area of human capital, entrepreneurship, and innovation as means for the attainment of a knowledge-driven economy.

He currently works in Covenant University as a teacher, researcher and Director of the University’s Entrepreneurship Centre. Read More…

adeyemi-adeniyiMr. Adeyemi Adeniyi

Managing Director, Tromville Investment Ltd

Adeyemi Adeniyi Emmanuel studied Economics at Ogun State University where he bagged a B.Sc Degree. He moved to Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso to obtain his Masters degree in Public Administration. He is presently running another Masters in Business Administration ( University of Northampton, UK) – In view. Read More…

prof-ayotolaProfessor Ayotola Aremu

Director, Centre of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Ayotola Aremu is a Professor of Educational Technology of the University of Ibadan, Ibadan Nigeria, where she has been teaching for two decades. She has a B. Sc in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Ife, (Now Obakemi Awolowo University) Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Her M. Ed and Ph. D degrees in Educational Technology are from the University of Ibadan. Read More…

prof-evansProfessor Evans Osabuohien

Professor of Economics, Covenant University

Evans Osabuohien is presently the Head of his Department (Economics & Development Studies, Covenant University, Ota, Nigeria).He holds B.Sc, M.Sc and Ph.D (Economics) and started lecturing and researching in 2004.
He was a research fellow at German Development Institute, Bonn with fellowship from Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (October 2013 –December 2014). Read More…

nancy-nnajiMrs. Nancy Nnaji

Head, Business Desk, Daar Communications Ltd

Mrs. Nancy Nnaji is the head, business desk Daar Communications AIT and the presenter and executive producer of Moneyline with Nancy, Nigeria’s number one source for business and financial information that airs Mondays through Fridays at 11am on Africa Independent Television (AIT). Read More…

abraham-obafemiMr. Ajayi Adekunle Obafemi

Director of Fisheries Services, Ministry of Agriculture, Abeokuta

Mr. Ajayi Adekunle Obafemi, born on 21st April, 1960 in Abeokuta Ogun State hails from Igan Alade, a community in Yewaland of Ogun state. He had his Primary and Secondary education at Yewa Cental School, Igan Alade and Egbado College now Yewa College, Ilaro respectively. He proceeded to Ogun State Polytechnic Abeokuta between 1978-1980 for his A’ Level Certificates and later to the University of Ibadan between 1980-1984 where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture. Read More…