FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - BOTSWANA
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - ETHIOPIA
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - NIGERIA
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - SOUTH AFRICA
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - KISUMU, KENYA
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - USA
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - KENYA
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - CAMEROON
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - ASIA
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - SOUTH AFRICA
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - YOUTH KENYA
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - ANGOLA & NAMIBIA
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - YOUTH GHANA
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - DIASPORA
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - SOUTH AFRICA Culture and Media
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - Middle East & Africa
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - Fashion
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - SAOD Arts & Culture
FESTAC AFRICA FESTIVAL AMBASSADOR TURKIYE
FESTAC AFRICA AMBASSADOR - LIFESTYLE
Ben Onyeukwu Chimeremeze ANYAIBE is a dynamic competent and resourceful entrepreneur with a great deal of communication and interpersonal skills. As a Pan-African advocate, he is diligently serving as the CEO of an Education and Business Consulting company in Turkey, providing rewarding consultancy to leaders, entrepreneurs, heads of organizations and university students as well. Also, he manages an organization that facilitates investments between Turkey and Africa in addition to conducting Trainings In Public and Improved Speaking Skills Development, Business English and Management Courses for top government officials, CEOs, and management executives of companies among others.
Mr. ANYAIBE, with MA in Public Administration, BA in English Language, and Certificates in management courses is a prolific writer who has authored a number of books, the Global Director of Operations for Protect Accent Initiative, the Director of Investment Management for Green Leben Initiative, and a contributor for the Protection and Advancement of the Minority Rights Program of the International Organization For Migrants (IOM) Turkey.
Over the years, he has acquired invaluable knowledge and experiences working with manufacturers of industrial machines, leading firms in renewable energy sector, companies engaged in defense equipment and systems, shipyards, building materials dealers and construction equipment producers, reputable investment companies and investors to mention a few. His flexibility skills, knowledge of global marketing trends, promotion of inclusion causes and his positive disposition make him adapt easily to a variety of working environments.
Currently, he is the President of the Nigerians In Diaspora Organization Europe (NIDOE) Turkey among other key engagements managing the affairs of Nigerian professionals in Turkey, taking important initiatives to solve countless problems and offering impactful community services to people within his circle. With his solid network of decision makers, executives of leading businesses and reputable investors, he is a valuable partner with an enviable drive for success in the ventures he is involved in and certainly a valuable asset in organizations that engages his services.
Introducing Portia LaJoy Shipman, an extraordinary woman whose life story is a testament to resilience, leadership, and an unwavering commitment to making a positive impact on her community.
Portia Shipman is not just a serial entrepreneur; she is the driving force behind various successful ventures, ranging from a party bus service to a home care agency. As the Founder and former Executive Director of the Sherri Denese Jackson Foundation for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Inc., she has played a pivotal role in advocating for those affected by domestic violence.
Motivated by the memory of her dear friend Sherri Jackson, Portia, along with her twin daughters Terri and Torri, established the foundation in 2008. Over the past thirteen years, their dedication has provided crucial support and empowerment to victims of domestic violence.
Portia Shipman's accomplishments are numerous, including receiving the first grant from the prestigious Women to Women initiative of the Greater Greensboro Community Foundation in 2010-2011. In 2018, Congressman Mark Walker honored her with a flag flying over the capital, recognizing her significant contributions.
Her commitment transcends borders, as demonstrated by her participation in a two-week Ifa Religion Pilgrimage in Nigeria in 2018. Portia Shipman was ordained as a Yoruba High Priestess, Queen Mother Aje'bifa, during this transformative experience.
Portia Shipman's story has reached a wider audience through TV features on TV One, Oxygen, and Investigation Discovery, shedding light on her advocacy and the foundation's vital work.
In 2022, Portia Shipman ventured into grassroots politics, running for a seat on the Greensboro City Council. Although not elected, she persists in dedicating herself to the betterment of her community.
Author and Speaker:
Adding another feather to her cap, Portia Shipman is now a published author. Her memoir, "Those Sandals," recounts her journey through domestic violence, resilience, and finding purpose. She is also a motivational speaker, using her experiences to inspire others.
Recently appointed as Festac Africa USA Representative/Ambassador, Portia Shipman continues to broaden her impact on a global scale, aligning with the festival's mission to celebrate African arts and culture.
Paint the City Purple Campaign:
Portia Shipman's commitment to ending domestic violence persists through her trademarked initiative, the "Paint the City Purple Campaign," offering awareness, prevention services, workshops, and events.
Portia Shipman Enterprises LLC: Uniting all her endeavors, Portia Shipman formed Portia Shipman Enterprises LLC in March 2023, amplifying her ability to serve and showcase her unique talents.
A Beacon of Strength:
Portia LaJoy Shipman is more than a name; she's a beacon of strength, a mother, grandmother, advocate, entrepreneur, author, and community leader. Her journey continues to inspire and uplift. Connect with her at www.PortiaShipman.com or reach out at PortiaShipman.Me@gmail.com. #PortiaShipman #CommunityLeader #DomesticViolenceAdvocate #Entrepreneurship #GlobalAmbassador #Inspiration #Author #MotivationalSpeaker #FestacAfricaAmbassadorUSA
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SALAMI OLAMYDE MOHAMMED OJUINU .
BSc in Arts[University of Ibadan Nigeria].
Ambassador Festac Africa Festival Project.
Active in politics since 2020
EDA_IBILE 2010[Brand Owner][Africa Clothing Fabrics Investors/Couturist.
Consultant on Festival/ Arts/Culture/Tourism .
Fitness Adviser/ Nutritionist .
Commenced consultancy in 2017.
Energetic, highly competent, capable and resourceful events coordinator with 3+ years of experience in events development and management. Self motivated and enthusisatic professional with positive can-do attitude who has proven ability to ensure empowerment reaches susbsistantce farmers who are longing for skills development and market accessibility. Amist covid challenges I have succesfully organised 9 events in the agriculture sector.
Maryanne Mwangi is a Marketing and PR specialist with over 5 years of experience in media and communications. Passionate about utilizing her skills to showcase the beauty of Africa to the world, Maryanne identifies as a dynamic public relations professional committed to creating meaningful connections between organizations and their target audiences.
With a keen eye and a strong background in graphic design, Maryanne brings a distinctive blend of creativity and strategic thinking to her work. Whether crafting compelling messaging, designing eye-catching visuals, or executing multi-channel social media campaigns, she is dedicated to achieving results that exceed expectations while also making a meaningful impact in society.
My name is Yannick FOKAM NOULE. As young Cameroonian, i have made the promotion of African tourist heritage my hobbyhorse. After my studies in German civilisation, i followed a three-year professional training in management and the animation of local tourism. Thus i brought my knowledge and know-how to the creation of tourism agencies, with the major challenge each time being to interest the local populations in the practice of tourism. An activity which, according to popular belief, is reserved only for people with a certain financial comfort. It was then that, with the support of professionals in the fields of health and sport, the concept sport-tourism -health was born. A three in one formula that offers the possibility of practicing Sport while discovering the rich tourists islands of our country, for a guaranteed health. Thus tourism should no longer be considered as a simple leisure activity, but also as a way to find in Mother Nature the ingredients to prevent multiple diseases which are often sources of huge expenses in hospitals and pharmacies. An eBook detailing the concept has been published. Because whether we are healthy or not, we don’t like getting sick. Activities such as hiking in the hills, along beaches, forests and even in dry climates have given older people, both young and old, the opportunity to get away from the monotony of a hectic life, to be at one with nature and to benefit from its many benefits. The positive feedback from these experiences was not long in coming. This gave me the opportunity to take an active part in the success of the fifth edition of the Arterial Network Conference on the creative economy in Africa (ACEC-Yaounde 2015), the first edition of the west Cameroon townships exhibition, the setting up of the AYA Sarl Cabinet (training and retraining of hotel staff), the setting up of the African Network of tourism Professional , the creation of the confederation of professional Organisations of tourism Industry in Central Africa., the creation of Cameroon Association for the promotion of Ecotourism…
And among some achievements, I took part as speaker to the first edition of International fair of culture, tourism and handicrafts in Conakry-Republic of Guinea (SICTA, MAY 2022), with the theme: Valorization of natural and cultural heritage: an obstacle to the immigration of young Africans. I did the Market research for the setting up of a complex hotel in Douala-Cameroon: Douala Beach Resort (DBR) (Study of profitability of the project in a highly competitive sector, Determine the market niche that would be most suitable for the project, Examine the socio-economic characteristics that may influence developments and needs in the sector). I also led the Cameroonian delegation (made up of Chiefs, designers…) to the headquarters of the African Union for the pan African event “Africa Celebrates” (October 2022). I Co-organized the study trip to the Zakouma Protected Area in the Chadian Republic (1- 5th December 2022).
As a Global influencer , Mentor and Strategist, He has a proven track record of driving results across all verticals.
His expertise in negotiation, business planning, operations management, sales, and market research has enabled him to create innovative solutions that drive growth and profitability.
Throughout his career, he has demonstrated the ability to build and maintain strong relationships with clients, partners, and colleagues, leveraging my exceptional communication and interpersonal skills to create mutually beneficial partnerships. With a deep understanding of global business trends and a passion for innovation, He is committed to staying ahead of the curve and developing strategies that drive results.
He thrives in fast-paced, dynamic environments and he is always looking for new challenges to tackle. Whether he is working on a complex project or collaborating with a team to achieve a common goal, He approaches every opportunity with energy, creativity, and a relentless commitment to excellence.
He concentrates on global strategic alliances and has demonstrated history of working with a wide range of domains, from aerospace to healthcare. With more than two decades of direct experience, he has served in management & on boards for a range of global companies and has advised multiple chambers of commerce and industries in India.
He has published numerous articles, most notably, the Inaugural Special Monaco & Dubai Edition of " The Billionaire Chronicle " respectively.
Fikile Hlatshwayo is a distinguished, award-winning author renowned for her profound contributions to the field of Tourism and Development Financing. With a compelling narrative that challenges stereotypes, her bestselling travel book, "Blacks DO Caravan," has not only captivated readers but has also played a pivotal role in reshaping perceptions of travel in South Africa. Recognized by the KZN Chamber of Commerce for her outstanding contributions to Tourism literature, Fikile stands as a beacon in the industry. She later published another travel book “Born to Travel – Ultimate Luxury Destinations in Mzansi.”
As a seasoned motivational and public speaker, Fikile has graced prestigious events such as the Kingsmead Book Festival, Africa’s Travel Indaba, Essence Book Festival, South Africa Adventure Summit, International Tourist Guides Conference, BRICS Summit, and many more. Beyond her literary prowess, Fikile is a multifaceted businesswoman with a footprint in Tourism, Education, Heritage, Arts and Culture, and Media.
Holding a Bcom (Honours) in Statistics from the University of Cape Town (UCT), and a Master of Science Degree in Development Finance from the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), Fikile's academic journey reflects her commitment to excellence. A recipient of the DBSA fellow award, she has worked as a Senior Strategist in Development Finance, and served as the Editor of Africagrowth magazine. She published a book on export growth opportunities in Africa, encompassing over 30 African country profiles, demonstrates her deep understanding of economic trends in the African continent.
Fikile's professional trajectory spans over 20 years in diverse sectors, including the private sector at senior levels (Allan Gray Group, Old Mutual South Africa), academia at senior levels (UCT, Stellenbosch University), and significant roles in the public sector (DBSA), and Provincial Treasury at DDG level. Fikile has collaborated with ministers, industry experts, and government authorities to advance tourism growth and development in South Africa. Driven by a passion for diversity, gender equality, transformation, leadership excellence, and women/youth empowerment, Fikile envisions a vibrant, UNITED AFRICA that transcends past perceptions, harnessing its rich tapestry of opportunities to eradicate poverty.
Her mission - “Unite Africans Through travel”
Cherian Chacko currently residing in Atlanta, US is one of the leading Entrepreneurs in USA. He is the Managing Director Berserk Media India Ltd a leading distribution company which has distributed Movies, Tv Dramas, Animations and Documentaries to over 40 countries Cherian Chacko made it possible only by his commitment, dedication and self-confidence.
He is also the owner and Group CEO of Barq Impex USA Inc a Atlanta based Import Export Trading company which a registered procurement vendor for United Nation’s various organizations.
He is also the Global Ambassador – Commonwealth Entrepreneurs Club and Global Entrepreneurs Club of UK.
Cherian Chacko is a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma holder in Computer Science. He is married and has two children.
Kelvin Nyamache, a native Kenyan, proudly identifies as an African at heart and a Global Citizen by nature.
In a groundbreaking achievement in 2022, Kelvin secured his place in history by becoming the First Steering Committee Chair of the AU - Youth Assembly, a position he held until December 2023. Currently, he assumes the role of Director for Events, Summits, and Conferences at AUYA.
In this executive capacity, Kelvin oversees the organization's operations and advocates for the voices of over 870 million youth across the 54 African countries that are permanent signatories of AUYA. His wealth of experience in public service, spanning decades, focuses on empowering underserved communities globally, crafting impactful policies, and implementing programs to support youth, especially during humanitarian crises.
Kelvin's professional journey includes diverse roles, such as serving as SG of Maseno University English and Literature Students Association, Chair of Maseno University Education Students, Deputy Campus Director at HULT Prize UN, MSU Chapter, and various leadership positions in both academic and organizational settings. His notable contributions towards peace in Africa earned him the prestigious African Peace Award in 2021, an honor shared with only 13 African Heads of State.
Internationally sought-after as a speaker, Kelvin has consulted for corporate organizations and addressed audiences in schools, churches, universities, and global events. As a prolific writer, he contributes as a columnist to several publications, including Scholarmedia Digital Magazine, The Platform Magazine, The Diaspora Messenger, and the African Peace Magazine. Kelvin's literary contributions extend to published poems featured in anthologies like "Millennial Voices: East African Poetry." He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Education (Arts) with a focus on English and Literature from Maseno University.
Proud African, mother, mentor, explorer, lover of nature, arts, culture & emerging Author
Sustainability advocate entrepreneur in regenerative agriculture & development MBA in Sustainable Development from Nalanda University. Acquired leadership and natural resource conservation & sustainable agriculture qualifications from renowned institutions
International experience in organic agriculture climate change, Upstream Oil & Gas, ESG frameworks, green financing, networking, stakeholder engagement and Facilitation Board Member, Namibian Organic Association Strategist, Sustainable Change Agent & multilingual Pan Africanist
Ambassador Carlos Boakye is a highly accomplished individual with a diverse range ofroles and affiliations in various fields. Serving as theFounder and President/Executive Director of AfricaYouth Forum International, Ambassador Carlos isdedicated to empowering and advocating for theyouth in Africa. Additionally, he is a Co-founderand Board Member of Bhyte Software CompanyLimited, specializing in software development. Inthe financial technology sector, Carlos Boakyeplays an active role as a Co-founder, ChiefOperations Officer, and Member of the Board ofDirectors of Midas, a Fintech Start-up based inGhana.
Beyond his entrepreneurial pursuits, he actively engages in various organizations and networks,including the United Nations Association of Ghana, Commonwealth Youth Health Network,Commonwealth Youth Ambassador Network, Special Monitoring Volunteer to the InternationalHuman Rights Commission, Youth for Human Rights International, Climate Heroes, GlobalCitizen, and the Livv Centre Digital Anthropologies Group. These memberships underscore hisdedication to global citizenship, human rights, climate action, and the promotion of youth-relatedissues.
Carlos Boakye's exceptional contributions and leadership garnered him nominations for the 2023Commonwealth Youth Excellence Awards and the National Youth Ambassador for the Year. Hewas also a participant in the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation(UNESCO) and Livv Centre Global Design Challenge on Digital Anthropology. In addition to his various roles, Carlos Boakye served as AYFI Head Of Delegation to the UnitedNations during the 2023 United Nations Peacekeeping Ministerial, actively working to promotepeace, stability, and good governance on the international stage.
Overall, Ambassador Carlos Boakye's diverse range of experiences and engagements demonstratehis commitment to entrepreneurship, technology, youth empowerment, human rights, climateaction, global peace and governance, and youth education. His multifaceted involvement showcaseshis dedication to making a positive impact in multiple domains and addressing crucial challengesfaced by societies.
Dr. W.R. Kirima-Barry, an alumna of Kings College, UK. & CASS Business University (Property President), UK., is the Company Secretary for Cornerstone International Ltd. She has been extensively involved in the property and real-estate markets in both Kenya & the UK.
She is the first person of African heritage to sit on the committee of the Lansdowne Club, Mayfair, UK., as well as working with their reciprocal international clubs. As a dedicated member, she set up the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion sub-committee as a platform to integrate various cultures in the organization.
Dr. Kirima-Barry is a passionate diasporan that has impacted a good number of African youth worldwide. To further increase the number of beneficiaries to her philanthropic efforts, she initiated a diaspora mentoring program to support younger Africans based in various countries worldwide, she is also a significant contributor to the Vijana Wetu program based in the UK. She is an excellent guardian to Africa students studying abroad, especially in the UK.
Dr. Kirima-Barry is the Vice-Chair of the Kenya Society, UK., she is also an active and a dedicated member of East African Community (Di
Mpho Tshinyolo a Television production freelancer with over 10years working as a freelance agent in the television industry.
Brand ambassador for "Swagga Don The Afrikan Avatar media house.
Social media manager and Business owner.
Brenda Akello Onono, the creative force behind Marumara Creations, is a multi-talented artist, fashion designer, newspaper columnist and wardrobe stylist whose work has captivated audiences with its unique blend of artistry and innovation. With a background in Fine art, Brenda honed her skills and developed her distinct artistic voice. Her career has been marked by a series of significant milestones, including the founding of Marumara Creations, a platform through which she has brought her artistic vision to life.
Brenda's style and approach is characterized by her intricate and innovative designs, attention to detail and employing sustainable practices in her creations. Her work is a testament to her ability to seamlessly blend traditional influences with contemporary elements, resulting in evocative and visually stunning creations. At the heart of her design philosophy lies a deep commitment to promoting the creative economy while championing sustainability, environmental conservation and women empowerment. This is reflected in her creative choices and the messages embedded in her designs and artworks.
Throughout her career, Brenda has achieved notable recognition, she was a finalist in the Founder of the year Africa awards in 2022, she has participated in several art exhibitions notably being the 2012 Wanjiku Constitutional exhibition at Alliance Françoise, her creations and journey as an entrepreneur have been featured on newspapers and on Television by different media houses in Kenya. She recently represented Kenya in the 9th edition of the International fair of the African Textile (Salon International Du Textile Africain) SITA 2023 in Guinea Conakry. Brenda is also a fellow of the Salzburg Global Forum for Young Cultural innovators, an Affiliate at Fashion Agenda Africa and a mentor at Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Nairobi, East Africa. Brenda Onono's journey as a fashion designer, wardrobe stylist, columnist and fine artist is a testament to her boundless creativity, unwavering passion, and unwavering dedication to pushing the boundaries of artistic expression.
Amb. Ofonimeh Jamezany James is a Seasoned Nollywood/African Film Publicist, Film Administrator, Diplomat (ECOWAS Youth Ambassador & Roving Ambassador "State of African Diaspora") and a Project Manager/Consultant.
He is a Frontline Advocate for the integration of the African Film Industry and Youth Development.
Amb. Jamezany James is a Nelson Mandela Leadership Awards for Excellence and Integrity Recipient .
He is a Mouthpiece of the African film industry mostly in diplomacy using his public relations and communication skills.
He coordinates the agreement between The State of African Diaspora (SOAD) and Azania Filmmakers Association (Pan-Africa) to further contribute in developing and growing the African film industry!
He is one of the coordinating representative at the FESTACWOOD initiative at the upcoming FESTAC AFRICA festival.
Liz Ogumbo is a multifaceted Kenyan creative entrepreneur who has made significant strides in the realms of music, fashion, and wine. Over the past decade, she has cultivated a reputation for excellence and innovation, positioning herself as a prominent figure in Africa's creative industries.
In music, Liz's journey began with the release of her debut album, "KenSoul," in 2010, which received acclaim for its genre-agnostic sound and rich storytelling. Her follow-up album, "KenSoul: The Lotus Chapter," further showcased her diverse musical influences and linguistic versatility, with songs in Luo, Swahili, English, and French.
Liz's live performances are distinguished by their energetic visuals, complemented by her unique fashion sense. As the founder of her eponymous fashion label, established 16 years ago, she infuses her designs with African heritage and eco-friendly principles, offering sleek cuts and provocative designs for the fashion-savvy individual.
In 2018, Liz expanded her creative endeavours into the wine market, introducing five wine varieties produced in South Africa's winelands. Each bottle of Liz Ogumbo Wines is accompanied by a carefully curated soundtrack, enriching the sensory experience for consumers.
Beyond her creative pursuits, Liz made her mark in the South African film industry with her role as 'Boss Lady' in the 2021 film "Angeliena." Her involvement in film further underscores her versatility and willingness to explore new avenues of expression.
Guided by values of integrity, sustainability, empowerment, and self-expression, Liz envisions bringing economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable African fashion to the global stage while empowering local communities. Her philosophy emphasizes celebrating individuality and making a mark through confidence and style.
As a leading Afropolitan with a bold vision, Liz Ogumbo is poised to continue making waves on the global stage with her KenSoul experience and creativity. Rooted in her love for Africa yet embraced by the global community, she represents the new face of modern Africa—an embodiment of innovation, authenticity, and cultural richness.
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