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Newsletter: Street Light 3

Marvel considers himself first as a global citizen. A recent graduate of computer science with an affinity for spoken words, he has travelled across the country delivering talks on sensitive issues such as xenophobia, drug abuse, state of the nation, etc. He is an avid actor and voracious writer of fiction and fantasy and is a content writer and creative editor for magazines and websites. He has written stage and radio plays for Street Project Foundation, Nigerian export promotion council, RCCG, etc He loves classical movies from the 1900s and is easily bored when there is no challenge or room for imagination. 

Julia is the Founder and Lead Consultant of Julia Jacks Consulting, an executive and business branding and brand storytelling consultancy.

An alumnus of the University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria and the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, Julia’s diverse career spans academia, marketing communications, corporate strategy and communications and international philanthropy.

From lecturing in the English & Literary Studies department of the University of Calabar, Julia made a career shift to branding and marketing communications, ending up as a co-founder and Executive Creative Director of SO&U Saatchi. 

As the Program Officer for the Media, Arts and Culture portfolio in the West Africa office of the international philanthropic organization, The Ford Foundation, Julia was responsible for re-focusing the Media, Arts and Culture portfolio, with emphasis on the stimulation of indigenous creative industries.

Julia later set up Cue Media-a content development organization, which developed content for the then acclaimed MNET ‘New Directions’ initiative which encouraged African storytellers to find their voices and tell their own stories. 

Julia successfully set up and headed the Corporate Strategy and Development Department of Moni Pulo Limited, handling a broad remit for corporate reputation management, brand positioning and government and external relations.

Julia serves on the Board of Directors of SO&U Saatchi, First Aluminum Plc., Lucid Media and Maxi Media in  non-executive capacities. She is also a co-founder and Founding Trustee of Women In Management, Business and Public Service (WIMBIZ).  

An avid reader and eclectic music lover, Julia is ardent about coaching, mentoring and supporting indigenous small business owners to build stronger, resilient brands.

Chidinma Osigwe, AAT, ACA, is a finance professional with over five (5) years of progressive experience in financial accounting and reporting, taxation, payroll management, and advisory.

She is passionate about youth development and engagement. She is an ambassador of the Street Project Foundation (SPF, Nigeria) and a Global Youth Ambassador (TheirWorld).

She is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) as well as the prestigious Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN).

She is a graduate of Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, Nigeria, where she completed her Ordinary National Diploma (OND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) programs in Accounting. She then obtained a BSC in Accounting from Southwestern University of Nigeria, Ogun State, Nigeria.

Chidinma Osigwe is a critical thinker with experience managing teams and creating strategic collaborations to achieve organizational goals.

Ezeja Charity is a passionate storyteller, activist, actor, poet and theatre performer. She uses creative arts and entertainment as tools for advocacy on social justice issues like Gender-based violence, youth involvement in politics and governance, police brutality, and other social causes.

Charity is currently the mobilization lead for the ARTvocacy movement and an Ambassador of the Street Project Foundation, and she is also a volunteer social worker for various positive change-influencing causes.

My name is Emy Josephs and I am a storyteller who is passionate about telling authentic African Stories about my tribe in Nigeria, “Ijaw Nation.” I found my voice in historical and period dramas that explore the culture, tradition and voice of Africans before the white invasion. I am an unconventional storyteller whose loyalty and service are to the story.

I have written well over 10+ original stories

As a storyteller, I pride myself on telling authentic African stories that would change the narrative of African cinema.

Filmmaking because storytelling is a narrative account of a real or imagined event or events. Stories build worlds and define worldviews. Sharing experiences through stories, passing on accumulated wisdom, beliefs, and values. Through stories, we explain how and why things are, and we define our role and purpose in the world. Jade Osiberu. I am inspired by her growth and her storytelling techniques.

Whatever is worth doing is worth doing well; so, give your all.

To be afraid to fail. To be afraid to make mistakes. Give yourself time to grow. Life is a process and becoming the filmmaker you dream of becoming takes time and patience.

Zakari Emmanuel Maikalma is an award-winning inspirational youth leader, human rights activist, feminist, author, creative, and influencer driving the course of meaningful youth participation in justice reforms, democracy, governance, leadership, and public service performance in Nigeria leveraging creative art. A global citizen contributing immensely to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), human rights practices, he believes “The world is a global village, and we are interconnected. The way we live our lives has a ripple effect on the globe”. 

Uzoamaka Asiegbu is a distinguished Creative Writer and a Gender and Disability Inclusion Specialist championing the representation and mainstreaming of women with disabilities across diverse sectors. Uzoamaka is also the President of the Youth Advisory Board of Street Project Foundation’s growing pool of transformational youth leaders advocating social change through arts. 

As a 2023 Young Woman of Europe Nominee at the Women of Europe Awards, with a notable award from the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) in Nigeria and two years of experience championing disability inclusion at UN Women, Uzoamaka has honed her skills in promoting inclusive participation, particularly for youths and women with disabilities, in the pursuit of gender equality. Sheunderstands the importance of full representation of women with disabilities in gender equality discourses, and she applies a disabled perspective to her study and work activities. She also actively utilises her creative writing skills to create inclusive representations of characters with disabilities in literature. Presently, Uzoamaka is studying for a double Master’s degree in Women and Gender Studies (Erasmus Mundus GEMMA) from the University of Lodz, Poland and the University of Bologna, Italy.

  • Goodness Oluwole-Ilori is a multitalented performance activist that is passionate about youth empowerment, an entrepreneur, an UBUNTU Leader, a YALI Fellow.
  • - Musical artist, songwriter, and an incredible performer.
  • - Computer and mobile accessibility tech enthusiast.
  • - A philosopher of logic an advocate for social change

 Abani-Elem Blessing .C. is a Gender Advocate, Public Speaker (TEDx), Community and Social Development enthusiast with over 4 years’ experience working with Community Based Organizations and NGOs in empowering women/ girls and the youths through education/ training, mentorship/coaching and advocacy. Blessing is the curator of “Let’s Talk with Naz-B” an online talk show that is  changing the narrative, fostering behavioral change and helping young people live purposeful lives. She’s also the Founder of “Project L.E.A.P (Learning, Educating and Achieving Purpose). She is an alumnus  of the Young Women Leadership Project (NWTF). Blessing is a Member, Young Professionals Platform , Fellow of the African ChangeMakers Fellowship 2020 and Yali RLC Fellow 2020. Recipient of  the Outstanding Volunteers Award 2020 by the United Nations Volunteers Field Office, Nigeria. A Beijing+25 Young Champion- United Nations Women, Nigeria. Honorable Mention (WHO) at the virtual International Model United Nations Conference 2020 and also a soft skills trainer certified by JobberMan Limited. 

Ezenwa Okoro is an Innovation Specialist, Social Justice Advocate and Youth development Facilitator with fifteen years of experience working directly with communities in West Africa focusing on social mobilization, gender equity, youth development and human rights. Okoro is the Founder of Enugu Youth Entrepreneurship Network, a community-based organization that provides pro bono business development services to startups using business simulation activities to inspire disadvantaged youths to lift themselves out of poverty.

Rita Ezenwa-Okoro is a thought leader, creative culturist, performance activist, and communications expert who believes in the transformative power of play and performance for human development. Her visionary leadership shines as the Executive Director of the Global Play Brigade. This movement uses play to soften borders and barriers between people across the globe.

She is also the founder of the United Nations and BMW Group’s Intercultural Innovation Award-Winning Street Project Foundation. This organization implements inclusive creative arts-led leadership programs for at-risk youth in Africa. She is a Mandela Washington Fellow, recipient of the Lagos State Award of Excellence in Youth Development and Entrepreneurship Development, respectively, a three-time global fellow of the International Society of the Performing Arts (ISPA), and now the first Nigerian to serve on the board of ISPA, a 75-year-old prestigious organization for performing arts leaders across the world.

Rita is also the author of Doing. Being. Becoming. For the love of the creative arts, a book about her performance journey as a grassroots creative youth organizer in Nigeria.

Besides developing creative strategies for businesses through her Marketing Communications
firm ROC, Rita is also a movie buff, public speaker, singer, and world traveler who considers herself a global citizen.

Eduvielawhe Olutimayin is a Visionary executor with an interest in inclusive youth-centered initiatives that use the creative arts. She is also an ardent advocate of human and economic development. She has provided thought leadership and managed Pan Nigerian engagements/ studies. Eduvie has contributed to youth development initiatives in disadvantaged areas focusing on capacity building, empowerment, inclusiveness, advocacy and gender equality issues. She has also presented at the All Stars, Performing the World 2014 conference in New York on performing arts as a tool for social transformation.  

Mrs. Eduvielawhe Olutimayin has a BSc degree from the University of Lagos and an MBA in Executive Leadership from Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom. She is an entrepreneur who serves as CEO of Silver Columns Limited, a business support firm, and the Business Head in Nigeria for C2M Limited, a research consultancy firm. 

Eduvielawhe is currently a Partner/Chief Operations Officer and board member at the Street Project Foundation, a social enterprise aimed at raising transformational youth ambassadors for Nigeria through the performing arts. 

Ugochukwu Enwereji is a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in Information and Communication Technology as well as the Broadcast Media. He is the Former Head of Broadcast and Operations at WAZOBIA FM, Onitsha and currently the Special Projects Manager for Globe Broadcasting and Communications Limited (AIM Group), overseeing projects, operations and business development. During the course of his career, he has worked in various broadcasting stations. He is also a founding member and main stay of 1Thumb, a youth movement that sensitizes youths to empower themselves politically and also vote right.

Wole Oguntokun is a Playwright, Theater Producer and Artistic Director of Renegade Theatre. He is also a Fellow of the International Society for Performing Artistes (ISPA). He was the founding producer and
resident director of Theatre@Terra, a project he ran weekly for three and half years, staging plays at the Arts Centre known as Terakulture. Worthy of note is his work as Asst. Director to Nigeria’s Nobel Laureatte, Prof Wole Soyinka in the Nigerian Premiere of The Beatification of Area Boy in the 2015 Muson Festival.”

Tolu Ajayi is a highly knowledgeable and awarded creative professional, TV producer and filmmaker. He is currently the Head of Branded Content, Insight Communications Limited.

Over the past 2 decades, Tolu has led the production of world-class creative and strategic television campaigns, while garnering industry accolades for creative executions with the highest of production values.

Paul R. Sachs is an independent consultant with over 25 years' experience as manager and executive in nonprofit organizations serving individuals with mental health and substance use challenges. He is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania USA with certification in rehabilitation psychology. He is Board President of the PA Alliance of Recovery Residences, an organization which supports residential programs for persons recovering from substance abuse.

He is Secretary for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Disability Inclusion Knowledge Network, a collaboration of African Fellows and American partners advocating for disability inclusion in Africa. He is a published author of book chapters and professional articles in the fields of rehabilitation, corporate social responsibility and leadership.

Kelechi is currently the Head, Human Resources, Administration and Communications at Transport Services Ltd (TSL), Nigeria. She was previously the Head of Novartis Africa Corporate University, responsible for Capability and Leadership Development for Novartis Africa, Sandoz Africa as well as Alcorn Africa; a role she took on in November 2015.

Udegbunam Akachukwu Samuel as birthname. word-man was given to me by family and street friends. I am a spoken-word artist, sustainable artist, writer, An entrepreneur. He is also a basic medical student at the University of Nigeria Nsukka Enugu Campus. My hobbies are travelling, reading. I have performed at  SECAN MEDICAL UNIVERSITY ASSOCIATION, Lacasera spoken word competition, Hummingbird poetry community, Els foundation. Wordman won a competition in the spoken-word category and became an ambassador of STREET PROJECT FOUNDATION. In 2020 I was selected to be part of a great community called to pick me up poetry, South Africa. I have also performed at ELS (ENUGU STATE LITERACY SOCIETY)on WORLD POETRY DAY 2021.

Dorcas Jacob is a Brand Communication Professional with key areas in Advertising, Digital Strategy, Public Relations, Branding, and Social Media. She sits on the Youth Advisory Board of Street Project Foundation and she holds a first-class degree in Public Relations and Advertising. Dorcas is a firm advocate and devout volunteer for equality, questioning the status quo and youth development. She thrives in public speaking, enjoys new challenges and seeks experiences that create opportunities to live the best quality of life.

Vanessa Zoë Daniels is a Street Project Ambassador, a creative with a knack for acting, screenwriting and baking. She owns a bachelor's degree in Applied Geosciences and an outstanding record that includes high performance at notable industry events like the ExxonMobil, Chevron and Shell quiz competition in the 2018 Nigerian Association Of Petroleum Explorationist and completing an internship with the Nigerian Petroleum Development Company, where  she facilitated training for field temp staff, managed site project logistics, and built an outstanding portfolio. With a passion for Arts, she got on an intensive Acting workshop at the African International Film Festival where she emerged best among four others. Since then, she has featured in the TV series ‘This is Lagos’ produced by NvivoTV and Mike Gouken’s REHEARSAL.  Colleagues, mentors, and employers have described Vanessa as a passionate, focused, innovative, and solution-driven alpha female who is always committed to getting the job done. She is dogged and actively seeking opportunities to ‘change the narrative’.

DIMEJI-AJAYI Olamide is a Nurse, Speaker and Teacher. She presently sits on the SPF Advisory Board and is a firm believer in the power of Teamwork.

Nyagba Nenge Samson Aka De Artista , is a visual Artist and Mass communicator.

Seyi Crown is a Street Project ambassador, performing artist, Gender Based Violence Advocate and budding Content Developer. She started following her passion for acting in secondary school where she played in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Vernice. She officially began her acting career in 2017 with movie roles in short films and has featured in movies & theatre productions like, Africa Magic’s Unbroken, Kafirantan, Dear Mama, One With The Sound to name a few ever since. 
As part of Seyi’s disapproval against all forms of sexual assault, she enrolled for the EU-UN spotlight initiative & became a certified advocate against Gender Based Violence after the training she underwent.
Seyi is a strong believer in first believing in oneself before undertaking actions & being free from negative mindset and opinions. She is a student of the University of Lagos studying Creative Arts.

Chibuikem Chris-Oparah is a highly motivated and success-driven Creative who is a fresh graduate from the University of Lagos, Akoka. He has starred as a Lead Actor in Kamal, a Tv series Directed by Izu Ojukwu and 'Man Pikin' another series produced by Chris Ihidero. His versatility also sees him thrive Musically and with the help of Street Project, has been able to take his creative writing even further into copywriting.

Elizabeth Adams Oyarese is the founder of Linking Circles Academy; an organization set to meet the needs of African students globally, as an educator with over a decade of experience, she has helped students with different learning challenges achieve academic excellence.

She's an Associate of East Side Institute, New York and an ambassador of Street Project Foundation. She lends her voice to societies through poetry, performance, youth advocacy and education.

Vanessa Kelechi is a quintessential Compere,  a lawyer in learning and a social impact enthusiast. She serves as the Chapter Coordinator of the Nigeria Bar Association Section on Business Law Club UNIBEN.
She sits on the Youth Advisory Board of Street Project Foundation, is a Graduate Fellow of Young Professionals Hub and a Fellow of The Platform Young Professionals Boot Camp 2019. 
Vanessa occasionally writes for The Legal Watchmen, presents for Music Africa on DSTV and works as a production assistant for Spice Tv Africa. Driven by her commitment to improving the world, she was admitted as a Student of the Clinton Global Initiative University Class of 2020 in Scotland (founded by President Bill Clinton)  with a course study on commitment to criminal justice, arbitration and educational access.  Vanessa facilitates mentorship session for law students with the international Bar Association. She further facilitated discussions with the United Nations Migration Agency in creating  opportunities for law students and young lawyers in Migration and international trafficking. 

Yvonne Adewumi is a legal practitioner and brand communication professional. She is a published author, public speaker and youth advocate. She currently works at Interactive CT as a community manager where she handles communication for various international brands. In her spare time, she develops and manages content for clients within and outside Nigeria and also directs the affairs of Yellow Trybe, an organization dedicated to empowering young women with digital skills.'

Rodiah Abiodun Lawal a.k.a RODDIELAW hails from Oyo state, she is a graduate of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Abeokuta where she studied Pharmaceutical Technology. Roddie is a professional Dance and fitness instructor, Actor, voice over artist,creative Director of RODDIELAW PRODUCTIONS,Face painter, Entrepreneur and a Model. She is currently a student of the Society for Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN) and a 2017 Street Project Ambassador. Roddie is a Trained and Certified DANCER/DANCE INSTRUCTOR and has featured in several Musical videos and also performed on several stages both as an Actor and dancer. Some of which are; DEAR MAMA THE MUSICAL(Directed and Produced by Roddielaw),My Fairly Old wife(by Agozie Agwu),SISI PELEBE(IFeanyi Eziukwu),
AFURUNGBÍN(Bunmi Awolowo) BIA animations and many more. RoddieLaw is a very passionate being who believes in doing what she loves without Limitations.

TheGift Chikere is a creative artist with a focus on spoken word, music, and acting for social activism. She is the first runner up of the Lagos State Ministry of Youths and Social Development Talent Hunt Competition, 2017, spoken word category. She played the character “The Man” in One with a sound Theatre production premiered at Castillo Theatre, New York. The first runner up of African Writers Competition,2017. Street Project Foundation Ambassador, 2017. First runner up Lagos Film Academy Contest, 2018 and performed at the All Stars {virtual} Conference in USA, 2020. She is the winner of the Street Project Talent competition {Rap Category}, 2020. 

Amdi Salam is a graduate of the 2017 Street Project Foundation Creative Youth Boot Camp where he developed his skills in Presenting, acting (voice acting) and entrepreneurial development. He is the current President of the SPF YouthAdvisory Board

He is also a YALI, Adansonia and TEF fellow and a graduate of political science from Ahmadu Bello University.
As a social entrepreneur, Amdi is the founder of SharkBite foods; a startup agro processing company that produces healthy organic foods like Baobab, Tigernut and Dates powder. He is the Cofounder and Creative Director of Initiative for National Growth, an NGO that provides capacity based training for people living with disabilities in Nigeria. He has also moved his skill to the corporate world where he serves as a consultant for a global professional services and energy firm. His dream is to be an entrepreneur and human Capital development expert who will transform the lives of young people.

 

Andres is the Founder and Passion Catalyst of Promethean Community LLC, a social enterprise that helps organizations enhance collaboration internally and externally. In 2014 he was named one of the emerging social innovators of the year in North America by Ashoka and American Express. He is a Faculty at the Executive Master in Policy Leadership at Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy, a Guest Lecturer on Leadership at Georgetown University Institute for Transformative Leadership. He is also a Senior Fellow at George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership. He is currently a Volunteer Consultant for all things Global at Street Project Foundation. 

Anthony Ikechukwu Chielo is a creative writer, poet, playwright, human rights activist, digital marketer, video editor, singer, and keyboardist.  He is also a proud Ambassador of Street Project Foundation.

He likes to think of himself as a human before any other thing and this influences how he sees the world, his creative process and his relationship with people. He loves to read, listen to classical music, write, and watch movies. He uses his art to advocate for human rights and the rights of women in our society. He currently serves as the community engagement and outreach officer of Street Project Foundation.

Ezenwa Okoro is a volunteer consultant for Street Project Foundation. He is a renowned youth  mobilizer and has twelve years of experience working directly with communities focusing on community development,  entrepreneurship and skills acquisition for young people. As the founder of the Enugu Youth Entrepreneurship Network(E-YEN) he frequently travels to rural communities conducting workshops and seminars. This has enabled him build strong relationships at a grassroot level. Okoro is the CEO of Oxygen Resources Industrial Ventures and also the Nigerian representative of  “Helping Students and Businesses Succeed” (HSBS) a United States based educational and skills development exchange program .

Having been educated by an Israeli institute , he is helping both the rural and urban youth attain self employment by organizing  free business clinics and boot camps. He is skilled in strategy,  project development and communications. Ezenwa is a Mandela Washington Fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative of  the United States department of State in Washington DC. and an Alumni of  Pan-Atlantic University Nigeria, Galilee International Management Institute Israel and University of Wisconsin – stout, USA.

Okewu James Adakole is the leader of the squad; a youth-based movement. He is a Media Expert, Filmmaker and Artist, also an Ambassador of Street Project Foundation. Call him Madjamie. He is the Logistics and Media officer of Street Project Foundation and the Co- owner of the Fast-rising visual company: Sick Media productions. He worked at choice 93.5 FM, as a radio show host for a teen program (teens connect) and as a content creator for Da Soul Media. Mad Jamie also worked as an intern for Eminent pictures writing songs for theatre and art directing. He is currently creating and producing visual communications for Global Play Brigade. A play movement present in over 5 continents in the world. In 2020, he organized a community service for young creatives in (New Nyanya) Nasarawa State to learn content creation. Recently, He was selected for the institute of France filmmaking workshop organized by The Critics supported TECNO. Madjamie is very passionate about advocacy and youth development; how the creative art Influences/ develops the youths of Nigeria. Madjamie can be described as CONSCIOUS, COURAGEOUS and CREATIVE.

Eduvielawhe Ogoro is a Partner and the Director of Operations for Street Project Foundation. She is an ardent advocate of human and economic development through leadership and enterprise. Starting her career in the banking industry, she worked in the Multilateral Unit of Zenith Bank Head office where loans were acquired from financial developmental institutions. In 2011, she went on to pursue an Executive Leadership MBA at Liverpool John Moores University where her dissertation was based on a case study of a working Social Enterprise system that impacted its community and country laws as a whole.

While in the UK, she volunteered at Citizens Advice Bureau, Birmingham, a non-governmental organization aimed at helping citizens take advantage of opportunities around them to raise their standard of living. She helped in identifying the challenges people had and recommended them to other specialist organizations. Eduvie also volunteered at Chara Trust, Liverpool where she was opportune to take part in the Steps-to-Success workshop on Social Entrepreneurship (UK) sponsored by the European Social Fund featuring a study visit to Poland to witness Social Entrepreneurship in action.

Rita Ezenwa-Okoro is the Founder and Lead Visionary of Street Project Foundation. Under her leadership, hundreds of young people have been impacted positively. She is the architect behind talent discovery and development projects such as Project Raw, The Reflection Series and most recently, Creative Youth Boot Camp. She also masterminded and managed life-changing Charity projects such as A Smile for December and The Haven Project. This she has done successfully since 2008.

As lead visionary of Street Project Foundation, she is constantly thinking of new ways of reaching the less fortunate in society in a manner that will make them self sustained and financially empowered. Rita is also a Marketing Communications Consultant focused on helping Start-ups, Small and Medium sized businesses and not-for-profits attain their full potential.

She has a Masters of Science Degree in Media and Communications and is poised to use her knowledge to grow anything she lays her hands on. Her Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Arts has been the bedrock of her desire to use performing arts as a tool for human development. Presently Rita has been recognized by local and national organizations for her selfless service in developing her community. She is also a Mandela Washington Fellow in Civic Leadership and a recipient of the Extraordinary Women Award in France.