Ayo Oyeku is a writer of prose, poetry and screenplay. He made an early mark in 2004, when his first children's book, First among Equals, was selected by World Bank for distribution across schools and libraries in the country. In 2015, his young-adult novel, Tears of the Lonely, won the Ezenwa Ohaeto Prize for Fiction, by the Society of Young Nigerian Writers. In 2016, his poem, Reeds on the Rivers, was nominated for the Pushcart Prize. In 2018, he emerged as one of the multiple winners of the Golden Baobab Prize. In 2019, he won the ANA prize for Children's literature for his book, Mafoya and the Finish Line. He recently published his seventh children's book, The Legend of Ataoja. Ayo Oyeku is a member of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Asides writing, he loves traveling and telling stories.
Izehi Anuge, a Trainer, Speaker and Author is driven by excellence in every aspects of life. There are four intrinsic paradigms that drive her in her pursuit of excellence; her passion, her values, her beliefs and her aspirations.
Izehi is fascinated with Service Excellence and the mark it makes in the psyche of every individual that embraces it. This fascination stemmed from a deliberate choice to see people succeed, propelled by a craving for excellence that is not just controlled or “performed”, but learned and lived continuously.
Izehi pursues and lends her expertise in multiple areas of Values Based Education and Learning. She is an Author of a children’s book series (Captain Excellence), which focuses on triggering a Values-Based consciousness in children and creator of Gen Z Personal & Creative Excellence workbook.
Izehi Anuge is the Managing Director at Shape-A-Child and the Founder of Inspire Excellence and National Service Excellence Initiative expressing her expertise by creating a Values-Based Framework for Institutions.
Izehi daily acknowledges that values build character in individuals, businesses and Nations and helps them rise above the crowd.
When she is not working, Izehi pursues her other passions, which include music, food, having deep conversations with people and love.
Izehi Anuge’s life mission is to ensure that millions of young individuals are ingrained from an early age with the values that makes for excellence in personal, communal and National living.
A winner of the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature, an AMAA best screenplay award, ANAA prize for Drama, a nominee for the prestigious University of Iowa International Writing Program, a Goethe Institut Afrika Projekt finalist and a long-listed and short-listed nominee of the NLNG Nigeria Prize for Literature for his plays Sankara and Oduduwa – King of the Edos, he has continually blazed a trail in the local and international art scene.
He was also a finalist in the New Directions Filmmakers of the future project by MNET in addition to being selected as one of the playwrights for the British Council’s Lagos Theatre Festival. Amongst many, Jude was also selected as one of the screenwriters for the Toronto International Film Festival’s ‘ADAPT THIS!’ and the Afrinolly/Ford Foundation ‘Cinema4Change’ projects. Jude was also an inaugural participant in the Relativity Media/AFRIFF Filmmaking project.
As a filmmaker, he has written several screenplays for various production companies spread around the world. He wrote and produced the critically acclaimed film “The Tenant” which won several awards, including the Hollywood Black Film Festival’s ‘Audience Choice’ award, and the Mid Atlantic Black Film Festival’s ‘Best Film’ award amongst several others . He has also directed the documentary “Blaze Up the Ghetto,” the short films “Chameleon” and “The Queen of the Night,” in addition to the feature film “Kofa”.
He lectures widely on prose writing, playwriting, screenwriting, acting and directing particularly in indigent communities in Nigeria and is a lover of nature, a humanist, art lover and explorer of the various psyche of the human constitution, as it exists socio-culturally and psycho-spiritually across borders and cultures.
He lives in Lagos, Nigeria and Toronto, Canada.
Nnenna is a medical doctor with a bias for Community Medicine. Her love for writing enables her use it as a tool for health education, as well as to motivate her readers to embrace African stories. She is also a wife, mom of four, a blogger and an aspiring movie maker.
Her books for children are inspired by her memories of the child she was, as well as the antics of her own children who are her muses, biggest critics and biggest fans.
Ginika’s Adventures is her second book. It was on the long list for the NLNG Prize for Literature in 2019. She has two new books in the works and hopes to get them into the hands of her teeming fans this year.
As well as being a fantasy fiction novelist, Olusegun Akande is the author of the Amazing Adventures of Izi and Larry the Dinosaur children's books series (www.iziandlarry.com).
As a result of his passion for empowering people to succeed, through his company, OA Empowerment (www.oaempowerment.co.uk), he teaches creative writing and drama at a number of primary schools in London and also mentors and coaches young people.