Congratulations to the World Economic Forum: Young Global Leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa 2013
Dr Ola Orekunrin is the Managing Director of Flying Doctors Nigeria Ltd, West Africa’s first Air Ambulance Service. She graduated from the University Of York, one of the youngest doctor’s in the UK and has worked in the NHS for nearly ten years . She has a specialist interest in trauma and pre-hospital care, buttressed by her private work at motor-racing circuits across the country. She has published her own book along with several articles in high-profile medical journals and has sat on various influential boards at the British Medical Association. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious MEXT Japanese Government Scholarship and produced ground-breaking research in the field of regenerative medicine through her work with induced pluripotent stem cells. She also is a member of the American Academy of Aesthetic Surgeons and holds their board certification.
Passionate about Africa, Orekunrin is interested in improving standards of healthcare in the continent, particularly trauma management. The young entrepreneur, who was born in the UK and has also lived in Japan, is a fellow of TedGlobal 2012 and has published several articles in high-profile medical journals.
Nigerian music executive Alex Okosi is known as the man who brought MTV to Africa. In the mid-2000s, at a time when few were convinced about the continent’s economic potential, Okosi helped persuade his bosses to launch a dedicated MTV channel for Africa.
He has held strategic positions within the influential medial company both in the United States and Europe, and today is the senior vice president and managing director of MTV Networks Africa. He also champions social campaigns, promoting causes including sexual health and financial literacy. Okosi was born in Enugu, Nigeria, the youngest of seven children (2 sisters and 4 brothers). The family was originally from Onitsha, Nigeria.
Tara Fela-Duroyoye/ Durotoye
As the founder of Nigeria’s first-ever make-up school, Tara Fela-Duroyoye is often described as a trailblazer in the country’s fashion and beauty industry. The 35-year-old entrepreneur is the chief executive of House of Tara International, a household brand in Nigeria’s growing make-up sector.
Fela-Duroyoye’s work has been recognized with the Africa SMME Award, for Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises, and the Future Awards Young Person of The Year, both of which she received in 2007.
She graduated from the Lagos State University, with a degree in Law and proceeded to fully establish the beauty Company, House of Tara International.
She is married to Fela Durotoye, a Prolific Business Strategist and Corporate Activator; Chief Executive Officer of Visible Impact and blessed with three sons, Mobolurin, Demilade & Morolaoluwa.
Nigerian Ndubuisi Ekekwe is an inventor, author and founder of the non-profit African Institution of Technology. Among his achievements, he has created and filed a patent on a microchip used in surgical robots. Ekekwe holds two doctoral and four master’s degrees and has received fellowships from prestigious education institutions such as the John Hopkins University.
A champion of technology, Ekekwe has put together several seminars and workshops across Africa to promote innovation in schools, small firms and governments.
Courtesy of World Economic Forum, CNN and Flying Doctors Nigeria 2013