The Octagon Guests

The Octagon Guests: Room 003 – Technology and Nigerian Businesses
Posted on: August 1st, 2016 by The Moderator
Oyebade Adesemowo
A graduate of Electrical Engineering, Adesemowo Oyebade has over 15 years experience in Software Design and Application Development.
He is an IT Consultant and has been involved in Software, Mobile and Web Application Development in various capacities including Lead Developer, Quality Control, Solution Architect, Project Management and so on.
Bade is actively involved in IT world of Open Source. He was  the head of  Joomla! User Group, Nigeria and is very active in the  Drupal , WordPress & PHP Communities.
Bade Adesemowo won the Future Awards 2010 in the category , Best Use of Technology . He also won NTA Award for excellence in Capacity Building and Youth Empowerment.
Bade is a partner at Bincom ICT Solutions and co-founder at Social Lender.
He holds an MBA from the Lagos Business School and is now focused on product development and management across multiple stacks.


SAM UDUMA aka SuperGeek
CEO, SuperGeeks Nigeria – a tech services and support company focused on standardizing the delivery of quality services to corporate & retail consumers. Prior to this, Sam founded ChargeBox Nigeria an innovative technology service company that partnered with organizations in providing convenient out-of-home mobile charging solutions to over 30 million mobile devices users in the Lagos and Abuja Metropolis.
Before his sojourn into entrepreneurship, Sam had a 4 year working experience in the United Kingdom with the largest Telecoms services company in the world Ericsson Telecommunications, where he rose from being an ambassador for their Ericsson Graduate Scheme to being responsible for operations and systems management of service layer products within the organization for strategic clients such as, Telefonica O2 and Vodafone UK.
An avid entrepreneur, innovation enthusiast and a true practicing “ubergeek”, Sam built and jointly runs Geekonnect Ltd- an entrepreneur-in-residence investment outfit focused on high growth potential startups across multiple sectors within the pan-African space; here he coaches aspiring entrepreneurs on building a business in challenging environments.
Samuel holds a Bachelor of Engineering with honors in Electronic and Computer Engineering from Nottingham University, UK, and a MSc. in Telecommunications systems from Bristol University, UK.
Sam’s passion is to build enough momentum within the industry to create real life-changing impact in youth of Nigeria and pan-Africa eventually.
Sam is happily married and blessed with a son.


Mayor Esiaba
Mayor is an Afro-Optimist who believes in the young people of Africa and the power of technology to empower generations to do great things. He is passionate about people, politics, brands, & technology, having had the opportunity in his professional life to work for some truly amazing technology focused brands, helping them shape brand strategy and consumer communications.


Mayor is a witness to the transformative power of technology and its ability to drive an inclusive society, whilst helping improve financial outcomes.


Kola Aina
Kola Aina is an entrepreneur and investor constantly looking for interesting ideas to expand upon.

He is currently Group Chief Executive Officer of Emerging Platforms group; which comprises of; Emerging Platforms Ltd – an integrated technology provider, EduPlatforms Ltd. an EdTech company.

And most recently he founded Ventures Platform a hybrid-incubator and co-working space operator that seeks to be the most ideal launch pad for startups in Africa.


Udoka Uzoka
Udoka Uzoka holds the position of Senior Consultant at Lombs & Lambert.
He is a technologist with vast experience in implementing and managing innovations. He started his professional career with The Gas Technologies Institute in Illinois, USA, where he worked on gas pipeline inspection techniques and fuel cell technology. He proceeded to work in the Electrical Technology Consulting arm of DuPont USA where he worked on the company’s flagship product—Kevlar. Prior to joining Lombs & Lambert, Udoka founded and managed Cubix Labs, a New York based application development firm whose applications were used by millions of users servicing companies like Walmart, SONY and Canon. He also founded Kinetic Base, an innovative company that computerizes credit cards by developing a patent- pending intelligent circuitry.
Udoka holds a Bachelors degree in Physics from North Carolina Central University, a B.SC.E in Electrical Engineering from Duke University and an M.SC in Technology Management with a concentration in Innovations Management from the Johns Hopkins University.


Damilola Akinwale
Damilola Akinwale currently works as COO of intelligent Campaign Hub a technology and marketing company that invests in other start ups.

His company’s investment portfolio includes mobile, consumer data, digital entertainment, and human resource startups and ventures.


He likes; how innovation can be found at the intersection different disciplines.


Daniel Oparison
Daniel leads Brand and Marketing strategy and experience – covering Business Intelligence, Data Analytics, Advertising, User Experience and Consumer Sales at Paga. Prior to this role, Daniel successfully led the Growth & Strategy team for 2 years in helping to define and architect Paga’s growth.(Paga is the leading Payments Company in Nigeria dedicated to transforming lives with innovative and universal access to financial services – #PagaisPayments) Daniel has a decade of experience in a variety of Growth, Strategy, Design, Advertising and Brand management roles. Prior to joining Paga, he was responsible for Digital communication, Consumer engagement and Advertising strategy at GTBank.
Daniel also had stints at Ogilvy Advertising, Maher Bird & Associates, BD Network & Initials Marketing amongst others. Daniel is a graduate of Staffordshire University with a Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Graphics & Brand management. He also has a Masters in Creative Advertising from Falmouth University. Daniel is a creative enthusiast with a passion for growing the Creative community within Nigeria and Africa – to help individuals learn and apply their design and imaginative thinking skills in order to engage people’s minds and communicate positively. Daniel is an official investor and advisor to 7 budding start-ups, which span the consumer technology,
insurance and lifestyle industries.Concurrently, he serves as the Executive Creative Director of Dmastermind; a growth strategy design firm he founded in 2008 which helps people and organisations establish their businesses and grow by Creatively Enabling & Engaging People.

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