AFRICA TEENS SUMMIT X BELLANAIJA CONVERSATIONS SPEAKERS
STACEY FRU (SOUTH AFRICA)
Award-Winning Child Author, Philanthropist, Activist and Public Speaker
An International Multiple Award-Winning Child Author named a Global Child Prodigy this 2020. She is a Philanthropist, Activist and Public Speaker who was honoured by the Egyptian President as one of 5 Most Promising African Youths in 2019. The now 13-year-old has dedicated a portion of her life to reach out and to inspire and edutain people of various ages across the world. With over 22 Awards and Recognitions, Stacey Fru has published 5 Chapter Books and still writing. A special attribute about Stacey’s writings is that one of her books is available in Braille, and Blind SA has adopted one of her short stories as their reading for World Read Aloud Day 2020.
MICHAEL TETTEH DOKU (GHANA)
Advocate for children’s rights and gender equality
Michael Tetteh Doku is a passionate, goal-oriented individual, in addition to being a Digital Engagements Associate, and Rural Education & Library Coordinator with Surge Digital and Verdant Global respectively, he has been a volunteer and advocate for children’s rights and gender equality since he was 14. His core focus is on the development of humanity right from the home and community level, as well as Africa’s continent as a whole.
Michael believes every human deserves an equal opportunity to achieve personal growth and development, because that is the surest way of attaining well-developed and sustainable societies. He loves music, art of all forms, and enjoys ad hoc conversations
BERTHA TOBIAS (NAMIBIA)
Youth leader, award winning speaker, and MC
Known for her razor sharp and professional versatility, international award winning speaker, MC and youth leader Bertha Tobias has wide-reaching experiencing strategic socio-political relations and youth development. Bertha, who lives by applying herself fully to every learning opportunity, is deeply driven by her desire to use her education to propel her community forward, while blazing new trails and shattering new ceilings for everyone who is to follow after her. She is a graduate of the United World College Changshu China, and is currently pursuing her post-secondary education at Claremont Mckenna College in California.
PRISCILLA TOKO (CONGO)
Student and Singer
Priscilla Toko is a Congolese-Angolan who lives in the United Kingdom. She is currently studying psychology at the university, because she believes God gave her a passion for mental health in children and adults. She leads worship and plays 3 instruments including; violin, piano and guitar. She is always eager to learn and develop her creative abilities and she is very vocal about her opinions.
TEMITOPE JOHNSON (NIGERIA)
Motivational Speaker and Podcaster
Temitope Johnson is a 14-year-old Motivational Speaker/Podcaster. He loves helping you to unlock the potential of your mind and making positivity Go viral while PUSHING YOU FURTHER. He is an avid learner and teacher who loves to learn from people from different works of life in order to be able to pass on and use the information. He is also a Guitarist and an Inventor in the Robotic space.
OLUWATOMISIN ORAWUSI (NIGERIA)
Oluwatomisin Favour Orawusi is a 17 year old Nigerian currently studying Economics at Coventry University in the UK. She is passionate about cooking, baking, business and Economics. She hopes to be a renowned entrepreneur and a policy maker who will advocate for change in Nigeria. She believes that all youths should have strong voices in current and political affairs relating to their countries and continents.
ROLE MODEL SERIES SPEAKERS
Certified Financial Education Instructor
Vanessa Adekoya is a Certified Financial Education Instructor, Accountant and Personal Finance Content Creator with a significant YouTube audience and a growing Instagram following.
Prior to diving into the world of financial literacy, Vanessa worked within the Global Project Management Office of CBRE (the world’s largest real estate investment services firm) as well as PwC, one of the Big 4 Accounting firms. Both based in Dallas, Texas.
She currently sits at the intersection of finance and impact as she nurtures an education and media consulting firm that focuses on leveraging the power of storytelling to alleviate gender-based wealth disparities.
She is a friend to many, mentor to few and wife to an amazing husband.
Presenter and Founder Young Gifted Initiative
Bisi Akins is a presenter, host and founder of social enterprise ‘Young Gifted Initiative’ (YGI).
She has hosted various events across the UK & Africa covering everything from music, hair & beauty, entertainment, corporate engagements to charitable causes.
She is the creator of SELF:I:E (Self Image Enhanced), a service created to teach women the importance of Self Worth, Self Identity & Self Image. She aims to create a strong community of women who wear their best SELF:I:E always.
Her charismatic vibe and relatable personality allows her voice to transcend across multiple audiences. Her passion for realness and transparency makes her platform a safe space that is not only inspiring but also admiral.
Bisi Akins represents everything African in the Diaspora, Entertainment, Fashion, Culture & Lifestyle.
Co-Founder and CEO of Enda Athletic, Inc
Navalayo Osembo @navalayo.o is the Co-Founder and CEO of Enda Athletic, Inc. Osembo is a graduate of the London School of Economics and has worked internationally, including in the US, UK, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Kenya where she utilizes her diverse skills as an accountant, a lawyer, risk manager, and in international development.
She is from a town near Eldoret, Kenya that has produced generations of the world’s greatest distance runners. Prior to creating Enda Athletic Inc., Osembo started a sports academy in Bungoma, Western Kenya to provide sports proteges from disadvantaged backgrounds access to much-needed professional training without compromising their education.
In order to maximize social impact in Kenya through sports, Osembo teamed up with her Co-Founder to create Enda Athletic Inc., a made-in-Kenya running shoe brand that creates jobs, invests in local communities, and spurs economic development through exports.
Navalayo @navalayo.o will be speaking at the Africa Teens Summit on the following topic: "How I started a global shoe company in Kenya"
Creative Director of @eopstudios
Emmanuel Oyeleke, a visual artist, Tech Enthusiast and the Creative. Director of @eopstudios, the brand started out in 2012 and since contributed immensely to the growth of the fashion, art and commercial photography industry in Nigeria and Africa.
Emmanuel Oyeleke has won several awards in Nigeria and Africa including Future Awards Prize for Photography 2018 and The ASFA Fashion Photographer of the year (Africa) 2018, Fashions Finest Award for Fashion Photographer of the year 2019 and many others.
His portfolio includes editorials for some of the country’s most distinguished designers including Deola Sagoe, Ejiro Amos Tafiri, OUCH Couture, Grey Velvet, Chidinma Obairi, Orange Culture, TW Magazine, Genevieve Magazine, Schick Magazine, WOW Magazine and many more. Works for other brands include Coca Cola, Zaron Cosmetics, GTBank, Black Opal Nigeria, Samsung, Williston Northampton School, Unilever, Hairfinity USA, Darling Nigeria.
Notable commissions and collaborations include Martell, Jameson, Absolut, Canon, Tecno Mobile, Mitsubishi Motors and UNICEF. I am in love with finding simple solutions to complex problems – a trait I developed while growing, I loved to fix whatever was broken, from transistor radios, to television sets and even cars. Later on in life, I found fulfilment in developing computer applications as a computer programmer, which I excelled at until my passion for photography took me over.
Emmanuel has taught photography masterclasses to aspiring photographers, sharing his hard earned experience and mentoring a new generation of self taught innovators. His photography work predominantly reflect elements of Art, Fashion, Beauty and Documentary photography.
He is committed to empowering youths and imparting knowledge and also organized a number of successful workshops and masterclasses and has also taught at the Canon academy and held canon webinars a number of times.
Emmanuel Oyeleke @emmanueloyeleke will be speaking to us this Saturday at Africa Teens Summit on the topic: How I Built My Photography Business In Nigeria.
THIS IS WHAT WE ARE ALL ABOUT
Africa Teens Virtual Summit is a gathering of the continent’s remarkable teenagers changing their community, the motherland continent and the world for good. It brings together the brightest teen inventors, innovators, advocates, entrepreneurs, entertainment personalities, sport and technology personalities to share ideas that will transform the continent of Africa positively. This was created to inspire, motivate and educate.
African Teens Summit is the brainchild of Mercy Akamo, whose vision is to spotlight, mobilize, and engage 10,000 African teenagers to be involved in their communities.
DJ SWITCH (GHANA)
The power-house that is DJ Switch Ghana already has the resume college counselors dream about at age 11. Erica Armah-Bra Bulu Tandoh began turning tables at just age nine, but doesn't let her parents, teachers, CNN, BBC or France24 forget that being a DJ is just the beginning of her goals. This Ghanaian hopes to eventually become a gynecologist and help women around the world; now in junior high, appearing on TV, hanging out with Emmanuel Macron at the UN General Assembly, and performing original music alongside people like Wyclef Jean, doesn't stop her from her education as she makes sure everything is always organized. She recently founded The DJ Switch Foundation, advocating for quality education, adequate health care, gender equality and sustainable development. She is "small but mighty" has never been more applicable. As a DJ, an advocate and a child, DJ Switch continues to remind the music industry how to use their voice for change and "switch it up to happiness."
Her most recent award is the 100 Top Child Prodigy award 2020.
Below are some links from her most recent appearance at the World Bank, Women's Conference in Vancouver, as well as the Room to Read charity event in NYC.
RICHARD YUSUFF (NIGERIA)
Richard Yusuff is a founding member of the Critic Company. Doubles as the continuity supervisor and actor. At 14, he has appeared in more than 10 short films and has appeared in the Video Unbreakable by the American Punk Rock band.
The critic company is a multimedia/ visual effect and entertainment company based in Kaduna Nigeria. Founded in 2015 by a group of teenagers who’s desire to make a difference in the Nigerian movie scene led them to begin to make their own sci-fi films with their smartphones and basic DIY equipment that later caught the eyes of the world in 2019.
AGNES KEAMOGETSWE SEEMELA (SOUTH AFRICA)
Co-Built a plane
Agnes Keamogetswe Seemela is a game changer in the making. She is always trying to push the limit. In 2019, she was part of a group of amazing South African teenagers that built an aircraft in three weeks that flew from Cape Town to Cairo. She is also a field honey fanatic.
ELLIE SCOTTE (NIGERIA)
Singer and Songwriter
Uyiosa Elyeke Eworo known as Ellie Scotte is a singer, songwriter and student. She is from Cross-river state in Nigeria. She is currently a student of Caleb University, where she's studying for her BSc. in Cyber Security.
She is a Christian, which is evident in and through her art. She released an EP in October 2019 titled "Covered", which can be found on various sound platforms. She has performed at various live and virtual events.
Apart from music she loves meeting people and lighting up a room with her charismatic charm and smile. She loves dancing, going out and taking pictures, especially with her family and friends.
NYEEAM "KING NAHH" HUDSON (UNITED STATES)
In the age of trolling, bullying, and negativity being uploaded to social media on a daily basis Nyeeam Hudson, also known as King Nahh, is a breath of fresh air, showing the next generation that you can achieve your dreams at a very young age. Helping children overcome bullying, developing self-love and confidence-building are some of the daily messages Nyeeam shares on his social media platforms. In addition to his social media presence this young international speaker and author takes his messages around the world to places like Tanzania, Namibia, Dubai, Mexico and Canada. While impacting millions of lives he has appeared on the Good Morning America segment ‘Motivational Monday’, Dr. Oz, Steve Harvey’s Little Big Shots, and has been named the ‘Most Motivational Kid in America’ by Forbes Magazine. Nyeeam believes with all the pressures and anxieties children experience today, all it takes is for one example to be a domino effect for children all around the world. "They need to be encouraged. They need to be loved. They need to be cared for. Life will never be picture perfect; and yes things will happen. Don't let your setbacks define you. This is your opportunity to stand-up and allow your story to motivate and inspire."
Best Selling Author + Founder of U-dream Global
Megan Werner is 18 years old but she has achieved so many things at her young age.
At the age of 13 she wrote her very own book called “It’s up to me -7 ways to make a difference”
Shortly after, the book was translated into Russian, became a bestseller and she started doing inspirational speaking right around the world places like Russia, Kazakhstan, America and Canada.
In 2019 Megan founded a project called U-dream global where 20 teenagers build an aircraft and selected teenagers then flew it from Cape Town to Cairo.
Megan is currently busy with both her commercial fixed wing as well as drone pilots license.
Her motto in life is “if you don’t like your results, change your actions”
VANESSA NAKATE (UGANDA)
Vanessa Nakate is a climate activist from Uganda. She was the First Fridays For Future climate activist in Uganda and founder of the Rise up Climate Movement in order to amplify the voices of activists from Africa. Her work includes raising awareness to the danger of climate change, the causes and the impacts. She spear led the campaign, Save Congo rain forest which is facing massive deforestation. This campaign later spread to other countries from Africa to Europe. She is working on a project that involves the installation of solar and institutional stoves in schools.
DUNE TILLEY (SOUTH AFRICA)
Dune Tilley is a 20-year-old fashion and documentary photographer and creative with a love for taking pictures and pretty things.
According to The Radar,“As a rising star it comes as no surprise that he’s made it onto our list of the next generation of influencers set to dominate the creative class across Africa. While on the road to mastering both fashion and documentary photography, Dune still makes time for music. Multitalented and self-assured, the future is bright with him in control.”
Meet our founder + get to know what to expect during this summit.
Immerse yourself in all our specially selected speakers talks + learn something new + get inspired.
Meet other amazing teenagers who are excited about transforming the continent of Africa for good + keep the conversation going