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Prof Stella Williams
Stella Williams is a Retired Professor of Agricultural Economics from the Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife, Ile-Ife). She was at the University from September 1983 through October 2008. She is a famous and respected educator (Methodist Girls High School (MGHS), Freetown, Sierra Leone from 1968 – 1971 and MGHS, Loko, Yaba, Lagos State, Nigeria from 1971 – 1973). Taught at the Advanced Teachers’ College (now Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, Badagry Express Road), Lagos State, Nigeria from 1973 to 1975. She was involved in the upgrading of Maths and Science Teachers in Lagos State while at the Advanced Teachers College under the partnership of Late Commissioner Adeniran Ogunsanya. The project was tagged S&M whereby Primary School Principals, Science and Maths, when Teachers underwent a fast – tracked 3 months training in 1974. Also with the support of Commissioner Adeniran Ogunsanya, there was a re-training of Teachers to receive a grant to take up professional educational scaling termed: National Certificate for Education (NCE) which goal was meant to bring well trained Teachers to Public Primary Schools’ Foundation in the 1970s but this goal has been diluted due to greed and lack of the knowledge of the Philosophy of Educational Development.
She is now an Applied Scientist and Environmentalist. She is a Fulbright Scholar (2003/2004). She is on a number of Local and International Associations and Boards such as Science Teachers Association; National Association of Nigerian Women in Science Technology and Engineering and Mathematics (NAWSTEM); Gender and Science and Technology (GASAT); International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET); Boards of two CGIAR Centers (The WorldFish Center, Penang, Malaysia from 2004-2009; CIP, Lima, Peru from 2009 – 2014). She was invited to serve on the Steering Committee of AWARD hosted by ICRAF, Nairobi, Kenya in 2008 and served as Chair from 2009 – 2012. She is Vice President, Mundus maris – Arts, Science and Sustainability of the Sea, based in Brussels, Belgium and she founded Nigerian Women in Agricultural Research for Development (NiWARD) with Late Dr. Mojisola Olayinka Edema in May 2013.
She is a Fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar; Fellow of the Fisheries Society of Nigeria; Fellow of the African Association of Agricultural Economics and IIFET Distinguished Service Award. She made a commitment to empowering Youths, Women and the Girl-child through education as a Lifelong profession as a Teacher and an Advocate for education. She is a graduate of Fourah Bay College (FBC), Freetown, Sierra Leone (Dunelm, 1969; Dip Ed. 1970); MS (UCONN, 1978) and PhD (Auburn University, Alabama (1983).
OBADINA Adewale Olusegun, PhD is the Director of Biotechnology Centre and associate Professor in the Department of Food Science and Technology, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. He is a grantee and Research Associateship Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) with research interest in Food Safety and Quality.
Dr. Adewale was born in Benin City the former Bendel State and hails from Ijebu Imushin, in Ogun State, Nigeria. He obtained his Bachelor degree, Masters and Ph.D. degrees from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. He began his lecturing career at Bells University of Technology, Ota, Nigeria in 2005 in the Department of Food Biotechnology and later became the coordinator for the Department of Food Science and Technology. In September 2009, he left for the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB), where he continued his esteemed career as Food Quality/Safety researcher and lecturer. He was a visiting scholar for an EU Erasmus Mundus M.Sc. programme at Katholie University, Gent, Belgium and Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland to teach Courses on Food Safety and Food Nutrition. He was also a Visiting Lecturer at Department of Food Biotechnology and Food Technology, University of Johannesburg, South Africa under the DAAD Academic Exchange Programme. Dr. Obadina has been involved as facilitator in different short courses and workshops both within and outside Nigeria. He has played an integral role in various collaborative projects sponsored by international donors such as DFID, EU, World Bank, Africa-Brazil Innovative Marketplace, M-BoSs, The World Academy of Science (TWAS), and Our Earth (MyCOE) project sponsored by AAG, USAID and SERVIR. He is a member of the Global Food Safety Partnership (GFSP) on Curricula sponsored by World Bank and to be executed by International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST). He is a member of the Food Science Advisory Council, Human Health Organization (HHO); a member of the International Academy of Food Science and Technology – Early Career Scientist Section (IAFoST-ECS); also, a member of the IUFoST Aflatoxin Working-Group. He has worked in various food research laboratories, in and outside Nigeria. In all of his professional endeavors, he strives to disseminate optimum knowledge and promote development through innovation and scientific research.
Dr Omolara Aladesanmi has been involved in mentoring activities since 2006. She started in a faith-based organization mentoring teenagers both spiritually and career wise where she mentors till date. In 2015, She initiated “Green Thots Conservation Club” with the aim of building young minds to effectively manage natural resources in order to maintain a viable planet for the future, and to create an environmentally friendly society.
She holds a doctoral degree in Ecology and Environmental Science from the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, where she also works as a lecturer. Her research interest is in the areas of Bioremediation, Eco-toxicology and Environmental Policy. A Certified Mentor, having over 10 years experience in Career mentoring for young girls. A reputable researcher who has won numerous grants and fellowships including a Visiting Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California, US in 2015. She has published research articles in reputable journals and attended a number of conferences locally and internationally. She is happily married with lovely kids.
In his lifetime, Omonjiade Ogudo wants to ensure that the grassroots are not marginalized in their access to the opportunities that can contribute to their freedom from poverty. The Founder and CEO of BEE Enterprises Ltd is a Grassroot Advocate that focuses on enterprise development for teenage students.
Knowing the need for synergy in perpetuating his vision, He joined SAGE, an international organization with the mission to help create the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders; where he serves as Enterprise Development Coordinator for SAGE Nigeria in Kano and Ondo State. Omonjiade Ogudo believes that inoculating the young ones with the entrepreneurial spirit early enough will be pivotal in their having a successful future. WIth this passion, he the traverses Kano and Ondo State, helping teenagers develop the right blend of intrapreneurial and entrepreneurial spirit.
Additionally, Ogudo is the team lead for Renovate-A-School, a non-profit organization that focuses on providing safer and conducive public classrooms for learning. Renovate-A-School project ranges from wall plastering, flooring and painting of public classrooms. To date, we have renovated 6 public classrooms in Ondo State. Project Renovate-A-School also serves as a platform for mobilizing professionals to serve as mentors and trainers in local primary schools.By training, he is a Physicist with options in Telecommunications from Federal University of Technology, Minna Nigeria and also has a Post Graduate Diploma in Education.
Today he is currently an independent monitor with Growth and Employment GEM Under the Federal Ministry for Trade and Investment. Ogudo also serves as a Tony Elumelu Business mentor . He trains Over 4000 NYSC Corps members yearly on entrepreneurship development in the Northeast of Nigeria at different orientation camps under the NYSC Skills Acquisition and Entrepreneurship Development SAED Program. He is a volunteer for many organizations within and outside the country some of which are Kids and Teens Resource Centre, Enactus Nigeria, Teach A Man to Fish UK
Omonjiade lives in Akure with his lovely wife and kids where he works with other community change agents to bring change to rural communities as they reach out to the globe.
Bolanle Aishat Akinwande obtained Masters and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degrees at the Department of Food Technology, University of Ibadan and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) in 1997 and 2006, respectively. She got graduate scholarship for PhD at International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan. She is a fellow of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development and also got Netherlands Fellowship to attend African Nutrition Leadership Program.
Bolanle Akinwande joined Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso in 2001 as Assistant Lecturer and became Professor of Food Science in 2014. She lectures and supervises research work of university students from BSc to PhD level. Her research focus is to solve the problems of nutritional deficiencies and poverty trap of the smallholder farmers through enhancement of utilization of under cultivated and neglected local crops that provide health benefits beyond basic nutrition. Bolanle Akinwande has demonstrated this through community outreach programs to train farm families on utilization options for crops for health and wealth initiatives. She led multi-institutional and multi-disciplinary project. Her team was among the outstanding 6% of the applicants that succeeded in the West Africa Agricultural Productivity Program (WAAPP-Nigeria).
Bolanle was a member of the team for GlobeE (Global Food Security) Biomass web grant to carry out project titled “Improving food security in Africa through increased system productivity of biomass-based value webs (BiomassWeb)”. On behalf of LAUTECH, she won the highly competitive applications for Training on Internal Quality Assurance in Anglophone West Africa for 2014-2016. She also won the highly competitive applications for Training on Internal Quality Assurance in Anglophone West Africa for 2014-2016 on behalf of her institution.
Bolanle is a professional member of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology from 2000 till date. She is an editorial board member of the Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology Journal. She was the Head of Department of Food Science and Engineering and the pioneer Director of Quality Assurance Unit of LAUTECH. She is a member of interim executive of West African Anglophone Quality Assurance Network (WAQAAN).
Seyi Oyenuga, is an industrial entrepreneur; having spent 12 years leading businesses in infrastructure and agricultural development in America and Nigeria. He devoted his adult life to creating economic value from African human capital and transferring those processes and knowledge to empower local populations, especially the 80million+ youth in Nigeria, to foster more “producers” to drive a more prosperous and inclusive economy. After exiting the infrastructure company he founded, he transferred capital, equipment, and technology to establish and grow Atman Farms Company, a vertically integrated 1200-acre cassava farm, flour mill and extension service company to support smallholder and corporate farmers in southwest Nigeria.
Seyi says “We are recreating a narrative that agriculture can be profitable, innovative and transformative in Nigeria with a workforce of an average age of 27”. The success of my organization is built upon developing partnerships with IITA, CTA and CGIAR, and developing young talent from multiple sectors. Seyi has an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago with extensive coursework in cartography and technology application.
Dr. Yemisi Adefunke Jeff-Agboola is currently a senior lecturer and acting Dean of Student Affairs, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo City, Nigeria. She holds a PhD in Food Microbiology from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. Her main fields of research are food microbiology, food/feed mycotoxicology and food safety; with special interest
in mycotoxin control in food and feed product development and Medicinal Plant Research. She is currently a Brigitte and Wolfram Gedek Grant Reciepent (2017) as a scholar in Institute of Veterinary Food Science, Justus Liebig-University, Giessen, Germany and her research focus is
“Occurrence, public health importance, prevention and control of mycotoxins in cocoa and cocoa products in South-West Nigeria”. She was a post-doctoral Fellow of the prestigious African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), a CGIAR Gender and Diversity programme sponsored by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation , USAID, Agropolis Foundation, and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) through which she was selected as an Advance Science Training Laureate to carry out research on mycotoxin control in
poultry feed at Animal Science Research Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA as a Post-Doctoral Scholar. Her program in the USA was sponsored by Novus International; an American livestock feed company as one of the five (5) Nigerians out of twenty eight (28) outstanding Advanced Science Training Laureates from eleven (11) countries in Africa attached to Centers of Excellence for Advanced Science Training in 2014. This experience enabled her to share her knowledge and research at multiple events, showing that African female scientists are worthy of having a seat at the table in these kind of scientific discussions. On top of being a
leader in her scientific domain, she has also served as mentor for many young female scientists, encouraging students and young women to take on the challenge of studying science. She has contributed to the visibility of some female Agricultural Scientist by serving as a Role model and Mentor to them. Some of them are now fellows of AWARD, TWAS, Borlaug LEAP fellowship etc. Based on her outstanding contributions, she been invited to confereneces as a speaker and to some panel discussion meetings with organisations like Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Farm Journal Forum, where she was on a panel discussion with AG Kawamura, former Secretary of Agriculture of California, USA. She has also won several awards and grants including 2016
Ondo State female role model award, 2015 Top Influencer Award among West African Agricultural Scientist, 2015 Queen’s of Aso Award, one of the eight Mycored fellows and only female fellow out of four in Nigeria selected from across the world in 2009 for fellowship on Strategies for Worldwide Mycotoxin reduction (MYCORED) in food and feed chains funded by the European Commission coordinated by the Institute for the Science of Food Production (ISPA), Bari, Italy , one of the 2012 YouWin Award Winners by the Federal Government of Nigeria and the only female “Youwin” Award winner from Ondo State in 2012. Dr. Jeff-Agboola is the president and founder of an NGO “ Voice of Women in the Development of Agriculture” and a member of several distinguished professional bodies including the Society for Applied Microbiology (SfAM), United Kingdom; Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD), Trieste, Italy; Mycotoxicology Society of Nigeria; and she is a Fellow of African Scientific Institute. Dr. Jeff-Agboola has authored and co-authored several publications including peer- reviewed journal publications, conference proceedings and technical papers. She is currently a Senior lecturer and the Acting Dean of Students Affairs, University of Medical Sciences, Ondo City, Ondo State, Nigeria. Dr. Yemisi Jeff-Agboola is involved in a number of
national and international projects. She is happily married to a Bishop/ Industrialist and theyhave 2 wonderful and blessed girls
Yinusa Morakinyo, was born in Oyo East local government of Oyo state where he attended primary school up to primary four when the school was closed down due to low number of pupils. About a year later, his father moved to a neighbouring village to continue to enable him complete his education. After primarily school, he moved to Oyo town for secondary education and used to visit our parents in the village every weekends or two weeks interval for food and pocket money. He gained admission to FUNAAB to study agriculture (Animal Production And Health). Choosing to study agriculture was unintentional as I was forced to choose it as a result of admission issues then. However, Yinusa says “it was a blessing in disguise” as it afforded him to learn that being a farmer is not the worst thing in life and that it is actually one of the noble professions in this modern age with lots of opportunities ready to be tapped.
I have a rare privilege of being exposed to farming right from a tender age and at the same time being a university trained agriculturist. That has given me the opportunity to see the profession from both sides of the coin. After youth service, I worked btiefly with Livestock Feeds PLC(Benin plant) as Quality Assurance Officer before joining First Bank Limited in the year 2008. At First Bank, I have held several positions in different branches since 2008. I am currently the Head Financial Transactions of Ilesa branch in Osun state. He has a farm growing several crops at Oyo and will be expanding into poultry production within the shortest possible time. He is happily married with three kids.
Abdurazaq AbdulKadir, is an Agriculturist, a teacher and entrepreneur by training. A practicing farmer who also specializes in food processing and agricultural marketing. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer, Green Boom Agro-allied Ventures, a household name in food and Agro-allied products processing and marketing company located in Kogi state with market channels to Kwara, Kaduna, Ogun and Lagos State. He is also the Registrar of Agric Academy, Ilorin, Nigeria.
Born at Bacita Sugar Estate in Kwara State. He hails from Ejuku in Yagba East L.G.A, Kogi State. From his earlier life to the present day he has remain consistently in agricultural sectorial activities which has transformed into agricultural entrepreneurship. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture and has working experience in farm management and telecommunications businesses
Blessing Adanta Odogwu is a lecturer in the department of Plant science and Biotechnology, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She has 9 years of experience in teaching and research in basic and applied plant sciences. She is an African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) fellow. She is also a recipient of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)/ Carnegie Corporation of New York, USA Scholarship and the Norman Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agricultural Programme (LEAP) fellowship.Mrs. Blessing A. Odogwu is finalizing her PhD study in Plant Breeding and Biotechnology at Makerere University, Uganda (2013-2017). Her research study is on “Resistance to common bean rust Uromyces appendiculatus Pers. (Pers.) Unger in Uganda”. This research was recently initiated to provide information for the national legume programme in Uganda. She recently won the African Biosciences Challenge Fund (ABCF) Fellowship to conduct part of her research at the Biosciences eastern and central Africa- International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub.
Ishaku Usman Gadzama hails from Tampul (Kubu), Askira/Uba Local Government Area of Borno State, Nigeria a native of Marghi. He speaks English, Higgi, Hausa and Yoruba languages. A current Lecturer at the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Kaduna State. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Agricultural Extension and Rural Sociology and Masters of Science (M.Sc.) Degree in Sociology from ABU, Zaria, a Postgraduate Diploma in Police Administration and Security Management (PASM) and a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Degree in Sociology and Anthropology (Double Honours) with Second Class Upper and Diploma in Social Work from University of Maiduguri, Borno State. He teaches diploma, undergraduate,MSc/PhD regular and professional programmes like Masters in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (MLCJ) and is a Participating Lecturer at the Nigerian Army School of Military Police (NASMP), Basawa-Zaria.
He presently serves as Patron at the 4th Samaru Company of the Boys Brigade Nigeria, Chapel of Redemption, ABU, Zaria, an Adviser to the National Association of Margi Students (NAMS), ABU, Zaria Chapter and a Special Marshal and Partnership, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Unit 2, ABU under RS1.13 Zaria Unit Command. Dr. Gadzama has several publications in reputable national and international peer-reviewed journals among which are “Sustainability of Agriculture to Boost Food Security in Nigeria” which was published in the International Journal of Operational Research in Management, Social Sciences and Education (IJORMSSE), May, 2017 and “Integrating Nigerian Youth into the Development Process” which was also published in the Osun Sociological Review, Osun State University, Oshogbo – Nigeria, January, 2016.
He has also served as Participating Consultant in different researches, and attended local and international conferences and workshops. He had received several awards among which are the Nigerian Sociological and Anthropological Students Association (NSASA), ABU, Zaria Chapter: Award of Excellence for contributing to knowledge, Department of Sociology, 2016/2017 session; Best Paper Award presented at the International Conference on African Political Economy and Development Strategies on the Challenges of Economic Recession in Developing Countries, Sokoto State University, February, 2017 and Award of Excellence as an Instructor by the Boys’ Brigade Nigeria, Samaru Battalion Council, Training Camp, Kaduna State, August, 2016. Other Awards received include the Dean’s Prize as well as the Students’ Union Government (SUG) to the Best Graduating Student in Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Maiduguri, Borno State, 1998/1999 session. A member of many professional societies among which are the Nigerian Anthropological and Sociological Practitioners Association (NASA), Rural Sociological Association of Nigeria (RuSAN), Agricultural Extension Society of Nigeria (AESON) and Farm Management Association of Nigeria (FAMAN). He has passion for youth empowerment for sustainable agricultural development. He is happily married and blessed with two children