Godwin Tom, Joey Akan, Eno Umoh and More! Meet the Speakers for StartConFest 2019


The StartConFest 2019 scheduled for  26-28 September in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital will be more impactful than previous outings, thanks to the increased number of speakers who will lead interactive and inspiring sessions around the theme of the event’s 5th edition, “Create the Future”. They include Godwin Tom – iManage Africa, Joey Akan – Universal Music, Eno Umoh – Global Air Media, Allen Effeh – Ibom Tourism, Gydeon Thompson – Eakon Grae amongst many others.

Below is full the list and profile of the confirmed speakers drawn across the tech, entertainment, creativity and innovation sectors in Nigeria.


Chinonso Ogbogu, Founder, Sabiwriters

Chinonso Ogbogu is the founder of Sabi Writers, a ghostwriting agency for entrepreneurs, professionals, leaders, celebrities, who want to tell their stories or create great content but lack the know-how. He also launched the Incubator Africa, an academy for young entrepreneurs and Venture Incubation Programmer (VIP), an investment-incubation approach where investments are made in various lean startups over a period of 5 years.  In 2018, Chinonso invested in a travel getaway experience and leisure solution startup for entrepreneurs to balance work-life, known as Unwind.


Eno Umoh, Co-Founder, Global Air Media

Eno Umoh is the co-founder of Global Air Media (GAM), and Global Air Academy. GAM a drone mapping and company located in Baltimore, USA, offering drone aerial photography, mapping, disaster aid and STEM programming for youth.

GAM’s drone academy was created to promote STEM initiatives and drone safety for children in the US, UK, Nigeria, and the UAE. As a member of the US State Department’s ‘US Speakers Program‘, Umoh always looks to promote a culture of entrepreneurship and safety in this ever-emerging industry.


Namnso Ukpanah, Product Designer, Flutterwave

Namnso Ukpanah is the Product Designer of Flutterwave, Africa’s leading payments gateway company. He also serves as a designer advocate for Figma Africa, a platform that makes technological designs accessible to African designers through a strong foundation in design education and also building a design community connecting designers in Africa. His goal is to train and mentor the next generation of product designers.


Joey Akan, Entertainment Journalist/New York Times Contributor

Joey Akan is an award-winning entertainment journalist, writer, broadcaster, host, public relations consultant and commentator on current affairs, including African music, Urban pop culture, politics, sport, race, gender and sexuality.

He spent over 5 years as the Music Editor of Pulse Nigeria, where he led a team of creatives at the Pulse Entertainment Desk. Currently, he is the Editor of Universal Music Group, Nigeria.

His works have appeared in Pulse, Guardian, OkayAfrica, Genius, CNN and many more publications.

Joey has also covered some of the continents biggest events, including the MTV Africa Music Awards, Red Bull Culture Clash, Headies, African Music Awards, and many others.

Joey also engages in speaking engagements across the country, where he delivers masterclasses on Entertainment Journalism. He has also spoken at TEDx Uyo.


Adereni Abiodun, Founder, HelpMum

Dr Adereni Abiodun is the Founder/Ceo, HelpMum. He is also the Google Impact Challenge Africa Winner, a United Nations Geneva Youth Pitching Competition Winner and a TEF Fellow. His startup, HelpMum has featured in several international programmes such as the Go Global Africa and emerged one of the winners of $250,000 grant at the first Google Impact Challenge in 2018.

Abiodun has a certificate in Entrepreneurship Management Enterprise at the Lagos Business School.


Allen Effeh, Lead Consultant, Ibom Tourism

Allen Effeh is the Principal Consultant at Ibom Tourism, a company managing market-destination tours for corporate organisations and individuals. Over the course of his career, Allen has garnered an extensive insight into relevant information, brochures and publications (guides, local customs, maps, regulations, events etc.) required by travellers locally and internationally. He’d be happy to share from his wealth of knowledge at StartConFest.


Ibukun Oshilagun, UI/UX Design Expert, AppZone

Ibukun Oshilagun is the Lead UX designer at AppZone Group, also a web developer at Roothub. In the past, he participated in the software developer internship with swap space systems Ltd. Currently, has owns a membership certificate from the Interaction Design Foundation (IDF).


Michael Soetan, Nestle Regional Manager

Soetan Michael headshot – one of StartConFest 2019 speakers


Michael is a life coach and an experienced business leader with over 10 years of experience in healthcare, pharmaceuticals and FMCG. He holds a first degree in Biochemistry, a PDG in Management Science and an MBA in Marketing from LAUTECH, Oyo state, Nigeria and an alumnus of the Lagos Business School; Pan Atlantic University.

He is currently the Regional Sales Manager, Nestle Nigeria Plc. South-South and based in Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria. Some of his specialities include FMCG Sales and Marketing, Business Development and Route to Market Modeling.


Unwana Umana, Curator, Puff-puff Festival

Unwana curated ‘Puff Puff’ Festival, one of Africa’s biggest street food festivals. For the uninitiated, puff-puff is one of, (if not the most) popular finger foods across West Africa, eaten on streets, and recently packaged alongside other finger foods as “small chops” at corporate events.

Interestingly, Unwana never studied anything related to making or eating puff-puff.  Rather, he’s a law degree holder and a certified Nonviolence activist from the MLK centre, University of Rhode Island.  His appearance on this list confirms his readiness to engage at StartConFest where, alongside other speakers, he’d be sharing valuable insights with attendees. And who knows? He might just share some puff-puff too.


Fela Olagunju, CEO, Meter.ng

Fela Olagunju is founder /CEO of MeterNG, an online platform enabling Nigerians to make payments for electricity consumption directly from the comfort of their homes. Fela also leads the team at Precre8, a company building web solutions for businesses.

Beyond entrepreneurship, Fela loves to write and share leadership thoughts about technology, self-improvement, productivity and life lessons. Currently, he contributes to both renowned local and international publishing media outlets as well as on smepeaks.


Gideon Ekanem, Founder, CASSE Africa

Beyond being a certified United Nations Enterprise Development Partner and public speaker, Gideon is the founder of Casse Africa, a social organisation based in Nigeria.

During StartConFest, he’d be sharing invaluable insights with 5,000+ participants alongside other bright entrepreneurial minds.


Godwin Tom, CEO, iManage Africa

Godwin is the founder of iManage Africa, a talent management and events company that has collaborated with many organisations to drive several initiatives, one of with is the AcadaFest, in partnership with ScholarX.

Being a talent manager, a business person and public speaker himself, he believes in changing mind sets to create change.


Ben Inyang, Co-Founder, SpeakIt

Ben Inyang, Cofounder of SpeakIt, and a tech enthusiast will be championing conversations on communications skills as it applies to making professional waves in the 21st century.


Fyede-Carson Umoh, Lead fashion Illustrator, FYKAU

Fyede is a fashion entrepreneur. She heads the team at FYKAU as the Lead Fashion Illustrator and Deviser. She’d be doing justice to a range of interesting topics, alongside other seasoned StartConFest 2019 speakers at this year’s edition.


Gideon Thompson, Brand strategist/Co-Founder, Eikron Grae

Gideon has his speciality in developing brand strategies for business improvements and corporate objectives actualisation through his brainchild, Eikron Grae. He’s among the StartupConFest speakers this year.


Utonne Ekefre, Creative Director, Latonne Signatures

Utonne Ekefre serves as the Creative Director at Latonne Signatures, a leading fashion retailing outlet based in Uyo. She has her core in male and female shoe designs. You may catch up with her at the event on Saturday, September 28, 2019. Utonne will be sharing her experience, taking listeners through a ‘walk in her shoes’.


Emeka Obia, Lead Strategy and Innovation, Leo Burnett Lagos

Emeka Obia leads strategy and Innovation at Leo Burnett Lagos, the extension of a marketing and advertising company, based in Chicago, USA.

He’s had a successful track record of managing ‘game-changing’ projects and is passionate about helping brands develop superior strategies to thrive in highly competitive markets.

Having consulted and worked on projects for several leading organisations including World bank IFC, MTN Nigeria, Aiico Group, CRC Credit Bureau, Workforce Group, TAT, FIRS, Emeka prides himself as a dedicated and goal-driven resource who deeply believes in continuous learning, self-improvement as core ingredients of success.


Utibe Ukim, Managing Director, XL FM

Utibe Ukim is an entrepreneur, business leader and an award-winning Journalist. He’s the founder and CEO of WorkStation Limited, a brand communication agency. He also heads content and strategy at XL106.9FM, based in Uyo.

As a creative thinker and strategic communication executive, Utibe is constantly looking out for new opportunities to make technology work for people especially in an emerging economy such as Nigeria.


Nsikan Abasiekong

Nsikan Abasiekong is the founder of The Nsikan Abasiekong Company and a serial entrepreneur. At StartConFest, he’d be sharing his experience running businesses around the topic “What Life Has Taught Me (Lessons and Potentials)”.  Reserve a seat to hear from him.


Francis Onuk, The RootHub

Francis Onuk, the cofounder /Chief Operating Officer of Roothub, as well as will also be taking the speaking stage at the StartConFest 2019.

While co-running the RootHub, alongside Tony Onuk, Francis brings his artistry dynamics to the business accelerator, often placing himself as a visual communicator, rather than just “an artist”.

Francis is passionate about brand experience and the desire to nurture ideas to life leveraging the use of technology. He’s had over 10 years of experience in the design field and is happy to impart knowledge in design thinking and principles to accelerate efficiency.


Edidiong Etuk, Data Analysis Expert

Edidiong Etukn is a self-taught Data Scientist, Natural Language Processing and Deep Learning enthusiast. His experience spans across implementing research papers, Kaggle competitions, leading computer science study groups and mentoring young data science enthusiasts.

Edidiong believes teamwork and collaboration are the bedrocks of every key competency. He’s vast in data science, data engineering, data analysis, machine learning, deep learning and Python.

Other seasoned StartConFest 2019 speakers include; Mbiata-abasi Inyang, CEO, Crystal Drones, Sampson Malachy, Co-Founder of Maxtreme Inc., Udeme Lucie Ekong, Founder, Smart Biz Nation, Edemanwan Ibiok, a general health practitioner and Francis Onuk, Co-Founder, The Roothub

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