Past Speakers


Ugochukwu Nwosu

Citizens Manager, Microsoft for Anglophone West Africa

Adeniyi Adenuga

MD/CEO – Tepebo Farms

Adesuwa Onyenokwe

Journalist and Talk Show Presenter

Julius Agwu

MD/CEO of Reellaif Limited

Akin Oyebode

Head, SME Development Desk, Stanbic IBTC

Ali Baba Akpobome

Creative Entrepreneur, Thought Leader, Master of Ceremonies and Comedian

Mai Atafo

Creative Director, Mai Atafo Inspired

Audu Maikori

Founder, Chocolate City Entertainment

Bankole Oluwafemi


Bankole Wellington (Banky W)

Director, EME Group and Frontline Musician

Bayo Adekanmbi

General Manager, Business Intelligence (Marketing & Strategy) MTN Nigeria

Chidi Odinkalu

Lecturer, London School of Economics & Chairman, National Human Rights Commission

Dr. Cosmas Maduka

Chairman/C.E.O of Coscharis Group

Dr. Dele Momodu

C.E.O and Publisher of Ovation International

Donald Duke

Fmr. Governor of Cross River State

Late. Dora Akunyili

Former Director General, NAFDAC

Uche Eze


Mitchell Elegbe

Managing Director/CEO, Interswitch Nigeria Limited

Nasir El Rufai

Governor-Elect, Kaduna State.

Eniola Fayose

Founder/C.E.O, O’Naphtali

Yomi Fawehinmi

Learning and Development Advisor Chevron Nigeria Limited

Fela Durotoye

C.E.O, Visible Impact

Funke Opeke

MD/CEO, Main One Cable

Gbenga Adeyinka THE 1ST – GCFR

MC, Comedian and MD/CEO, Laughter Incorporated Inc

Yemi Keri

Managing Director of the Edo State Information Communications Technology Agency (ICTA)

Grace Ihejiamaizu

Entrepreneur and Global Change Maker

Iquo Ukoh

Executive Director, Nestle Nigeria Plc

Jerry Uchechukwu Eze

President, Streams of Joy International

John Momoh

Chairman/C.E.O of Channels Television

Kachi Onubogu

Marketing Director – Promasidor Plc

Kunle Durojaiye

Lead Project Engineer, Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited

Kunle Olaifa

Head, Human Resources, Samsung West Africa

Lancelot Oduwa Imasuen

Director, Screen Writer, and Film Producer

Lanre Aina

Senior Business Analyst, Google Nigeria

Nnaemeka Ikegwuonu

Founder/CEO Smallholders Foundation

Onyeka Akumah


Oremeyi Akah

Country Manager, Verve/Interswitch

Hon Abdul S. Oroh

Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Edo State Government

Oronto Douglas (Late)

Fmr. Snr. Special Assistant to the President on Documentation and Strategy

Oseni Elamah

Chairman, Edo Inland Revenue Service.

Tunji Oyebanji

Chairman/Managing Director, Mobil Oil Nigeria Plc

Oyeshina Oyetosho

Developer and Platform Evangelism Lead for Microsoft Anglophone West Africa

Reginald Nworka

Head of SME Projects, International Finance Corporation

Sanusi Lamido Sanusi

Former CBN Governor

Tara Fela Durotoye

C.E.O House of Tara

Tonye Cole

Managing Director, Sahara Energy

Tosin Ajibade


Ugo Obi – Chukwu

Head, Finance and Admin, Sahara Energy Group

Prof. Pat Utomi

Director, Lagos Business School & Founder, Academy for Values Leadership

Yemi Adamolekun

Executive Director, Enough is Enough Nigeria


In 2011, RISE set aside N4.5million (app $30 000, money generated from Private Sector Funding) to organize Quiz Competitions amongst Students in University Campuses across Nigeria. It is our belief that reward for excellence in our Education System can inspire better performance that will strategically position Young Nigerians as worthy of viable employment or entrepreneurial support.

In 2014, the sixth edition of the RISE National Youth Forum took a different dimension with the HANDS ON SKILLS (an interactive Video Series on practical skills that empower Youth to earn money and create Jobs) Campaign. In today’s world, to get a job to access opportunities, knowledge is not enough… SKILL IS KING.