Meet this years leading beauty and business oriented guest speakers at this years Exhibition. Giving their personal insights regarding the latest trends and factors, business strategies and upcoming innovative products
Lawyer turned beauty entrepreneur Tara Fela-Durotoye is the founder and current C.E.O House of Tara International. who started the trend of bridal make up profession in Nigeria.
In a series of firsts, she launched the first bridal directory in Nigeria in 1999, she set up the first make up studio in 2004 and established the country’s first make up school in 2005, launched the Tara Product Line and hosted Nigeria’s first Make-Up Conference in 2014.
She has empowered over 8000 young ladies with the Tara Beauty Entrepreneur’ initiative that makes them economically independent while building their entrepreneurial skills for national transformation.
House of Tara has become a national brand with 26 branches and over 155 employees and presence in most major cities across the country with distribution channels in Kenya and Rwanda and with a plan to expand to other cities in Africa, Europe and North America.
Under her leadership, House of Tara business case study was researched and written by Stanford University and currently being used by Ivy League Institutions.
She has received several national and international Awards for her contribution to the industry and active role in Entrepreneurship and Empowerment, the most recent been the most outstanding Business woman of the year 2018 by the African Economy Builders Awards, African Makeup Icon by Ghana Makeup Awards, the Inspirational woman of the year 2016 by the First Lady of Lagos State and Leadership Award for Entrepreneurship by Harvard Business School Association of Nigeria 2016.
In 2017 she was invited by the Minister of Finance to the YouWin advisory board, she seats on the advisory board of Bridge International Academies which is the world’s largest education innovation company with a chain of schools and So Fresh Neighbourhood Market Limited Nigeria’s number one and fastest growing healthy food chain.
She is an alumnus of the of Lagos Business School Chief Executive Programme, INSEAD Abu Dhabi, The Stanford SEED Transformation Programme and the Harvard Kennedy School having completed the Global Leadership and Public Policy in the 21st century.
She was recognised by:
- The World Economic Forum as a young global leader 2013
- Forbes list of 20 young power women in Africa 2013
- Choiseul Institute of France Top 100 young African business leaders under 40 2014
Tara is happily married to Fela Durotoye and is blessed with three sons.
Ada Iwugo is an International Business graduate from Imperial College University of London, and has had a career spanning 18 years in several different companies in Nigeria and the United Kingdom.
Ms Iwugo has extensive experience in the FMCG and Retail industry, and has managed retailers like Harrods, Selfridges, Superdrug and Boots. Her impressive portfolio includes luxury goods companies like Christian Dior, Coty Inc, and the drinks giant Guinness Diageo. She was also the Distribution Director for West Africa at Microsoft.
Her most recent appointment is as the Commercial Director of House of Tara International, overseeing all Distribution, Marketing and Business Development activities in the organization.
Ms Iwugo is an avid traveller and enjoys writing short scripts for TV programmes. She is passionate about distribution and retail, particularly in the ever evolving, dynamic African market.
Funke Osae-Brown is a senior journalist; former deputy editor, BusinessDay on Sunday/Editor BusinessLife, with BusinessDay Newspaper. Now Publisher, The Luxury Reporter (TLR) www.luxuryreporter.ng that has more than 4 million hit between May 2014 and February 2015; and MoneyIssues (www.moneyissues.ng).
She is a travel journalist who has travelled to countries. She was the editor of the famous youth magazine in Nigeria called ‘NaijaTimes’, a freelance correspondent for the African Review owned by The Nation Media Group in Kenya. She contributed to Essence Magazine, South Africa and South Africa Airways In-flight magazine, Sawubona.
She was nominated in three categories of the Nigerian Media Merit Awards. She was also a 2013 finalist at the Diageo Business Reporting Awards in the Best Business News. She won award for Best Arts and Culture Reporting 2013 at the Annual Mother Drum Golden Awards organised by Mother Drum Foundation and Future Awards Journalist of the Year, 2009. She has attended training in Netherlands, UK, Ghana among other countries.
Irene Syrimis is the Executive Director at the Nail Studio Ltd. She joined ‘The Nail Studio’ in June 2006 after a career in both law and image consulting. She is responsible for the general day-to-day operations with special emphasis on the Retail and Spa divisions.
The Nail Studio Ltd is a “One-stop” beauty shop, the Studio was established in October 1986 by Mrs. Adetokunbo Awogboro in a refurbished kitchenette in a tiny shopping complex on Awolowo Road, Ikoyi. Since then the business, which stared with two members of staff, has grown to a staff strength of sixty-five people and several different divisions comprised of a nail section, barbers, spa, juice bar, hairdressers and retail division.
In 2014 The Nail Studio in a bid to sanitize its retail operations decided to trade in luxury cosmetics and fragrances. As a result the Nail Studio entered into partnerships with the following brands: Estee Lauder, Clinique, Smashbox, Boadicea the Victorious, Tom Ford and many others. Irene was Instrumental during this whole process.
Irene is happily married and the mother to two boys.
Dr. Vivian Oputa
Dr. Vivian Oputa is a Medical Practitioner and Specialist in Aesthetic Medicine, Surgery and Dermatology. Her core focus is Corrective Skincare. She is the Medical Director of DermaCare Medical Ltd., She is also an Avid Writer, Wellness Coach and Anti-Ageing Medicine Expert.
Tewa Onasanya a Publisher and Mindset Stylist holds a BSc in Pharmacology from the University of Portsmouth, UK and a Certificate in Fashion Journalism from the College of Media and Publishing. She is the Founder of Exquisite Magazine a Fashion, Beauty and Lifestyle Magazine for women. Exquisite magazine organises the exquisite magazine awareness for cancer events which include the EMAC #smearit walks and smearathon, events aimed at increasing the awareness for cervical cancer prevention and free screening for people. In 2009, exquisite magazine started an only female awards ceremony called the exquisite lady of the year (ELOY) awards, The ELOY awards are aimed at celebrating women of excellence in different fields, thereby empowering, motivating and inspiring others and it holds every November.
Tewa is passionate about inspiring and empowering people to be the best version of themselves. She does this through her Live Intentionally with Tewa empowering quotes and affirmations aimed at getting people to live the life they desire.
Ifeamaka Umeike is the Founder/Owner of Natural Nigerian, a successful independent brand in the Nigerian beauty industry. She has a degree in Chemistry and studied Safety, Risk and Reliability Engineering at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh.
With over 17 years working experience, she worked in the Telecommunications sector and the Oil & Gas sector for a number of years and now works full time as a formulating chemist for Natural Nigerian where she oversees the production and distribution of cosmetic products made for men, women and children. One of her passions is sharing her knowledge of the sector as well as the intricacies of cosmetic manufacturing from the point of view of a chemist.
Being a pioneer in the Natural Cosmetics field in Nigeria, she has worked hard to bring the natural community together by holding several natural meet ups in several States across Nigeria, including Lagos, Abuja, Enugu and Oyo. The longest running Natural Event in Nigeria, Naturals in The City, which has run since 2011 is one of her pet projects.
She has facilitated many cosmetic formulation classes across Nigeria and had speaking roles at many events, the most recent being the Global Shea Alliance conference in Abuja, Nigeria.
Deola Adebiyi is a fashion and beauty blogger and content creator of OmogeMuRa Media. She started OmogeMuRa, her website, 6 years ago as a journalism school portfolio. Over the years, OmogeMuRa has evolved into her own personal space where she shares her wardrobe, her beauty buys, favorite songs, places to visit in Lagos and more. After graduate school, she went on to work for several media houses, public relations companies and digital media companies such as Hello Nigeria, Complete Fashion, LSFPR, Guardian Newspapers, Anozim Limited and Ventra Media. When she’s not blogging and editing videos, she spends her days playing with makeup, taking self portraits, eating sweet foods and listening to rap music.
Jamal Robert Siakpere
Jamal is a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist. He began his journey to IT after gaining a professional Diploma in computer systems engineering from Jidaw systems limited and in Software Engineering from NIIT.
In 2013, he started an IT company (Dextatek Limited) ; building websites for co-oprates… Jamal Robert is a believer, he believes that African businesses, no matter how small have the potentials to become global businesses.
In 2015 he made a shift and focused mainly on Sme’s, helping to position small businesses to achieve the most from the web.
His passion for Small and growing businesses in Africa led him to starting Africaretails.com; An Afrocentric ecommerce marketplace where anyone can buy and sell products made in Africa.
Dr Ifeoma Abajue
Dr Ifeoma Abajue is a sought after Aesthetic Dermatologist with Local and International experience. She obtained her M.B.B.S. at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos and furthered with a diploma in Practical Dermatology at the prestigious University of Wales, Cardiff.
She specializes in aesthetics, obtaining a diploma from the American Board of Aesthetic Medicine and has distinguished herself in the aesthetic sector for over 14years.
She is currently the Clinical Director at the Aesthetic Clinic, offering the latest on trend customized treatments.
She is also the principal of the Beauty Therapy Institute (BTI) Lagos. BTI Lagos is a part of a franchise located in South Africa and other African countries offering the highest standard of education/training in the health, beauty and skin care industry, with a wide offering of over 40 basic and advanced courses giving internationally recognized certifications.
Kofo Martins is a beauty education provider, trainer and administrator with deep industry network and strong business management skills who helps beauty schools and businesses including startups interpret and turn their vision into profitable businesses engaging best practices.
Kofo is passionate about developing the standard of the Nigerian beauty industry to benchmark against international best practices and has turned her passion into her profession. She believes Nigeria can be a destination for beauty and wellness tourism if the proper structures and standards are in place.
An Alumnus of The Lagos Business School with an LLB from the University of Ife and LLM from the University of Lagos, Kofo worked as Administrator and later Executive Director, Opral Benson Beauty Training Institute, Administrator Spectrum Beauty Academy and Group Head HR/Admin Silverbird Group.
Kofo was a member of the LASTVEB/NBTE (National Board for Technical Education) Stakeholders Forum which developed a draft of the National Vocational Qualifications Framework (NVQF) and National Occupational Standards (NOS) for the Nigerian Beauty Industry.
She was also Vice-Chairperson of LASTVEB Industry Advisory Committee. She has developed training curricula for beauty therapy and hairdressing for the LASTVEB graduate, school leavers and artisans training programmes.
She was invited for the LASTVEB/NBTE Consultative Forum towards development of occupational standard in Nigeria.
Kofo currently runs a consultancy.