Our Mission is to establish a platform where people can find and discover everything progressive and inspirational about Nigeria.
Folarin Kolawole is a Geoscientist by profession and a travel blogger and entrepreneur by passion. Combining his background in geology, skills in writing and photography, ardent zeal for adventure travel and passion for promoting tourism in Nigeria, his writing depicts a passionate romance with nature’s endowment. He is the Founder of Naijatreks.com – a travel blog which has won the Best Travel Blog in the Nigerian Blog Awards three times. He is also the co-founder of Mambilla Gear, an outdoor rock climbing gear company that utilizes sustainable materials for its products, the proceeds of which will be deployed to building a rock climbing community in Nigeria.
Naijatreks.com features poems, photographs, videos and details of over 100 of Folarin’s adventures, travelogue and travel experience in Nigeria. He has since established Naijatreks as a tour operating company (Ntreks Travels) which has been successfully organizing small group tours in Nigeria. Ntreks Travels through its regular Young Writers’ Competition also attempts to arouse the intellectual consciousness of young Nigerians towards the tourism potentials in their environment.
Folarin is passionate about Nigeria because he is inspired by the abundance of unknown, unexploited and endangered tourism potentials the country is blessed with. He hopes to make an impact on humanity by exploring and exposing these amazing potentials. Not surprising therefore that he became involved in the 234Project as it presents another great opportunity to collaborate with other like-minded Nigerians to tell the world compelling stories about the wealth of potentials and investment opportunities Nigeria is endowed with.
Although his travel company remains fully in operation in Nigeria, Folarin is currently in the U.S. pursuing a Masters degree in Geology and – typical of him – exploring the country on outdoor rock-climbing trips.
Joseph Omotayo reads more than he writes. He believes the world, with its mire and myrrh, dazzles one so much in books. He blogs here:www.josephomotayo.blogspot.com & www.criticalliteraturereview.blogspot.com and tweets @omotayome. He believes Nigeria has all she needs for immeasurable heights. He sees 234 Project as a platform that seeks to assess the whole story of Nigeria with the interest to shattering the negative stereotypes that erroneously define her. He is happy to be part of this team.
Kunbi is a travel enthusiast and passionate educator. She is a 2014 Teach For America corps member and served as a Program Director of an educational organization in Lagos, Nigeria where she piloted a summer camp program for children. She currently teaches 5th grade English Language Arts (ELA) in South Texas. She completed her MPA at Cornell Institute for Public Affairs in 2012 and a BA in Political science and Economics in 2008.
As of spring 2015, her love for travel took her to 32 countries which gave her the opportunity to experience other countries. Nigeria continues to hold a special spot in her heart and therefore ecstatic about The 234 Project because telling the Naija story is her mission. “Getting involved with this initiative allows me to tell another side of Nigeria’s story – the side you don’t see on mainstream media”
Kelu is a fashion stylist and an image consultant who considers style as a religion and a way of life and prescribes to retail therapy. She has travelled to a few places in the UK and Dubai to experience the rich fashion industry. However, Nigeria is still home to her; ” I became home sick! There’s no place like home. I love Naija!”
Being a part of The 234 Project, she loves the fact that a platform is created to celebrate and appreciate people, talents and ambitions in Nigeria. In the midst all the negative reports about the Nigerian economy, Kelu believes, “It’s important to recognize certain people who are determined to be the best they can be against all odds.”
Seyi is an evolving digital media enthusiast, strategist and marketer, currently working as the Senior Digital/ Social Media Executive at Caritas Digital PR. She holds a Masters Degree in Media and Communications from School of Media and Communication, Pan Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Lagos.
Seyi has spent the past five years working as a content writer. She worked alongside Olakunle Soriyan, a Principal Transformation Strategist and Thought Leader and she worked at Ultimate Body Limited, a nutrition, exercise and weight loss consultancy, as a content writer for their Ultimate Body page on Thisday Style Magazine. Subsequently, she worked as a Script/ Copy Writer at the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria Ebonyi State, during her youth corp.
Seyi currently blogs at lightskinafrica.com, a platform for self-expression that shares albino-related experiences of people with the purpose of educating and changing societal perceptions of albinos.
Seyi is passionate about Nigeria because “it is a country made up of diversity of people with rich cultures and history but has been subjected to bad press and negative representation. This has affected the perception and hurt the reputation of the country.” She believes that being a part of The 234Project team “presents an opportunity to make contributory efforts toward the re-positioning and re-aligning of Nigeria as a progressive and competent nation.”
Binta is a writer from Taraba State, Nigeria with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the United States International University in Nairobi Kenya and a MBA from the University of Phoenix, Arizona. Binta has had prior work experience as an editor for Applause Africa Magazine which wrote on specific issues affecting Africans in the Diaspora.
Binta is passionate about the cultural diversity in Nigeria and believes it has contributed to the growth of the nation. She got involved with The 234 Project in order to be a part of showcasing these cultural differences in a positive light. “We cannot deny that Nigeria has problems, but one step to a solution is working together to appreciate or recognize what makes the nation great”.
In her spare time, Binta enjoys travelling, karaoke, and swimming.
Funto Oyewole is a licensed clinical psychologist. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Midwestern University, Illinois. She was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria and she relocated to New York City with her family at the age of 18. Funto has a passion for teaching and impacting the lives of others for good. She works at a state psychiatric hospital and is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the RCCGNA Seminary, where she teaches counseling courses. Funto is also a writer and in 2012, she self-published her first book titled ‘Lasgidi Blues’, a collection of short stories.
Funto is passionate about Nigeria because of its vast human and natural resources. In the midst of the recent negative attention on Nigeria, she believes that The 234 Project will help challenge the negative impressions of Nigeria as well as educate the world about the wealth of the nation of Nigeria. Funto is proud and honored to be a part of this Project.
Born in Oshogbo, Western Nigeria, Bode Asiyanbi was educated at Obafemi Awololwo University and Lancaster University.
He is a two-time winner of the BBC African Performance Playwriting Prize and worked with the BBC Media Action as a writer on its groundbreaking radio and television drama series, Story Story and Wetin Dey. His plays have also been broadcast on the BBC World Service.
His short stories have appeared in Munyori Literary Journal, Kalahari Review, Wobbled Words Anthology, andPer Contra. His stage play ‘Shattered’ was performed at the 2013 British Council Lagos Theatre Festival and his short story, ‘The Diagnosis’ was a winning entry for the British Council Lagos Theatre Festival 2014. His poems also featured in the anthology of contemporary African poetry, “A Thousand Voices Rising”.
Heis interested in exploring trauma, identity and the place of memory in history.
Bode believes that The 234 Project is “the poetry of the Nigerian soul.An interminable poetry of resilience, hope, passion and excellence in the face of stifling odds, and itis important we sear this right in memory, because often times what we remember is not as important as how weremember it.”
Jedidiah is a writer of scripts, fiction and motivational articles. She is the first of four children to Mr. and Mrs. Abiola Oligbinde with roots from Abeokuta, Ogun state. She graduated in 2012 with a law degree from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria.
An avid lover of God, she is passionate about her ideals against child abuse, family disaster, criminal activities and societal anarchy. Her belief in a united Nigeria prompted her to establish a program “Nigeria Awakening Her Hope” and join The 234 Project.
This is the first project major project she will embark on to which she is eager to unleash all the potential she has garnered over the years to see The 234 Project soar as high as the wings of an eagle.
EGBAYELO TUNDE RAPHAEL, fondly known as T.S RALPH by friends and fans, is a Cinematographer, a speaker and a lover of God’s Work. As a thriving young African film maker, he has a core focus in TV, Movie and documentary. He has produced and directed a few short stories, documentaries and TV contents. He co-founded and is currently the Head of Admin/Productions at BEK AFRICA, a first class Audio/Visual and consulting firm in Lagos, Nigeria.
Born in Ondo State, Nigeria. He is a graduate of Computer Technology from the prestigious Yaba College of Technology, Nigeria.
A devoted Christian with the vision to help men fulfill a meaningful lifestyle that is glorious to GOD and the nation, he founded GOLDEN STONE FILMS, a faith base film production company in Nigeria with the vision of strategically winning souls for the kingdom of God and retaining them on the track of continuous worship. He also initiated MIND BUILDERS CLUB, a platform designed to train and mentor young aspiring entrepreneurs striving to be relevant in the labor market.
My full name is Temiloluwa Coker (but you can call me Temi). I was born and raised in Lagos Nigeria. My dad is Yoruba and my mom is Edo (which I think is pretty awesome!) I got to experience both cultures growing up. My dad has been a full time pastor since I was born so we moved to different states in Nigeria to start churches. I knew I was different when I started making things to pass time. I used to make a small camera out of paper and draw people and “take their pictures” for fun. I would also make fun things out of coke bottles and even make drums from old buckets and what not. At the age of 9, I started learning the piano. My teacher taught me for 3 months and left. I had to teach myself from that point on. About a Year later, My dad got asked to start a church in Canada so we packed our bags and left Nigeria. We stayed in Canada for a year and started a church there, but eventually moved to America. We ended up in Texas 2004. I was about 11 years old. It wasn’t until I went to college that I realized that I really had a gift of being creative. I originally wanted to study music, but my parents refused, so I went ahead and studied biomedical engineering. A year and a half into this major, I realized I had to either switch my major to something I love and knew God was calling me to do, or stay in biomedical engineering and make everyone happy. I decided to pursue a different major. Being from a Nigerian Household I was scolded for switching my major and told I wouldn’t be about to be successful in this new field. I still pursued it and graduated within 4 years. I graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Digital Media last year. This major included printing, graphic design, photography and video. I fell in love with photography that same semester when I switched my major. I bought my first camera and had $5 left in my bank account. Although I was broke, I was one Happy man! I still play the piano and have been playing it for about 13 years now!
Fast Forward to today. I am now a Highschool Teacher at my old High School teaching Photography and Animation. It’s pretty cool to be able to give back to the kids. I still do Graphic Design and Photography on the side as well.
Here is the link to the Instagram feature: http://blog.instagram.com/post/115117180232/150331-temi-coker
ERIC IKENNA,MBA is a creative Nigerian with strong passion for Film Making (Visual editor). Born in Abia State Nigeria, he studied video editing at PEFTI Film Academy and cinematography plus motion graphics at INNER HUB Film Academy in Nigeria.
He has participated in various film and TV projects like Fastest Shedder reality show as an editor, ACTv and Lagos Fashion Exhibition to mention a few.
He founded WIND MEDIA INC., a multimedia company poised at adding value to media content of any organization or individual. He also the co-founder and the Director of Research/Post-production at BEK AFRICA, a visual communications and consulting firm located in Lagos, Nigeria with the objective of promoting African local content and businesses.
According to Eric, ‘Nigeria is a land rich with cultural heritage and potential but at the moment is underutilized” He is passionate about change in Nigeria and hopes to be a force driving in his generation to make this happen.
ERIC IKENNA is a FilmEditor, a videographer and a motion graphics expert.
Mimi Adebayo is a writer and blogger. Although she has a law degree, she spends most of her time with her books and writing tools. She prefers the insides of a library to that of a court room. Her works have been described as real, simple but deep. Even though she does mostly prose fiction, she does freelance writing for magazines too and writes for fun from her blog www.mimiadebayo.wordpress.com. She has a keen interest in screen writing and hopes to get into the movie industry sometime.
She believes that Nigeria is rich in unharnessed potential and hopes that The 234 Project will provide opportunities to showcase Nigeria for what it is and what it can be.