LEBILE ATINUKE, a vibrant lady with utmost interest in Agriculture and its value chain is feeding the nation and ensuring food security in her own way, as the Strategist Officer for Ogunmod Farms and Farmers’ Academy and the COO/ Production Manager of Cato Foods and Agro-allied Global Concepts. She is also the Director of La’luce Foods and Integrated Services, committed to food security and agricultural value addition.
Atinuke is a graduate of Agricultural Science from the University of Ilorin, with a certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship from Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana USA. She works with rural communities to mentor young, out-of-school girls on various entrepreneurial leadership skills through her initiatives; MAGIC (mentor A Girl Child), and SheAgric Initiative where she raises intending female farmers, empowers and motivates women and youth into Agriculture and its value chain to ensure food security, poverty reduction and employment opportunities in Africa.
This passionate farmer collaborates with Harvestplus, Nigeria (www.harvestplus.org) to also cultivate Vitamin A Biofortified Cassava and Orange Maize to curb the increasing rate of Vitamin A deficiency in Nigeria, which is the major micronutrient lacking in pregnant women and children below the age of 5. She is the first producer of Vitamin A cassava custard in Africa.
Atinuke is a global ambassador for A world at School, 2015; Global Alliance for youth Leadership Fellow, 2016; YALI(RLC) West Africa Fellow and 2017 Mandela Washington fellow under the flagship of Young African Leaders initiative of former USA president, Barrack Obama; and 2017/2018 Leap Africa fellow.
Atinuke who loves to be called a Cutefarmer, is presently the Program and Membership Mobilization Officer for Youth Professionals for Agricultural Development (YPARD), Nigeria.
Twitter: @cutefarmer01 Instagram: @cutefarmer
Oni, Hammed Adedapo. Co-founder is the Co-founder and Managing Director of Frotchery farms. He obtained Bachelor of Agriculture from the Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Nigeria and is certified Agribusiness Professional by the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Youth Agripreneur. He is a certified youth development practitioner by the Centre for Youth Development Practices (C4YDS) and a mentor at the Tony Elumelu Foundation. His wealth of agribusiness experience reinforces his commitment to create and give opportunities, to empower youth, develop and run sustainable agribusiness enterprises independently and serve as a model to fellow youth in Nigeria and Africa continent.
Twitter: @frotchery IG: @frotcheryfarms
OGBOLE SAMSON is the Co-founder of PS Nutraceuticals International Limited (PSN), a company with the aim of using food as a way to prevent and treat diseases. To ensure success in this venture, PSN started the first phase trying to ensure standard agricultural practices by introducing technology to Nigerian Agriculture space. PSN is the foremost promoter of Soilless Farming in Nigeria, with continuous research to improve automation processes and introduce artificial intelligence into Agriculture. In the future phases, nutrigenomics shall be introduced.
Mr. Ogbole Samson is vastly read, B.Sc. Biochemistry Igbinedion. M. Sc. Biochemistry, Ibadan, Common Wealth of Nations MBA, National Open University of Nigeria (in view), PhD Biochemistry, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (in view). Other certificates include Biotechnology from Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Introduction to Food and Nutrition from Stanford University, Introduction to population health from The University of Manchester, Greening the Economy from Lund University Sweden, Sustainable Agriculture for year 2050 from Wageningen, Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture from The University of Western Australia Certification, and Public Health from University at Albany.
Mr. Samson is a two time TEDx speaker and a one-time TED speaker, he was recognized amongst the top 7 innovators in Africa in the year 2018 by CNN Africa, He was recognized by EFCC as one of the young and legitimate innovative mind in the year 2018. His team was part of the Ogun state Investors Forum of 2018, he was part of the Lagos Farmers’ Team who met and discussed with all gubernatorial aspirants for the 2019 elections to draw a road map for agriculture, he was also a part of the documentary – “Swallow – food security in Nigeria’s changing climate”, and the company PSN is the owner of Nigeria’s first Smart Farms called PSN Smart Farms – providing free accommodation, 24 hours light, 24 hours water, 24 hours internet and free food for the staff on the farm. PSN has been featured in 64 countries till date in tabloids, blogs and visual media.
Twitter: @Samsonprolific Instagram: @samsonprolific
AINA TOLULOPE is a serial entrepreneur, agribusiness development enthusiast, a consultant, certified trainer, mentor, agricultural advocacy champion, Founder of Tolulope Foods and Farms (www.tolulopefoods.com) and President of the Youth Agvocates Nigeria (YAN) (www.youthagvocates.com.ng). She has a BSc. Degree in Agricultural Economics from the premier University of Ibadan.
Top 12 in the 2019 SDGs, with her award, an online global competition in recognition of how women initiatives are supporting the SDGs through their business operations. Tolulope is a strong advocate of Entrepreneurship and Youth capacity development as she believes that increased youth participation in Agriculture will translate to zero hunger. She facilitates projects in line with the sustainable development goals of zero hunger, poverty alleviation and gender equality.
She won the #AgTwittercup2018 award for best agricultural advocacy communicator on social media in both women and individual categories.
Tolulope is most passionate about issues that impede sustained youth participation in agriculture as it relates to curbing the challenges of food security, hunger and extreme poverty while also creating decent employment for all, which she champions through her many initiatives.