Shade Ladipo is a Travel and Media entrepreneur, and social activist. She is also the country director of @weconnectnigeria. At the age of 25, Shade founded Avienti Limited — a Destination Management Company with three offices in Nigeria. She has volunteered with the United Nations Volunteers Nigeria and has worked with several advertising agencies where she specialized in event management, account management, and client services and strategy.
Shade is one of the founding members of the Lagos Global Shapers and represents Nigeria at World Economic Forum events. She is also the Co-Founder of Enough Is Enough Nigeria, now one of the most vocal non-partisan organizations credited to being a major part of the platforms for young people in deciding Nigeria’s path of change.
Shade has been recognized by several platforms for her work as a change agent and businesswoman. She has been nominated at the Future Awards Africa Awards, chosen as 101 Young Achievers at the African Business Forum in Accra Ghana in 2008, and selected as a Goldman Sachs fellow. Shade is also a public speaker and regularly appears on radio programs and at live events talking about everything she is passionate about including leading a successful business in Nigeria and Gender equality issues.
Award winning on air TV Personality, Ariyike Akinbobola is a Media Personality. She hosts and produces her own digital talk show – Ariyike Weekly Live which airs online every Tuesdays at 6p.m. Some of the TV shows she previously produced and/or hosted are: Spice TV’s On the Couch, Instant beauty Queen, Project Swan, Urban Spice, etc. She studied Law at the University of Lagos and was called to the Nigerian bar in 2006. She practiced Law for a few years before switching to the entertainment industry. She also has a diploma in TV Presenting from the prestigious London academy of Media, Film and TV and she recently completed a course in basic presentation from the National Broadcast Academy, Lagos.
Ariyike’s passion for helping others led her to establish the Ariyike Arise Initiative, a non-profit initiative which focuses on the wellbeing of the younger ones and Women. Through their schools outreach, they counsel and enlighten Children and teenagers about the importance of Peace and community development. She also supports Children, teenagers and women from disadvantaged communities with her annual charity festival and other projects. She is a trained Lawyer turned TV Presenter/Producer.
In 2015, Ariyike was recognised by youtube as a youtube star for being one of the consistent Nigerian youtube content creators for her channel Ariyike weekly where she vlogs about everyday issues. She blogs www.refelectionswithariyike.blogspot.com and she also has a writing segment – Ariyike writes on www.bellanaija. She is a Published author with her debut novella – THE COST OF OUR LIVES, an interesting novella that is centered around different social issues like sexual abuse, cyber bullying, rape, child trafficking etc. Ariyike has partnered with various charitable organizations and she continues to use her influence as a Media Personality to talk about social issues and look for solutions.
In 2013, she was appointed as a goodwill ambassador for Nigerians Saving Nigerians (NSN), a Texas nonprofit corporation where they create a voice for every Nigerian at home and abroad who wish to see Nigeria enforce and strengthen its laws in order to promote and sustain accountability, justice and peace within the Nigerian society. The founder of NSN, Omololu Omotosho is a fellow with the President of the United States, President Barack Obama.
In 2017, she became a social media advocate for #endcuttinggirls, a UNICEF Project to end Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria. On International Women’s day this year (2017), she was one of the recipients of the WAW Awards in London for her humanitarian and media work. At the event, she gave the keynote speech to encourage women to collaborate more and stay focused in order to fulfill their dreams. Ariyike has won several other awards as a TV Personality and numerous Humanitarian awards. In 2015, She became a Woman Peace ambassador with the World Federation for World Peace. She is married with Children.