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Emmanuel Olayiwola Oni PhD, FCMA,MAMN,FCEnt

Emmanuel Oni is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management in the School of Entrepreneurship and Management Technology. He holds a PhD from the University of Ilorin (2005). He was Head of Department (2007-2010 and 2011-2013), and Current Dean School of Entrepreneurship and Management Technology. He is a Fellow Charted Management Accounting (FCMA), and Fellow, Corporate Human Resource Management Institute (FCRMI). and Member of the Academy of Management, Nigeria. He has successfully supervised several PhDs. He is a Fellow and Advisory Board Chairman of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria.

Abdul-Hameed Adeola Sulaimon Ph.D., MNIM, ACIPM,MNAM,FCEnt

He is a well-versed, resourceful and cerebral entrepreneurship educator. An internationally-acclaimed Professor of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. A born entrepreneurship teacher, consultant and mentor, educational administrator and manager of great repute. A management strategist and trailblazer in Africa’s Strategic Entrepreneurship, Abdulhameed Sulaimon is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management at Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Business Administration, University of Lagos, Nigeria. His research interests lies in Management, Entrepreneurship, Strategic Management, SMEs Development, Diversity, Entrepreneurship and Society among others. Abdulhameed Sulaimon has many journal publications both at home and abroad and presented papers at Conferences both at home and abroad. A professional par excellence, he is a Member, Institute of Personnel Management of Nigeria and Member, Nigerian Academy of Management. He is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria and Editorial Board Chairman of African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AFRIJESB).

Lasun Mykail Olayiwola Ph.D, MNITP, RTP, MAPA, MAFRES, MTOPREC,FCEnt

An international-acclaimed, multiple-academic award winner and registered Urban and Regional Planner. An authoritative Professor of Urban and Regional Planning with over three decades of teaching, research, development planning, social entrepreneurship, management and academic leadership. He is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurs and an editorial adviser to African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AFRIJESB).

Bashir Suleiman Ph.D., FMAN, MSTAN, MIRDI, FCEnt

He is a veteran and renowned mathematician, statistician and quantitative technician. Doctor of Mathematics of international repute, Fellow of Mathematical Association of Nigeria and Senior Lecturer/HOD Science Education, Federal University Gusau. He is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurs and an associate editor of African Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (AFRIJESB).

Alh. (Hon.) Samaila Mohd A. Mafara MAGENT, PGDPA, FCAI, FCEnt

An Agricultural Economist, former member of House of Assembly, former State Director, NOA and Permanent Secretary LG Service Commission. A political entrepreneur of great repute. Fellow of the Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship of Nigeria and its Pioneer President.


Professor Stephen Ikani Ocheni, a former Minister of State for Labour and Employment, is a Professor of Public Sector Accounting and currently the re-elected Dean of Faculty of Management Sciences, Kogi State University, Anyigba. He hails from a village called Uwowo in Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Area of Kogi State. He obtained his West African School Certificate from Idah Secondary Commercial College, Idah, in 1979 and bagged a Higher National Diploma from the Federal Polytechnic, Idah, in 1983. Prof. Ocheni obtained an MBA (Finance) from Enugu State University of Science and Technology in 1990 and bagged a PhD in Financial Management from the prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2004 after successfully undergoing a rigorous M.Sc/PhD programme.

Being a man with a voracious appetite for knowledge, thoroughness and professionalism, Mr. Ocheni took his quest beyond the shore of Nigeria as he embarked on series of professional training in the United States and the United Kingdom. These endeavours fetched him a Certificate in “Strategies for Home ownership”, from Howard University Washington DC, USA, Certificate in Internal Auditing with Computer Application from Worthing, West Sussex U.K, and Certificate in Project Financing and Sustainability, USA. His commitment to financial management, fiscal discipline and leadership responsibilities has taken him to the zenith of reputable professional bodies in the country. To this end, he has been a Fellow, Association of National Accountants of Nigeria, FCNA; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria, FCTI; Fellow, Chartered Institute of Local Government and Public Administration, FCPA; and Fellow, Institute of Chartered Economists of Nigeria, FCE. He is a thorough professional and technocrat with unblemished records. In this regard, he has at various times served as Financial Controller, World Bank Assisted Kogi State Essential Drugs Programme; Director (Office of the Accountant General, Kogi State/ State Programme Accountant, UNDP) and Permanent Secretary in Kogi State, all between 1992 and 2003. At the federal level, he was Deputy Director, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development; Director, Office of the Accountant General of the Federation; and Director, Finance and Accounts, Ministry of foreign Affairs all between 2003 and 2013.

Mr. Ocheni is a teacher and researcher of no mean repute. He was a lecturer in Accounting, Taxation, Cost Accounting and Management Accounting at the Federal Polytechnic, Idah, Kogi State, between 1985 and 1993. His zeal for and commitment to research is demonstrated in the number of books written and scholarly articles published in reputable journals. These include six books in Accounting, Finance and Management issues published by the Spectrum Books Limited, Ibadan, 42 articles published in reputable international journals with many of them available online and six others published in local journals. The research and academic prowess of the Prof. Stephen Ocheni captured the attention of the National Universities Commission, NUC, which engaged him as member of undergraduate and postgraduate accreditation panels to universities across the country. He was a member of accreditation panel to Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State (2014), Post-Graduate Accreditation Panel to Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka and Enugu State University, Enugu (2014); Undergraduate Accreditation Panel to University of Port Harcourt (2014), Undergraduate Accreditation Panel to Federal University of Technology, Owerri (2014) and Undergraduate Accreditation Panel to Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State (2015). Stephen Ikani Ocheni who was appointed Professor of Public Sector Accounting by the Governing Council of Kogi State University in October 2013 has been fully involved in administration, teaching, research and supervision of students at the undergraduate, masters and PhD levels since then. He has successfully supervised numerous postgraduate students (M. Sc and PGD) in Accounting and Taxation and is currently involved in the supervision of PhD students.

It was to the credit of Professor Ocheni as the Dean, Faculty of Management Sciences that Kogi State University recorded huge success in the first ever postgraduate accreditation of programmes in the faculty by the National Universities Commission (NUC). The programmes that secured full accreditation in this regard include M.Sc. (Accounting), M.Sc. (Taxation), MBA (Accounting), Ph.D. (Accounting), M.Sc. (Business Administration), MBA ((Business Administration), Ph.D. (Management), M.Sc. (Banking and Finance), Ph.D. (Banking and Finance), M.Sc. (Public Admin), MPA and Ph.D. (Public Administration). In terms of national and community services, the former Minister of State for Labour and Employment has served as chairman/president and member of boards, committees, council and associations at both the local government, state and federal levels. The most recent of such assignment was his chairmanship of Kogi State ADHOC Committee on Fiscal Responsibility saddled with the responsibility of working out the strategies for the implementation of Treasury Single Account (TSA) in the State, adoption and implementation of the Contributory Pension Scheme and post autonomy strategies for enhanced revenue collection by Kogi State Internal Revenue Service (KGSIRS).

Professor Ocheni has attended numerous conferences, workshop and seminars at the national and international levels and presented thought provoking papers at such occasions. Among them are “Project Financing and Sustainability, Management Sciences for Health” (Boston, USA, 1994); “Strategies for Home Ownership Howard University” (Washington DC, USA, 2006); “Enhancing Policy Consistency in Governance: Pathway to Sustainable Growth and Development in Africa” (University Auditorium, University of Lome, Togo (2011); and “Impact Assessment of Internal Audit on the Performance of Public Sector Management in Nigeria: A study of selected States in Nigeria”. Annual Joint Conference of the International Academy of Business and International Educators Group (Washington DC, USA, 2014). He has also been involved in numerous diplomatic engagements in and outside the country.

Mr. Ocheni’s commitment to professionalism and service of humanity has earned him several awards from reputable bodies and organisations over the years. These include Kogi State Merit Award as The Best Permanent Secretary in Kogi State; Distinguished Honours Awards by the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) FCT Council; Award for hard work and Financial Prudence by the Nigerian Union of Journalists (October 2010); Merit Award by the Rotary Club International; Award for Academic Excellence and Hard-work by Igalamela Community Development Association, Abuja Chapter; Distinguished Service Award by the Institute of Independent Marketing Management of Nigeria; Distinguished Leadership Award by Igalamela Solidarity Forum; Merit Award for distinguished Humanitarian Services by the Old Students Association of Idah Secondary Commercial College (2010); Award of Excellence by the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa in recognition of technical support to the Directorate, among others. The university don holds the title, “Omachi Atta Igala” conferred on him by the late Atta Igala, His Royal Majesty, Aliyu Obaje. Prof. Stephen Ocheni is a Fellow and advisory board member of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, (FCEnt); Fellow of African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (FCSBE); Fellow of The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (FCGEP). Fellow/Council Member of Academy for Political Entrepreneurship and Leadership (FCPEL) and a prominent member of Board of Trustees, the Global Confederation of Entrepreneurship Institutes.
Prof. Stephen Ocheni is happily married with children.

Matthew Olugbemiga Ilori Ph.D, NIFST, FSM, FCEnt, FTIME

Matthew Olugbenga Ilori, a cerebral and award winner Professor of Technology Management of great repute, obtained his B.Sc. Chemistry and M.Sc., Food Science and Technology in 1979 and 1983 respectively from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile Ife, Nigeria. He obtained his Ph.D. in Food Technology from University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He was a Senior Research Fellow/ acting director of the Technology Planning Unit – a postgraduate unit whicg runs master’s and doctoral level programmes in technology management at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. Professor Ilori was the director of African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation and currently director of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile Ife. His fields of interest include food processing, brewing science and technology, technology policy, planning and management, industrial technology management, innovation management, science and technology entrepreneurship. Prof. Ilori is a Member: Nigerian Institute of Food Science and Technology; Fellow of Institute of Strategic Management of Nigeria; Fellow, Institute of Business Diplomacy and Financial Management; Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship, Nigeria and Fellow, Academy of technology innovation management and entrepreneurship among others.

Yakibi A. Afolabi Ph.D.,MNIPM,FCEnt

A multiple academic award winner and UK/US-trained Entrepreneurship and Management Authority. A classic business economist, production manager and human resource manager of great repute. He is seasoned academics, Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship and HOD Business Administration at Federal University Oye-Ekiti, with about three decades of teaching, research, management and academic leadership. His research orientation is multidisciplinary with focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, management and economic growth. He is a Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship,Nigeria.

Imam Abdullahi Shuaib FCPA, FCIDA, FIMC, FAAE, FCEnt

Executive Director/CEO Zakat & Sadaqat Foundation; Non-Executive Director Hajj Mabrur Ventures Limited (HMVL); Executive Secretary Nigeria-Arab Association/Nigeria-Arab Chamber of Commerce & Industry; Regional Head (Southwest) Penman Pensions Limited and Executive Director Centre for Peace Initiatives (CPI).


Dr. Helen Opigo holds an HND in Computer studies from the Polytechnic of the South Bank, London, UK now South Bank University, a Master in Business Administration degree with specialization in Management from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Nkpolu, Port Harcourt; now Rivers State University and a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Business Policy from the same University. Dr. Opigo has worked with the River State Ministry of Finance in the Treasury Division as a Computer Programmer/Analyst. She also worked in the same capacity with the Computer Center at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology. Whilst at the University she taught system to final year Management students. Her services were later transferred to Administration where she rose to Assistant Registrar before leaving to seek greener pastures at the Shell Petroleum Development Company as Manager of the prestigious Shell Club in Port Harcourt. She later transferred to mainstream Shell as Senior Government Relations Adviser on Bayelsa for the company. On leaving the company in 2008 the Government of Bayelsa State appointed her Managing Director of one of their Agricultural Companies ‘Creek Foods Supply Company Limited’ responsible for the sale of produce from the other Agricultural companies, Bayelsa Palm, Bayelsa Sea Foods and Bayelsa Farms till 2012. Dr. Helen Opigo holds membership of several professional institute, including Institute of Policy Management Development, Association of Nigerian Women Academic Doctors (ANWAD), World Association of Academic Doctors (WAAD) USA, Academy of Management Nigeria, Institute of Personnel Management, Association of Nigerian Authors Yenagoa branch. She is a Member, Founding Fathers of Bayelsa State to date. Currently she is a Senior Lecturer at the Federal University Otuoke, where she is Director Entrepreneurship. Prior to this position she was the Head of Department Entrepreneurship and Marketing. She has two daughters Babbie Belemo Opigo and Karen Opigo both Lawyers working in Lagos Nigeria and Dar Es Salaam Tanzania respectively.

Hon. (Chief) Segun Ogunyemi JP MPA, MSM, FCEnt

Honourable Segun Moses Ogunyemi (AKA SEGMOS) is a retired Chief Lecturer, Public Administrator and Strategist. He is an Educational trainer and consultant of great repute. Chief Ogunyemi is a social and political entrepreneur and Award-winning Ex-Local Government Chairman in Oyo State. He is a committed Fellow of Institute of Classic Entrepreneurship,Nigeria.

Maryam Abdu PhD, FCEnt, FNIM, FABRM, FCAI

A well-versed, resourceful and cerebral entrepreneurship educator. An internationally-acclaimed Doctor of Financial Management and expert in Entrepreneurial Finance, Investment Analysis, Enterprise Risk Management and Financial analysis. A born teacher, educational administrator and manager of great repute. Maryam Abdu is currently, the Chairman of Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered). Kaduna Chapter, and under her able leadership Kaduna Chapter won the ‘2015 Best Branch’ Award of Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered). A trailblazer in Africa’s Female Entrepreneurship, Maryam Abdu is a Senior Lecturer at Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Social and Management Sciences, and the Coordinator, Kaduna State Consultancy Services Unit of Management of Kaduna State University. Her research interests lies in Financial Management, Entrepreneurial Accounting and Finance, Female Entrepreneurship, Small Business Management among others. Maryam Abdu has many journal publications both at home and abroad and presented papers at Conferences both at home and abroad. A professional par excellence, Maryam is a Fellow, Institute of Classic Entrepreneurs; Fellow, Academy of Business and Retail Management; Fellow Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered); Fellow, Institute of Corporate Administration; Member, The Academy of Management Nigeria and Member, International Research and Development Institute among others.

Dr. Eke Vincent Ikechukwu M.Sc.MBA,MNIMN,MNIM,MNAEEN,FCEnt

Eke Vincent Ikechukwu is a Chief Lecturer in Department of Marketing and the Pioneer Director of Entrepreneurship Development Centre,Federal Polytechnic Bauchi. He holds Double B.Sc in Marketing and in Management, Double Masters Degree in Marketing and in Management and double Postgraduate Diploma degrees in Education and Management. He is a member of several professional bodies and a Fellow of this great institute. His teaching and research interests include entrepreneurial marketing, economics, small business management and centre more on entrepreneurship development as a core area of interest. He has published several international journals and text books. A renowned entrepreneurship mentor,trainer and consultant,he has mentored and consulted for several small and medium size enterprises within and outside Nigeria.

Prof. Nebath Tanglang FCEnt

Prof. Nebath Tanglang is a Professor in Physical and Health Education (Sport Management). He has Bachelor of Education (P.H.E) Hons – Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; Masters of Education, P.H.E (Sports Psychology) – University of Lagos; Doctor of Philosophy, P.H.E (Sports Management) – Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Professor Tanglang is presently the Director, Academic Planning, National Open University of Nigeria, has held the position of Centre Director, Gombe Study Centre, Director Learners Support Services; Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration. He was recently appointed Director, African Council for Distance Education, Quality Assurance and Accreditation Agency (ACDE-QAAA). Professor Tanglang is married with children.

Isaac Oluwajoba Abereijo, Ph.D, FTIME, FCEnt, FCSBE, FCGPE

Isaac Oluwajoba Abereijo is a highly articulate Professor of Technology Management with Institute for Entrepreneurship and Development Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, Nigeria. He was a consultant, trainer, and researcher with Centre for Industrial Industrial Research and Development (CIRD) of of the same institution. Abereijo is an experienced and entrepreneurship and small business consultant of international repute who has attended seminar, trainings and workshops on innovation, entrepreneurship and small business development both within and outside Nigeria. He has published several academic papers in local academic journals in Nigeria, within Africa, and also in USA, South America, and Asia; in the areas of small business finance, ICT in SMEs, and technological innovation in SMEs.His research interest is in Technological entrepreneurship and innovation. He is an Associate Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM);. Member, International Council for Small Business (ICSB), Nigeria Chapter; . Full Member, Institute of Data Processing Management of Nigeria (IDPM); Member, Gate2Growth Academic Network in Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Finance (European Commission’s Innovation Policy; Member, African Incubation Network and Fellow/ Council Member, Academy of Technology Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship (ATIME); African Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ACSBE) and The Global Academy of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (GAEIN).


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