30 Under 30 Young & Celebrated Leaders in Port Harcourt.
We couldn’t think of a better way to start 2018 and kick start the #YoungAndCelebrated campaign in anticipation for our foremost project this year, THE MEDIA AWARDS 2018 than by celebrating young men and women in the city of Port Harcourt who have devoted a considerable portion of their lives in activities geared towards giving the city a facelift, contributing to its ecosystem and affecting the lives of people around.
We acknowledge that this list may not be entirely exhaustive as there are many more young persons in the public eye, and outside of it, who continue to inspire, empower, protect, educate, advocate for and make it their lives work to create opportunities for other young people and work for the greater good of society.
The young persons on this list represent many more others who we continue to celebrate, acknowledge and recognize.
Olumati Isaiah is a Port Harcourt based thought Leader, Strategist, entrepreneur, author and business coach, who has owned and operated on a few stable platforms including his main company, Mirus Empire.
In sustaining a social media trend he started a few years ago “#TalentedButStuck,” he has constantly displayed traits of hard work, determination in a well-organized, systemized approach that leads into raising brands and businesses to profits.
In doing so, he continues to guide MIRUS EMPIRE, its franchisees and its associates to ever greater achievement and success.
The prevailing harsh economy has not killed the appetite for good food. Chief Executive, Fifi’s Food House, Onimim Fifi Karibo, runs a flourishing restaurant in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
Fifi Karibo is a young chef/entrepreneur in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital, and she is doing well.
She has two missions: to challenge food lovers to seek good food; and make the sector the most sustainable in the country. Her initial interest was not in food business as she did not read food technology. She studied biochemistry from University of Port Harcourt.
According to Fifi her cooking and keeping house talent began when she was young. Her home was a huge influence on her and she decided to do something with food.
She started Fifi’s Food House in March 2016. However, before she fully launched her outing, she has done a lot of cooking since 2013, starting with her sisters’ pot and gas cooker.
Providence worked for her as her business began to grow. Inspired by the array of customers that patronise her business and the feedback she got, she went a step further to develop a range of menu, fulfilling her ambition to make it easy for everyone to get a good local or international dish.
She uses fresh ingredients and popular local dishes.
Aside food business, Fifi is also running a high profile events management business. She has one permanent and a couple of temporary workers, and hires more hands when the occasion arises.
Her Fifi’s Food House, as she called, is a one stop shop for good food.
Her purpose of doing the business, she said, was to serve beautifully prepared, restaurant food to discerning professionals through an unsurpassed delivery/take-out-eat in experience. The business, she said, has been enterprising, as she always seeks to improve on ways of offering better services.
Fifi was involved in Port Harcourt International Food Festival, a platform designed to celebrate different culinary cultures with focus on indigenous cuisines. The primary objective is to enlighten the public on the issue of food insecurity.
While it took her a lot of efforts and financial commitment to do successful food business, she is happy she is realizing her vision and plan, and giving customers every reason to stop by for a meal at her place.
JOAN BANNA (JOJO’S TOUCH)
Leaving a secure job and venturing into the “dangerous” waters of entrepreneurship is no easy task. Even renowned entrepreneurs advise that one should think and plan thoroughly before making that move, with some throwing words like “you can be your own boss while at your job” or “entrepreneurship is not for everyone” just to make sure people don’t get carried away by the perceived outer beauty of entrepreneurship.
That is the story of Nigeria’s finest makeup artist based in Port Harcourt, Joan Banna of Jojo’s Touch.
She made the move at age 21 (brave right?) leaving a secure job as a chemical engineer without any formal business education or makeup training to start her makeup studio.
Today, she has mentored and trained so many other beauty entrepreneurs in the field and has so many accolades tied to her name in the make up business.
Ebuka Akara is a Social media influencer, digital media enthusiast and content curator. Inspired by the power of the imternet, his name is mentioned amongst top influencers across the country.
Known for his Reach, Response and Affordability Through hardwork and consistency, Ebuka has built a large Internet follower Base where its his business to help other businesses achieve visibility online.
Ebuka is a graduate of Educational management from the prestigious University of Port Harcourt.
ANITA MAY IGONI
Anita May Igoni is a 22year old graduate in computer science from Abua/odual in Rivers State!
Anita is the Ex nigerian queen supermodel 2011/2012 and Miss Tourism Nigeria (planet)2015.
The beauty queen who has passion for the girl child education is also a lifestyle coach and a serial entrepreneur.
She is the C.E.O @Dolly birdhouse, an entertainment outfit that manages events, renders PR services and event staffing.
Anita is also the Founder of Miss portharcourt City pageant and QLOPHAwards (quintessential ladies of portharcourt awards).
She is Co-founder @recyclephc, a voluntary community development service that educates people on recycling and how it helps our environment.
Angel is the creative director of Zine Fashion House based in Port Harcourt.
The fashion consultant and stylist is also biomedical physician and prides herself as an authority in the world of fashion by the amazing collection put together by her fashion outfit.
The brand E&E INSPIRED is a Fashion brand birthed to flaunt the grandeur royal heritage of Africa & Nigeria at large, we specialize on quality outfits such as etibo, senators, agbada, danshiki, leisure caftans, dress shirts, etc.
Ezekiel Worukwo is the man behind that idea. A graduate of Rivers state university formerly called Rivers state university of science and technology.
Fashion designing is his passion and he is killing it.
Thelma believes looking good helps you feel better about yourself.
This ideology we would say formed part of her decision to be a solution provider in the fashion industry.
The boss lady at Thelma Selections, a bespoke fashion house in Port Harcourt is not just a fashion creative but also an influencer and a stylist.
Thelma continues to pride herself in the business by selecting, styling and selling unique fashion items.
Sandra Sopuluchukwu Ezekwesili (born September 19, 1989) is a Nigerian Broadcast Journalist, Radio Presenter, Public Speaker and Compere.
She currently hosts the breakfast radio show, “Good Morning Nigeria” on Cool FM 95.9 in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
When she is not busy being awesome as Port Harcourt’s No1 Compere/Master of Ceremony/Red carpet host, she is producing creative content for radio and TV.
She serves as a mentor and role models to many young minds in and outside the city.
EBENEZAR WIKINA is a Port Harcourt-based development journalist and New Media consultant who has interviewed over 120 World Leaders & experts on his series, The Stroll. Ebenezar is famous for telling stories using his mobile phone as his chief tool.
Some previous guests from “The Stroll” include; Amina Mohammed (Deputy United Nations Secretary General), Mr Michael Moller (Director General, United Nations Office Geneva), Elsie Kanza (Head of Africa, World Economic Forum), Rt Hon Ken Macintosh (Presiding Officer, Scottish Parliament), Richard Wurman (Founder of TED), Stephen Sackur (Host, BBC HARDtalk) , The CNN Freedom Project, Femi Oke (Host of Al Jazeera’s ‘The Stream’), to mention a few.
His writing has been featured on various local and international online platforms like the United Nations Website (Geneva and New York), the World Economic Forum Agenda, The Huffington Post (US and South Africa), UNICEF Voices of Youth, YNaija, NDLink, to mention a few.
Ebenezar organized TEDxYouth@OrdinanceRoad, West Africa’s only TEDxYouth event in 2014; Spoke on the media panel during the 25th Anniversary of the World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa; and coauthored “The Africa 80” written by 80 young leaders across Africa.
In August 2017 he cofounded “Ogoni Stories” aimed at telling the everyday stories of the indigenous people of Ogoniland.
His work so far has earned him several awards & recognitions within and outside Africa including, the Global Investigative Journalism Fellowship (2017); the British Council’s Future News Worldwide Fellowship (2017); Nominee, Future Awards Africa & EbonyLife Prize for New Media (2016); Winner, Port Harcourt Business and People’s Award (2015) to mention a few. His current work is with Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) where he curates PIND’s development news and information project, NDLink.
Mayowa Daramola is from Ekiti state and based in Rivers State.
The young TV host/Compere studied geology at the university of port harcourt.
He Currently is the host of show biz weekly and the co-host of. The Gudu morning naija show on Wazobia Max Tv, Port Harcourt
Okiemute Imonirhua popularly called Kiemutay is the co-host of the Gudu Morning Naija show on Wazobia TV alongside Mayowa Daramola in Port Harcourt.
Her job as the TV co-host for an exciting and educative TV show serving the entire city displays her creativity and dedication to informing and entertaining the public
OGOLOMA ENDURANCE YOUNG (YOUNG ENDY)
Young Endy (Ogoloma Endurance Young) is a Nigerian By Birth, Port Harcourt based but schooled in Ghana where he got certified as a Journalist with a BA in Journalism and Media Studies in the year 2014, A prolific Writer/Blogger, Social Media Influencer, Publisher, and a General Media Content Provider.
He is the C.E.O of KONET Media Group; a fast growing media company aimed at networking brands and personalities through new and old age media platforms hereby helping him pursue his dream of becoming one of Africa’s top most media icons.
Born to Mr. And Mr. Okwu-Iwayi Ogoloma in Orogbum Community, Port Harcourt Rivers State, Young Endy is the first of 5 children. At age 29 (01-01-1989) he has gained so much recognition within and out Port Harcourt Entertainment circle through his unique blogging skills via his blog (www.youngendysblog.com).
JOJO ALABO FILANI
Jojo is a renowned blogger in the city of Port Harcourt. The graduate from the Rivers state university has been in the business of creating amazing and engaging content on his blog PH City Promo which is a foremost promotion hub for many top entertainers in the city.
Recently, he added creating and producing visuals to add more value to his work in the entertainment circle.
Sunshine is an on air personality at the Beat 99.9 FM Port Harcourt.
The fun digger who is also the boss lady at Gemini Dreams Media is a red carpet hosts and runs a YouTube channel where she presents amazing contents.
Sunshine is regarded as one of the most lovable and youngest female voice on radio right now in Port Harcourt.
Tonye Briggs is a renowned blogger, entrepreneur and a social media expert. She started her blogging career 2 years ago after graduating from the University of Lagos as a Medical Physiologist.
Tonye Briggs is the brain behind one of the most visible websites in the Niger Delta, PortHarcourtInPictures, a social media platform that started out as a page on Instagram but has grown into a full-fledged lifestyle brand showcasing Port harcourt and curating content on the culture, events and job opportunities available in Port harcourt.
PortharcourtInPictures is a great support system for startups in Portharcourt and Brands are connected to a Digitally Vibrant Audience through social media management and relevant content generation on the Platform.
CHIJIOKE SAMUEL EMENU
Samuel Chijioke Emenu popular identified as etaliansblog is a renowned blogger and publicist.
The CEO of Pitakwa house Productions is also known for supporting and promoting bright ideas of young minds in Port Harcourt.
He is 100% involved in any cause that is targeted at giving the city a facelift and encouraging significant advancements.
Chijioke is the brain behind the Rivers Impact Youth Awards.
Sharon Georgewill is the Lead community organizer of Google Developers Group Addis, a freelance front-end web developer and co-organizer for DigiPH (DigiPH is a free community driven by passion to grow Port Harcourt’s digital business Eco-system and also attract investments to the city).
Sharon is passionate about technology and development with an interest in how digital startups can catalyze economic development in Africa. She is a Pan-Africanist and itinerant, using her growing expertise in applying technology solutions to managing projects for companies across Africa and beyond.
SOKARI GILLIS HARRY
Sokari is a young tech guy and the CTO of Nearbuy.ng
The android developer and cloud expert is one of the brains behind nearbuy.ng which is an online platform that encourages individuals to buy local products from their local community with aid of their mobile phone.
Sokari is applauded for his brilliant tech ideas and skills.
REMARKABLE MARY AKPAN
Remarkable Mary Akpan, who is a native of Ikot Nkan in Onna Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State is a young Amazon with an embodiment of excellence, passion and zeal to improve the lives of young people. She is the publisher of Remarkable Times Magazine, an educational and inspirational magazine to encourage hard work and promote godliness among youths.
She is currently an undergraduate of Political Science and Public Administration, University of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. She doubles as the C. E. O of Mary Remarkable foundation, A non-governmental organization saddled with the responsibility to add value to humanity through outreach and educational programmes.
As a public speaker with motivational speaking prowess, she has attended fora to speak and represent youths.
Her passion and works towards youth development has made her a paradigm to many youngsters, encouraging them to discover their purpose and engage in self mastery.
Recently she authored her first book “youthful & Useful” a motivational book to inspire and encourage young people to be useful while in their youthful age.
Recently a nominee, The Future Awards Africa prize for Agriculture, Okorode Christian is popularly called The Millionaire Farmer.
The young man gives farm lands to individuals who are interested in plantain plantation for the purpose of creating wealth.
Also a prolific writer, Christian positions himself as an influencer in the youth community.
Altraide Christabel Ibinabo born September 23 1995 is known by the mononym Christabel, she hails from Amadi Ama, Port Harcourt Local Government Area, Rivers State, She is social entrepreneur, model, a graduate of computer science, the premier Face of port harcourt city and an environmentalist.
Born in the University of port harcourt teaching hospital, Rivers State and raised in port harcourt, during her reign as the Face Of Port Harcourt City she successfully carried out several environmental projects all in the bid to achieve a cleaner and greener city. Some of the projects are; operating and maintaining a PET bottle collection and sorting center and also awareness campaigns through school advocacy.
Four months before she rounded up as a corp member, she applied to contest for the Miss Port Harcourt City Pageant, Icons Edition and emerged the Face Of Port Harcourt City. She also bagged two other award categories which are Best Dinner Dress and Miss Amity Port Harcourt City up till this moment, she has worked selflessly to portray the brand in a good light and contribute her quota to the improvement of lives and posterity of the good people of Rivers State.
She created the Merian Edmund Foundation in honor of her parents Merian Omoniabipi and Edmund Altraide to campaign against divorce in the society.
Her company, Recycle Port Harcourt City uses their earnings for charity and physically challenged children.
She was given a Humanitarian award by the Niger Delta Youth Development Council for her service to humanity and also the NAESIM award for the most Charitable queen of the year 2017.
PROMISE EXCEL & PAUL CONFIDENCE (Founders, Ignite PH)
Promise Excel and Paul Confidence are the founders of Ignite PH, a social community committed to supporting and collaborative systems for young entrepreneurs and talents in the city of Port Harcourt.
Ignite whose monthly meetings hold every last Saturday of the month is gradually becoming the home for many young entrepreneurs and creative.
Promise is a digital media strategist, a writer and story teller.
Paul is a social media strategist, web designer and the lead strategist at The Probe Media.
Born28th Feb, in Port Harcourt, Precious is a Nigerian singer/songwriter, whose main aim is to be a blessing to others and also propagate the gospel of Christ with spirit filled songs. He cites his parents (who are singers and lovers of music) as his greatest influence in music growing up as they made available the needed materials to encourage and nurture his love for music.
Fondly called ‘The boy with a golden voice’ by friends because of his ability to comfortably sing high notes and a perfect falsetto.
Precious is a talented and anointed gospel singer and has shared stage performances with Freke Umoh, Nathaniel Bassey, Beek, Timi Dakolo, Josiah Bassey, Kaydee Numbere, Najite, Mercy Chinwo, Mirobed and a handful of other Nigerian gospel artistes.
In 2012, He emerged 1st runner up in the RSYC. In 2013, He was a finalist on the Glo X FACTOR reality show. In 2014, He was a finalist on the Rising Star Gospel Show in Uyo. in 2015, He won the PORT HARCOURT SHIFT music competition. The graduate of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology recently took his career a notch higher with his sterling performances at the 2017 The Voice Nigeria music contest.
Mercy Chinwo is a Nigerian singer-songwriter and actress. Chinwo first came to prominence after winning the Etisalat and Pepsi sponsored Nigerian Idol Season 2 in 2012.
Chinwo’s father died when she was at a young age. She started her musical career by lending her vocals to musical projects by gospel music artists such as Sammie Okposo, Joe Praize, Buchi, Chris Morgan, and Preye. A year after winning the Nigerian Idols, she landed her first film role in Yvonne Nelson’s award winning film, House of Gold starring alongside Yvonne Nelson, Majid Michel and Omawumi among others.
She was also nominated at the 2013 Ghana Movie Awards for best music, original song.
She released her first single, “Testimony” in 2015 which was produced by record producer, Rotimi Keys, and a year later, released, “Igwe”. In 2017, she has released 4 more singles which includes” Excess Love”, “Omeka Nnaya”.
While we wait for her debut album, her songs has continued to be worship anthems in mouth of both gospel music lovers and non gospel music enthusiasts.
Edwin Isaac Utere, known and referred to as ED iZycs, hails from Akwa Ibom state. He was born in the early 90s in Port-Harcourt, Rivers state. Eddie started creating compositions in 2006 after completing his secondary education.
The multi-talented instrumentalist is a fast rising artiste, CADILLY ENTERTAINMENT. In his debut work ‘Celebration’, ED shows his dexterity playing the flute and the piano while blending jazz, classical, soft rock and world music to create highly inspiring and soothing instrumental works.
In his musical works, ED transmits the whole message through rhythm, melody and sounds as he uses no lyrics. His works are widely recognized as he has bagged various awards and nominations, his most recent is the AFRIMA nomination for best African Jazz, where he was the only Nigerian up against His greatest musical influence is the Greek pianist and keyboardist, Yanni while he draws his inspiration from light. According to him, “Once there is light, I can create anything”.
Outside playing jazz music, ED is also a gifted music producer and a video director. The highly versatile ED has directed many top notch videos including YQ’s ‘Nawo Nawo’, ‘Tear Rubber’ and ‘Hero’s Smile’, Dj Humility’s ‘Bad Man’, Cj-Mama’s ‘Sisi Jojo’, Lyon J and Terry G’s ‘Action’ and his own singles ‘Celebration’ and ‘Bloody Rose’ just to mention but a few.
Also known as Correktsound, Prinx is responsible for some of the biggest music tunes that came out of Port Harcourt last year.
The phenomenal and talented singer, songwriter, music producer, instrumentalist and performer hasn’t stopped dishing out anthems after he made an entrance with Sammy Hart on his single titled “Soft”.
He went to further to bring us ” Brother Nwachukwu”, a song that encourages youths not to be afraid or talked down by anyone.
Prinx Emmanuel is more than a musician but an evangelist in the new school of vibes creation.
Sammy Hart is more than a rapper. The hip hop talent can sing as well, produce music and has impeccable graphics skill.
Sammy is a true expression of the saying that talent is a currency in this generation.
Last year, Sammy released his first official single “I Like Me” under his music home “Mirus Empire”.
The song ” I Like Me” asides enjoying airplay’s is regarded as a street anthem that has inspired many to be their nest self regardless of their circumstance.
His latest single “Why” seeks to x-ray the myriad of problems we experience in our nation and how as a people we can solve them.
The undergraduate in the university of Port Harcourt is now positioned as mentor to many rap prodigies.
Kechukwu Eric Ahiauzu, is a singer and songwriter better known by his stage name Ric Hassani. The 27-year-old has been fully immersed in the music industry for over a year now and has managed to make his stand in the music industry as an unsigned artist. Ric currently has two award nominations for the 2016 Headies: ‘Best Vocal Performance’ alongside the likes of Brymo, Darey, Shaydee and Wande Coal as well as ‘Best Alternative Song’ both for his 2015 single, ‘Gentleman’.
Ric is inspired by the works of Boyz II Men, Craig David, Chris Brown, Sam Smith and Justin Bieber. He is slowly rising into the ranks of Timi Dakolo, Darey Art Alade and Praiz. At the moment, Ric is one of Africa’s emerging stars and has garnered the attention of the masses in a short time with his smooth vocals and intriguing fashion sense which is a blend of Western attire in Africa print.
Mc JP is a clean, classy, creative, inspiring and spontaneous comedian, actor and event host.
The Port Harcourt based entertainer recently made the region proud hen he emerged as the second best for Maltina’s Comedy Central challenge.
This feat achieved by the special deployment of his talent made him share stage with the big wigs of the Nigerian comedy industry in the just concluded Alibaba 1st January Comedy show & Awards among-st other numerous platforms.