Faith, Health & Wealth: Have Africans got the balance right?

Sat Mar 16 2019 at 01:00 pm to 05:00 pm
London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London, United Kingdom

London School of Economics, Houghton Street, London, United Kingdom

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The theme in question for this new series of our banter seminars is a really interesting one, with so many dimensions to it. The central research question is: Have Africans got the balance right with their faith, health and wealth?

We have amazing line of speakers set up to make this 4th edition of Brains & Banter epic. Read their profile below and get ready to fully maximize the opportunity of listening to their wealth of wisdom.

Our guest speaker, Dr. Yetunde Odugbesan-Omede (Ph.D.), is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Global Affairs and Politics in the department of History, Politics and Geography at Farmingdale State College. Dr. Yetunde's area of research expertise is in corruption studies, good governance and global ethics. She is a member of Transparency International Anti-Corruption Research Network (ACRN), American Political Science Association (APSA), and International Studies Association (ISA). She is a former researcher at Rutgers Institute of Anti-Corruption Studies (RIACS) and a member of Professionals in Foreign Policy, International Studies Association, American Political Science Association and Young Professionals for International. Dr. Yetunde currently serves as a Senior Fellow on the Millennial Policy Initiative Commission on Gender Equity. Millennial Policy Initiative (MPI), serves as an incubator for modern policy reform and dialogues addressing our nation's most pressing challenges. The goal of the Commission on Gender Equity is to provide vital policy recommendations and to promote more equitable representation of women in elected office; to ameliorate or close the gender pay and wealth gaps; and to ensure greater protections for the civil rights and liberties of women within society. Dr. Yetunde has both academic and practitioner based experiences. She has worked with many reputable institutions and government agencies such as United Nations Population Fund, New Jersey State Ethics Commission and more. Her interests in global ethics, good governance, human rights and gender equity has influenced her academic endeavors and profession. Dr. Yetunde received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Global Affairs from Rutgers University and her Masters of Science in Global Affairs with a concentration in International Law from Rutgers University. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Media Studies with a double minor in Africana Studies and Organizational Leadership from Rutgers University as well. She is a graduate of Eagleton Institute of Politics and United Nation Worldview Institute. She has certificates in international relations, applied political leadership and leadership. She was a New Leaders Council Fellow, Rutgers Emerging Leaders Scholar, Ronald E. McNair Scholar, Minority Academic Careers Fellow, Eagleton Institute of Politics Fellow and graduate of the United Nations Worldview Institute. In addition to her scholarly work she is a leadership and global affairs contributor to the Guardian Newspaper. Dr. Yetunde has held many leadership positions. She is currently an at-large member of the Alumni Leaders Council (ALC) of Rutgers University Alumni Association. Dr. Yetunde also served as a member on the 21st National Presidential Search Committee who was charged with choosing the current sitting President, Dr. Robert Barchi of Rutgers University. Dr. Yetunde is a member of United Way of Essex and West Hudson Women's Leadership Council and New Leaders Council Women's Caucus. She is also the Vice Chair of Leadership and Management for the United People for African Congress. She was appointed to serve as the Chair of Humanitarian Affairs and Social Advocacy for City of Newark African Commission under Mayor Cory Booker. Dr. Yetunde is also the Founder of Young Woman's Guide, an organization that provides global leadership development and training to young women from all backgrounds. To date they have trained hundreds of young women in leadership competencies in Nigeria, South Africa and throughout the United States. She is the author of Young Woman’s Guide and has her own dedicated column tiled Young Woman’s Guide with Guardian Newspaper where she writes on leadership and personal development for women. She can be found on:

Shola Adeaga is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist with over 25 years of Medical experience and a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. He also holds a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Cranfield University. He has been actively involved in the leadership of Jesus House since its inception in 1994 and has held a variety of positions over the years including Director of Music and Church Administrator.

He was ordained an assistant pastor in 1996 and became a full pastor in 2000. He currently holds the position of Executive Pastor at Jesus House and also serves on the board of trustees of Jesus House. Shola's responsibilities extend to the wider network of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (UK) where he was appointed as a zonal pastor in 2008, and has recently been appointed as a provincial pastor responsible for the London 3 area of the UK. He also serves as Chief Executive of the Festival of Life Organizing Committee. He is passionate about teaching and developing leaders, and his interests include squash, reading and music (particularly playing the keyboards). He is married to Funke and they have two children.

Afolabi Andu is a name synonymous to the African Project; a role he has played quite remarkably for over thirty years. He is a man who operates with great passion, excellence, commitment and dedication.  Afolabi can also be described as a highly skilled organizer, strategist and brilliant communicator.A recipient of numerous awards such as the Millennium Achievers Awards presented by Sir Eddie George at the Bank of England in 1999, the Nigerian Golden Jubilee Award in 2010 and subsequently The Nigerian Centenary Award in 2014 presented by Dr. Dalhatu Tafida, the Nigerian High Commissioner to the Courts of St James. 

Afolabi Andu, a BA(Hons) and MBA degree holder has been instrumental in the development of numerous high impact initiatives both in the UK and Nigeria. Some of the Initiatives include the Engineering Forum of Nigeria, The Best of Nigeria Expo, The Nigerian Achievers Awards and a host of others.One of his greatest passion is to see people excel in their area of core competence.

Dr. Alo Ohio-Omonkhomion, the convener of Brains & Banter is a Nigerian-bred UK-based economist and educational consultant. Dr. Alo attended the prestigious Queens College, Lagos (Nigeria), and at the tender teenage age of 15, left for the UK to continue her education. She went on to have her BSc in Economics, from the University of Hull (UK), her MSc in Economics and Development Economics from the University of Nottingham (UK) and her PhD in Development Studies from the University of Sussex (UK) - the world’s number 1 university for Development Studies.

Dr. Alo has worked as an Associate Tutor, a Research Assistant and a Lecturer. Having had this full-circle and fulfilling academic experience of over 15 years, she set up Brains & Butter to help Nigerian students in the UK have a rewarding academic and non-academic experience, and to keep their parents rest-assured that this is the case. She is happily married with three Children.

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