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Lagos Mainland’s 10 Most Influential Personalities for 2021

Dr. Ola Brown- The Flying Doctor

Dr. Olamide Brown is a medical doctor, health entrepreneur and founder of the Flying DoctorsHealthcare Investment Group. She is also the Director of the Greentree Investment Company, an investment platform that offers investors and African tech-startup entrepreneurs the opportunity for investment and success.

Dr Brown started the Flying Doctors after experiencing the loss of her younger sister while travelling in Nigeria under difficult circumstances. Her desire to improve the medical condition in Nigeria led to her establishment of the Flying Doctors initiative in Lagos in 2007. In the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, she was one of the influential figures who played a critical role in quality healthcare delivery to help contain the spread of the deadly virus.

Aproko Doctor

Nonso Bobby Fidelis Egemba popularly known as Aproko Doctor is a Medical Doctor, Blogger and Media personality. He is currently one of the most followed social media influencers on Twitter where he gives regular health tips to his growing followership.

Over the years, Aproko Doctor has been involved in campaigns for better governance, cleaner society and above all healthy living across the board.

Kennyblaq

Born Otolorin Kehinde Peter, KennyBlaq, is a Nigerian stand-up comedian and singer who shot into prominence through his creative blend of music to entertain his loving fans.

                                                         
The comic character who had his teenage years in Ejigbo, Lagos Mainland, joined the likes of Dave Chapelle to have an exclusive stand-up comedy show on the global streaming platform, Netflix in the year 2021.

By do doing, the award-winning comedian became the first Nigerian act to achieve the feat which is highly coveted among performers in the industry.

Reminisce

Alaga Ibile as he is fondly called by his followers is one of the key promoters of the Lagos Mainland. Reminisce is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and rapper, born Remilekun Khalid Safaru.

Reminisce remains one of the most successful artists who has remained connected to his roots on the Mainland with several investments across the metropolis.

The rapper who is also a Samsung brand ambassador released a chart-topping single titled Omo x 100 where he featured another popular rapper, Olamide in the year 2021.

After a stint at the popular Fadeyi in Lagos Mainland, the rapper currently resides in an exclusive and posh environment in Ogudu.

Ms Ruth Olusanya

Lagos State’s Commissioner for Agriculture, Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya is a model Mainlander as she is a product of St. Margaret Nursery & Primary School (Ikorodu), Queen’s College, Yaba- Lagos, and the University of Lagos.

In the year 2021, she contributed immensely to the development of the Agricultural sector through her launch of the 5-year agricultural development roadmap in line with the THEMES developmental agenda of the Lagos State Government (LASG).

She is committed to actualising food security goals, empowerment of over 10,000 farmers, and the development of the trade to boost economic growth in Lagos State.

Wale Adigun

Olywal as he is fondly referred amongst his peers is the Head of Sports and Programming at Lasgidi FM. A graduate of the Lagos State Polytechnic, where he studied Mass Communication, Olawale is widely versed in radio and television broadcasting where he hosts popular sports shows.

The affluent Ogba resident has strived to dedicate excellence which earned him the prestigious Nigerian Sports Awards for the Sports Journalist of the year in 2016. His radio programmes have helped create opportunities for other sportscasters who have leveraged his platform to build a name for themselves in the trade.

Kunle Afolayan

Kunle Afolayan is a multi-talented actor, director and film producer who has since grown to become a household name in the Nigerian movie industry.

The enigmatic character who left banking in the early 2000s to pursue his dreams in the entertainment space took the world by storm with his debut film Figurine and has since produced subsequent films to greater acclaim.

In the year 2021, Kunle Afoloyan added another feather to his cap with the grand opening of KAP Hub, a full-fledged film, music, sound production and entertainment hub, in the heart of Ikeja, Lagos Mainland.

He followed this with the celebrated release of two Netflix originals titled Swallow and A Naija Christmas which was widely accepted by movie lovers.

Tope Alabi

Tope Alabi also known as ‘Ore ti o common’, is a Nigerian gospel singer, film music composer and actress.

The sonorous singer and her husband Soji Alabiestablished the Johnpat Studios in Ogba, Lagos, and have continued to release award-winning albums to the delight of her followers.

A resident of the Ifako-Ijaiye community, Lagos Mainland, Tope Alabi has continued to use her talents and her foundation, Mardebra Comforter, to drive community development.

Steve Babaeko

Steve Babaeko is the founder, X3M Ideas, a full-fledged advertising company with multinational companies on its client’s base. Following the successes achieved in the creative industry, Babaeko delved into entertainment with X3M Music where his team helped nurture the talents of award-winning acts such as Simi and Praiz.

With a growing talent and client base, Steve Babaeko has continued to put the Lagos Mainland where his businesses are housed on the global map with creative campaigns and highly sought global awards.

Babaeko’s purpose-built office complex for the X3M group has turned to a mecca of sorts for creatives who desire to carve a niche for themselves in the highly competitive industry.

Nyma Akashat

Akashat Nyma is a Nigerian lawyer and television host of the Television Continental’s daytime show Your View.

The highly cerebral Nyma disclosed that she was inspired to go into television by her desire to increase the Muslim representation in broadcasting.

In 2019, Nyma controversially defended child marriage as preferable to premarital sex which earned her support from different sides of the divide.

She currently pushes accountability and promotes developmental projects through her show Your View where she consistently discusses issues affecting communities across the metropolis.

Brand Of The Year- KUDA

Tech entrepreneurs, Babs Ogundeyi and Musty Mustaph founded Kuda in 2019, a Nigerian Fintech Company licensed by the Central bank of Nigeria.

Kuda is gradually taking the country by storm with its mobile-first, personalized and relatively cheaper banking services. The bank is modelled for the Millennial and the Gen ‘z’ internet-savvy population, providing them with the same banking services irrespective of location, it offers services to clients at the convenience of their homes, they also provide the 30-digit session ID for every transaction.

Since its entry into the market, Kuda and its promoters have showcased cutting edge offerings and highly skilled marketing to delight the teeming Nigerian population.

Grassroot Leader of the Year HON. ABDUL-HAMED SALAWU DULLAR

Abdul Hamed Salawu, popularly known as Dullar is the quintessential Executive Chairman of Somolu Local Government.

Following his return to office after the conclusion of the local government elections, the council boss renewed his commitment to the growth of the community with the launch of a developmental roadmap that is currently putting smiles on residents of the community.

Dullar as he is fondly called has done incredibly well in the years for the people of Somolu, raising the bar as council chairman through his developmental projects such as road constructions, rehabilitation of drainages, feeding the aged initiative, empowerment support for artisans and tradesmen, market clean-up exercises among others.

He is also helping to promote basic education in Somolu with the provision of free buses to convey students in primary and secondary schools in the local government to their schools daily to ease the tension this may have on their parents.

Dullar is a deserving grassroots leader of the year for his exploits to develop Somolu community.

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