ILARIA CHESSA (Producer / Co-Founder) Ilaria is an economist with a passion for arts and Africa. She worked as development specialist in several African countries in non profit, bilateral and multilateral organisations. In parallel to her economic work in areas of economic and social reforms, she co-produced two international film festivals, the ION International Film Festival (2009) and the maiden edition of Africa International/AFRIFF Film Festival (in 2010) both in Port Harcourt in the Niger Delta. She is co-founder of the BornTroWay Project.
ADE BANTU (Creative Director / Music / Co-Founder) Bantu is a German-Nigerian artist who found home in the music, an activist against racism and xenophobia, a fighter for Pan African unity, a traveller between continents and a man with dozens of projects, plans and ideas. Ade Bantu is always ahead of his time, from the early beginnings of Hip Hop in Germany, to the influential Brothers Keepers project, to his album Fuji Satisfaction that earned him and his band two Kora Awards (the Pan African "Grammy") in 2005 as "Best West African Band" and "Best African Band", to various documentary film projects. He is based in Lagos where he recorded his latest album "No Man Stands Alone". Bantu is one of the minds behind Framewalk, sketching the concept and implementing it in many countries around the world promoting unity and self-expression through art.
ROPO EWENLA (Actor) Ropo Ewenla is a culture, art and media consultant with Smiling Fortune Communications. He is an actor, writer and producer. His recent projects include playing Siaman in Yeepa! Solaarin nbo, an adaption of Femi Osofisan's Who is Afraid of Tai Solarin, and Ogunlola in Gbagan-Gbagan Yoruba radio drama. He is in the cast of Wole Soyinka's Beatification of Area Boy coming up later in 2011 to be directed by the Nobel Laureate in person. He is a voice over artist and member of CORA, AWON and AVOA. He was the anchor of the edition of PLAY in 2009 and 2010. He is currently Secretary General of Pen Nigeria.
AJ DAGGA TOLAR (Spoken word / Music) Dagga Tolar is a spoken word poet, writer, teacher, frontline activist, and social crusader. He is the publicity Secretary of the Campaign for Democratic and Workers Right and the 1st Vice chairman of Nigeria Union of Teacher (Ajeromi-Ifelodun unit of the Lagos state branch). Dagga Tolar's published collections of poetry include Season of Struggle (1997). This Country is not a Poem (2005) and Darkwaters Drunkards (2007). He resides in Ajegunle, a slum neighbourhood, that in no little way continues to affect and influence every of his writing.
SEGUN ADEFILA (Dance) Segun Adefila is a dance and performance artist based in Bariga, Lagos. He runs a youth dance theatre group, Crown Troupe of Africa. The theatre company is made up of artists whose forte is the creation of new and socially relevant works. The award-winning troupe is famous for their ground breaking, unique and innovative rendition of works, which are flexible enough to be performed in conventional and unconventional performance spaces.
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KAYODE OMOLOLA (Actor) Sodunke Omolola Oluwakayode is a graduate of the department of Creative Arts University of Lagos, and holds a masters degree from the same institution. A creative director, drama instructor, he heads Touch Point, a group that engages young talents in the area of theatre. He has some published and unpublished stage plays to his credit.
JOY PRINCESS AKRAH (Facilitator theatre arts) Joy is a performance artiste and graduate of Creative Arts from the University of Lagos. She has been part of several theatre productions such as Death and The Kings Horseman, Moremi Ajaasoro, The Lion and The Jewel, Castles in the Air and several social political skits such as Otiya, Exodus, Fellow Countrymen. As a great lover of arts, her art is her heart.