Lagos born Tope Sadiq (Torpedo Mascaw) is a Compere, Poet, Composer, Actor, TV presenter and an On Air Personality. He is the founder of FreedomHall Nigeria, a platform for expression and giftings in Nigeria. As host of this wonderful platform, he has compered and performed at over 1,000 FreedomHall shows all over Nigeria, Ghana and the UK. He has acted as a master of ceremony for numerous corporate events, weddings, birthday parties, seminars and town hall meetings.
A very skilled Poet and Spoken word artist and is rated the best freestyle spoken word artist in Nigeria. Also, the curator of FreedomHall Arts Foundation, an NGO whose prerogative is to identify and nurture talent in young children and enable them harness those gifts for the greater good.
An IT consultant and a trained Sociologist. As an IT consultant, he and some colleagues created
Freedom Records, an on-line and mobile distribution channel for music and film, currently connected to all the mobile service providers in Nigeria, Freedom Records is uniquely placed to distribute and stream music to Nigeria and 18 African countries.
They also created FreedomHall a platform where live music, poetry, spoken word, comedy, drama, written word and original thought could be expressed, from a group of 6 the movement has grown to included thousands of youth across all demographics in Nigeria and beyond. He along with some colleagues initiated Freedom Studios, a kitchen where alternative and great music could be developed and created.
He has composed and directed the music score for 3 feature films and also featured in a couple of cameo roles as an actor.
He is author of the book “The Hidden” which he submitted for the international Nanowrimo prize for best fiction novel.
He is passionate about the environment and along with the Lekki conservation society launched the “save our trees campaign”
He is also a social reformer and was one of the strategists for the Occupy Nigeria standoff; he was also on the campaign cabinet for Pat Utomi in 2007 as well as Donald Duke in 2011.
He is a Ted fellow and has spoken both at Tedx Victoria Island in 2012 as well as Tedx Lagos 2013.
He is a lover of music, cooking, fashion, reading and an avid chess player.
He currently lives in Lagos, Nigeria but has a home in Takoradi, Ghana.
She is a Senior Associate in Nigeria’s leading internationally recognized law firm, “Adepetun, Caxton-Martins, Agbor & Segun” (www.acas-law.com). She is a legal/regulatory specialist with over 11 years of experience in extensive research and practice in Oil & Gas, Corporate Commercial, Labour, Property and Environmental law sectors. She is a high ranking member of the Energy and Project Finance Group of the Firm.
Donna, since childhood, has had an unwavering love for the arts, winning prizes in literature and fine arts in her secondary school, Atlantic Hall Co-Educational Secondary School. She started writing her thoughts at the young age of 13 and has not stopped since then.
Donna’s style of writing invokes a lot of imagery as she takes her audience on a vocal and imaginative journey through every poem she recites. She is often invited to recite poems written by other artistes who have favoured and enjoyed her creative style of delivery.
Her vision is to deploy words into the conscious self of every human being; cause them to pause, reflect and adjust the decisions they make which impact on their lives and on the lives of the people around them. She believes that change comes within the individual and that if thoughts and decisions are deployed effectively, then the resultant actions would eventually permeate the moral and social fibre of a community and the world at large – one individual, one thought, one decision at a time.
So Be It.
Jeffery Jaiyeola aka Plumbline is a Modern day Renaissance man…Geo-scientist, Poet, Songwriter, Political Blogger (rantingsofthetalakawa.blogspot.com, qwertytyrantino.wordpress.com) and Hip Hop Rap/Spoken Word artist.
Plumbline was born in Lagos Nigeria, in his Lagos Island hometown.Growing up, he was influenced by Local Poets like the late Mamman Vatsa and later on caught up with the works of the Late Ken Saro Wiwa.
His defining moment was when he heard Kurtis Blow’s “Basketball” and “If I ruled the World” in the Early/Mid Eighties. Having been on Michael Jackson’s pop and Boney M’s Discotheque, this was to him a paradigm shift. By the time he was in high school, he started writing his own rhymes but did not go into active recording till 2006/2007, the time he concluded his Masters Degree in Applied Geophysics, five years after a first Degree in Geology.
He is a sought out Spoken Word performer at Taruwa, Lydia Sobogun’s Poetry/Open Mic event, and a plethora of other Spoken Word Events. He pioneered a Spoken Word event, Chill and Relax, which still holds on strong in the hearts of Gbagada, Lagos.
He has a forthcoming EP titled TyRantimus, 7 Days WERK, a project written (by Plumbline) and produced (By Kraft) in Seven Days.