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 Isang Awah

Isang began writing from childhood and cannot remember a time when writing was not a part of her life. Even as an undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, and later as a stay-at-home mom, she continuously wrote stories, songs, poems and articles. Her stories have appeared in many publications including the Harvard Summer Review (2010). She wrote the screenplay and several songs on the soundtrack album for the widely-acclaimed Nollywood movie, Bent Arrows.
Isang holds a master’s degree from Harvard University, U.S.A. and a PhD from the University of Cambridge, UK. She currently works at the University of Oxford’s Department of Social Policy and Intervention where she is part of the Accelerating Achievement for Africa’s Adolescents Hub. Isang mentors and serves as a life coach to many teenagers and young people. She also volunteers in E-Gaps, an NGO that is dedicated to bridging the gaps in the Nigerian public education system.

Esen Hatcher

Esen is eager to positively influence young people. She enlisted in the U.S. Army for four years and there obtained the rank of Sergeant as a Signal Support Specialist. She graduated top of the class from the Army’s Advanced Individualized Training. During her four years in the military, she was soldier of the month three times, received the Army Achievement Award (AAM) and two Army Commendation Awards (ARCOM).

Esen also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin. She joined Schlumberger's soft development team as an intern and while there developed a remote monitor. She has also worked at Intel Corp., Numonyx Inc. and Micron Technologies Inc. as a validation/verification engineer. She is actively involved in the Society of Women Engineers where she mentors and encourages young girls to pursue fields in science and technology. She is also involved in Volunteer - PC Pals, an e-mail mentorship program for elementary school kids.

Esen volunteers in the Women Enrichment Program where she teaches women facing hard times how to use technology to get jobs. She has been married for many years and has two boys. She enjoys listening to audio books, running and spending time with her family.

Cobhams Emmanuel Asuquo

Cobhams is an award-winning singer/song writer/music producer and music entrepreneur who is keen on promoting a reading culture in children and youths. He started his professional training as a lawyer, but later branched into music full-time to fulfill a lifelong desire. He gained international attention for producing and co-writing ‘Asa’, the debut self-titled album for the acclaimed soul singer.

Today, Cobhams is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cobhams Asuquo Music Productions (C.A.M.P.), a reputable record label which has created musical works and intellectual property for big brands such as Coca Cola, Procter & Gamble, MTN, Diageo, Etisalat etc, and  major advertising agencies including Saatchi & Saatchi, Insight Communications, DDB Lagos and LeoBurnett Beirut, Lebanon.

Cobhams has been featured on CNN African Voices television program for his contribution and impact on the African music industry. Rising artiste, Bez, whose debut album ‘Super Sun’ was highlighted on The Boston Globe’s ‘top ten best world music albums of 2011’, is the first of three artistes signed by Cobhams to the C.A.M.P. record label. Cobhams has also served as: Music consultant and producer for Project Fame West Africa ( 2010-2011), songwriter for Sony ATV, London (2005-2010), Writing Consultant for Advance Warning, MTV Base (December 2008), Guest Judge & Song-writing Coach on West African Idols 2007 & Project Fame West Africa 2008, Naïve Records, France 2007. Cobhams is passionate about using music and literary works to positively influence the next generation. He is married with a son.


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