Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Nkechi Okoro

Nkechi Okoro is a TV personality, actress, writer and Founder/President of Rock My Soul Productions. Originally hailing from Nigeria, Nkechi was raised in New York, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria and England. By the age of 14 she spoke three languages fluently and was performing and training with the Oxford Youth Theatre in England.

After returning to the States and performing on stages in New York and Philadelphia, Nkechi became dissatisfied with the roles being written for women of color. Not one to sit idly by, Nkechi started writing roles for herself and producing/directing independent content. She originally started producing for theatre in New York and Philadelphia before finally moving to Los Angeles to make the transition from theatre to film and television. This move resulted in the birth of Rock My Soul Productions. Her productions have been featured in film festivals on multiple continents, including North America, Africa and Europe.

Nkechi holds a Masters in International Economics from New York University and a B.A. in Economics and French from the University of Pennsylvania, from which she graduated with honors.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

Stella Okoli

Stella Okoli is the CEO of Emzor Industries Nigeria Limited, a multi billion naira Pharmaceuticals business.

Emzor Pharmaceutical started off as a retailing chemist shop in January 1977 - with just N5,000 - and has grown to become a leading manufacturer of pharmaceutical products as well as other health and medical products. The company, a wholly owned indigenous company, was incorporated in Nigeria in 1984 for the purpose of manufacturing high-quality pharmaceutical products and medical consumables. It currently controls 25 per cent of the analgesic market in the country and produces over 60 time-tested products, which included analgesics, vitamins, haematinics, anti-malarials, anti-tussives, antibiotics, anti-helmintics, anti-histamine, antacid, and cardio-protective drugs in Nigeria and in the West Coast of Africa. Emzor Pharmaceuticals has established offices in India, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ghana, and Mali.

Born in kano, Northern Nigeria, to Felix Ebelechukwu and Margaret Modebelu, of Nnewi, Anambra State, Okoli bagged a first degree in pharmacy from Bradford University, 1969, following it up with a master’s in Bio-Pharmaceutics from the University of London, Chelsea College, 1971. She has held several professional leadership positions, which include chairman of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Group, PMG, of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, MAN; member, Nigeria Economic Summit, and member, Health Matters Advisory Board of Nigeria.

In terms of laurels, she is not lacking, parading various national and international recognitions, which include, Member Order of the Niger, MON, Fellow Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Outstanding Service Award, Rotary International 21000, and ECOWAS International Gold Award.