Creatives Against COVID-19 – Free Virtual Business + Freelance Clinics

Running a creative business is hard at any point in time, however we can all agree that the current COVID-19 pandemic has taken it to a whole ‘nother level. As a platform that seeks out ways to constantly support our community of professionals and entrepreneurs we’ll be offering free consultations from the 27th of March to the 5th of April to offer guidance and a space to share ideas.

We respect the diversity of each of the members of our community and a such we’ve taken the time to partner up with a variety of professionals to guide on various aspects of running your business during this tumultuous times. 

To take advantage of this initiative in all it’s glory see the steps below:

  • Look through each consultants bio and determine which best fits your current needs, or maybe even needs you’re planning for after the Coronapocalypse (LOL).
  • Click on the link that says ” YOU CAN BOOK A  30 MINUTE SESSION WITH xxxx HERE”
  • Book your session and take note of the time and date. Fill out all the necessary information regarding the booking.
  • Also, take note of the communication channel e.g. Zoom, Whatsapp, Skype etc.
  • PLEASE NOTE YOU ARE ONLY ENTITLED ONE SESSION, so make the best use of it by prepping all your questions ahead of time.

Get to know a little about our consulting partners below:

Yoanna Pepper Chikezie

YOANNA “PEPPER” CHIKEZIE, FOUNDER & CEO, THE ASSEMBLY HUB 

Pepper, a seasoned professional in Fashion production, marketing and branding, has worked in roles varying from Stylist to Fashion Editor, Consultant to Brand Manager and Head of Channel of Africa’s first international Fashion & Lifestyle Station SPICE TV. A strong advocate for creative economy development, Pepper founded The Assembly, a platform and community for fashion and creative entrepreneurs and startups.

Pepper currently works with TFO Canada a Trade and Export agency for developing countries as a National Export Consultant and Trainer.

Pepper can help with idea generation, freelancing, branding and communications strategy and can share her experience with managing remote teams. 

YOU CAN BOOK A  30 MINUTE SESSION WITH PEPPER HERE

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Omoyemi Akerele

OMOYEMI AKERELE, FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, STYLE HOUSE FILES 

Omoyemi is an experienced Managing Creative Director with a demonstrated history of working in the apparel and fashion industry. Skilled in Fashion Business Development Strategy, Establishing Apparel and Textile Industry Connections, Project Management and Direction, Industry Advocacy, Marketing Strategy, and Creative Direction. Strong arts and design professional with a LLM in International Economic Law focused in Law from University of Warwick.

YOU CAN BOOK A  30 MINUTE SESSION WITH OMOYEMI HERE

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Simi Olusola

SIMI OLUSOLA, FOUNDER & CEO , ASPILOS FOUNDATION / SENIOR CONSULTANT, NUACH CONSULTING 

Simi Olusola is a multipotentialite, development sector expert and entrepreneur who is passionate about the growth and development of Nigeria and Africa. She works with various organisations and the government to ensure economic growth and improve governance in the country.

She has been working in the non-profit sector for over 9 years with a focus on economic empowerment and good governance. She’s the Founder and CEO of Aspilos Foundation, an organisation working to eradicate poverty and inequality in Africa by implementing projects in development through Tech, Micro-enterprise acceleration & development, active citizenship and policy influencing. Notable among the projects of Aspilos Foundation are AboCoders and Citizens’ Platform. The organisation has impacted almost 500 people directly via its economic growth projects and over 1500 people via its good governance projects.

Along with her Co-director, Simi runs Nuach Consulting. Nuach provides solutions in the areas of Strategy, Operations, IT, Human Capital Development and Project Management. With a cumulative experience of over 13 years in these areas and her team has deployed solutions for clients  from Tech to Transport. They work with large enterprises , MSMEs and international organisations.

Simi is a maven at Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises advising. If you need assistance in managing the operations of your team during these uncertain times she’s got you. 

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH SIMI HERE

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Deji Haastrup

DEJI HAASTRUP, COMMUNITY & PROJECT MANAGER, THE ASSEMBLY HUB

Community Manager, Project Manager, Creative Deji’s experience in the creative space has allowed him tap into a growing expertise in Visual storytelling , Strategic thinking , Analytical decision making , Copywriting , Digital Media and a host of other competencies to aid the startups and teams that he has had the privilege to work with.His mission , as he grows in knowledge and ability, is to add value to every ecosystem, team and brand he comes in contact with.

Not sure if your ideas during this time are making cents? Deji will help guide you through your business model to make sure you’re get a good ROI even during the economic slow down. 

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH DEJI HERE

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Jumoke Adekunle

JUMOKE ADEKUNLE, RETAIL & BRAND CONSULTANT

Jumoke results driven, connected professional with over 16+ years in European and West African markets, in both the private and public sectors focused on delivering that essential global/local combination to provide coherent brand and business goals and solutions.

She’s worked on campaigns for global brands such as – Nike, Tommy Hillfiger, BBC 1xtra and Facebook.
Her core competencies include strategic Brand planning, Integrated Marketing, Retail marketing and Operations, Influencer marketing, Consumer research and insights.

Jumoke is a leader in every sense of the word , a passionate African advocate, a global local thinker, a brand
expert, a super connector and a cultural connoisseur.

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH JUMOKE HERE

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Israel Raphael

ISRAEL RAPHAEL, PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANT

Israel Raphael is Senior Partner at Black Unicorn LAH, where he Manages the Research & Innovation Team. They provide solutions for Businesses and Business Leaders with a portfolio ranging from Product development, Market research and business plans, UI/UX design, Content development and management, and Enterprise public relations. 

Israel has helped his clients net over N1billion in profits since 2015 through his uncanny business insight, training and consulting sessions in product development, business management and innovation especially in fast-paced and unconventional economies of developing countries in West Africa. 

He has been working in the field of business operations and administration for over 8 years with experience in operations reliability and project management. He held positions in the private sector, amongst others at the Anglo-Dutch giant Shell where in his capacity in Operations Reliability, he advised Regional Maintenance Managers across Nigeria. After leaving Shell, he focused his life’s work around research for business, personal development and music.

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH ISRAEL HERE

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Godwin Bamsa

GODWIN ABIODUN BAMSA, EXTERNAL AFFAIRS AND SUSTAINABILITY LEAD, UNILEVER GHANA AND NIGERIA

Bamsa has nearly a decade of experience in Sales, Research and Development, Sustainability and Social Impact, Communications and Partnerships, and Government, Regulator, Industry and Community relations across the Private sector.
He especially enjoys social impact work – its design, execution, amplification, and scale up and in bringing his and the varied expertise of different groups towards finding solutions to social problems.

Are you looking at nailing down some strategy while things have slowed down, or maybe you’re looking to prepare for when things are back up again? Godwin’s your guy!

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH BAMSA HERE

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Papa Omotayo

PAPA OMOTAYO, FOUNDER, A WHITE SPACE CREATIVE AGENCY

Papa Omotayo is the CEO/Creative Director of MOE+ art ARCHITECTURE and the founder of A Whitespace Creative Agency (AWCA). Papa seeks to redefine a African modernism through collaborating with contemporary artists. He’s has achieved this by working with a strong focus on context, culture and nature, creating ideas and work engaged in participation and collaboration that tries to find new possibilities for architecture within Africa’s urban centres and beyond. Papa is a Graduate of the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, United Kingdom. His accomplishments include ‘Best New Director’ at the Fashion Film Festival Milano, as well as the ‘Best Curator’ at the Nigeria Expo’ International Fashion Showcase in London, among other accolades.

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH PAPA HERE

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Moses Ida

MOSES IDA- MICHAELS , BUSINESS DIRECTOR, NETWORKS BY AVAILSYS

Moses Ida-Michaels is a Speaker on Collidecentral.com. He is a co-founder of Availsys, an IT business. He is an Author, a Counsellor and Pastor @EcclesiaHills – Lagos.

As an experienced Counsellor, He is curated a conversation platform called CollideCentral. His wants to help people achieve Wellness and Mental Health, iRest. Work-Life Balance, happiness, authentic voice and transformation.

The problem with times like these is the stress of not having things go as usual. Moses will be on hand to guide you through constructive ways to maintain your productivity and wellness even when things seem out of your control. 

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH MOSES HERE

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Sam Otigba

SAMUEL OTIGBA, BRAND EXPERT & BUSINESS STRATEGIST

A result oriented individual, driven by a need to do things excellently and Sam is constantly seeking new ways to do things better and differently. He loves adding value to any team  he works with and has a desire to be consistently relevant to the world of Information Technology. Sam doesn’t shy away from challenges , as he thrives in any environment where he’s learning new skills. He possess an ability to grasp any software within a short period of time, stays vastly informed, is skilled in visual and social communication, energetic and a creative and innovative thinker. Samuel Otigba in a nutshell everyone !

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH SAM HERE

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Emalohi

EMALOHI IRUOBE, FOUNDER, TRIBE XX LAB

Emalohi L. Iruobe Esq.has a Bsc. in Finance and Banking from Lincoln University, PA and a Juris Doctor from Villanova University. Before founding Tribe XX Lab, the first and only co-working, wellness and incubator space exclusively for female entrepreneurs and female led startups she practiced law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey working in Commercial litigation, as well as working as the Manager of Project Implementation in the Kwara State Public Private Partnership office in 2013. Emalohi comes with over a decade experience in entrepreneurship, law, education and business.

Maybe you’re not sure how to handle what’s going on and you need a listening ear to help bounce your ideas? Emalohi is here for you. 

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH EMALOHI HERE

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ISOKEN OGIEMWONYI

ISOKEN OGIEMWONYI, EDITOR AT LARGE AT BELLANAIJASTYLE.COM AT BELLANAIJA

Isoken is an experienced Creative Director with a demonstrated history of working in content, influencer management, digital media and the fashion industry. She also specialises in Trend Analysis, Luxury Goods, Retail, Entrepreneurship, and Textiles. A strong arts and design professional with a Master of Science (MSc) focused in Management from BPP Business School Isoken is someone you definitely want to have in your corner. 

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH ISOKEN HERE

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LEIGH ODIMAH, LECTURER, FASHION COMMUNICATIONS, LONDON COLLEGE OF FASHION 

An experienced PR, communications and event marketing manager with a demonstrated history showcasing diversity in fashion, beauty and creative environments, in an integrated way. Leigh is  skilled in media relations, brand identity, digital marketing and creative design development.

She works across fashion, beauty, film, music and television. Collaborating with marketing and production teams, creating communication campaigns and marketing materials, producing short-form video and advertising content, copywriting and editing advertorials, cross-channel social media content and media kits. Experienced in press and media relations, production for consumer and awards events, third-party advertising and promotions, She is also a mentor and marketing and business educator at the University of the Arts London, London College of Fashion.

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH LEIGH HERE

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Arieta Mujay

ARIETA MUJAY, MARKETING, BRANDING,COMMUNICATIONS AND INFLUENCER STRATEGIST

Arieta Mujay is a marketing creative consultant that has been working in fashion at various capacities for the last 15 years across in the UK and across Africa. Her work is focused on Brand Marketing, PR & Communications, building campaigns both online and offline for Global retailers and e-commerce start ups in the UK as well as introducing the rest of the world to fashion and creativity from Africa. 

Starting out as a window dresser for GAP which allowed her access to seeing how looks are pulled together, she ventured into assisting celebrity stylists and fashion editors in London. She also got work experience at fashion magazines like RED, Just 19, Sneak and Smash Hits Magazine, and then moved on to fashion PR and communications, working her way up to be head of communications for Global retailers like New Look, River Island, Boohoo.com and the N Brown Group.

Arieta would be on hand to guide you through Marketing Communications, Branding And Mental Health (Depression And Anxiety).

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH ARIETA HERE

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Yegwa Ukpo

YEGWA UKPO, HEAD MANTAINER, NEWTYPE & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, TSI HOLDINGS

Yegwa is passionate about creating a future where human beings thrive in concert with the rest of the planet. Through his Newtype project he’s focused on creating synergies between indigenous and contemporary technologies; retrieving maintenance practices from around the world and using them to sustain wisdom ecologies in order to generate alternate futures.

In addition to NewType Yegwa has over a decade of experience in the Fashion  Advertising and Investment space. 

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH YEGWA HERE

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Chief Osaretin

OSARETIN AVBULUIMEN, MANAGING DIRECTOR, JONATHAN COLE

Chief Osaretin is often described as eccentric, funny and witty. The Nigerian born food lover is a graphic designer, creative director and culture shaper building brands across Nigeria. 

He enjoys creating strategies for new and already existing brands. He loves travelling, food, play, enjoy’s teaching and in his spare time is a photographer. 

He is currently the managing partner for Jonathan Cole, a brand management and design company, shaping cultures through design across Nigeria & Africa. 

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH OSARETIN HERE

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UCHE LOTANNA-ANAJEMBA,

UCHE LOTANNA-ANAJEMBA, MANAGING PARTNER, MML CONSULTING LTD

Uche is a business leader, strategist and social enterprise entrepreneur with 18 years’ experience and an eclectic background in the management of HR, commercial, operations and project management across various sectors including oil and gas (Upstream & Midstream), marine, engineering, power, aviation, retail, ICT, telecommunications and government.  At MML Consulting, she is the managing partner and HR director leading the delivery of diverse projects for various clients including Securities Exchange Commission (SEC), Coca Cola, Imperial Mortgage Bank, Total Upstream Nigeria Ltd, Nestoil group, CHC Helicopters, SPUD Oil and gas, Bava Group, Kaizen Oil and gas and many more. 

Uche can help with best practices on running a thriving fashion business, as well as career planning for freelancers.

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH UCHE HERE

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Cindy Hudson

CINDY LGH, DIGITAL CREATOR & COMMUNICATIONS PROFESSIONAL

Cindy LGH is a creative freelancer working with brands and individuals on digital content, branding and communication.

With 10 years of experience creating and curating content across print, TV and online platforms for fashion, beauty and lifestyle brands, Cindy’s great with directing comms and generating the ideas that engage audiences.

Having held roles as fashion and beauty editor, stylist, and series producer, Cindy’s experienced in all manner of storytelling and image-making. Her skills in social media (crowdfunding and content management) have proven she’s savvy with brand messaging, community building and keeping up with current trends.

Be in touch with Cindy LGH for idea-bouncing; for help with structuring content schedules; or for advice on working with freelancers and remote teams.

Cindy would be able to help with online strategy/communications, or generating content ideas.

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH CINDY HERE

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BUKKY KARIBI-WHYTE, FOUNCER/CEO, ROBERT TAYLOR MEDIA

Bukky Karibi-Whyte is the CEO and Founder of Robert Taylor Media Ltd., a boutique Communications and Special Events Company located in Lagos Nigeria!

Robert Taylor Media caters to both corporate and contemporary clients and have represented some of Africa’s best local brands as well as global brands looking to penetrate the African Market.

Bukky will be on hand to share her expertise on PR, Communications and what you can do for your personal brand during this epidemic

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH BUKKY HERE

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ADE BAMGBALA, FOUNDER, BLACTICULATE

Ade Bamgbala, founder of Blacticulate; Whickers Awards Finalist 2019; Audio Production Awards Judge 2019; One World Media Judge 2020; Produced and hosted 2x award-nominated podcast Blacticulate; Produces and hosts Stories that Stick podcast; Gradual podcast (for University of Arts London). Previously worked for Google as a lead Digital Marketing trainer and subsequently trained over 50,000+ individuals on how to grow their business, online.

Ade would be glad to guide you on how best to leverage podcasts as a channel of content creation.

YOU CAN BOOK A 30 MINUTE SESSION WITH ADE HERE

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To keep abreast of all the wonderful initiatives we’re working on, make sure to plug in via our social media channels below.

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Facebook: The Assembly Hub

Twitter: @theassemblyhub

You can also join the Assembly Hub Facebook Group to keep updated with news on all our upcoming workshops and connect with other creatives.