The 3rd FATE Foundation
Annual Alumni Conference


About the conference

FATE Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in March, 2000 by Mr. Fola Adeola (Founder & Pioneer Managing Director, GTBank) with a mission to foster wealth creation by promoting business and entrepreneurial development among Nigerians. Our enterprise development approach involves a mix of enterprise learning, mentoring, growth advisory support, funding linkages and research and policy with the overall aim of enabling Nigerian entrepreneurs start, grow and scale their businesses, which have socio- economic impact. To date, we have over 5400 graduates in our fulltime programs of which over 65% of them are still actively running their businesses. We have also enabled over 100,000 Nigerian youths on the path to entrepreneurship.
Building on our 18 years’ experience in entrepreneurship and enterprise development, we have initiated the Annual FATE Alumni Conference as a platform for our alumni to learn from entrepreneurial leaders and influence; share knowledge about key topical areas to grow and thrive as entrepreneurs; while also giving them an opportunity to network and connect with one another.

Key Highlights

23 Speakers & Facilitators
4 Syndicate Sessions
5 Free Consulting Bar Stands


September 26,

9:00am to 5:00pm

MUSON Centre,

8/9, Marina,
Onikan, Lagos


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Keynote speaker

Mr. Cosmas Maduka, CON keynote speaker fatefoundation alumni conference

Dr. Cosmas Maduka, CON

Founder, President/CEO, Coscharis Group

Dr. Maduka was born in Jos, Plateau State on December 24, 1958. He is the founder, President/CEO of Coscharis Group. He started Coscharis Motors as a one-man business and over the years has transformed the Organisation into an indigenous conglomerate with diverse interest in Agriculture, Banking, Manufacturing, ICT and Automobile Sector of the Nigerian economy. From very humble beginnings, Dr Cosmas Maduka has been able to build a colossal business empire which cuts across almost every critical sector of the nation’s economy, from importation and distribution to manufacturing, Information Technology, Agriculture, real estate and car assembly. Today, Coscharis Group is made up of 12 companies,

Dr. Maduka came from a relatively unknown and obscure background. Having lost his father at a very early age of 4, he had no opportunity to acquire formal education. But by dint of mindset, hard work, dedication and perseverance, he has become one of the leading Chief Executive Officers in Nigeria.

In recognition of his numerous contributions to youth empowerment, he was invited to Singapore by United Nation Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to present a paper on “Fostering Entrepreneurial Youth” based on true life experiences.

He was awarded Honorary Doctor of Business Administration by the University of Nigeria in 2003 and Distinguished Fellowship of the Nigeria Law School in 2004. He is also a Fellow of African Business School, member of Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria as well as Institute of Directors Nigeria. In September, 2012, he was conferred with the National Honours of the Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON) by the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. On October 21st 2016, he was again honoured by Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti with another honorary Doctor of Business Administration(Honoris Causa)

Dr Maduka is a Deacon in the Local Christian Assembly in Lagos and is married with five children.

2nd Keynote speaker

Bolanle Austen-Peters 2nd keynote speaker fatefoundation alumni conference

Bolanle Austen-Peters

Founder of Terra Kulture

BIO Bolanle Austen-Peters has a Master's degree in International Law from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a Law degree from the University of Lagos. She is the Founder of Terra Kulture: an educational and recreational organisation set up in 2003 to promote the richness and diversity of Nigerian Languages, Arts and Culture.

With a Gallery, Theatre, Bookstore, Restaurant and Language School, TerraKulture is the only comprehensive Arts Centre in Nigeria.

In its fifteen years of existence, Terra Kulture has organized over two hundred exhibitions, one hundred plays, seventy book readings and over ten thousand adults and children have attended its Language classes and excursions.

Terra Kulture in 2009 established the TKMG Auction House In collaboration with Mydrim Gallery. The auction house has organised eight very successful art auctions.

Described by CNN as "The Woman changing the face of theatre in Africa"  Bolanle Austen-Peters productions has enjoyed numerous accolades and reviews from international media houses including the BBC, SKY News and CNN amongst others.

From Theatre @ Terra initiative which started in 2007; co-producing over 100 plays, Bolanle Austen-Peters Productions raised the bar in Nigeria's theatre industry having produced three world class Award Winning musicals; SARO the Musical, WAKAA! The Musical and Fela and the Kalakuta Queens. These shows have travelled to Europe and around Nigeria. It has also produced six other productions for notable blue chip companies in Nigeria.

Its first feature film 93 Days- a film based on the true story of the Ebola crisis in Nigeria featuring: Danny Glover and Tim Reid and other Nigerian films stars. showed at virtually all international film festivals around the world and has won numerous awards.

Prior to setting up Terra Kulture, BAP Productions and TKMG Auction House, she had worked as a Lawyer with the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Ethiopia and Namibia. She returned to Nigeria in 2001 as Consultant to UNDP, Lagos. She is a public speaker on Entrepreneurship and has won numerous awards internationally and locally.

She seats on many Boards in Nigeria

Syndicate Sessions

Building a Successful Business in the Creative Space

Digital Strategies to take your Business to the Next Level

Opening Up New Frontiers with Franchising

Manufacturing: Turning your Business into a Manufacturing Giant


S/N Session Speaker Timing
CONFERENCE START Ayoyinka Delumo CEO, Play Place Nigeria(AEP 54)
Mr. Yomi Oniru CEO, Sweepy Nigeria Enterprises (AEP 51)
1.0 WELCOME ADDRESS Adenike Adeyemi, Executive Director, FATE Foundation 9:05am–9:10am
2.0 OPENING REMARKS Mr. Olusegun Mcmedal, Chairman, Alumni Conference Planning Committee Chief Reputation Strategist, Upticomm Marketing Company. (AEP 16) 9:10am-9:15am
“Building for Scale”
Special Guest of Honour:
Dr. Cosmas Maduka, CON Founder, President/CEO, Coscharis Group
4.0 Interactive Question & Answer Session Moderated by:
Abimbola Azeh CEO, Mona Matthews (AEP 4)
5.0 FAME Award Presentation Special Guest of Honour:
Dr. Cosmas Maduka, CON Founder, President/CEO, Coscharis Group

Network & Tea Break (10:40am–11.00am)

6.1 Syndicate Session 1A
“Building a successful business in the creative space”
Lead Speaker:
Steve Babaeko CEO, X3M Ideas Limited
Funke Buknor Obruthe CEO, Zapphaire Events
Bunmi George Founder, Shredder Gang
6.2 Interactive Session with Syndicate Session 1A Panel Moderator:
Ekene Som Mekwunye CEO, Riverside Productions (AEP 29)
6.3 Session 1B
“Manufacturing : Turning your Business into a Manufacturing Giant”
Tokunbo Talabi Chairman, Superflux Group
6.4 Interactive Session with Syndicate Session 1B Panel Moderator:
Yinka Osobu MD, CMC Interiors (EEP 4)

Lunch (12:15pm–1:15pm)

6.5 2nd Keynote Address
“Building for Scale”
Guest Speaker:
Bolanle Austen-Peters Founder/CEO, Terra Kulture
Q & A Moderator:
Bunmi Davies CEO, Afrotaiment (AEP 1)
7.1 Syndicate Session 2A
“Openinng up New Frontier with Franchising”
Chiagozie Nwizu Development Consultant, Franchise Business Development Services (FBDS)
7.2 Interactive Session with Syndicate Session 2A Speakers Moderator:
Dr. Reki Ogbonna CEO, ReQuis Eye Centre Limited (EEP 17)
7.3 Syndicate Session 2B
“Digital Strategies to take your business to the Next level”
Olusegun Oyetunji Co-Founder, Lead Consultant DIGIVATE 360
Mr. Ayodeji Agboola Consultant, DIGIVATE 360
Ms. Padebi Ojomo Consultant, DIGIVATE 360
Ms. Yemisi Alabi Consultant, DIGIVATE 360
7.4 Interactive Session with Syndicate Session 2B Speakers Moderator:
Chinedu Abili Mordi CEO, Interaktive Urban Media Solutions 

All Participants Converge in the main Hall

8.0 General Session All Syndicate Session Speakers 3:30pm – 4:10pm
9.0 Inauguration of Alumni Association Interim Committee Moderator:
Adenike Adeyemi, Executive Director, FATE Foundation
9.0 Roundup Session & Closing Remarks Mr. Olusegun Mcmedal,
Chairman, Alumni Conference Planning Committee Chief Reputation Strategist, Upticomm Marketing Company (AEP 16)

Conference Closing, Networking & Pictures (5:00pm)

Reserve Your Seat Now

Payments made between now and August 31st, attracts 33% discount (₦10000)
Payment made from 1st September, attracts the full amount (₦15000)

Free Consulting Bar Stands

The Consulting Bar is as an extension of the monthly FATE Consulting Clinic, where FATE alumni business men and women can have one-on-one access to expert advisory support for a period of 30 minutes each. The Consulting Bars will be accessible throughout the conference. However, reservation of a session is required at the beginning of the conference. The 10 Consulting Bars that will be available at this year’s alumni conference are:

Legal (DIY Law)
HR  (WAVE Academies)
Financial & Tax Advisory (DS Professional Services)
Digital Strategy (Teras Doxas)
Access to Finance (Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF