Meet The Team
Babatope Folade is a critical theorist and could pass as a post-structuralist. He is a graduate of Pan African University, Victoria Island, Lagos. He has a passion for global and local policy analysis. His greatest influences are Emerson, Condoleeza Rice, Karl Marx,Joseph Schumpeter, Engels, Obafemi Awolowo, and Professor Robin Mansell. Folade currently works as a Business Analyst consultant to small businesses and a Research Associate with the Knowledge Economy Group at the Pan African University, Victoria Island, Lagos.
A Pinch... is the zero award winning weekly news recap column, who is consistently accused of committing satire. People used to think it was A Pinch... who said "If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they'll kill you." It wasn't. A Pinch... is syndicated on The Guardian and YNaija. Follow A Pinch... on twitter @stanleyazuakola.
Ikemesit Effiong is a lawyer based in the city where lawyers are most needed - Abuja. He enjoys engaging with clients but gets a major kick when engaging with despondent fellas online. An imperfect man, he has four addictions: Malcolm Gladwell's words,Taylor Swift's voice, Jeremy Clarkson's sarcasm and Al Jazeera. He is an avid Twitterati and a 'retired' football fan. Twitter: @JudgeIyke.
In between studying for a degree in Environmental Management from the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, and playing Football Manager, Amaza manages to find time to run a small business consulting firm focusing on strategy, innovation and branding, MINDcapital, and contributing to his blog as well as numerous other sites including Nigerians Talk and omojuwa.com. His passions are politics, business, youth development, entrepreneurship, and education, Nigeria in general and Northern Nigeria in particular. He describes his political ideology as 'reformist.' Twitter: @amasonic
Senator Ihenyen is a lawyer and an author. When he is not in court, he is researching the law. When he is not researching, he is writing. When he is not writing, he is working on the next big idea or managing a youth NGO. When he's not doing any of these? He's busy contributing on politics, policies and current affairs on The Scoop because it's the smart thing to do. Disclaimer: Senator is Senator's given name even though Facebook doesn't believe and so shortened the name to 'Sen' on that site. Unlike those who bear the name as a title, Senator has never accepted the millions of Naira which they receive as allowance - not like he's ever been offered though.
Most people who know Olanrewaju Oguntoyinbo know him as lanreneville. He analyses and comments on politics, critiques social issues and believes in #ProjectNewNigeria. Twitter: @lanreneville
Yomi's favourite words are 'Up Nepa'- blame PHCN. He is afraid of heights but once climbed to the summit of a mountain 12, 000 feet above sea level. Away from writing, he's a soccer pundit on radio. He's also an entrepreneur with empire building dreams. The results in that regard have been mixed so far. He blames Arsenal FC for everything wrong with the world and hopes their trophy drought lasts forever.
Rotimi is a professional cautionist (all practising lawyers are) trying to transpose the silicon valley dream into legal practice. Armed with nothing but his guitar, law degrees and sardonic wit and humour, he’s on a quest to make sense of it all – government, business, humanity and Arsene Wenger’s transfer policy.
Oluseun Onigbinde is an electrical/electronics engineering graduate who's had experiences working in two of Nigeria's premier banks; co-leading Green Acts, a hibernating non-profit organization dedicated towards climate change and sustainability awareness; and now serves as the Team Lead of BudgIT (yourbudgit.com), a civic startup he founded in 2011 during a technology bootcamp, which uses technologies of any form to make government budgets more accessible, transparent and understandable to Nigerians. Onigbinde believes in the right of all citizens to have equal access to information. He contributes to Data Journalism Handbook, is a member of the Open Spending Wiki Group, a 2012 Ashoka fellow, and winner of The Future Awards as well as the Nigeria Internet Group Prize for social entrepreneurship. He has dreams of leading a thriving public policy think-tank with a social mission of a better and informed society, driving open data across the entire Nigerian literacy chain and also publish a collection of short stories. He loves God, family, rap music, Chelsea and Juventus football clubs.
Solomon Osadolo is a writer for TheScoopng.com and a frequent contributor to other platforms including YNaija.His other interests include information security, music and technology. In the universe of his dreams, he's an unsung engineer who's constantly seeking to unravel the governing dynamics of the world so he can have a patent to his name and finally win a Nobel prize. Chealsea FC and puzzles are his frequent distractions. He tweets @soloxpress.
Tola is a Nigerian by profession, and moonlights as an anti-money laundering consultant when she is not working. She eats books and legal opinions, nothing is obiter dicta in Nigeria, so, she pays close attention. Twitter: @Afrovii
Feyi is an accountant in London with several unreconciled balances to deal with on any given Tuesday. He takes his job of commenting on any policy issue in Nigeria from the safety of faraway London very seriously. Everything he knows about economics, he learnt from reading reviews of textbooks on Amazon. Twitter: @DoubleEph
Wobia Akani writes for The Scoop. Her golden rule is that "the fear of the phyllum reptilia is the beginning of wisdom". This happily chubby, skilled daydreamer and adept bibliophile loves the law... but believes that 'it does need a revolution.' Warning: You could go insane by getting in her head.
Witty, controversial and one to stick his neck out even when he seems to be swimming against the tide, Ayokunle is a graduate of the University of Ibadan where he studied Law. He was called to the Nigerian Bar in November 2012. In the last twelve years, Ayokunle has won many writing awards. He currently works in a top Litigation Law firm in Ibadan.
Babatunde Rosanwo is a PhD Sociology student at the Graduate School for Social Research, Polish Academy of Science where his thesis is focused on Ethnic and National Identities. He was a student union leader in his former life and mostly uses his soap box to advocate for good governance. With a passion for social change and engagement, he has worked and consulted on several advocacy projects for young people and migrants with years of experience in the non-profit sector across several countries. If he's really interested in a thing, it's likely about Africa, youth advocacy, migration, political economy or economic sociology. His hobbies are travelling, listening to music and reading.
I am a thinker, writer and an entrepreneur whose perspective on success is centred on the overall well being of an individual. I love words and enjoy learning by having quality conversations. I am the author of The R.I.C.H theory, a book centred on the powers of Responsibility, Intelligence, Courage and Honesty. I am easily distracted by books. I tweet from @richardchilee.
If your answer to the question “What will you do with an English degree” is “enter Finance, obviously” then you have a pretty good idea of who Chinaza is. He found other people who thought that made sense, and so that’s what he’s been doing for almost a decade. When he’s not doing that, he’s mostly making a nuisance of himself talking about Nigerian policy, gender issues, and a host of random things that catch his fancy. Twitter: @IamSnazz
David Hundeyin is a writer, travel addict and journalist majoring in politics, tech and finance. His work has been featured in the New Yorker Magazine and the Washington Post. Hundeyin is a US Department of State nominee for the International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP).
James Eze is a man in love... with words. The love tangle has taken him through a tortuous journalistic path, years of literary apprenticeship and an unending phase of self-interrogation in search for answers to life’s ceaseless puzzles through a bloodless scrutiny of the self. Eze has been a literary instigator, playing large roles in the formation of interventionist efforts like the hugely successful Fidelity Bank International Creative Writing Workshop as well as the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop. His works have appeared in various anthologies including Dreams at Dawn, Camouflage, Crossroads and Mindfire. He practices Public Relations in Lagos and spends his spare time reading and blogging at Graffitihouse.blogspot.com.
Fatoyinbo believes politics can be played with integrity, justice and probity. A firm believer in the rule of law, he will be at the Nigerian Law School in October. He loves writing and has a published novella 'Chauvinism'. He loves God and although he doesn't shy away from controversies, he still manages to be simple and friendly. And faithful too... afterall he supports Arsenal FC.
Atom Lim is a commentator and development worker. In his former life, Atom practiced journalism and frequently blogged for leading media organisations. He is also a recovering corrupt Nigerian, having participated in a few rackets. He regularly expresses his views on twitter with the handle: @atomlim
Collins Uma,an ordained Minister of the Gospel and a Business Development Manager, believes Nigeria is a great product currently in the hands of the wrong sales executives. When he is not preaching or negotiating discounts with clients, you can engage him on twitter via @CollinsUma
Hauwa Suleiman Mundi works as an Announcer/Presenter at Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Kaduna. She loves watching movies and spending time with her BB. Her BB (short for Biebie) is her two year old charming African grey parrot. Like Hauwa, BB talks and eats a lot. And people say both of them are fun to be with.
Awwal Abdullahi is a writer and part-time chef. When he is not discussing politics or feminism, Awwal is most likely lost in the world of books. He can be reached on email@example.com
Dr Oludayo Tade teaches Sociology of Deviant behaviour and Social problems at the Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan. He holds a PhD in Criminology. His research interests include crime, Media Studies, child labour, Terrorism, child trafficking, Victimology, Penology, Electronic Frauds, Family Studies, transactional sex and cybercrime. He is a Media Consultant. He is an associate member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). He holds a certificate in policy research communications.
Sallek is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stellenbosch University. He earned his doctorate degree in Sociology with specialisation in civil-military relations from the department of Sociology and Social Anthropology in the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Sallek has been a recipient of fellowships from the Next Generation Africa Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC) New York and Lisa Maskel Doctoral Research Fellowships (Germany).
Okoli holds Ph.D in Defence and Strategic Studies. He is currently a lecturer at the Department of Political Science, Federal University Lafia. He is also an Instructional Facilitator with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN). His core research specialty is Liberal Security Studies, with a bias for Political Ecology. Okoli is the current Programme Coordinator of Peace and Conflict Studies at Federal University Lafia.
Olakunle is a psychiatrist with research interests in LGBT mental health. His research has investigated adverse mental health outcomes such as depression, self-harm and suicidality in sexual minority youth, how these are mediated by bully victimisation and low self-esteem and relationships with childhood gender non-conformity.