TOSAN ADUAYI (B.Sc. Ife, CNSS U.K., USIP DC)
Yoruba Cultural Center
Tosan Aduayi is the founder and Publisher of Trendy Africa, a leading digital and print media, founded in 2004. Trendy Africa Magazine continues to promote the rich African Culture and Tradition on a global scale.
Aduayi is a Business Development Executive, and the Africa liaison on the External Affairs team at Axxess, the leading global technology innovator for healthcare at home. He has led delegations of Axxess leadership to Nigeria on several occasions.
Aduayi is also a member of the governing board of the U.S. Business in African Awards-USBAA, an initiative of the Africa Center for the Study of the United States-ACSUS, WITS University, Johannesburg, South Africa. He serves as an Advisory Board Member at the International Center, University of Dallas at Texas-UTD.
Aduayi brings over two decades of experience in journalism, communications, and public relations, and having traveled extensively across the globe, also helps drive the success story of affiliated groups.
Kunle Tometi, PharmD.Pharmacist and Entrepreneur.Fundraising & Projects Liaison with businesses and professional organizations.AMBASSADOR AT LARGE, Yoruba Cultural Center.
Born in Lagos, Nigeria but educated largely in the northern part of the country, Kunle obtained a Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Ife in 1988. After three decades of an active professional career, he obtained a Pharm. D (Doctorate of Pharmacy) from Howard University, Washington D.C. 2018-2020. A busy professional, entrepreneur and business leader, among Dr. Tometi’s current positions are: Member of Council, Public policy and Financial affairs, Texas Pharmacy Association; Member, Audit Committee, Texas Pharmacy Association; Member of the Board, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN); Ambassador at Large, the Nigerian Pharmacists Association, DFW. He is President, Total Pharmacy, Dallas Texas, President, Tometi Holdings Inc, Medical offices, Dallas Texas, and Managing Partner, Takai By Angela, Cedar Hill Texas.
His social and extracurricular interests outside his work as an entrepreneur and pharmacist include his family and church and his charitable work as Ambassador-at-large of the Yoruba Cultural Center. Kunle is a Deacon of the Church of God Mission, Grand Prairie Texas.
“Strong business development, Encouragement and Empowering are the tools that bring people up to be the best they can be.”
Kolawole Owolabi Ayodele-Oja1st President, Egbe Omo Yoruba North America, Ambassador-at-Large, YorubaFest Partner, Yoruba Cultural Center
Kolawole Owolabi Ayodele was born to Ahmed and Mutiat Ayodele of the Eletu Odibo family in Isale Eko, Lagos, Nigeria. He is an international business management consultant with expertise in financial products, industrial raw materials, consumer goods, and agricultural products. Over the years, he has managed and coordinated various projects all over the world, especially in the United States and West Africa. He has held high management positions in reputable international corporations, such as Sumtex, Lockwood Greene, Bolado (Nig), Interflex (Nig), Viewtech (Nig), and Bemil Ltd (Nig). His clients included Shell Petroleum Development PLC (Nig), Lever Brothers, Mobil, First Bank, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, United Bank, Ashland Oil, John Holt, Metal Toyo Glass, Nigeria Petrochemical, Ajaokuta Rolling Mills, Kaduna Textiles Industry, Delarue Travelers Check, and the Lagos Free Trade Zone.
Under his pioneering leadership, Egbe Omo Yoruba USA and Canada became the vanguard of the struggle for a free market economy and democratic government in pre-May 1999 Nigeria. During his tenure, Kolawole initiated many projects and led the movement with energy and purpose. His mediation skills and personal influence on Nigeria’s business and political leaders were part of the international effort that led to the termination of the military dictatorship in Nigeria. His publications include “Plotting A Cause For Yoruba Nation Building,” “Prescription for Political and Economic Revitalization”, and “Plan To Reinvigorate Agriculture in Yorubaland.” Kolawole is the father of five children, three of whom played professional football in the NFL.
Kolawole Ayodele’s diverse network of business associates, friends, and family built over four decades in the U.S., Europe, and West Africa cuts across religious and ethnic barriers. This will be put to great use in his role as an ambassador-at-large of YorubaFest and as a partner of Yoruba Cultural Center Dallas Inc.
HRH Tinuade Mabel OnaneyeErelu Oodua of Aye Kingdom
Ambassador & Cultural Custodian,
Yoruba Cultural Center, Cultural Ambassador
Tinuade Mabel Onaneye was born in Ode-Aye, in Ikale waterside area of Ondo State, Nigeria. Growing up in Lagos, she received her education at Metropolitan College, Isolo and obtained a Diploma from the Lagos State Polytechnic. A well-established entrepreneur and Pharmacy Technician, she led several medical missions to many underserved areas of the world including Haiti, Dominican Republic and Southern Nigeria.
As a recognition for her entrepreneurial spirit, philanthropy, service to the community and dedication to Yoruba cultural values, Tinuade was made the Erelu Oodua by the Oba of Aye kingdom. This is a position that confers on her the status of a Princess, Ambassador and Protector of traditional customs in that part of Yorubaland. Like a regent, she is able to speak and act on behalf of the Oba.
Erelu Tinuade has devoted her life to the preservation and promotion of the cultural traditions and values of the Yoruba people, a life mission which she will continue as an Ambassador and Cultural Custodian of the Yoruba Cultural Center, Dallas.
“Favorite saying, “Ranti omo eni ti on se.”