Check out the profiles of the board of judges of the season three of The Next Titan (Nigeria’s Entrepreneurial Reality TV Show)  


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Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG

• Current Chairman, Nigerian Economic Summit Group
• Current CEO, Central Securities Clearing Systems Plc
• Former CEO, Valucard NigeriaPlc
• Former Executive Director, FSB International Bank (Now Fidelity Bank)
• Former Senior Engineer with Hewlett- Packard  (HP) in USA
• Former Worldwide Technical Marketing Manager, (Hewlett- Packard )HP, USA

KyariBukar is highly talented in turning around companies, a quality he has exhibited in different organizations including Valucard Nigeria Plc where he was instrumental in turning around the Company from a nil-profit-making entity to what could aptly be termed a highly profitable entity before his exit.

By virtue of his present position as Chairman, Nigerian Economic Summit Group, KyariBukar has been involved in economic policies and formulations of government, as well as playing advisory role to the Federal Government of Nigeria.

KyariBukar is the Lead Judge of THE NEXT TITANSeason Three.

Tonye Cole
Sahara Group

Tonye Cole is a terrific entrepreneur, and a co-founder of Sahara Group; a conglomerate and a multi-national company of repute which is presently in about 20 countries and whose interests cover Oil trading, Storage, Energy and Power Resources, Aviation, Farming and Real Estate. From a small office in 1996, with the core business of trading excess fuel oil from the Port Harcourt and Warri refineries in Nigeria, the Sahara Group has expanded its tentacles to offices in Geneva, Switzerland -which actively trades in Crude oil, Gas oil, Jet A1, mogas and bitumen in global markets; Ghana, Ivory Coast, Senegal, Cameroon, France, Singapore, Dubai and Brazil.

The success of Sahara Group, a company founded by Tonye Cole is simply astounding, more so because it is a 100% indigenously grown company from Nigeria, competing with established giants in the energy industry.

In Tonye’s words

“Entrepreneurs require very little to get started, primarily their talents, their dreams, their self -belief and their determination. The myth about access to huge amounts of capital being required to commence is often times proved wrong in the story of all legitimately successful entrepreneurs”

Tonye is an alumnus of the University of Lagos, Universidade de Brasilia, Brazil, and Harvard Business School.  Before founding of Sahara Group in 1996; Tonye, as an Architect worked in a Brazilian architectural firm GrupoQuartro SA in Goiania Brazil from 1990-92. He was involved in the design and implementation of the urban planning and city development of Palmas, the capital city of the newly created state of Tocantins in far-away South America. He later moved to Nigeria, and was quickly employed as the Director of Operations EMSA S.A., a Brazilian Civil Engineering Company.
Tonye Cole is a main judge of the Season 3 of THE NEXT TITAN

Chris Parkes

Chris Parkes is a British; and the founder of CPMS Africa, a Marketing Solutions Company with offices in Nigeria: (Lagos, Kano, Calabar), South Africa, and Ghana.  Chris has over thirty five years’ experience in the advertising and marketing industry, eight years in the UK with top agencies, plus his own partnership in London, clients included, American Express International Dollar Card & TC’s, MasterCard, Securicor Granley, and; and  fifteen years in South Africa with Lintas and then his own business, working on Levers, Standard Bank, SAA, SAR, Allied, KFC and Kimberley Clarke.

Chris moved to Madagascar where he set up an Advertising Agency, an import export company and finally a billboard company for a South African agency. This was highly successful with the country’s top brands becoming long term clients. Over sixteen years in Nigeria, six of them building Tequila Nigeria from scratch to become the largest BTL company under his management working for British American Tobacco, Guinness Nigeria Plc, MTN and a number of other top clients.

CPMS Africa (Chris Parkes Marketing Solutions) was established in July 2002. Over the years British American Tobacco, Guinness, Zain, Etisalat and many others have enjoyed the CPMS experience. Nigerian Breweries Plc and Distell South Africa joined CPMS in the last four years to maintain the high quality client portfolio.

In his words “We believe we are the most professional, effective and integrated through the line consultancy specializing in advertising, and trade marketing in West Africa”.

Chris Parkes is a main Judge of the Season 3 of THE NEXT TITAN

Primera Africa Securities Ltd

LilianOlubi is a seasoned investment manager with over fifteen years of Capital Markets experience. She is a founding Partner and member of the Board of Directors of Primera Africa Finance Group, a leading boutique Investment and Financial Services group which operates four business lines; Securities Trading, Financial Advisory, Consumer Finance and Principal Investments.

She serves as Chief Executive Officer of one of the group’s subsidiary companies, Primera Africa Securities Limited, which provides Equities and Fixed Income trading and actionable investment research to its Domestic and International clients.

Lilian began her Securities trading career at CSL (a member of the FCMB group), working in various capacities spanning Operations, Investment Management and Research before joining the Sales & Marketing team. Prior to Primera Africa Securities, she worked at Afrinvest West Africa Limited as Head of its Private Client Services overseeing the marketing functions and initiatives across its branches.

She is a Chartered Stockbroker and Authorized Dealing Clerk of the Nigerian Stock Exchange, an Associate of the Certified Pensions Institute of Nigeria and an alumna of the Lagos Business School.
LilianOlubi is a main Judge of the Season Three of THE NEXT TITAN

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