Our Team

SONIFES Leadership

HIS EXCELLENCY, CHIEF (AMB) SEGUN OLUSOLA, OFR, mni

Ace broadcaster, distinguished diplomat, foremost African culture promoter and the creator of the Nigeria’s longest running television soap opera, Village

Headmasterfunctioned as pioneer SONIFES PRESIDENT (2009).

HIS EXCELLENCY, ALHAJI (DR) MAITAMA SULE, CFR

Former Nigeria’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), the Golden Voice of Africa and co- midwife of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) served as SONIFES PRESIDENT (2010-2011).

PROF. EMMANUEL DANDAURA

Pioneer Head of Department, Theatre and Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University Keffi, erstwhile President of Society of Nigeria Theatre Artistes and currently President of Nigerian Section of the International Association of Theatre Critics with headquarters in France functioned as SONIFES PRESIDENT (2012).

ALHAJI TANKO YAKASAI, OON

Three-time Commissioner in Kano State, former Member, Governing Council of Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA), former Liaison Officer to President ShehuShagari and current leader of Northern Elders Forum (NEF) served as SONIFES PRESIDENT (2013).

MAJOR GENERAL IBM HARUNA OFR

Foremost patriot, retired army general, former Federal Commissioner for Information and Culture and principal co-host of FESTAC 77 functioned as SONIFES PRESIDENT (2014).

CHIEF (MRS) CHRISTY ESSIEN-IGBOKWE, MFR

Talented actress, illustrious African musician, Nigeria’s Lady of Songs and first female President of Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria (PMAN) was pioneer SONIFES VICE PRESIDENT (2009).

PROF. AHMED YERIMA

Winner of the 2006 Nigerian Prize for Literature, Coordinator of the sub-committee on Culture of the Vision 2020 Committee of the Federal Government of Nigeria and former Director General of Abuja Carnival and

National Theatre and Troupe respectively served as SONIFES ADVISORY BOARD CHAIRMAN(2009).

CHUKS AKAMADU ESQ., FIPMN, M.IoD, MNIM, MNIPR, MITP

Lawyer, writer, culture and tourism expert, alumnus of University of Lagos and International Management Institute (IMI) New Delhi, India respectively Member, Institute of Directors (IoD) and erstwhile Secretary General of Performing Musicians Employers Association of Nigeria

(PMAN) serves as SONIFES EXECUTIVE SECREATRY.
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SONGS OF NIGERIA FESTIVAL 2018: HARNESSING THE BEAUTY OF OUR DIVERSITY.
Thursday November 29th, 2018.