African Genius

How the next generation of leaders is driving innovation on the continent

Event Details


United Kingdom | October 26, 2020

As part of Origins' Black History Month calendar, we are pleased to invite you to our upcoming webinar on the theme: “African Genius: How the next generation of leaders is driving innovation on the continent."

During this 1-hour discussion, we will explore the role of lawyers and other African professionals in connecting Africa's innovation ecosystem to the rest of the world. Our distinguished panel consists of:


Bayo Odubeko, Partner, Corporate M&A, Norton Rose Fulbright
Bayo Odubeko is a corporate finance lawyer based in London. Bayo specialises in cross-border acquisitions, disposals, joint ventures and investments. Bayo advises on equity capital market transactions including listings and placing of shares. Bayo has advised extensively in the emerging markets with a particular focus on Africa. Bayo has advised across different sectors including in the oil and gas, energy, financial services, telecoms, real estate and FMCG sectors. 


Tokunboh Ishmael, Co-Founder and Managing Director of investment management and advisory firm Alitheia Capital
Tokunboh Ishmael is an experienced private equity investor with a proven track record. She is MD and co‐founder of Alitheia. In 2015, she co‐founded Alitheia Identity to scale investing across Sub-‐Saharan women‐led SMEs. Tokunboh is a CFA Charterholder, corporate financier and M&A banker who has historically worked on over $5.6 billion in transactions across the US, UK and Africa. Experienced in the energy, oil and gas, technology and financial services sectors, she is now focussed on investing in and building sustainable growth businesses across attractive, consumer‐led sectors including agribusiness, financial services, retail and technology and telecoms, mainly on behalf of discerning institutions, development organisations and corporates looking for a mix of responsible investing, economic impact and social responsibility.

Tayo Oviosu, Founder and CEO of mobile payments company Paga
Tayo is the Founder and Group CEO of Paga ( Paga is a mobile payment company focused on digitising cash and delivering financial access in emerging markets. Paga is the leading mobile money service in Nigeria, its first market. Tayo’s work at Paga has been recognised globally – in 2014, CNBC selected Tayo as the Entrepreneur of the Year West Africa, and in 2015, the African Leadership Network selected Paga as the outstanding growing company of the year in Africa. Tayo is an Endeavor Entrepreneur and a member of the Young Presidents Organization.

The webinar will be moderated by Lolan Sagoe-Moses (Associate, Dispute Resolution and Investigations, Norton Rose Fulbright).