Biola Alabi is a Nigerian entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Biola Alabi Mediaa consultancy and production company. Biola Alabi Media produce Nigeria’s food travel documentary-series Bukas and Joints airing across Africa and in the USA.
She is also the founder of “Grooming for Greatness” a leadership development and mentorship program for a new generation for African leaders. Named one of the 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa by Forbes Magazine (2012), a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2012) and CNBC Africa’s AABLA West African Business Woman of the Year (2013). For over five highly successful years, Biola Alabi held the high-profile position of Managing Director for M-Net Africa, part of the globally renowned Naspers Group. Prior to this, she was based in the United States where she was part of the executive team at the influential children’s television brand Sesame Street, and a member of the marketing team that launched the well-respected Korean motor vehicle corporation Daewoo in the USA.
An alumni of the University of Cincinnati where she graduated with a Degree in Public and Community Health, Biola Alabi has spent recent years polishing her knowledge with Executive Education Programs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and Yale University’s Jackson Institute of Global Affairs. From August to December 2014, she also participated in The Yale World Fellows Flagship Program at Yale University. Alabi has also spoken globally on the status of the African creative arts industry, the opportunities available on the continent, the success of Nollywood and the need for ongoing investment into infrastructure and skills sharing initiatives.
Respected as an expert in her field, her speaking engagements include: Faculty at Africa Leadership University (ALU Rwanda) in July 2017, Innovation in Television Conference (Jerusalem) in March 2017, Institute of Communications, Telecommunications and Media Forum (Brussels) in March 2014. She is a regular panelist on Africa related subjects at the World Economic Forum meetings.