Tara Fela-Durotoye, owner of Nigerian makeup line, House of Tara, and Emem Isong, founder of Royal Arts Academy, a film production company, are part of the eight panelists scheduled to speak at the Mums-in-Business conference.


The maiden edition of the two-day event, which is hosted by Motherhood In-Style magazine is scheduled to hold on November 22-26 at Kings College annex, Victoria Island in Lagos.

Here are the panelists:

Adenike Ogunlesi


She is the founder and chief responsibility officer of children’s clothing brand, Ruff ‘n’ Tumble. The entrepreneurial dream started off with a basic necessity – pyjamas for her children.

From a tiny shop with her mother as her main staff, Ogunlesi turned Ruff ‘n’ Tumble into an instantly distinguishable brand and is known for being one of the manufacturers of children’s clothing in Nigeria.

Tara Fela- Durotoye


She is the CEO of House of Tara, Nigerian makeup line. The trained lawyer started House of Tara at the age of 20 as an undergraduate in 1998. Today, Tara manages over 3,000 personnel across Nigeria across 14 branches. She is passionate about her work and is dedicated to building a globally respected beauty company of African origin.

Abimbola Balogun

Abimbola Balogun, is the co-CEO of one of the health companies in Nigeria; So Fresh. Managed and operated alongside her husband, Olagoke, the duo has refuted the belief that a couple ‘cannot’ work together in harmony.

The brand grew from selling vegetables in the market to owning their own store and providing healthy food options to the general mass.


Osayi Alile

She has over 10 years experience in the non-profit sector. She is the CEO of Aspire Coronation Trust Foundation and served for 8 years as an executive director of FATE Foundation, a private not-for-profit organisation.

Osayi is also a consultant on non-profit management and strategy as well as being a sustainability expert and speaker.

Hadiza Nyako Tukur


She is an entrepreneur and finance expert. In 2014, along with her partner, Fatima Waziri Wafailu, they founded the first northern Nigerian luxury traditional day spa in Lagos called The Henna Place.

The women’s only spa specializes in beauty and skin care treatment using natural products and techniques from the north.

Emem Isong

Emem Isong is the founder of film and production company, The Royal Arts Academy. She is a screenwriter, movie producer and director who has several award winning movies to her name.


Abimbola Akeredolu

Abimbola Akeredolu (SAN) is a partner at law firm, BANWO & IGHODALO, which she joined in 2007.

Toyin Poju-Oyemade

Toyin Poju-Oyemade is a creative, passionate, fearless, driven and the host of a new television talk show, CHAPTERS.

Chinwe Kalu

This mother of five has a work profile which spans several industries like finance and banking, print and electronic media, beauty services, public speaking and training as well as volunteering with women issues.

Pauline Rumm

She is the publisher of Motherhood In-Style magazine and the convener of the Mums in Business fair.

With 7 years of publishing under her belt, Paula educates women by sharing knowledge and offering platforms from which they can air their concerns, without fear of reproach.

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