Nurudeen Elegbede (President)
Nurudeen Elegbede brings a unique combination of leadership skills, and a deep commitment to community service and development. He possesses a genuine passion for community growth and social change. He decided to channel his expertise and skills towards making a positive impact on the community he calls family. His leadership style is characterized by transparency, integrity, and a collaborative spirit that empowers others to actively contribute and make a difference.
Education: Nurudeen earned a MSc. in Applied Cybersecurity and MEng. in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship, both from the prestigious University of New Brunswick, Canada, MSc. in Computer Science from Texas Southern University, USA, and a BSc. In Computer Science from Olabisi Onabanjo University, Nigeria.
Career: Nurudeen is an accomplished Senior Business Analyst with a proven track record of driving strategic initiatives, delivering exceptional results, and leading teams to success. Having navigated various industries and leadership roles in government, telecommunication, Insurance, education and manufacturing . His specialized skills encompass a range of areas vital for effective leadership, including Hands-on experience with managing and configuring complex enterprise applications and ability to recognize business critical issues, design and implement professional strategizes for prompt and feasible solutions.
Cynthia Njideka-Ogunsola (Vice President)
Cynthia Njideka-Ogunsola is a passionate and dedicated Counseling Psychologist with a deep-rooted commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of others. she brings a unique perspective and a genuine desire to empower and inspire those around. She actively involves herself in community involvement, volunteering with organizations such as the Canadian Red Cross Society and the Codiac Navy League Corps, firmly believing in giving back to the community.
Education: Cynthia holds a BSc. and Bedu. degree from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She has also undergone many certified courses in her field, such as the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), British Montessori program, and outside of her field, like Business Analysis, Screenwriting, Proofreading and Copyediting courses. She is a Licensed Nigerian teacher and is on her way to becoming a Licensed International Education Agent in Canada (ICEF).
Career: Cynthia believes in the value of being knowledgeable about a little bit of everything. She has worked in various settings, including working with children, youths, adults, and individuals from diverse backgrounds. Collaborating with multidisciplinary teams or advocating for the rights and well-being of her clients, Cynthia consistently demonstrates a genuine passion for her work. She possesses a natural ability to empathize, actively listen, and understand the unique needs and experiences of those she works with.
Ridwan Dairo (General Secretary)
Ridwan Dairo is a tech savvy that enjoys using technology to solve complex human issue, and always looking for better ways to get things done. His continuous improvement skills enhance his passion and gives him an edge in using seamless process to create impactful solutions to community challenges. He is a doer, who strongly believes in action over mere voice. Ridwan believes in community value and understands the significance of compassion in community building through technology.
Education: Ridwan holds a MSc. in Applied Cybersecurity from University of New Brunswick. Prior to this, he earned a BSc. in Computer Science from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria.
Career: Ridwan Dairo is a highly resourceful young professional with a cumulative 7 years experience as a Cybersecurity Analyst, DevOps Engineer Lead, Network Administration, and System support. He is proficient in triaging, remediating, and escalating simple to complex security incidence, and the management of DevOps processes.
Taiwo Adejugbe (Financial Secretary)
Taiwo Adejugbe is a seasoned risk and finance manager with over 10 years of professional experience within the Nigerian and Canadian financial sector. He is deeply passionate about community service. Volunteering with organizations such as Prude Incorporated, YMCA of Greater Saint John, and Saint John Newcomers which has reinforced his value of giving back to society.
Education: Tlolu as he is fondly called earned an MBA from the University of New Brunswick, Canada, Master of Finance from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, as well as a BSc in Accounting from the University of Lagos. He is a certified risk professional and systems Auditor.
Career: Tlolu has successfully navigated various leadership roles, including Head of Enterprise Risk Management in a Nigerian Commercial Bank and currently works as a Finance Analyst. His specialized skills encompass a range of areas vital for effective financial stewardship within the association, including IFRS 9 implementation, risk management and project management. His ongoing pursuit of the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification further underscores his commitment to enhancing organizational effectiveness which will serve him in good stead in his role as Financial Secretary. He is happily married with two kids.
Saater Samson Awuapila (Treasurer)
Saater Samson Awuapila is passionate about community building and social empowerment. He is a registered volunteer with the Lagos Food Bank Initiative and the Greener Village (Home of the Fredericton Food Bank). He is also a registered voluntary blood donor with the Lagos State Blood Transfusion. He loves to deploy his professional wealth of experience to help sustain the growth of communities. He is happily married with kids.
Education: Samson holds a BSc in Accounting at the Benue State University Makurdi, Nigeria. He is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria (CITN) as well as a member of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA).
Career: Samson is a seasoned Accountant/Business Analyst with over 15 years of professional experience across Engineering, Financial services, Maritime, Hospitality, Oil and Gas sectors. He has successfully navigated his career leading to various leadership roles which include being the Chief Accountant-Nigeria for PS Offshore Nigeria Limited, an operator of Offshore Supply Vessels with offerings for International Oil companies. His specialized skills encompass Process improvements, financial reporting, Treasury and Tax management amongst others.
Sulaiman Olaide (Public Relations Officer)
Sulaiman Olaide popularly known as Junior, is a jovial, dynamic, and energetic person. Interests are photography, music, writing, volunteering, listening to podcasts on different subjects such as Info- Tech, politics, and self development. His affinity with helping people and spreading true and timely information to enrich people’s lives motivates him to be part of the people’s servant.
Education: Sulaiman Holds a diploma in Computer science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. Moved to Saint John in 2011 to study Computer Science at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John campus. Then went to NBCC Saint John campus to study Office Administration Executive.
Career: Sulaiman Has various work experience such as Webcaster, web content administrator, customer service representative at Wyndham Worldwide Inc and as a Service Desk Technician. Currently, he is an entrepreneur. His specialized skills encompass a range of areas vital for effective public relation stewardship within the association.
Anthony Onyewadume (Community Outreach Lead)
Anthony Onyewadume is guided by the philosophy of “Ubuntu,” he believes in the interconnectedness of individuals. Anthony prioritizes God, family, friends, and community. His commitment to positive change is reflected in his volunteer work, contributing to tech-based socioeconomic projects, pandemic response initiatives, and many others. He is also active in the entertainment industry writing, performing, directing music productions and hosting events.
Education: Anthony holds a MEng. in Technology Management and Entrepreneurship from the University of New Brunswick. Additionally, he earned a MBA from Business School Netherlands, majoring in Business Administration. His academic journey began with a BSc. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Lagos, showcasing a strong foundation in both technical and management disciplines.
Career: Anthony is an accomplished I.T Project/ Program Manager and Business Analyst with a robust 17-year track record in successfully delivering large and complex projects. Proficient in various methodologies such as Waterfall, Agile and Hybrid, Anthony excels as a team leader with strong communication and presentation skills. His ability to translate complex data into actionable plans, coupled with his creative and organized approach, sets him apart in the field.