Fellowship Year: 2008
Nationality: Nigeria
Job Title: Executive Director
Organisation: Oya Media London, Creation Television UK, Founder- Change-A-Life


Job Title: Executive Director

Organisation: Oya Media London, Creation Television UK, Founder- Change-A-Life

Professional History: Funmi is a multi-award winning Nigerian Entrepreneur, Writer, Film, and TV producer, TV Host, and Philanthropist.

She is executive director at Oya Media, a London based media production studio and brand advisory set up to develop, produce and facilitate Films and TV shows for cinema, television, and the web. She was co-founder and executive director at Creation Television UK. Funmi is best known for independently producing and hosting Nigeria’s most popular and groundbreaking talk show New Dawn with Funmi Iyanda, which ran nationally for eight years with unprecedented and yet unsurpassed ratings. Famed for her intelligent, nuanced, and irreverent interview style; Funmi quickly rose to become one of Nigeria’s most-watched and revered TV personalities.

She has since gone on to produce and host a string of internationally nominated productions including My Country Nigeria, a 3 part series commissioned by BBC, and nominated for “Best News Documentary” at the 2011 Monte Carlo TV Festival. She is also the producer and host of BANFF nominated chopcassava.com, a gritty and innovative web series documenting the 2012 Nigerian fuel subsidy protests.

An innovator in her industry, Funmi has won tremendous recognition for her pioneering work in the media. She was honored as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and named one of Forbes 20 Power Women in Africa. Funmi is a member of the Tutu Africa Leadership Institute Board and Aspen Institute’s Global leaders Network. In addition, she serves on the Board of Farafina Trust. She is a graduate of the University of Ibadan and holds a certificate in Global Leadership and Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. She is also an honorary fellow of the University of Cumbria UK, a BBC 100 women to watch lister and a UN women global equality champion.

She is the founder and board member of the Change-a-Life foundation, a social intervention project birthed on her show, New Dawn. Over the years, Change-A-Life has evolved into an independent charity with a respected Board of Trustees and dedicated staff. The foundation has affected the lives of many indigent families and children through its scholarship, healthcare, counseling, and micro-finance schemes.

Academic and professional credentials: Geography in the University of Ibadan, Nigeria



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