Highlights From LYDA 5.0

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One of the decisions I made of recent is to attend events more; and by events I don’t mean just any event; I’m talking about life changing events. I must say that decision has paid off pretty well. Of recent, I was opportune to attend LYDA 5.0.


For those who don’t know about what LYDA means, it’s Live Your Dreams Africa; an initiative put together by the master mind Bankole Williams.

This year’s LYDA was graced by men and women in our society who in their own unique worlds are emblems of success. They are what you can call the true definition of living your dreams.

However, just in case you missed this year’s LYDA, read on and learn some tips about how you can start living your dreams from leadership icons that graced the occasion.

The hall was filled up with youngsters who are determined to live their dreams. I’m somewhere in the crowd, front seat ofcourse *winks*

The Host Himself

Bankole Williams

Nigerian foremost motivational speaker, therapist, coach, consultant and trainer


Combination of these two in a room is enough to lit up the darkness and leave you cracking your ribs


Akin Adesoji – Compere

A First Class Event Compere

Anita Ifeoma Hughes a.k.a Omaliicha – Moderator

Happy, go easy, mischievous, true, simple ( got that from her IG page *another wink*) Radio personality at Rhythm 93.7fm.

Elizabeth Elohor – Panelist 

Former Miss Nigeria UK and CEO of Beth Models.

Emmanuel Bez Idakula a.k.a Bez – Panelist

Nigerian multi-instrumentalist, singer, song writer and composer


Ebuka Obi-Uchendu – Panelist

TV host, compere, writer, lawyer *in whispers, he’s cute too*. Little wonder he was nominated for the Nigerian Broadcasters Merit Award for Sexiest On-Air Personality. He graced the occasion with his beautiful wife.

A gathering of Icons

Abovi Ugboma a.k.a. Bovi – Panelist

Renowned Nigerian comedian, director, producer, actor and writer. Really great at what he does, even the look on his face makes you laugh.

Adebola Williams – Panelist

Media entrepreneur, journalist, political activist and motivational speaker

Mai Atafo – Panelist

Nigerian bespoke fashion icon


Soni Irabor – Panelist

Award winning media icon, broadcaster, advertising practitioner, media manager, communication consultant and speech trainer, host of Soni Irabor Live ( SIL ).

Bolanle Austen Peters – Panelist

Nigerian lawyer and business woman, founder and CEO of BAP Production, founder of Terra Kulture

Steve Harris – Panelist

Highly sought after motivational speaker, bestselling author and trainer.


Need I mention that also in attendance were my humble self Alara Karis and my beautiful friends Ucheoma Amadi, Onome Omodara and Mercy Oguntade….I’m the one in glasses.

The event was simply ‘DA BOMB’. Thumbs up to the brain behind LYDA Bankole Williams.


About Author

I’m Alara Karis, a writer and blogger who simply loves living each day at a time. Some call me a nerd, some call me a professor. But if you ask me, I’ll simply say I’m an artist who enjoys painting the world in words.


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