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Conveyor
 
Oluwaseyi is the Co-founder of ofadarice.com.   He was Head of Business Development at HelloFood.com  – front-runner of JumiaFood.com and has been involved in product development initiatives at African Internet Group, now Jumia Group (One of the 50 Smartest Companies 2016 – MIT Technology Review).    He led teams that bagged awards like best e-commerce startup at the 2014 European Tech Startup Awards.   Seyi has been actively involved in extensive research works in the Rice space and he holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from University of Lagos.

Board of Advisers

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Israel Ovirih
 
Israel Ovirih read economics and has been in the entrepreneurial space for over 18 years.  His quest and interest in the food and agritech space led to the establishment of Ofada Oryza Limited in 2015 and the subsequent launch of Ofadarice.com in 2017. Israel currently chairs Banklink Africa Group and has supported the Nigerian local Content Act by helping Nigerian Banks and local content companies to raising offshore finance since 2008. He attended MIT Sloan Entrepreneurship Program and he is a strong believer in the Nigerian Project.
Dr Olumuyiwa Osiname
 
Dr Olumuyiwa Osiname is a renowned soil scientist with over 50 years experience in soil fertility and plant nutrition. He has consulted in the highest capabilities in rice related projects, ranging from the Rice transformation agenda, Propcom, Africa rice centre (WARDA), IITA, IFDC (USA) & USAID. He’s a professional member of Soil science society of Nigeria & America, an agricultural society of Nigeria & the American society of agronomy and has barged awards like Alpha Zeta & Ford foundation fellowship.
He brings his wealth of experience in rice research & ofadarice advocacy & promotion to the board.
Pastor Bode Adenekan
 
Pastor Bode Adenekan, popularly known as Mr Rice has been a practicing rice farmer for over 35 years, he partnered with Propcom a DFID funded NGO to promote ofadarice & played a vital role in the release of ofada rice seed known as FUNABO 1 & 2 by WARDA & FUNAAB. He is the National Vice President of Rice Farmers Association of Nigeria Southwest zone and has barged awards like OGUN STATE BEST GROWER in 1984 & was honored with “Doctor of Divinity” by Western Gate University, Colorado, USA. Recently, he was honored with award of Justice of the Peace in May 2017 by ministry of Justice.

Professor Francis Showemimo

Professor Francis Showemimo – is a Professor of Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics, he is currently a Researcher, Lecturer and Crop technology advocate with the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria. He was the former Director of the University Company, where he made excellent returns for the University. He is the current Director of the Institute for Human Resources Development, the highest income generating unit of the University. His researches has led to the release and commercialization of 8 Sorghum varieties, 14 Maize varieties, 4 Sunflower varieties, 2 Ofada rice varieties. He is an agricultural consultant to some seed companies, farm outfits and aspiring entrepreneurs. He has visited over 25 countries across all continents in the cause of his knowledge pursuits. He is a motivational speaker, trained Baptist minister, a family man and he believes in making the impossible possible. 

Francis Ajayi is an Economist. He was in the academia and he imparted knowledge in two tertiary institutions of higher learning in Nigeria.  He was one time Regional Manager and Treasurer in Wema Bank Plc – one of Nigeria’s oldest Banks with deep roots in Western Nigeria, the home of Ofada rice.

He is part of the founding team at Ofadarice.com, he is on the advisory board and has contributed immensely to the various research efforts and body of knowledge that birth the company.    Francis exposures in research, strategic planning and exposure to SMEs space spanning the last  thirty (30) years will in no doubt be of immense benefit to the company.