We celebrate extinguished personalties Funmi Iyanda and Francis Duru who have distinguished themselves in their home country Nigeria and beyond.
Award-winning broadcaster, journalist, columnist and blogger Funmi Iyanda gained popularity through her hit talk show New Dawn which aired on NTA.
Before fame, the media icon attended Herbert Macaulay School, Lagos international School Ibadan and University of Ibadan, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography.
She worked with Good Morning Nigeria but later sought a bigger platform to reach people and in 2000 she began producing and hosting the programme New Dawn.
Funmi is the CEO of Ignite Media, a content-driven media organisation operating out of Lagos. In 2011, she was honoured as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum and was recently named one of Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa.
Funmi has also written regular columns in Tempo Magazine. On occasion she still serves as guest columnist for Farafina Magazine. She has also written for PM NEWS, The Punch, Daily Trust and Vanguard Newspapers
Famous Nigerian actor Francis Duru kicked off his acting career in the early 90’s.
He graduated from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria.
He has featured in over 50 Nollywood movies amongst which are: Otondo, Price of Destiny, Rattle Snake, Iva.