The 2023 edition of the Custodian’s mentorship programme – Custodian Mentors Conference holds on Saturday, August 12, 2023.

Learn life lessons from mentors.

Meet our Mentors

TY Bello is one of Nigeria’s most recognized artists. She came to public attention in the early 2000s as a member of the music group Kush. She has also built a reputation as one of Nigeria’s foremost photographers and is a member of the talented photography collective Depth of Field.

Her evocative portraits never fail to rouse strong emotions and have made her one of the most applauded and keenly sought after portrait photographers in the country. Indeed, she has the unique distinction of having photographed three sitting Nigerian Presidents.

TY deploys the same creative gift to produce engaging yet timeless music. She launched her successful debut solo album Greenland in 2005. Its title track - Greenland and Ekundayo became instant hits and are now widely accepted household favourites. The Future - her Nigerian Jubilee tribute was released on the eve of the April 2011 general Elections. It became the awakening song for Nigerians as they steered the fate of the nation with their votes.

TY’s songs and her photography - which has been exhibited in Nigeria and around the world - have earned awards both at home and abroad.

Chukwuma Aligwekwe, popularly known as “Chico” holds a B A Hons Degree in Theatre Arts from the University Of Port Harcourt. On his return to the UK following graduation in Nigeria he went on to study ‘Film and Media’ at the University of North London.

He returned to Nigeria fully in 2006 and three years later, became one of the pioneer members of the then brand new Radio Station Classic FM 97.3, anchoring the very popular TDS (The Drivetime Show). He was appointed Programme Director at Classic FM 97.3 in 2011 and Group Programme Director in 2015, a position he holds till date. Chico has featured in a number of Big Screen Movies and Television series including A Soldier’s Story, Tales of Ish & Isha, Guyman, Tinsel, Battleground and The Olive. Also a voice over artiste, Chico is the voice behind many mainstream adverts and audio activations on both Domestic and International media platforms. Being adept and comfortable at public speaking and moderating, Chico has hosted countless high profile private and corporate events.

Chico has consulted for a number of radio stations and is a facilitator at the City Media Academy he recently launched Chico's Radio Workshop, a programme for would be Radio Presenters.

Chico is a prolific writer and director of Short Stories, Theater & Audio Drama and Poems.

Seyi Banigbe is a multifaceted lady who is passionate about Africans being financially empowered alongside living their dreams.

She is a trained lawyer with an MBA from the Imperial College London. She obtained her Law degree (LLB) from the University of Lagos, and was thereafter called to the Nigerian bar. She is a certified member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) UK and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) UK.

Seyi started her legal career working for many years in the Tax and Corporate Advisory unit of PricewaterHouseCoopers Nigeria and thereafter became Company Secretary/Legal Adviser for upstream oil & gas company, SunTrust Oil. She currently sits on the board of several leading organisations.

Seyi has a strong entrepreneurial spirit and as a result has started several successful businesses in Nigeria. She is the founder of popular jewelry brand, Bland2Glam, which retails across several upscale malls in Nigeria. Seyi is the creator and host of Nigeria’s most syndicated talk show, Binging with GameChangers, which airs on TV stations nationwide. She is a founding partner with Nibo&Tac Legal Practitioners and is also the founder of Deterge Nigeria, a facility management firm that specializes in the disinfecting & maintenance of water dispensers.

Seyi is fondly called “the Queen of Success Talk” as she is indeed passionate about educating and inspiring Nigerians to be the best in their respective fields of work.