See the Amazing Shine-Stars Honored at the 2020 SHINE LEGACY AWARD (SLA) held in London
Every Year We Honor a New Set of Shine-Stars for their Outstanding Brilliance.
Shine Legacy Awards is an annual black-tie gala ceremony that honours and celebrates the brilliant achievements and contributions of individuals, organisations, and initiatives that are making a difference in the world. Characterised by an ambience of glamour and warmth. Awardees receive our elegant ‘Shine-Star Award’ in the shape of a dainty star, personalised with their name and category of award, plus a Certificate of Honour.
Here are the amazing Shine-Stars We honoured in 2020
SHINE Legacy Award in Empowerment
Vaneese Johnson - The Boldness Coach™, is an Award-Winning Global Speaker and Leadership Coach, Author, Certified Career Management Coach, Business and Personal Brand Strategist. She is also the Founder of the Global Movement, No Permission Needed™ where she invites women to take up residence in the realm of self-trust, self-acceptance and self-direction to own and live the life you were born to live.
As a powerhouse possibility creator and transformation instigator, Vaneese teaches and empowers today’s women leaders through her proprietary success fundamentals of Branding Out Loud Daily (BOLD), Building in Your Gifts (BIG), and being Branded and Distinctive (BAD) to accentuate their professional presence with authenticity and authority while making a purposeful impact in the world. Her strategic approach allows clients to better connect their talents, skills and values across diverse groups and industries resulting in relevant, high-impact engagement.
Dr Corey Hicks
SHINE Legacy Award in Motivation
Dr Corey Hicks is a two-time NCAA All-American Athlete, Author, Coach Motivational Speaker who has presented for several National & International Organisations including the Caribbean Sports Ministry, as well as other major corporations within the United States. He currently serves as a Successful Corporate Marketing Executive within the Biotech Industry, and as Founder & CEO of the Three V’s Foundation. - a truly inspirational humanitarian, brought up from humble beginnings and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Instead of crumbling under life’s challenges, Corey transformed his circumstances into an opportunity for growth and has used adversity as an invitation to motivate, encourage, and inspire others. The secret in his book "Values, Vision, and Versatility" has played a significant role in the guidance and transformation of who he is today. With a BA in Early Childhood Education, a Masters Degree in Health Science and a Ph.D. in Health and Human Performance, Coach Corey’s life is based on the concept that "All things are possible".
Deji "DJ" Sobanjo
SHINE Legacy Award in Business
Deji 'DJ' Sobanjo is a leading personal and leadership development expert, author, speaker, coach, and consultant. He has been engaging, inspiring and developing people across the world for over 18 years. He is driven by a divinely inspired mission to teach, train, inspire and motivate everyone who comes in touch with him to live more productive and effective lives. His core message is ‘Maximised Living’ which is about being the best person, business or organisation you could possibly be and he delivers result-oriented programs in the areas of tactical people skills, leadership skills, sales and marketing skills and strategic personal and business growth. His clients include large multinational corporate organisations as well as small and medium-sized businesses. He started his first business in 2002 and over since 2014 he has been running profit From Coaching, a company that is helping thousands of coaches and consultants around the world build a profitable, money-making business around their passion for helping others.
SHINE Legacy Award in Global Diplomacy
Maura Sweeney is an Author, Podcaster, and International Speaker, Maura Sweeney has transformed her own mantra of “Living Happy – Inside Out” to become a global influencer. A former corporate manager and HuffPost columnist who has travelled to 60 countries, Maura was first called the Ambassador of Happiness by the UNESCO Center for Peace when invited to speak at the inaugural Nelson Mandela Day celebration. Since then, she’s trademarked her title and become a popular media guest featured on hundreds of media outlets in the U.S., Europe, Africa, and Australia. Maura has lectured on Influence and Leadership at universities, leadership conferences, women’s organizations, Model UN’s and several American Embassy outposts. In 2018, she was named Women of the Decade at the Women Economic Forum (WEF) held in The Hague. Maura Sweeney's genuine and first-hand approach empowers others of every background to become their finest version of self and helps us see what’s best in us all.
SHINE Legacy Award in Media
Alex Okoroji is an Actress, Writer, TV Personality, Talk Radio Host, Speaker, Author, Brand Reinvention Strategist and Creative Consultant who helps experts around the world create bigger impact with their brands, message, content, product or service. Referred to as the "Queen of Expression" for using different mediums of art to empower people with the freedom to express their truth, talent, and personal greatness. Ranked as one of the Top 250 Most Influential Women in the World by Richtopia and Nominated for Her Network 2018 "Woman of The Year" in Entertainment. She was honoured with a Nigeria Goodwill Ambassador Award, a2017Peace Achievers Award - as "Media Personality of the Year", a 2017 WEF Iconic Woman Award and a 2019 Exceptional Woman of Excellence Award at the Annual Global Women Economic Forum. She has been featured in over 250 Media Platforms around the World like Huffington Post, CNN, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Mogul, The Sun, The New York Journal, Fox, ABC, NBC and many more. She is CEO at The BRAG Media Company and Creator of Self Development Hub - The NAKED Philosophy™.
Mark Stephen Pooler
SHINE Legacy Award in Resilience
Mark Stephen Pooler is a Creative entrepreneur who has overcome the kind of adversity that most people cannot even comprehend. He has taken the resilience from his past trauma and turned that into an inspirational determination to help others. After years of being severely bullied, Mark turned to drug addiction and started down a dark road of self-destruction that nearly ended his life. After having the strength to overcome his addictions, he rebuilt his life stronger than ever. Mark is now a professional speaker, bestselling author, a speaker coach and a radio host. Mark helps struggling entrepreneurs create a mindset and belief system that makes their success a reality. Mark inspires entrepreneurs to find and use their courage and strength to empower and lead themselves to success. He helps speakers, coaches and influencers to move forwards gain credibility and authority and get results using PR.
SHINE Legacy Award in Marketing
Leone Streete is an International Number 1 Amazon Best-Selling Author for the book “More Leads More Clients”, International Speaker, and he is known as “The Visionary Marketing Coach” and Founder of Business Owner Elevation. A company dedicated to helping coaches, consultants and service-based businesses to create 6-7 figure marketing campaigns. Are you stuck with the often miss-understood subject of “Marketing?” You’re not alone. He removes the hype around the big social media platforms and shows you the simple visionary strategic approach so you can simplify your message, create great marketing materials and grow your business.” Leon’s passion is marketing, born out of his ability to see a person's vision come to life in their marketing message, he regularly creates content for his community, runs various workshops, coaching programmes and interview top entrepreneurs on his Award-Winning Podcast.
SHINE Legacy Award in Productivity
Cresta Durojaiyeis one of Africa's leading Productivity Experts, a Professional Organizer, Author, Podcaster and Life Strategist who teaches and empowers people with practical tools and strategies to live fuller and perform optimally. She serves as the Founding Chairperson of the Association of Productivity and Organizing Professionals in Nigeria (APON). She is also President & Co-Founder of PineTree Group of companies (currently comprising PineTree Organizers; Inspire! By PineTree; and PineTree Container Store). Cresta hosts a weekly podcast called Life Lessons where she dishes productivity tips and strategies that enable people to live their best lives possible. She is the author of eBook "Principles for a More Productive YOU" and co-author of the global anthology - 40 Pearls of Wisdom. She is passionate about creating systems and structures for organized workflow and personal transformation. She also places a major premium on family life, as a wife and hands-on Mum to two amazing girls.
Dr Jackie Gilbert-Grant
SHINE Legacy Award in Ministry
Dr Jackie Glbert-Grant is the Senior Pastor and Founder of Sanctuary of Praise Christian Assembly, Inc. in Savannah, Georgia. She is Author of the newly released book "When The Water Breaks" and a sought after Motivational Speaker. She is the Creator of the Queens For Life LLCwhich includes The Sophisticated Ladies Collection and LADIES INC. International, a movement, teaching and encouraging women to be (L)adies (A)cting (D)ignified (I)n (E)very (S)ituation. Dr. Grant is a Board member of the Build A Bridge Foundation of Georgia, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Gamma Sigma Omega Chapter, where she currently serves as Chaplin. In 2015, Dr. Grant was consecrated a "Bishop" in the Lord’s Church by the Impact Fellowship International and The Promise Land Ministries, based in Washington DC, and holds a membership with the Perfecting Covenant Prevailing Connection. She is also the author of three other books, “Developing Your Spiritual Gifts,”“For The Working of The Ministry,” “Bossed Up For Purpose.” Bishop Grant has won many awards and citations through the years, all of which she has been honored to receive.
Brandy M. Miller
SHINE Legacy Award in Creative Strategy
Brandy M. Miller is a Globally recognized author, entrepreneur, writing coach, and business leadership strategist, who is also the founder of the Writing Problems Into Profits movement where she helps aspiring authors claim their power as thought leaders and innovators while building successful businesses, and the Turning Problems Into Profits campaign where she helps low-income earners find and monetize the unique value they offer the world and connects them to wealthy investors looking to gain both financial and emotional ROI by using their money to transform lives, empower families, and liberate communities trapped by economic hardships using free enterprise principles. Her signature program, Magnetic Leadership Training, helps organizations and individuals whose profitability and productivity is being negatively impacted by infighting and departmental divisions to use their common problems as tools to build bridges that turn adversaries into allies, end the infighting, and restore both productivity and profitability.
SHINE Legacy Award in Growth Strategy
Suki Laniado-Smith is a passionate advocate for the integration of culture as a strategic asset in business. She aligns the human dynamics and business mechanics, and she does so to great effect. A very experienced coach and now also a qualified mediator, Suki brings a balance of candour and warmth to her coaching which earns the loyalty and respect of Clients. After 13 years at Shirlaws, Suki is now a partner at Imaginal Ventures, where she currently channels her talents into the marketplace. She works in partnership with leaders who have a mandate for transformational change. Leaders who “have the authority, commitment and desire to bring about lasting evolutionary change. They understand the value of building a trust-based organisation. This is not just talking about change, it's designing, implementing and living the change.” Her focus is supporting leaders to align & integrate the human dynamics in their organisation with the business mechanics, and approach she believes provides businesses with the resilience, speed, and agility required for growth and dictates the pace at which growth can be achieved.
SHINE Legacy Award in Literature
Titi Horsefall is a novelist, poet, and public speaker. Professionally, she has built a career as a corporate communicator in the Liquefied Natural Gas industry. As Head of Business Relations in NLNG, she manages communication and stakeholder engagement for corporate business growth, economic diplomacy, and fostering positive business environment through regulatory compliance. She has a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, masters in Banking and Finance, and an MBA in Oil and Gas Management from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. She is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). She founded the Prisenda Writers Residency Initiative to promote literacy, creative writing, and intellectual expression. In 2018, she was a speaker at the 8th Edition of the African Achievers Awards, hosted at the UK Westminster Parliament in London. She is the 2017 PR Times Africa Magazine Woman of the Year, the 2016 African Achievers Award Recipient for Literature, recipient of the Deep River Books Merit Award, and 2015 Garden City Advancement Award.
SHINE Legacy Award in
Kemi Oyesola aka CoachKemi is a Prolific, Bold and Fearless Speaker of the Truth, Coach, Author, Mentor and CEO of How2Think Global Consulting Empire. She is the ‘creator’ of How2Think and Dominate Mastermind, Idea to Income 6-Week Intensive and How2Think Thinking School. She has studied and taught leaders in every field from top executives to business owners; church members to young people groups; spoken to audiences of over 100,000 and at Christian retreats and conferences, the fine art of How2Think in various countries like Nigeria, USA, UK, Spain, Kenya, etc. Through her books, over 300 videos and digital courses, CoachKemi has helped thousands in various countries realise their God-given ability to have Dominion and EXCEL. CoachKemi holds 2 Bachelor degrees in the Sciences and the Arts and is a Certified Gold Coach & NLP Practitioner. She volunteers as a Mentor with the Cherie Blair Foundation, Women in Banking & Finance (WIBF), 3 Young People’s Organisations: Black Training Enterprise Group and Kingsgen Foundation as well as seats on the Board of Young People Matter.
Dr Yewande Okuleye
SHINE Legacy Award in Connectivity
Yewande Okuleye is a transdisciplinary scholar and trained Adizes facilitator. Yewande guides leaders and teams to develop collaborative thinking, consensus building and compassionate leadership. Creating intention-based connectivity, allows us to cultivate honest and engaged dialogues, an intrinsic building block for quality interrelatedness. Yewande sees her role as a connectivity guide, as an important catalyst for change. Yewande is the CEO/Founder, of The Power of Nine: Creating Connectivity and Purpose. The Power of Nine experiential workshops, creates a space for participants to question, feel, and re-imagine what it means, to connect to self and others and how this shapes our perceptions and values. The idea of the power of the collective also informs Yewande's academic research, which highlights issues of social justice, social corporate responsibility and cannabis drug reform.
SHINE Legacy Award in Health & Wellness
Erran Warden (aka The Juice Doctor) is a Nutritional Therapist, Natural Health Researcher, Innovator & Manufacturer of Botanical Health Products, Social Entrepreneur, Humanitarian, CEO and Founder of GO Juice Detox / Mi Healthcare & Vivo Nutrients. Erran's passion for people, healing and helping others achieve ‘Freedom Through Wellbeing’, enabled him to assist thousands of men, women and children to successfully overcome long-standing health challenges, weight problems and more through detox, lifestyle change and applying age-old natural health principles.
SHINE Legacy Award in Film
John Njamah is a popular Nigerian Actor, Movie director and Filmmaker. He was born on the 17th of April. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Dramatic Arts from Obafemi Awolowo University, IIe-Ife, in Osun State, Nigeria. John became part of the movie industry in 1995, as he started acting when he was still a teenager, He has acted in over 80 movies. He is well known for the popular Television Series, Fuji House of Commotion and Checkmate. He also was part of the first season of award winning series, Tinsel which he directed in (2008), Kala Jamal in 2016, and a Little White Lie in 2017. He is also a Voice actor featured on the BBC Radio Drama "Wetin Dey".
SHINE Legacy Award in Music
Harrison Tare Okiri, better known by his stage name Harrysong, is a Nigerian award winning singer, songwriter and instrumentalist who rose to fame after his tribute song to Nelson Mandela won the "Most Downloaded Callertune Award" at The Headies 2013. At age eleven, Harrysong's music career started as a congarist in the church his mother served as the music director before he went on to learn contemporary gospel music. In 2007, he moved to Lagos as the lead singer of a live band who perform in nightclubs until he met Kcee which led to him signing for Five Star Music. His rise to fame came when he released the single "I'm In Love" and "Taiye & Kehinde" with the music video of the former topping music video charts including Trace TV. He went on to release his debut album Testify through QuestionMark Entertainment in 2012.
SHINE Legacy Award in Advocacy
Lami Phillips Gbadamosi was born in Chicago, Illinois. She is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and actress. Phillips went to Corona School, Victoria Island, Lagos for her elementary schooling. She also completed her BA (Hons) at the University of Kent, United Kingdom, then had her MA degree from the University of Nottingham. Phillips also has an Executive MBA from the Pennsylvania. Having started her music career professionally, she has since released an Album "Intuition" and various singles such as; Baby, Orimiwu and Yago. She is also an activist and a voice for women empowerment and more.
SHINE Legacy Award in Humanitarian Service
Victoria Nkong is a Talent Manager, event producer and Humanitarian. She worked as a bi-lingual presenter, producer for Kora Awards, Headies Awards and she helped found a charity called the Life Fountain Orphanage Home. Nkong worked with KORA All Africa Music Awards as a bilingual presenter, served as PA to the KORA President and eventually became a show producer. She has organized international events like 50th anniversary of African Music, Vlisco Annual fashion show, MTN Yellow Summer in Benin Republic, International African Athletics Competition 2012. Victoria is the Executive Producer of Cruise & Chillz boat cruise networking party for Business Moguls, Media and Celebrities. She is also behind Slum Invasion annual charity event.