Yemi Adenuga

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Yemi Adenuga
Yemi Adenuga.jpg
Adenuga in 2011
Born (1971-09-23) 23 September 1971 (age 46)
Residence Navan, Ireland
Education MBA Post Grad
  • author
  • motivational speaker
  • personal development & leadership expert
  • relationship/marriage mentor
  • TV personality
  • business strategist
Spouse(s) Deji Adenuga

Oluwayemi "Yemi" Adenuga is a Nigerian–Irish TV personality, broadcaster, and advocate for women's and youth's issues. She is a two-time best selling author, development and leadership expert, speaker, relationship/marriage mentor and entrepreneur.[1] She hosted Nigeria's Number 1 television talk show, Sharing with Yemi, from 1996–2003 on Nigeria's first private television station, Africa Independent Television (AIT). Adenuga was called one of Ireland's most influential women by the Irish Tatler magazine.[citation needed]

Adenuga is the Group Chief Executive Officer of D-Dymensions Communications, a holding company for 6 subsidiaries:

  • Phoenix Institute of Training and Development
  • Nigerian Carnival Ireland
  • Energy N Motion Publishing
  • D-Dymensions productions
  • DY Relationship Clinic
  • dMoTiVe Television (Online TV)

Adenuga has created three signature brands:

1. Sheroes Global: This brand recognizes and celebrates ordinary women who do extraordinary things to positively inspire, influence and impact the lives of others globally.

2. The MIB class (Motivate. Inspire. Build): is the personal development brand through which Adenuga motivates and inspires people. Through MIB classes, Adenuga encourages and challenges her audience to achieve their personal and professional goals.

3. Exploring Options Project: Adenuga started this school project in 2014 with the aim of creating valuable opportunities for young people to engage in creative thinking, become innovative and develop an entrepreneurial mind-set early in life. This project has been enhanced through the use of Adenuga's 2nd book, "Exploring Options... A guide to making career choices".

Adenuga travels around Europe, Africa and America, giving free career talks to young people, creating awareness about the need for young people to begin to think early, about what they would like to do for a career, and helping them identify skills needed for  their future career. She is the author of The power of THANK YOU, a motivational book encouraging the building of an attitude of gratitude and 'Exploring Options... A guide to making career choices', a book which has become a training tool for helping secondary school students make career choices early in life. Adenuga distributes this book free to secondary school students internationally and has so far distributed over 2500 copies.


Born to the late Pa Isaac Olujimi Solaru and Deaconess Christian Solaru on 23 September 1971, Adenuga grew up in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria, where her father worked for Shell Nigeria. She attended Army Children's School, GRA, and Government Secondary School Eneka, both in Port Harcourt, completing her secondary school education in Christ Apostolic Grammar School, Iperu-Remo, Ogun State. She studied accountacy and mass communication at the Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria and holds a bachelor's degree in Business Studies (Human Resource Management Stream) from University College Dublin and a Master of Business Administration degree (Project Management stream) from Liverpool John Moores University. She holds a Post-graduate certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise at University of Dublin Innovation Academy.

A qualified and highly experienced training consultant, Adenuga has FETAC level 6 certificates in Training and development, Computerised Accounts, Computerised Payroll, as well as a certificate in first line management from the Institute of Leadership and Management, Ireland. She also holds a diploma in television directing from the CEFAP institute of Television Production and Directing in Paris. She is a member of several professional bodies including the Institute of leadership and Management, Ireland, the MBA Association of Ireland and Project Management Association, Ireland. She is also an associate of the Irish Institute of training and development.

Broadcasting career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Adenuga started her career as an accounts and administrative officer with WASCO advertising, Kaduna, Nigeria in 1989, exiting the company as an advertising executive in 1991.


Her broadcast career took off in 1990 when she passed an audition to become a pioneering staff of the Ogun State Broadcasting Corporation's new FM Radio station, OGBC2 where she worked with ace broadcasters like Olusesan Ekisola.[2] Adenuga worked there as a Newscaster, scriptwriter, presenter and Radio producer and in 1991, became known on radio as The fox that Rocks the box. She presented and produced several programmes including; On a personal note, FM mail bag, weekend special and Early bird. In 1994, she joined DAAR Communications PLC, Nigeria to become a Pioneering member of Nigeria's first private radio station, Ray Power 100Fm and subsequently became Manager of Programmes. There she presented and produced programmes which included; Straight from the heart, bone of my bones, thank God its Friday, Sunny side up, The Ultimate morning show and Ray power express. She also produced several radio documentaries on developmental issues most of which were done in collaboration with UNICEF.


On the set of Sharing with Yemi (1998) with the Amatas and the Obes

Adenuga made her move into Television in 1996 to work for Africa Independent Television (AIT), Nigeria's first private Television station. Adenuga is the first female presenter to present a programme on the first private Radio station in Nigeria, Ray Power 100fm, and also the director/producer of the first programme to be aired on the first private television station in Nigeria, AIT.

She hosted and produced Multi-Award winning Television talk show, Sharing with Yemi [3] which was Nigeria's leading talk show from 1996 – 2003. Aside from producing and directing numerous TV programmes, Adenuga researched, produced and directed several documentaries among which were; Africa, what hope for tomorrow (very first programme broadcast on AIT, Nigeria' first private TV station), Life after these (on girls in difficult situations in Nigeria), the Italian connection (on situations of Nigerian girls prostituting in Italy), If only i was a boy (on sexual and reproductive health of adolescent girls in Nigeria), we can speak for ourselves (for 1996 day of the African child on the state of the African child), the Legend lives on (on King Sunny Ade at 50), Healing with a smile (on the power of helping others), love for sale (on young undergraduates prostituting in schools) and She had no choice (on girls with VVF resulting from early marriage).[4]

With a desire to develop and pursue her business development career, Adenuga relocated to Ireland in 2000 and worked with IBM international holdings, Ireland from 2003 to 2010, exiting the company as a cost accountant.[5]


D-dymensions Communications[edit]

In 2007, Adenuga and her husband, Deji Adenuga.[6] an A-list Nigerian actor, established D-Dymensions Communications, an international Business management holding company for six subsidiaries; through which it offers its wide range of creative, strategic, high-quality and effective consultancy services, with a goal to know the needs of clients and develop strategic interventions to meet them with excellent and satisfactory deliverables.

Sheroes Global[edit]

Adenuga Founded 'Sheroes Global' in 2012, a Women development and support organisation which builds women and youth to become positive change agents through changing orientation, to build positive mind-set, recognizing their efforts, celebrating their successes, empowering them to build sustainable businesses in line with the UN sustainable development goal 2030, and encouraging them to be supportive of one another. The goal of Sheroes Global is to inspire women to be more, influence women to support one another to be more, and celebrate women who dare to be more. Its vision is to see society where women can reach their highest potentials, free of violence, and supported by not just men, but other women, who desire the best for her and gladly recognize and celebrate her achievements.

​​​​​​​​​Sheroes Global delivers its works through its 10 result-oriented projects, which impact positively and directly on the lives of is beneficiaries and form the base of is objectives: 1. To empower women and girls to be their own boss and build female leaders to be change agents through Sheroes Entrepreneurship and Leadership Academy. 2. To facilitate the conferencing of inspired women, to engage in policy influencing dialogue, and empower one another through Sheroes Global Summit. 3. To identify women and youths who inspire, influence and impact, and to recognize and celebrate them through Sheroes Global Awards. 4. To offer free career talks and books to youth, and help them decided on a career path very early in life through Sheroes 'Exploring Options' career program. 5. To provide a safe and trusted place where youth can talk and learn about issues affecting them through Sheroes Youth Club (Boys to Men Campaign). 6. To connect women and young girls with experts to be mentored for growth through Sheroes mentorship program. 7. To support the less privileged in the society through Sheroes charity. 8. To explore the lives and shared experiences of ordinary women and youth doing extraordinary things through The Sheroes - TV Program. ​9. To be a safe place online for women to Network and discuss all things female: Career / Relationship / Health / Social life and more through Sheroes Network 10. To facilitate a stress-free time of pampering and relaxation to refresh, motivate and inspire women through Sheroes Girls Time Out.

African Women Development Initiative[edit]

In 2004, Adenuga founded African Women Development Initiative.[7] a development oriented, non-profit, non-governmental organisation, set up to serve as a support network body for migrant African women in Ireland and relief for women in deplorable situations. Through the AWDI project, Adenuga has worked with women who share the vision to build and strengthen relationships and entrenching family values. She also uses AWDI as a forum where women can express and improve themselves in areas where they need help with a mission to also empower, support and strengthen the African Woman for a confident and sufficient living. Adenuga's work with AWDI supports Women refuges in Ireland including Drogheda Women Refuge and Meath Women's refuge through fundraising programmes to help female victims of domestic violence and their children, and building on its current leadership project, to educate, give Moral support to, and develop women for leadership positions.

Nigerian Carnival Ireland[edit]

Adenuga and Deji Adenuga started Nigerian Carnival Ireland.[8] in 2008, an annual cultural carnival held in the historic Phoenix Park, Dublin, and its aim is to promote Social integration, celebrate cultural diversity and Cultural heritage, promote tourism in Ireland, inform and educate people about the different, diverse cultures of the ethnic communities in the now Multicultural Ireland while re-orientating peoples' perception of Nigeria to defeat negative stereotypes. Adenuga is the Carnival Director of Nigerian Carnival Ireland.[9]

Acting and media production[edit]

Adenuga has worked on several media and stage acting projects in Ireland including;

  • Memory Box (Adenuga is the voice of Lilian, in this three-part animation series 'Abbi's Circle', produced by FOMAC, which focuses on immigrant family reunification' in Ireland).[10]
  • Team Spirit (Animated Sequel to Memory box).[11]
  • New Town Centre Project (A Ronan McCrea production where Adenuga narrates under Projected photographic images telling of an unspecified protagonist's tangential thoughts, reports, anecdotes and quotes).[12]
  • No handouts in Europe (Adenuga writes the script and narrates this one hour Radio Drama for RTÉ, Ireland's national Radio station).[13]
  • A street car named desire (Adenuga plays Isabel in this stage adaptation by the Navan theatre group).[14]
  • The Dilemma of a Ghost (Adenuga Plays Ato's mother in this Ghanaian play).[15][16]
  • Spectrum (Adenuga was presenter on this programme on mainstream Irish radio dealing specifically with immigrant issues).[17]
  • Once upon a time (Adenuga plays narrator in this stage play).
  • Not too long ago (Adenuga Narrates the stories of Migrants in a now multicultural Ireland).

Personal life[edit]

Adenuga is a talented African business leader, role model and change-maker in diaspora making positive impact and making her native Nigeria proud. She has a vision to empower women, and through her empowerment and development brand 'MIB', she Motivates, Inspires and Builds women around the world, encouraging and challenging them to achieve their dreams. Over and over again, Adenuga has demonstrated by her own examples, determination and hard work, that any goal can be achieved. This dynamic storyteller captures her audience with her conversational style of presentation and training, encouraging her audience to build their confidence and take the key to their own success.

Adenuga's passion to pay it forward is recognized in the humanitarian and philanthropic initiatives she lends herself to. Adenuga is the founder and CEO of African Women Development Initiative, the chairperson of Migrant Women Leaders Council Ireland and is two-time chairperson of the Board of Management of Cultúr Migrants Centre, Co. Meath, Ireland. She served as the chairperson of the steering committee of the M.I.M.E. project (Migrants Integrating in Meath Equally), Ireland, the Vice-President of the Meath Intercultural Network, Ireland and Project Manager for Cultúr Migrant Centre, Ireland. Adenuga worked with a team of other PLA researchers to carry out a thorough and very successful research project work which has led to the development of an Integration Strategy in County Meath, Ireland.

She is married to Deji Adenuga,[6] one of Nigeria's A-List Nollywood actors and they live in Navan with their children.[18]

Awards, nominations and recognition[edit]

  • Best Radio Presenter of the Year – University of Ife, Nigeria – 1992
  • Radio Presenter of the year – Ogun State University, Nigeria – 1992
  • Best Female radio presenter – University of Ilorin, Nigeria – 1993
  • Radio's Most Outstanding presenter of the year – Ogun State University – 1994
  • Radio Presenter of the year – Ray Power 100fm – 1995
  • Chairman's Outstanding Broadcaster Award – DAAR communications Plc – 1995
  • Outstanding female radio presenter – Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Nigeria – 1996
  • Best documentary Production for 'Africa-what hope for tomorrow' – Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, Nigeria – 1996
  • Programme of the year 'sharing with Yemi' – Ogun State University, Nigeria – 1996
  • Best Nigerian Talk show 'Sharing with Yemi' – Women in Leadership Organisation, Nigeria – 1997
  • Best TV presenter of the year (Sharing with Yemi) – Women in Leadership Organisation, Nigeria – 1998
  • Programme of the year (Sharing with Yemi) – Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria – 1999
  • Best TV Talk show – Ogun State University, Nigeria – 2000
  • one of the 100 Most Influential African people in Ireland
  • International African Woman - Women4Africa Awards final nominee, UK - 2016
  • Woman in Creative & Cultural Sector - Women4Africa Awards final nominee, UK - 2018


  1. ^ "Yemi Adenuga celebrates new baby in Ireland". Naijamusicbiz. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  2. ^ Olalekan, Bilesanmi (10 July 2011). "Olusesan Ekisola:I crossed paths with stars and legends on my way to the top". Vanguard. Vanguard. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "As a child, I was my brothers' punch bag – Funmi Eko". Sharing with Yemi. 22 June 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Tabiti, Niyi. "Ex-AIT Presenter, Yemi Adenuga Celebrates in Ireland". Blog Masters. Archived from the original on 30 June 2012. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  5. ^ McMorrow, Conor (27 April 2008). "Arrivals Yemi Adenuga, Nigeria". Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "Deji Adenuga relocates abroad". January 17, 2007. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  7. ^ "Sun shines on Africa Day in Navan". The Meath Chronicle. 26 May 2010. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  8. ^ "Nigerian Carnival Ireland 2011". Ray Multimedia Productions. 29 Aug 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2012 – via 
  9. ^ "Nigerian Carnival Ireland (NCI) 2011 – Celebrating Cultural Diversity". Irish Press Releases. 21 August 2011. Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  10. ^ "The Memory Box". 
  11. ^ "Team Spirit". 
  12. ^ "New Town Centre Project (Extract #1)". 
  13. ^ "No Hand-Outs in Europe". 3 January 2010. 
  14. ^ "This Streetcar is first class Navan Theatre Group Production". 
  15. ^ Fricker, Karen (21 April 2007). "The Dilemma of a Ghost Project". The Guardian. 
  16. ^ "The Dilemma of a Ghost is profound, emotional and beguiling". Metro Éireann. 10 May 2007. 
  17. ^ Posudnevsky, Viktor (12 February 2009). "RTÉ confirms Spectrum's scrapping". Metro Éireann. 
  18. ^ "Photos From Yemi Adenuga's Gig for New Baby in Ireland". 20 May 2008. 

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