The Team

Ayo

Ayo Jaiyesimi

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Producer

Ayodele Jaiyesimi, FTA, is an avid lover of Culture and the Arts. She is the Founder, Executive Producer and CEO of THESPIAN Family Theatre & Productions (TFT), a community focused organisation which she set up in 2003, that uses the platform of stage, television and various channels to evoke discussions that touch the core of the spectrum of humanity. She is a Fellow of the Theatre Arts and member of the National Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP). She of the International Society for the Performance Arts (ISPA).

Ayo is a writer and has written a number of plays and poems. Some of plays have been brilliantly produced and they include ÌTÀN (the Story), Five Maids of Fadaka, The Mad King of Ijudiya, Adesewa , Unwana, Crystal Slipper and are highly rated.
She has successfully produced some of the timeless plays:
Midnight Hotel by Femi Osofisan
Altine’s Wrath by Femi Osofisan
The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka

Ayodele Jaiyesimi, FTA, is an avid lover of Culture and the Arts. She is the Founder, Executive Producer and CEO of THESPIAN Family Theatre & Productions (TFT), a community focused organisation which she set up in 2003, that uses the platform of stage, television and various channels to evoke discussions that touch the core of the spectrum of humanity. She is a Fellow of the Theatre Arts and member of the National Association of Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP). She of the International Society for the Performance Arts (ISPA).

Ayo is a writer and has written a number of plays and poems. Some of plays have been brilliantly produced and they include ÌTÀN (the Story), Five Maids of Fadaka, The Mad King of Ijudiya, Adesewa , Unwana, Crystal Slipper and are highly rated.

Altogether she has had over 130 shows in the course of the 13years of THESPIAN Family Theatre & Productions existence with over 5,000 actors showcased on its platform. She has worked with the finest of Actors, Directors, Administrators and Technical Executives in the theatre space.These include Ben Tomoloju, Isreal Eboh, Tunji Sotimirin, Nissi George, Lookman Sanusi, Toyin Oshinnaike amongst others and also run a number of mentorship schemes for students in the Theatre Arts. She directed Altine’s Wrath that was staged at the International Conference in honour of Professor Femi Osofisan. She has also featured in some Radio Programmes and Children’s TV programmes and is currently producing some TV programmes.

In addition to her work in the Performing Arts space, Ayodele has had over 32 years varied experience in leadership roles in Public Service, Consulting and the Financial Services Industry. She is a Certified Human Resource Practitioner, a Chartered Accountant, a Certified Customer Service Trainer and also a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors. Her heartthrob involves issues that improve the community generally and in particular address the situation of the Nigerian youth and women. She was at one time a regular columnist on the Junior Guardian page.

Ayo has attended several courses in leading organisations such as the Lagos Business School, Stanford University, London Business School amongst others. She is on the Board of a number of community based organisations and is involved in a number of Youth Mentorship/ Development initiatives and is a popular conference and motivational speaker.

Nissin

Nissi George (+)

General Manager

An actor, dancer, writer and director, Nissi entered into the Nigerian professional theatre scene in the early 1980’s, and has remained unrepentantly committed to theatre practice. Nissi stands tall in competence and delivery. His outstanding performance in various different productions has made him one of the most respected and sought after players on the stage, and this has earned him the name of the “Stage Marshall of Nigeria”.

Tobore

Tobore Edema, PMP

Projects &
Business Development Executive

Tobore is a singer, writer, and an enthusiast of the arts. She is a globally certified Project Manager with the Project Management Institute (PMI) and holds a training certificate from the Technical Institute of America, New York. She is also a B.Sc. graduate of Delta State University, Nigeria.

Adenike

Adenike Osalilu

Administrative &
Operations Head

Adenike is a B.Sc. graduate of Covenant University Nigeria, who has special love for the arts. She is dedicated to effectively managing the daily operations and administrative duties at TFT.

Omobolanle

Omobolanle Adigun

Special&
Projects Executive

Adenike is a B.Sc. graduate of Covenant University Nigeria, who has special love for the arts. She is dedicated to effectively managing the daily operations and administrative duties at TFT.

Olawale

Olawale Oke

Production Managerr

Adenike is a B.Sc. graduate of Covenant University Nigeria, who has special love for the arts. She is dedicated to effectively managing the daily operations and administrative duties at TFT.