Meet the Team.
Dele Olojede is a writer, editor and publisher, whose career in journalism spans nearly four decades and took him to more than 100 countries, including stints as bureau chief at the United Nations, and Johannesburg and Beijing, for New York Newsday. In 2005 he received journalism’s highest honor, the Pulitzer Prize, for his coverage of the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. Dele also was founder and publisher of NEXT, a groundbreaking investigative newspaper in Lagos, Nigeria, in the 2000s. In 2019 he hosted the inaugural Africa In the World festival of hearts and minds, at Spier Wine Farm, in Stellenbosch, South Africa, bringing together global thinkers and innovators in communion with select African leaders to attempt to solve large problems.
Dele was educated at the University of Lagos and Columbia University in the City of New York. He serves on the board of EARTH University in Costa Rica, The Mark Up, in New York, and on the advisory board of Luminate, the civic investment arm of the Omidyar Network. He is a moderator of leadership seminars for the Aspen Global Leadership Network and a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative South Africa. He is chairman of the board of Kashim Ibrahim Fellowship, which identifies and nurtures emerging young leaders in Nigeria. He and his family split their time between Stellenbosch and New York.
Andrew Kamara is the VP of Operations, where he manages the manufacturing side of Edesia, overseeing manufacturing, quality and logistics/warehouse. Andrew has been with Edesia for 13 years and has served in many different positions across the organization.
Prior to Edesia, Andrew spent two years working for Coca Cola Enterprises as a mid-level Distribution Resource overseeing deliveries, storage and distribution of a wide range of bottled soft drinks. Andrew also spent six years working for United Natural Foods as a Quality Assurance Specialist and a grocery/ repackaging Supervisor.
Andrew studied Political Science & International relations from the University of Connecticut and has an Advance Diploma in Electronics from NIIT Accra, Ghana.