Presenter : Femi Ibiwoye

Femi Ibiwoye was born in North West London and grew up in Nigeria. With both parents working in a university in northern Nigeria, education was a very competitive business. With a microbiologist Father and a teacher for Mother, he appeared to be heading either for a career in medicine or academia.  

Surprisingly the young man decided to veer off the anticipated career trajectory and chose Architecture which was a good compromise to his Dad (as he expected Femi to read medicine). Following his interest he emerged with a B.Sc (Arch) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and a M.Sc (Arch) from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. 

Bushy-tailed and bright-eyed the young man grabbed a suitcase and hopped onto a plane landing at Heathrow on a cold February morning to settle in the UK. The UK was then gripped in the throes of a difficult recession which had hit the building sector very hard. Having been in a succession of education institutions, Femi decided to kick-start his working career one-way-or-the-other.

Femi has worked in the civil service, charity sector, publicly owned blue-chips, operated his own limited company and been a sole-trader. 

Positions Held

Femi has taken up various opportunities in a diverse range of organisations in the process gaining a range of leadership capabilities with a solid working experience across the board.

Femi was an Administrative Officer in the UK, Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) in the early 90's. A year long stint in the charity sector followed with an appointment as Office Manager, in Green Pastures Ministries (then operating in Leyton, London). Femi was re-hired in the DWP and promoted to Executive Office 3 months later. He left the role a couple of years later to take on a different sales role with Lex Service Plc rising to Business Manager within 9 months of joining. 

Femi was head-hunted by a private limited company operating in the recruitment sector looking for an industry specialist to head up their motor trade business. Following a very successful stint at Brunswick Recruitment, an opportunity to take on the role of Europe Sales Manager came up for a Turkey Headquartered business. This role enabled Femi to travel in and out of Turkey, picking up a smattering of the language on his travels.  

Femi has owned and operated an events planning business (Concord Events Management), was Branch Manager at Welcome Financial Services and currently works in the Telecoms Industry as a specialist. He is a DJ, MC and now a content creator at TBS NOW Radio. DJ and MC engagements has taken him all over the UK, Europe and Africa on corporate and private functions. Femi is a fluent English and Yoruba speaker, competent in Hausa, and basic in Spanish and Turkish. He is married and lives in the UK.