The Founder and CEO of Nigeria’s leading Media and Public Relations company, BHM, Ayeni Adekunle, has been confirmed to speak at the annual Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators of Nigeria (ICSAN) Public Lecture.

Scheduled to hold virtually on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, the Public Lecture is themed “Survival of MSMEs during Uncertain Times: Is Corporate Governance a Luxury or Necessity?”.

Speaking ahead of the event, Ayeni said, “With the economic hardship associated with the COVID-19 pandemic that has grounded the global economy, businesses are in unprecedented times. Their survival now depends on their readiness to dismantle the status quo and rethink their approach despite the imminent threats they face. The ICSAN Public Lecture presents the perfect opportunity for Nigerian businesses to come together and forge a path aimed at a beneficial future.”

A reputable Nigerian entrepreneur and investor, Ayeni founded BHM in 2006 and the company currently serves a wide range of high-end clientele spread across different sectors including FMCGs, telecommunication, and media services.

BHM has pioneered several initiatives in the Nigerian PR sector, one of them being the BHM App, the first PR mobile application for Nigerian public relations practitioners. The company is also responsible for the first-ever annual Nigeria PR Report dedicated to documenting and analyzing data within the industry.

Since starting BHM, Ayeni has founded Nigeria’s premiere entertainment website- Nigerian Entertainment Today, the umbrella entertainment conference for Nigeria’s creative sector – Nigerian Entertainment Conference, digital communications and content marketing agency, ID Africa, as well as consumer tech product, Plaqad. He also sits on the board of many companies, including 618 Bees, F316 Consulting and PinPoint Media.

Ayeni is a fellow of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN), a member of Public Relations Consultant Association of Nigeria (PRCAN), a member of Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations UK, (CIPR), member of the Public Relations Association of America (PRSA), and member of the Public Relations and Communications Association (PRCA), the world’s largest PR professional body.

Other speakers expected at the event include Prof. Chris Ogbechie, a Strategic Management Professor at Lagos Business School, Ndidi Nwuneli, Co-founder AACE Food Processing and Distribution, and Sola Dawodu, an SME Catalyst.

The ICSAN Public Lecture is annually attended by governance professionals, regulators such as the Financial Reporting Council of Nigeria (FRCN), the Nigerian Stock Exchange, members of the academia, thought moguls, and the media.

Taiwo Ganiyat Olusesi, Registrar of ICSAN, says, “as the leading professional body to corporate governance and administration, the theme of this year’s Public Lecture is of utmost importance. The council is most grateful to have Ayeni Adekunle speak at the lecture as he brings with him a wealth of experience, and we are sure the participants will benefit immensely from the session.”

ICSAN, a statutory body established by an Act of the Nigerian Parliament to provide guidance and professional education leading to the professional qualification as a Chartered Secretary and Administrator, is reputed for being a leading global voice on good Corporate and Public Governance.