Diaspora Innovation Institute

The Diaspora Innovation Institute was established in 2012 after the maiden edition of the African Diaspora Conferences in Lagos Nigeria at the Prestigious Lagos Business School, Nigeria.

The goal of the Institute is to build a structure for Diaspora return, Transition, Relocation, Engagement, Investment, Entrepreneurship and impact on Development.

Focus is on Diaspora Research, Diaspora Marketing, Transition, Technology, Conferences and Development.

Research is on Entrepreneurship, Environmental Sustainability, Technical knowledge transfer, Local Innovation and Technological application.

We have created partnerships with City University of New York, Adekunle Ajasin University,  Green Campus Institute, Junior Chamber Nigeria, CBCEMEA, African Diaspora Marketplace-USAID, Western Union, Young Global Leaders, Center for Management Development CMD, Rainbow Town Development, Chams Plc, Arik Air, Come to Nigeria, Nigeria in Diaspora Organizations, The Africa Report, Bowie State University Business Innovation Center, Deluxe Residences, DOWEN College, Federal University of Technology Otuoke, Easy Taxi, National University Commission NUC, Homecoming Revolution South Africa, Trend City, GE Nigeria, Lagos State Inland Revenue Service, Montgomery College USA, DHL Nigeria, Oracle, Global Property Partners GPP, Chams Mobile etc.

Advisory Board members:

  1. Prof Byron Price,  Baruch College  City University of New York CUNY
  2. Pastor Robert Aderibole, Financial Consultant, Dublin Ireland
  3. Prince Akinwale Ojomo, Young Global Leader, World Economic Forum, Nigeria/USA
  4. Dr Ijeoma Otigbuo Professor, Montgomery College USA
  5. Kingsley Aikins, Diaspora Consultant, Dublin Ireland
  6. Ndidi Nwuneli Director, Sahel Capital, Young Global Leader, Nigeria


Technical Adviser:

  1. Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affair and Diaspora, Former Honorable member of Nigerian National Assembly, Abuja, Nigeria
  2. Dr Ola Orekunrin, CEO Flying Doctor UK                   
  3. Dr Kabir Kabo Usman, Director General, Centre for Management Development
  4. Peter Taiwo Environmental Consultant, Nigeria


Partnership with Universities in NIGERIA –Adekunle Ajasin University AAUA, Nnamdi Azikwe University and University of Maiduguri

  1. Adekunle Ajasin University-Agreement to support the Centre for Bio-computing and Drug Development CBDD, Centre for Entrepreneurship Development CED and host the Africa Diaspora Conference ADC
  2. NnamdiAzikwe University Akwa Agreement to participate in the Diaspora 100 and African Diaspora Fellows
  1. University of Maiduguri. Agreement on Diaspora 100 with focus on Security, Education and Job Creation

Other University in communication with include-Redeemer’s University, Bell University, Elizade University, Adeyemi College of Education etc


  1. African Diaspora Conference every December
  2. DIASPORA 100-supporting relocation of 100 diaspora members every year
  3. Environmental Sustainability and Conservation Program
  4. SME Lab/Business Incubator at Centre fo r Management Development CMD
  5. CMD Diaspora Accreditation Program
  6. Diaspora Monthly Meeting
  7. Diaspora Campus Entrepreneurship Centre
  8. Diaspora Membership and Discount Card


  • Diaspora Marketing
  • Diaspora Annual Conferences and Workshops
  • Global Conferences facilitation
  • Research and Social Survey
  • Human Capital Training
  • HR/Diaspora Recruitment
  • Project Funding Facilitation
  • Diaspora Transition-Housing, relocation services
  • Diaspora Program Implementation
  • Diaspora Virtual Office


  • Held the maiden edition of the African Diaspora Conference 2012
  • Held the 2013 African Diaspora Conference with focus on Environment Sustainability
  • Opened the first Campus Office at the Adekunle Ajasin University 2014
  • Created partnership with Centre for Management Development to launch the CMD Diaspora Accreditation 2015
  • SME Diaspora Virtual Office was launched in 2015
  • Diaspora Discount Card 2016
  • Diaspora Hub @ Magodo 2016
  • Diaspora Hub @ Lekki 2016


Contact and Global Offices:

Prince Akinwale Ojomo, MBA
Chief Engagement Officer/Board member
Young Global Leader (World Economic Forum)

USA Office:

C/o Prof Byron Price Ph.D

Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Chair of Social Justice   

Baruch College School of Public Affairs

One Bernard Baruch Way                                          

City University of New York, CUNY  New York, USA 

Nigeria Office:                                                                                                                                                              Lagos Island:  ,128A Plot 9A New Creation Street, Lekki Phase 1 Lagos State, NIGERIA

Lagos Mainland: Suite/Office 4 Digital Center, Center for Management Development CMD
CMD Complex, CMD Road, Shangisha-Magodo, Lagos State, NIGERIA

Campus Office: Suite 2 CRD Building Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State NIGERIA

Email: diasporainnovationinstitute@gmail.com


Phone: 234-808-515-1778; 234-0803-456-5038

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