Sports bETTING Events

Aleksas Pikturna is the Sales Operations Manager of BetGames.TV – a developer and distributor of interactive (LIVE) and innovative gaming products for gambling business (B2B).

With partners in many countries such as South Africa, Nigeria, Lithuania, Estonia, Romania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Hungary, Turkey, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Albania, Moldova, Armenia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and the other countries worldwide – BetGames.TV has turned betting into exciting and fun experience with their LIVE games and are looking to partner with you.

All LIVE games combine traditional betting with popular lotteries and table games and are simple enough for players to easily catch on to the idea. The wagers on games can be accepted both at the retail betting shops and online solutions. What is the most important - the player will not get bored by playing LIVE games which run every few minutes and are carried out by beautiful presenters. Also BetGames.TV LIVE games generate a solid cash flow to all their partners.

 Aleksas will be joining his colleague Tayo Atoloye to share their insights on the future of betting industry. Join us at the Sports Betting West Africa Summit to see how betting can be transformed into an even more exciting experience for your customers."



Emmanuel ekpenyong

Managing Partner

Fred-young & Evans LP


Olafadeke Akeju is the Principal Consultant for WYS Solicitors. She is a leading expert on regulation, policy formulation and development for Gaming Industry. Olafadeke has years of experience in the gaming industry as she was formerly the Board Secretary/Legal Adviser to the Lagos State Lotteries Board for 8 years before setting up a specialist Firm.

Her insights into any and all legal matters surrounding the gaming industry have aided her in guiding clients through licensing and regulatory framework with relevant gaming authorities, operational structuring and representing clients in dealings with regulatory agencies.

Olafadeke will be moderating the panel discussion: How Regulators Can Collaborate To Create A Better Regulatory Environment Across West Africa and sharing her thoughts on other crucial matters.

Sports Betting West AFRICA 2017

1710 Gaming works with start-ups, investors, established operators, regulators, law enforcement and industry groups across the world, providing a range of services from advisory to comprehensive operational and management services. 

Christina Thakor-Rankin has decades of experience working in many different sides of the gaming industry. As chairperson of the Sports Betting West Africa Summit, she will be sharing her expertise on all gaming related matters at the event.

These topics include : Overcoming the Challenge Of Changing Customer Betting Patterns, What’s Next For Sports Betting? And a free Q&A Consultation, where she will join fellow Gaming Expert; Clive Tilley to answer any questions you may have about the industry.

Sudeep Ramnani is the CEO and Founder of SportyBet, an omni-channel sports betting operator with a presence in multiple African countries and a global vision.

Sudeep is also an investor in fintech and mobile payments and an advocate of the growing African internet ecosystem.

Sudeep will be discussing the challenge of changing customer betting patterns alongside other innovative leaders in the sports betting industry. His insights into the industry's toughest topics will be truly beneficial to anyone who attends the Sports Betting West Africa Summit.

Mr.  Akin Alabi, is the Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Bookmakers and the CEO of NairaBet. He is an ardent proponent of a coherent and fact-based regulation for the sports betting industry in Nigeria and as such he is committed to bridging the gap between policy and practice in the industry.

As a prominent political figure and a leading bookmaker in one of west Africa’s highest profiting regions, he has been able to bring the discussion on regulatory reform of the Nigerian sports betting industry to the forefront.

Mr. Akin Alabi and other members of the Association of Nigerian Bookmakers, leads a coordinated campaign to ensure the sports betting industry is treated fairly under the law.

Akin will be joining representatives of western African regulatory boards at the Sports Betting West Africa Summit 2017 to discuss the possibility of inter-jurisdictional collaboration and the role of regulators in the sports betting industry.

The Association of Nigerian Bookmakers (ANB) will also be hosting a one-day Nigerian Sports Betting Summit on the 17th of July, 2017 to clear up some of the issues that bookmakers have battled with regards to regulation over the past few years and to discuss the way forward  for the sports betting industry in Nigeria.

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Olafadeke akeju

Principle Consultant

WYS Solicitors

Mr Babatunde Ibidapo-Obe is a Partner at the law firm of Akin Ibidapo-Obe & Co. – a full service law firm operating out of Lagos, Nigeria founded over 30 years ago.

He graduated from the University of Lagos with a first degree in Law, and has a Masters in Computer and Communications Law from the prestigious Queen Mary, University of London.

Babatunde has been an integral part of the growth of the law firm in recent years with a specialisation in innovative business models and high growth industries. He advises early stage companies setting up unique business models in Nigeria including clients in online sports betting, e-commerce, online lending etc.

He assists them in navigating regulatory hurdles and plays a key business advisory role in maximizing operational efficiency and growth for clients.

Babatunde is currently working on publishing a comprehensive legal report analyzing the potential innovative growth opportunities for sports betting in Nigeria.


Principal Consultant

e-Ways International

Geoffrey Weli Wosu

Co-Founder and Director

Legal and Marketing


As CEO of GoldenRace, Martin Wachter has proved his passion for gaming by creating innovative and exciting games which attract and retain players around the world. GoldenRace provides tailored solutions to over 30,000 retail outlets and hundreds of online partners globally.

​For over 15 years, GoldenRace has continually delivered groundbreaking new games and software sytems that enable you to reach any player, anywhere, any time. Martin will be sharing his solutions for changing customer betting patterns with everyone who attends the Sports Betting West Africa.​​

With his vast knowledge in customer relations, Johnson Foye has an inimitable understanding of the taste and change of interest in customers. Consequently, he knows how to satisfy the needs of customers in this ever dynamic betting market which is an effortless task for Johnson 

As an expert in capacity building through diverse training and workshops, he has the ability to train, manage and transform members of any team to produce desired goals and vision of an organisation, having led several teams to unbelievable productivity and profitability consistently.

 Similarly, being a technical expert with seasoned results, opening minimum of five ‘company-owned shops’ within six months, he gets tasks done timely, professionally and at the minimum possible cost.

Etimbuk Bassey

Chief Operating Officer

SimplePay Limited

Salvation Alibor is a front-line promoter of Internet usage and inland penetration of broadband across Nigeria; and a market influencer for Ka-Band and Satellite Broadcast, Salvation has represented YahClick, Gilat Satcom/IP Planet, Skyvision and Satspace in the Nigerian VSAT industry with Syscomptech and SignOnAfrica.

He also leads a team of Web Project Developers who has designed and managed over 350 major websites and web based services in Nigeria alone. Presently deploying metro-fibre across Lagos & Abuja in a Syscomptech joint partnership, and driving #BluClick and #YahClick sales across Nigeria.

His training, experiences and ongoing projects are focused on this ONE GOAL: Internet for All Nigerians.

Austin Udu

Business Development

West African Market  

Media Stream AG


Founder & CEO

Marawin Ltd (Sporty Bet)

Martin S. Kollie, is the current Director General of the National Lottery Authority of Liberia, the government regulatory agency responsible for the gaming sector in Liberia . As head of entity, he is in charge and to ensure that operations of games of chance are conducted in accordance with the laws of the Republic of Liberia and do not adversely impact the social-economic fabric of the country.  Under his leadership, the National Lottery Authority Acts of 2014 was created or established by an Act of Legislature on March 6, 2015 with the statutory authority to regulate all games of chance with in the Republic of Liberia.

Kollie is also one of the Auditors of the Africa Lottery Association (ALA), since March 2014.

Kollie was first appointed as Chief Executive Office /CEO in September 2012 at the time Mercury Liberia, Ltd. was operating the lotto game on behalf of the Liberian Government.

After the Lottery Act was amended on December 22, 2014, that established the National Lottery Authority of Liberia. Mr. Kollie was again reappointed in September by the President, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as the first Director General of the entity.(NLA)

Kollie is an Administrator and an Accountant by professional. He once served as Deputy Managing Director for Administration at the Public Transport Authority, the National Transit Authority (NTA) from November 2007 to April 2012. He also served as Acting Managing Director of the Monrovia Transit Authority (MTA) on many occasions.

Kollie is married to and he is a member of the Episcopal Church in Liberia where he served as the Chairman on budget and finance.

Mr. Kollie is 48 years old.

 Etimbuk Bassey has over 10 years experience working in IT consulting. Before joining SimplePay Limited, Bassey was Entrepreneur in Residence with Seedstars, Switzerland where he designed and deployed a world-class link payment solution for Social Media merchants in Africa call SimpleLink.

Etimbuk has extensive experience in building enterprise application and has been involved in designing and building enterprise infrastructure for businesses and governments.

Presently, Etimbuk Bassey is the  Chief Operating Officer at SimplePay Limited one of Nigeria's fast growing financial solutions provider. At SimplePay he sells, designs and builds world-class payment solutions for businesses across Africa. 

Etimbuk Bassey is a member of the Britsh Computer Society.



Business Development Manager


Okey Obi

Assistant Director

​ Legal with Nigeria Football Federation

Lanre Gbajabiamila’s passion for gaming led him to take up the appointment as the General Manager/ Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos State Lotteries Board in 2007. Under his leadership, the Lagos State Lotteries Board became a trail blazing regulator of lottery and related gaming activities in Nigeria.

To his credit, Mr. Gbajabiamila led the Lagos State Lotteries Board team in the regulation and sanitation of the lottery, sports betting and online gaming industry in Lagos State. This has resulted in the growth of the gaming industry as well as generates revenue for the State.

In a bid to attract investment to the African gaming industry, Lanre has participated as a panelist and speaker at the iGaming Supershow, Amsterdam and previous Sports Betting West Africa conferences. Over the years, he has attended international and local executive management, gaming and regulatory training and conferences.

Lanre Gbajabiamila will be joining other top Nigerian regulators to discuss how Nigerian government is welcoming foreign investors to invest in Nigeria.

akin alabi


​Nigerian Bookmakers Association

Emmanuel is experienced in recovery of diverse debts across borders. He has been engaged in prominent commercial litigations at the High and appellate courts and has acted as counsel in both domestic and international commercial arbitrations.

He is involved in several public interest litigations like the recent suit by some Federal law makers in Nigeria against the Federal Government on the constitutionality of the Excess Crude Account.

He is exposed to Nigeria’s corporate and intellectual property practice and advises both foreign and local clients on foreign investments and the legal regime in Nigeria’s real estate sector.

As Managing Partner at Fred-young & Evans, Emmanuel will be presenting a paper on fraud and money laundering initiatives at the Sports Betting West Africa.

Aleksas pikturna

Sales Operations Manager


As Business Development Manager for Africa at Betgenius, Will Westcott plays a fundamental role in Betgenius’ rapid growth across Africa.

He is crucial to the ongoing development of Betgenius’ highly configurable InPlay Manager product, conducting thorough research across varying African markets and tailoring his products to individual customer requirements.

As a renowned voice in the African betting market, Will is often called upon to provide his expert perspective at top industry conferences, such as the Sports Betting West Africa

Seun Anibaba is a real mover and shaker within the Nigerian sports betting industry. He has over twelve years of experience in the financial sector to back his savvy business advice, and has just recently been appointed as CEO of the Lagos State Lotteries Board in 2016.

Some of Seun’s more noteworthy achievements include fulfilling the role of Vice President of the Bank of America’s corporate audit department (2004 – 2012), and Co-Founding his very own very financial advisory firm DPR Wealth Management LLC.

As CEO of the Lagos State Lotteries Board, Seun will be sharing his solutions to your most challenging issues such as Tough Economic Times – Threat or Opportunity?, How Regulators Are Welcoming Foreign Investment In Nigeria, and more.Type your paragraph here.

peter mireku

Chief Executive Officer

Gaming Commission Of Ghana

Your Best Bet For Bettering The Sports Betting Industry

Seun Anibaba

Chief Executive Officer

Lagos State Lotteries Board

Salvation Alibor

Chief Executive Officer 

Syscomptech Communications Ltd

lanre gbajabiamila

Christina Thakor-rankin

Principal Consultant

1710 Gaming LTD

Johnson foye

Executive Director (Operations)

Topserve Gaming & Lottery Limited

Oni’Tope Michael is the principal consultant for e-Ways International. He and his team of highly qualified consultants specialize in providing sound advice on starting up new businesses, forming mutually beneficial business partnerships, and market research.

With almost a decade of developing Businesses in Nigeria, Oni is fortified with extensive knowledge of many different industries and a clear understanding of Nigerian and international market temperament.

He holds MBAs in Entrepreneurship and Marketing from Aspen University, Colorado Denver USA and NOUN respectively.

Oni will be sharing his thoughts on why sports betting is spreading so rapidly across Africa, how to make the most of growing opportunities in Africa and how regulators can collaborate to create a better regulatory environment across west Africa at the Sports Betting West Africa Summit 2017.

Martin S. Kollie

Director General

National Lottery Authority

of Liberia

Mr. Okey Obi is presently an Assistant Director, Legal with Nigeria Football Federation and also the Head of its Legal Unit. He is known for being a meticulous, astute and hard working person being driven by a desire to excel in any challenging circumstances. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Law from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. He was 3rd best student in his class of 2014 New Managers' Programme of Witts Business School, Johannesburg, South Africa.

He was called to the Nigerian Bar in February 1998. He had previously worked for Ezebilo Umeadi (SAN) & Co. and also Ikwueto (SAN) Law Firm, before joining the Nigeria Football Federation in 2000 then known as Nigeria Football Association. He has attended several courses, seminars, workshops and sundry programmes on arbitration, sports administration, football-specific management Programmes both in Nigeria and several countries of the world.

Mr. Obi has been involved in several civil and commercial litigations, especially in cases where the Nigeria Football Federation is a party. He has acted as legal representative of his employer in high profile proceedings at Federation of International Football Association [FIFA] and the Court of Arbitration for Sports [CAS], Lausanne [Switzerland].

He was for about eight [8] years, an Arbitrator of the CAS. While on the CAS list of Arbitrators, he acted as Arbitrator in several proceedings.

He acted as one of the Counsel in a multi-million dollar dispute over football media rights.

He has acted as Legal Representative of several Nigerian players, clubs and officials in several football and Sports related arbitrations.

Okey is well known for his work, especially in the area of sports administration and management, football and sports-related alternative dispute resolution.

He is your consummate and astute expert in Sports Law.

Okey, a dedicated, committed and practising Catholic is also a member of the Ancient and Noble Order of Knight of St. John International.

Adedayo Akinbiyi has close to 10 years of experience in the financial sector. She has held the position of Economist at Vetiva Capital Management Limited, Equity Sales Trader at CSL Stockbrokers Ltd and is currently an Economist at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Nigeria.

Due to her experience in the financial sector and her key position at PwC, she will be answering your questions about the state of the economy in Nigeria


Director of Sales for Africa


As Business Development Manager at Media Stream AG, Austin Udu has opened countless business development dialogs with strategic partners.  He places particular focus in to building large strategic accounts, and  interacting existing strategic customers to solidify mutual expectations of performance and growth.

Media Stream AG is a Liechtenstein-based software development company dedicated dedicated to develop software solutions. Since its inception in 2012, Media Stream has grown from a one-person start-up to a market leader international company with more than 40 employees and presence in all continents.

With offices in Austria, Ukraine, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Spain and Colombia, MediaStream AG attend to clients worldwide and build long-term relationships, putting customer satisfaction first and always pushing the limits of technology to offer the best possible customer experience. They specialize in 3D animation and rendering, motion capture and development of customer centered web and mobile applications.

Mr. Peter Mireku, Chief Executive Officer of the Gaming Commission of Ghana is an astute, affable, highly motivated and confident public servant,  who never fails to exhibit traits of leadership and dedication to what he sets out to accomplish.

He holds an Msc in E-Business Management and wields years of professional expertise in diverse backgrounds.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Mireku was the Operations Director of Kona Agricultural Processing Limited, a cashew processing factoring in Wenchi, where he played a leading role in managing raw materials purchase, finished product shipment and human resource management.

An epitome of a zealous down-to-earth gentleman,  Peter Mireku gained the position of Project Manager with Bloomberg-UK where he worked diligently for two years until he had an offer as Project Manager with British Home Stores, responsible for specific targeted projects related to increasing efficiency of product distribution to stores and online sales.

His years of dedication and hard work led him to Brown Earth Limited, UK where he worked as the Accounts Manager, in-charge-of managing and growing key client accounts.

As a public servant in Ghana, Mr. Mireku worked as the Commercial Manager at Takoradi Gas with a mandate of commercial development and service delivery.

Mr. Mireku's outstanding interpersonal skills led him to contest as an NPP Parliamentary candidate who helped build the party's brand in the constituency and subsequent victory in the 2016 general elections. 

Mr. Charles Sulson Kamara is currently the Managing Director of the Sierra Leone State Lottery Company Limited, after being the Deputy Managing Director from 2010 to 2012. He has fifteen years of international management and professional experience working with various organizations in the United Kingdom.

Mr Kamara is a Fellow and a Chartered Manager of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in the United Kingdom since 2012.

He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a major in Human Resources Management, from the Atlantic International University, USA and a BA (Hons) degree in Operations Management, from Greenwich University in the United Kingdom; post graduate training certificates in “Managing for Managers” from the Directory of Social Change in the UK, and Master Classes in “Strategic Leadership for Challenging Times” and “Strategic Organizational Leadership” from British Council, Sierra Leone.

He has a wealth of both local and international experience in professional marketing, sales, and strategic leadership and management.  

Martin Wachter


Golden Race

Before co-founding VoguePay, Geoffrey has been directly involved in commercial transactions involving both local and foreign organizations in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, securitizations and project finance. He brings that wealth of experience in positioning VoguePay as a leading payment gateway with customers in 4 continents and serving tens of thousands of businesses.

Geoffrey attended University of Cambridge, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), University of Buckingham, and the University of Bolton all in the United Kingdom. He has other Professional certifications which include: Business Analysis (ISEB), Project Management (prince2), and Agile Scrum Masters’ (EXIN ASF). He is also an Associate Member of British Computer Society.

Geoffrey leadership has enabled VoguePay to win several African recognitions including AIITA's “Best Emerging Online Payment in Africa” and the “African Online Payment Award” African Achievers Award; a prestigious award endorsed by Forbes' Magazine, as well as the “Best Fintech Startup” award at the just concluded Cashless Africa Expo.

Tayo Atoloye is an experienced Manager with over 13 years of experience in General Management, Sales, Marketing and Customer Service functions.

His expertise spans across Telecommunications, OEM Mobile Devices, Consulting, Pay TV and Gaming industries. Tayo is currently Director of Sales for Africa at and prior to that was the Head of Sales and Marketing at Montage Cable TV Network, Nigeria. Some other blue chip companies on his résumé include Etisalat, Globacom and Telec Group.

Mr. Atoloye will be speaking about the Novelty That Revolutionized Gambling And Could Change The Future of Betting alongside Aleksas Pikturna at the Sports Betting West Africa Summit 2017.

adedayo Akinbiyi


​PricewaterhouseCoopers, Nigeria

Charles Sulson Kamara

Managing Director

Sierra Leone State Lottery Company Limited

Babatunde Ibidapo-Obe


​Akin Ibidapo-Obe & Co.