About

A Multidisciplinary Designer  that is passionate about propagating indigenous cultures and creating scalable design solutions for real life problems through research and collaborations. An innovator and Design activist who amongst other interests, founded Naija Ads & co-founded Nigeria's 1st fully fledged consultancy and is a leader of thought, and an influencer in the burgeoning Nigerian design industry.

Chuma has been involved in numerous design projects, creating solutions for large corporations & SMEs in the public service and private sector, notably; Interswitch & sundry brands, Verve, KFC Nigeria, Fayrouz, Diageo, Red Bull Nigeria, BAT Nigeria, Shell Nigeria, Central Bank Of Nigeria (CBN), Government of Sierra Leone, Access Bank (SL), UBA (SL), eBizGuides, First Consultant Medical Centre (FCMC), Oando, Montage Cable Network, Sterling Bank, TagPay Mobile Money, Merchants & Agents Transaction Services (MATS), Sweet Tooth Confectioneries, Syska LED, Anambra State, Lagos State, Edo State, Cross Rivers State and so on.

His skills cover Architecture, Brand Identity Design, Communication Design, Event Planning, Interior Design, Organization Design, Process Design, Product Design & Fabrication, Retail Design, Sensory Design, UI/UX Design and Web & Digital App Design.

PORTFOLIO

Experience

Aziza Design

July 2014 - Present

Design Director (Co-Founder)

Managing overall company business and strategy.

Lizaad Creative Arts Co.

July 2012 - Present

Creative Director (Founder)

Managing overall company business, strategy & creative ideology.

Verdant Zeal

Jun. 2009 - Jun. 2012

Art Director (Manager)

Art Director and team lead charged with creating winning communications ideas, concepts and communications design for various clients. Work also included software training, equipment procurement and supplier management.

Dmessage (SL)

Apr. 2008 - Apr. 2009

Creative Head (Art)

Studio Head and Art Director charged with creating winning communications ideas, concepts and communications design for various clients. Work also included software training, equipment procurement and supplier management.

Vic Lawrence & Associates

Jul. 2007 - Mar. 2008

Graphic Designer (Brand Manager)

Graphic Designer charged with design and development of corporate identity materials, training manuals, recruitment Ads, Magazines and In-house journals. Work included brand management, supplier management and equipment procurement.

IMS Advertising

Feb. 2007 - Jun. 2007

Illustrator

Creative interpretation & illustration of agreed ideas and concepts of advertising for clients’ brands.

Education

University for the Creative Arts, Rochester, UK.

Sep. 2012 - Sep. 2013

Design, Master of Arts - Distinction Honours

Product Design pathway with research work themed 'Id-Entities' aimed at restoring a sense of belonging and origin by addressing the problem of cultural identity loss via the re-imaging/re-imagining of traditional Uli motifs from Nigeria. These were used in making contemporary objects that people interact with daily in their homes, bringing together design and craftsmanship in the context of competing modernities.

University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria.

Feb. 2001 - Nov. 2005

Fine & Applied Arts, Bachelor of Arts - 2:1 Honours

Sculpture majors with research carried out in creating the human form via experimental metal sculpture using hollow pipes of various diameters and arc welding techniques.

Federal Government College, Okigwe, Imo State, Nigeria.

Sep. 1993 - Jun. 1999

O' Levels, WASC 

West African School Certificate in the Sciences

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

Vuzela Consulting, Lagos, Nigeria

Jul. 2016

Quality Management Systems Awareness

Received training in SON (Standards Organisation of Nigeria) Accredited ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Awareness

Lagos Business School/ Google, Lagos, Nigeria

Oct. 2014

Digital Business Manager Program

Participated in the inaugural Digital Business Management program (DBM) designed to train people that will effectively help bring small & medium scale businesses get their brands and service offering online.

University for the Trees, London, UK.

Jul. 2013

Design As A Human Interface

Participated in 'Design as a Human Interface', a one day session meant to equip participants with the skills to better perceive the human relationship to the world and help develop better creative responses to crisis.

UCA Creative Challenge Series, London, UK.

Mar. 2013

Embodying the Future of the Creative Economy

Participated in the 'Embodying the Future of the Creative Economy' in support of ‘Vision 2050’.

Red Bull, FZE, Dubai, UAE.

Jan. 2011

Brand Induction

Attended the Red Bull brand induction course designed to equip the brands account handlers in advertising agencies from across the Middle East and Africa region with the necessary communications & brand management tools.

Diageo, Nigeria.

Aug. 2010

Drink IQ

Participated in the DRINKiQ sessions designed to equip consumers on all aspects of alcohol, and give them the tools to make more informed choices about drinking, including the decision not to drink.

Soft Skills, Lagos, Nigeria.

Apr. 2010

Project Management

Introduction to the basic principles of project planning, monitoring, supervision, execution & reporting.

Soft Skills, Lagos, Nigeria.

Sep. 2009

Entrepreneurship

Introduction to Intrapreneurship & Entrepreneurship

Vic Lawrence & Associates, Lagos, Nigeria.

Jan. 2008

Presentation Skills

Introduction to a vast set of skills needed for effective communication during presentations; knowledge, slides, speaking, engagement, clarity etc.

SOFTWARE & IT

95%
CAD
85%
OFFICE
50%
PROGRAMMING
80%
WEB

Whenever I'm free

PHOTOGRAPHY
CURATING
READING
SAILING
TRAVELLING