Meet Our Team

Toyin Kayo-Ajayi, Founder, Executive Director, Band Leader

Toyin Kayo-Ajayi

Founder, Executive Director, Band Leader

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Toyin started Kara-Kata Afrobeat Band in 2012 with the goal of creating a space of community. He is passionate about serving and uplifting others, honouring and sharing his culture through food and music, and he is a farmer at heart. Originally from Nigeria, Toyin moved to Canada during his professional soccer career over 20 years ago. He played on soccer teams around the globe, including in British Columbia. After his soccer career, Toyin went into farming in Canada, working in dairy farming specifically, for over 10 years where he gained a wealth of knowledge that he is eager to share. He has filmed educational videos where he shares information on farming practices. These videos have gotten a lot of traction in Nigeria and the government has contacted him on several occasions to partner on projects. Toyin has a challenging history, living through much unrest and poverty in Nigeria as a youth. He has always been an innovative and hard working person who serves his community and those in need. Over the years, he has helped many individuals with funds to go to school, for basic needs, and he has built a school in Nigeria among many other selfless acts. He assists his mother in Nigeria to support the widows of the community. In 2017, Kara-Kata Afrobeat Society Canada, become a provincially registered non-profit society.

Dr. Charles Quist-Adade, PhD, President

Dr. Charles Quist-Adade, PhD

President

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Charles Quist-Adade, PhD is an award-winning educator, author, researcher, and social justice specialist & advocate. He combines academics with community service. Dr. Quist-Adade has been with Kara-Kata Afrobeat Society Canada since its inception. He was awarded the 2004 Black Community Leadership Award by the Windsor and District Black Coalition. In 1998, he was voted the Ghanaian Man of the Year in Windsor, Ontario. In 2015, he was awarded a Ghanaian-Canadian Association Leadership Certificate. Dr. Quist-Adade assisted with setting up Kara-Kata at the initial stages and he continues to contribute his wealth of knowledge and experience.

Jennifer Wilds, Vice President, Band Manager

Jennifer Wilds

Vice President, Band Manager

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Jennifer joined Kara-Kata Afrobeat Society Canada at the beginning of 2019. Since then, she has taken on the role of band manager, and was the main event coordinator for Felabrate 2019 and Kara-Kata’s Black History month 2020 event in Mission, BC. Jennifer has over a decade of experience in administration, customer service and event coordination. She received a Bachelor of Arts in political Science from the American Jewish University and graduated with honors. Jennifer is also an experienced yoga and meditation guide, with over 500 hours of study. She is a Jewellery designer, with her own line, Soulshine Collection. She is passionate about the arts, nature, wellness and creating community. Jennifer brings her creativity, passion and excellent coordination skills to help bring Kara-Kata Afrobeat Society to the next level.

Livingstone Kayo-Ajayi, 50 Acres Plus Project Lead (Nigeria)

Livingstone Kayo-Ajayi

50 Acres Plus Project Lead (Nigeria)

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Livingstone has been with Kara-Kata Afrobeat Society Canada since its inception. He has been the lead on the ground for all Nigerian projects. He brings a wealth of experience in leadership and management. Livingstone is also trained as a Pastor and has lead community outreach programs. He is passionate about farming and serving and uplifting the community.

Diane Rodgers, Administration and Research Officer

Diane Rodgers

Administration and Research Officer

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Diane joined Kara-Kata Afrobeat Society Canada in mid 2019. Diane has been working as a civil society administration specialist and project coordinator in Vancouver since 2008, following twelve years as a community archivist managing a multi-repository facility for a provincial cultural agency, and developing the organization to launch a new museum. Diane’s contribution has been invaluable since she joined the organization. She is helping to bring Kara-Kata to the next level.

Adigun Abolade Oluwapelumi, Coordinator YOTALKPWW (Nigeria)

Adigun Abolade Oluwapelumi

Coordinator YOTALKPWW (Nigeria)

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Adigun studied Agricultural Extension and Rural Development at Obafemi Awolowo University Ile Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. He is a lover of sound and passionate about the Talking Drum. He loves to write and is a big fan of football. Adigun has been the coordinator of YOTALKPWW since 2018. With his administration and coordination skills, the group has grown exponentially into a worldwide community and family.