Chibuonu Obiageli EzennabikeNigeria (Host: ideas42)
Chibuonu Obiageli Ezennabike is a public health professional with ten years of experience in the non-profit sector. Chibuonu earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Microbiology from Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Uli, Anambra State of Nigeria. While working as the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer with Caritas Nigeria on the 4GATES Project, a CDC-funded HIV/AIDS program, she helped improve the PMTCT program monitoring and evaluation by designing reporting tools, building capacity of facility staff, and ensuring data quality in Eastern Nigeria. She also coordinated the monitoring and evaluation activities of the Pediatric and Adolescent Program and FLAGSHIP Program in Delta State and ensured consistent availability of data for tracking project progress and making informed decisions. Previously, Chibuonu volunteered as a data entry clerk for RISE Clinic Nigeria for some months before being employed by the organization. Chibuonu worked with RISE Clinic Nigeria (subsidiary of RISE GHI San Diego U.S), a community-based organization to plan and implement community outreach events, health fairs and to promote health education in rural communities of Anambra State. In this role, she was also responsible for research, monitoring and evaluation of Nigeria’s Epilepsy Care Advancement Program. Chibuonu, over these years, has developed skills in monitoring and evaluation, research, health education, health system strengthening, institutional capacity building, and project management. Chibuonu enjoys focusing on adolescent, maternal and child health issues, and has a strong passion for research. She is very optimistic that efficient and effective use of data in research and public health interventions will ensure sustainability and improvement of health systems in Africa.
Host Organization: ideas42
Role at Host Organization: At ideas42, Chibuonu will serve as a Behavioral Design Fellow: contributing to different behavioral design projects in Global Health and participating in professional development opportunities, specifically around behavioral science and program.
Priscilla Omebere-Iyari has nearly ten years of experience as a Brand and Consumer Marketing Professional, providing branding solutions to local and international brands across various industries. In addition to this, she has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Finance from the University of Ilorin in Nigeria. In the past four years, she served as the Co-Convener of the annual Open Your Heart Camp, a Bootcamp for underserved teenagers living with autism and down syndrome in South-Western Nigeria. So far, over 75 teenagers have been positively impacted. She also currently volunteers as the Communications Manager and Volunteer Engagement Lead at MEDIC Nigeria (Mental and Environmental Development Initiative for Children), an environmentally and socially conscious nonprofit organization established to cater to the mental health and environmental cleanliness of Nigerian children, helping them to be socially responsible. Here, Priscilla manages beach clean-ups, volunteer engagement, and anti-plastic pollution and recycling campaigns. As a Brand Manager, she now works at Advans La Fayette Microfinance Bank, promoting financial literacy and adoption at the grassroots level. Previously, she worked in Wema Bank, where she created the Bank’s first corporate social responsibility framework and coordinated over 4,000 employees in various community projects. Through these experiences, Priscilla developed strong project coordination and implementation skills. Priscilla enjoys focusing on the topics of financial literacy, and environmental sustainability.
Oyenike Noimot OyewoNigeria
Oyenike Oyewo has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector and earned a Bachelor’s degree in General Medicine from Vitebsk State Medical University in Belarus in 2018. She completed her residency practice in obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive health, with a specialization in obstetrics & gynecology in 2020. Oyenike is an ambitious entrepreneur, highly skilled in health care administration, communications, and social media marketing. She also has experience in student educational management, fashion design, hair styling, and catering. Oyenike uses her skills of media and healthcare to communicate with young ladies and single mothers like herself through personal experience to educate them on women’s health and personal hygiene. She further uses her skills in business development to train young females in Nigeria and Belarus. Oyenike volunteered as a peer educator on women’s rights, child abuse, women’s health, and reproductive health for several groups. Through these experiences, she developed strong project coordination and implementation skills. Oyenike is passionate about the value of maternal/ child health and female/ youth empowerment.
May-May Ogoigbe is an ambitious and energetic professional with a knack for creating digital and marketing strategies for businesses and brands. With over 5 years of working in the marketing background, May-May has successfully led digital marketing campaigns for start-ups, SME’s and established organizations. Her combination of creative ideas and strong communication skills, along with a hands-on mentality, deliver results and confidence in leading campaigns. Her passion for the digital sphere has enabled her to work successfully with brand ambassadors, influencers, and industry experts. May-May is experienced in setting up training, managing, and coaching individuals while carrying out online marketing campaigns. As a digital marketing enthusiast, May-May has trained more than 3,000 Nigerians, Haptics Nigeria, and She Leads Africa on hands-on digital marketing skills for business growth. Her ambition is to continue impacting lives and empowering people.
Adedapo SijuwadeNigeria (Org: SOS Children's Villages)
Adedapo Sijuwade is a social worker with over seven years of experience in humanitarian services, project management & community development. Adedapo has a degree in Sociology and professional courses in humanitarian works. He is particularly attracted to the quest of creating and enabling a safe environment for vulnerable groups. He believes in timely and collective action in response to the plights of marginalized groups, orphans, and vulnerable children to overcome their unpleasant situations through quality intervention, community engagement, and advocacy. He shares the vision of protecting the dignity of human lives and hopes for a just society for all with an emphasis on enhancing the quality of human existence. Adedapo is a social reformer, who is proactive about addressing social issues. His understanding of social issues, such as gender inequality, poverty, child rights, climate change, resulted in numerous achievements among the communities where he worked. He has been involved in various initiatives in his quest to improve the quality of life among vulnerable children to increase school enrollment and retention among teenage girls to avoid teenage pregnancy.
Janet AjalaNigeria (Org: International Rescue Committee (IRC))
Janet Ajala is a dynamic leader who is passionate about championing Women’s Rights. She has over 13 years of experience in the non-profit sector. She currently works with the International Rescue Committee in Nigeria, where she currently serves as a Field Coordinator. She is responsible for the day to day running of the activities of her field location, where she ensures the necessary humanitarian assistance is provided to the thousands of vulnerable individuals displaced by the prolonged armed conflict in Northeast Nigeria, ensuring they have access to the much-needed medical care, education, and women protection and empowerment activities. In addition to her current role, she heads the IRC Nigeria Women at Work Group, a group established by the organization to provide a safe space for women in the organization. Under this group, she provides leadership on all fronts for the over 300 women in the Country program pushing for their interests with the Senior Management Team and ensuring there is more female inclusion and representation in the organization. Prior to joining the International Rescue Committee, Janet worked with the TY Danjuma Foundation as State Coordinator, where she coordinated the activities of the various community-based and faith-based organizations funded by the Foundation to implement Youth and Women Empowerment programs and Health. Janet obtained a BA in English from the University of Ibadan and an MA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the same university.
Oluwole AmosuNigeria (Org: SOS Children's Villages Nigeria)
Oluwole Amosu has over 13 years of professional experience working with NGOs and corporate businesses in Nigeria. He has assisted in implementing development and business projects. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Statistics from the University of Ibadan and a career interest in the development sector. Having garnered practical experiences in the areas of mental health and psycho-social support, monitoring & evaluation, youth development, entrepreneurship development, business development, and project management over the years, he has developed capacities and an understanding of the inter-connectivity of the various areas of development work to engender balance and equity in the society. He has a well-developed intercultural competence and the ability to communicate and work with stakeholders and counterparts on all levels. Oluwole currently serves as a Program Development Advisor for Alternative Care with SOS Children’s Villages Nigeria where he leads the organization’s strategy on provision of Alternative Care to children and young people who have lost parental care. He works with other co-workers, partners, and relevant government agencies to improve care and protection for the target group. Oluwole is drawn to the plight of vulnerable young people who are unable to build viable social networks and as such, they have limited opportunities for development especially securing decent employment. Oluwole is propelled to deploy his skills and experience in supporting vulnerable young people to reach their full potential by exposing them to relevant information, skills, and opportunities available to them.
John Taiwo has four years of experience in the non-profit sector and has a Master’s degree in Software Engineering at University of Ibadan in Nigeria. He is the team leader for the Alter-Fold Project at Hutzpa Center for Innovation under the Young Innovation Leaders Fellowship. He is on a mission to end open defecation in Nigeria through this initiative. John is also a freelance business developer and digital marketer; he saves thousands of naira in marketing costs and has raised over thirty thousand U.S. dollars in grants for several start-ups through his online marketing and design business, Semantiq Media. Previously, John founded Wegreen Services, a non-biodegradable waste recycling initiative in Ibadan, Nigeria. He reduced environmental pollution and educated Nigerians on the need for a more sustainable environment through his start-up. While working as an Evaluation and Curriculum Development Staff with the National Emergency Management Agency of Nigeria under the National Youth Service Corps program, he helped formulate policies on activities relating to disaster management and coordinated plans and programs for efficient and effective response to disasters in Nigeria. Through these experiences, he developed strong innovation, people management, and problem-solving skills. John enjoys focusing on the topics of poverty eradication and africapitalism, and has a strong passion for youth empowerment.
Jennifer Bertilla EjinkeonyeNigeria
Jennifer Bertilla Ejinkeonye is a Bachelor’s degree holder in English and Literature from the University of Benin, Nigeria. She is a passionate and goal-driven individual who is interested in helping women and girls improve their chances for a better future by contributing to their knowledge and skills. As a gender equality advocate, she continuously attempts to establish a place for women and girls with little to no information on how to improve themselves in the rural areas of Nigeria. Presently, she works with a non-profit organization, Women Empowerment Education and Peace Building Initiative (WEPBI) where she has developed excellent communication and social team working skills. Jennifer implements these skills to expand her leadership responsibilities to continue advocating for women and girls in rural areas. She is the acting Program Officer of WEPBI and has channeled her energy towards ongoing projects like One Girl One Pad Initiative, Women Leadership Academy, and the Women’s Voice and Leadership project. She is also a basking entrepreneur — the founder and CEO of Recardos Bertie, an e-commerce that is progressively operating in Lagos, Nigeria. Jennifer is an enthusiastic writer and blogger who advocates for the need to reform the identity of the male gender in today’s African society through insightful writings on her new blog known as ‘The Kings’ Lounge.’ Jennifer is an ambassador of the World Literacy Foundation (WLF). She is also undertaking a special development project called the Female Entrepreneurial Leadership Development (FELD). The project is established as part of her community service through the Atlas Corps Virtual Leadership Institute program. FELD is a means of creating sustainable entrepreneurship platforms for females in Nigeria. The project is in line with the UN’s Sustainability Goals of Zero Hunger, Quality Education, Decent Work, and Economic Growth as well as Reduced Inequality. These sustainability goals are to be achieved over time through activities that will cut across the three focus areas of the project which are: Digital Technology for Entrepreneurial Advancement, Enhanced Agricultural Learning and Skill Acquisition.
Gregory Asiegbu has five years of experience as a trainer and consultant. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Federal University of Technology Owerri in Nigeria, and a Master’s degree in Oil and Gas Management from South American University in Delaware through distant learning. While working as a Management Researcher with Lagos Business School, he helped conduct research that provided strategic insight for entrepreneurs’ in Nigeria’s business environment. These insights include adopting digital technology, an efficient inventory management system, and operational improvement. He is enthusiastic about the promise of digital platforms in accelerating Africa’s industrialization. He has co-authored a book on Africa’s platforms and the evolving sharing economy. Previously, Gregory worked as a Project Coordinator and a founding member of a non-profit aimed at bridging the skill gap amongst African youth. Gregory has volunteered as a Project Coordinator on an SDG’s Advocacy Project in Nigeria, where he organized a medical outreach, skills, and capacity-building program for Internally Displaced Persons. Through these experiences, he developed vital research, analytical, project coordination, and implementation skills. He is an excellent communicator, leader, team member, and able to study trends and proffer solutions. Gregory enjoys focusing on the topics of human capital development, entrepreneurship, and emerging technology.
Ekene Ibekwe has four years of experience in the non-profit sector. He completed a Non-profit Leadership and Management program and earned a Bachelor of Science in Food Science and Technology from Imo State University in Nigeria. While working as a Team Head at Best Nurture Academy in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, he led the team to provide quality education for over 350 children in rural communities at little or no cost. He inspired his team to develop learning curricula and community engagement strategies that encouraged young people to seek education and stay away from the vices that consumed the community. Ekene has collaborated with non-profits to provide educational services to the underprivileged children in neglected rural communities. This was to make education accessible to rural community children and give them hope for a better and brighter tomorrow. Ekene promotes moral and literacy awareness through his programs. As a peer health educator, Ekene has trained teenagers on HIV/AIDS and adolescent reproductive health. He has empowered young people through peer education programs to become peer educators, thereby multiplying the effect of knowledge transferred. Through these experiences, Ekene has developed strong project management, curriculum development, stakeholder and community engagement, communication, and leadership development skills.
Rhotkinen Parradang has four years of experience in the nonprofit sector and has earned a Bachelors of Science in Marketing and Management from Manhattan College in New York. She works with Ventures Platform in Nigeria, where she designs and implements entrepreneurship support programs for young African innovators. While working as the Partnership Analyst at Ventures Platform, she wrote proposals and grants that funded several organizational programs and startup endeavors. Previously, she worked as a Special Programs Assistant on the Integrated Humanitarian Assistance in Northeast Nigeria (IHANN) program, a USAID-funded program. Through this program, Rhotkinen had the unique opportunity to provide health, nutrition, and gender-based violence support to victims of the Boko Haram crisis. This program empowered beneficiaries to find alternative sources of income and become entrepreneurs. The youth-focused businesses she has supported have allowed young Nigerians to take control of their economic and social circumstances. They have also allowed beneficiaries to become employers of labor. Through these experiences, she developed strong leadership, grant writing, critical thinking, and project implementation skills. Rhotkinen is passionate about youth development and supporting the growth of youth-led businesses.