Board of Directors Profile
i. MRS ESTHER EGHOBAMIEN-MSHELIA – Co-Chair
ii. AMINA SALIHU – Co-chair
Ms. Salihu is a political scientist, civil empowerment trainer, consultant, and women’s rights activist and former associate of the African Gender Institute. Amina Salihu is the co-editor of Women, Marginalisation and Politics in Nigeria (2003) – the epic analysis of women’s experiences in politics in Africa’s most populous nation. She was the Coordinator of The Coalitions for Change Programme (C4C), a DFID funded multi-stakeholders engagement for development agencies and institutions that are directly responsible for public resource management in Nigeria. Her most recent work was in setting up The Nigerian Women Trust Fund. She is on the team for the revision of the National Gender Policy and lead on the drafting of the National Assembly Gender Strategy. She presently works as an independent consultant.
iii. MFON EKONG USORO
Ms. Ekong-Usoro, founding Managing Partner of Paul Usoro & Co., is a law graduate of the University College, London. She was the first female Secretary General of the West and Central Africa memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control (“Abuja MoU”). She served as the first and only female Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency, NIMASA, Nigeria’s maritime regulatory agency, from August 2006 to May 2007. Her appointment remains a testimony to her exceptional expertise in Maritime and Environmental Law.
iv. DR. ABIOLA AKIYODE-AFOLABI
Dr. Akiyode-Afolabi is a legal practitioner and the Executive Director of Women Advocates Research and Documentation Center (WARDC). She is a dedicated human rights defender with specialization in gender, peace, security and international human rights law. In recognition of her commitment and efforts on behalf of her fellow citizens, the International League for Human Rights USA named her a recipient of the 1999 Defenders’ Day Awards. Abiola has also led several coalitions including Gender and Constitution Reform Network (GECORN) founded in 2003. She has published extensively on women’s political participation and has also worked as a consultant on several projects to both local and international organizations.
v. SAUDATU MAHDI, MFR
Hajia Mahdi coordinates the Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative. She has to her credit over 20 published and unpublished presentations on violence against women, Shari’a and women’s rights, women in democracy, women in education, CEDAW and the African Union Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa. She has participated in and piloted varied studies on gender with specific focus on violence against women, bodily integrity of women and girls, gender gap analysis in Nigeria towards project implementation and research documentation on women’s political participation in Nigeria. From 2001 to date she has worked closely with lawyers and activists to develop a national law on violence against women under the auspices of the Legislative Advocacy Coalition on Violence Against Women.
vi. DR. OTIVE IGBUZOR
Dr. Igbuzor is the Executive Director of the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development (Centre LSD).He is the immediate past International Head of campaigns of Action Aid International and Country Director of Action Aid Nigeria. Action Aid International is an international organization working with people, communities, associates and partners in over 50 countries in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe to eradicate poverty and injustice. He is also an honourable Commissioner in the Police Service Commission (PSC). Prior to joining ActionAid, he was a Programme Co-ordinator of Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), an independent research, information and training institution dedicated to policy oriented scholarship on questions of democratic development and peace building in the West African sub-region.
vii. AYISHA OSORI
Ms. Osori is a lawyer and consultant with over thirteen years of experience in corporate & regulatory practice, change communications and gender advocacy. She has worked in the private sector and civil society and is a writer and columnist. Osori is a regular media commentator on radio and television, and has been involved in numerous campaigns advocating for social justice for women and girls and on improving governance in Nigeria. An Eisenhower Fellow, she is a graduate of law from the University of Lagos and Harvard Law School, and most recently graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with an M.A. in Public Administration.