Strategic Management Team
ABRAHAM ONOJA – Director, Public Relations
Abraham John Onoja is an Africa’s Formula for Development Youth Ambassador, Nigerian Global Affairs Council Policy Fellow, Columnist with National Economy Newspaper and Business Professional with years’ experience working in NGO, Creative industry, and Professional Services (Consulting). He hails from Olamaboro L.G.A. in Kogi State. He read International Studies and graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) in International Studies from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 2014 and a host of other professional certification to his credit. He is a zealous and diligent young man. He is determined and a goal achiever. He is a great manager, mentor, teacher, and guide. His support and advice have helped shape young people. Abraham is the President of Writers Interactive Networks, (WIN). With Abraham’s full-fledged zeal and courage, he has grabbed an array of leadership accolades and awards. Abraham currently serves as the Director, Public Relations for the Nigerian Global Affairs Council (NIGAC).
CHIDI ODINANWA – Director, Good Governance Advocates (Honorary Membership Platform)
Chidi Odinanwa is a digital and social entrepreneur who is interested and passionate about human capital development. He has penchant for solving problems that leads to social change and social impact.
He advocates for better public policies, investment in people, inclusive growth, good governance, learning outcomes, digital literacy for all, youth, and sustainable development, and very enthusiastic about providing solutions to confront poverty, illiteracy, and unemployment. He has expertise in strategic planning, project planning and management, and possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and an unrepentant volunteer for causes that change and impact lives, with over 5000 volunteer hours.
Chidi has a diploma and holds a bachelor’s degree in Co-operative Economics and Management, diploma in Operations Management and Supervision, and Mini-MBA in Innovation Management. Chidi currently serves as Director, Good Governance Advocates (NIGAC Honorary Membership Platform) for the Nigerian Global Affairs Council (NIGAC).
GLADYS REBECCA EMMANUEL – Assistant Director, Programs and Projects
Gladys is a consummate professional with a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Jos in Nigeria, and a Masters of Human Rights Law from Cardiff University Wales, in the United Kingdom. In 2015, having successfully passed the Bar, she was admitted into the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. She is a gender advocate and continues to serve as a mentor to over a hundred young girls within and outside Nigeria. In 2019, her research on “Domestic violence and Women’s Right: A case Study of Nigeria” earned her a place as a panelist at the Info films workshop in Wales, the United Kingdom, on Gender issues – drawing from the life of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a former renowned Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
Gladys currently serves as the Advocacy Officer and Project Manager at Tabitha Empowerment Centre (a non-governmental organization that strives to combat domestic violence). She joined the Nigerian Global Affairs Council in 2020, as a Non-Resident Policy Fellow, and was subsequently appointed the Assistant Director of Projects and Programmes at the council. She is the author some research papers such as; The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability; The Old and New Paradigm of Disability. In addition, she continues to serve as a Consultant to some Women and Girl’s Rights organizations in Nigeria.
AMANDA OBIDIKE – Assistant Director, Public Relations and NIGAC TV Anchor
Amanda Obidike is a multi-award-winning social innovator, technologist and scientist. She is the Founding Curator of the WEF Global Shapers, Ozubulu Hub and Executive Director of STEMi Makers Africa. In this role, she provides leadership, strategy management and oversees the design and implementation of sustainable Community projects and STEM Education across 19 Sub-Saharan countries by preparing the next generation of Africans with STEM lucrative skills for Africa’s workforce.
Forbes Science marked her as the African changing the culture fabric for young talents to embrace opportunities in STEM. In addition to STEM, Amanda addresses thematic topics on Social Innovation, Data Science, Youth Development, Entrepreneurship and socio-economic policies.
In 2020, she was given the Global Award for Achievement by TechWomen 100, Female Innovator and Executive of the Year: Gold Stevie Award, Technology Rising Star Award by WOC; Michigan, 30 Under 30 Inspiring Leaders of Africa; Positive Impact Award of Athena40: The World Most Innovative Women, 2020; 100 Leading Ladies in Africa, and Role Model Finalist in Booking.com Technology Playmakers Awards, for successfully championing diversity in technology and innovation for the girl child.
Amanda Obidike is an international speaker who has spoken at the MIT Global Community Bio Summit; WonderWomen Tech Summit, UK; US Embassy, Ghana and her work has been featured by Forbes, BBC, World Pulse, Falling Walls Berlin and Arise TV.
She serves as a Mentor in the New York Academy of Science, Cherie Blair Foundation, the 1million Women in Tech, Global thinkers for Women where she lends her voice, knowledge, and serves as a role model to girls in Africa.
Currently serves on the Leadership Team of the 500 Women Scientists, USA and Trustee Board of the MAI Foundation. Amanda currently serves as the Assistant Director, Public Relations for the Nigerian Global Affairs Council (NIGAC), she is also the Face of NIGAC TV (National Policy Square).
RICHARD OLADIPO – Director, Programs and Projects
Richard is a development professional in the social sector space with well over seven years of experience working in notable international NGOs and implementing monitoring and evaluation system and components for donor-funded projects across diverse themes in health, education, gender programming, youth development, sustainability planning, and public policy. He offers technical expertise to start-up social enterprises in effectively measuring and managing impact across their program portfolio. Exploring a professional niche in research, monitoring and evaluation, he leverages adaptive management tools for evidence-based and data-driven policy making. Richard currently manages the flagship projects on social accountability and public policy implementation at the Nigerian Global Affairs Council (NIGAC).
Global Affairs Council (NIGAC), she is also the Face of NIGAC TV (National Policy Square).
ELDADAVID KEHINDE SAMUEL – President-In-Council
EldaDavid Kehinde Samuel is a Public Policy Practitioner, Elda works at the intersection of the public and private sector providing strategy leadership and guidance in the fulfillment of the core objectives of the Nigerian Global Affairs Council (NIGAC), through Elda’s guidance, the council is dedicated to Policy Simplification, Policy Design and Advocacy including Policy Leadership Development. EldaDavid working with his strategic management team provides the scope and direction of our social accountability and leadership development projects and programs. EldaDavid is a U.S State Department Mandela Washington Fellow and pioneer Director that has set forth the vision and objectives of the Nirmala Chellarams Centre for Entrepreneurship Skills, University of Lagos.
LILIAN EFOBI – Chief Operating Officer
Lilian Efobi is a Public Policy Professional and serves as the Chief Operating Officer of the Nigerian Global Affairs Council (NIGAC). Lilian is passionate about Policy Advocacy, Good Governance, Democracy and Development. With over three years in the NGOs space and having undergone so many leadership, fellowships and trainings such as the YALI, African Change makers, Global Goodwill Ambassadors etc. Lilian has set forth a career path in the Public Policy space with a focus on Monitoring, Evaluation and Data analysis. Lilian hopes to use her passion-driven expertise through NIGAC Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanism that measures the expected and unintended outcomes of policy programs that impacts on players within the private and public sector. Lilian has been recognized as one of the African Union Top 20 Innovators and An Accountprenuer under the Accountability Lab Program.
OGHENEGWEKE GODWIN – Director, Communications
Godwin Oghenegweke is passionate about telling stories from Africa. It is Oghene’s ultimate belief that not only are stories escape routes, they are also great platforms to teach, build and transform Africa’s growing minds. Oghene is a Design Enthusiast and Content Creator. Oghene writes screenplays, direct and produce pictures for the screen. They involve documentaries, short and feature length movies.
According to Oghene, he has this to say – Damn! I almost forgot this! I LOVE SHOES! So, Oghene turned his passion into business! Oghene founded YUBANG – a footwear making enterprise. So, if you would have need for handcrafted corporate shoes (Oxfords, Brogues, Loafers etc.), Oghene is your right plug. Nature gifted Oghene with years that saw him learning to use creativity in solving plaguing problems around him. Through the processes of selling, marketing, teaching, conceptualizing, writing and making films, his ultimate motive is to see humanity become better. Oghene serves as NIGAC’s Director of Communications.