Board Of Directors

GADA Board of (Directors) Trustees:

Dr. Eka Williams (Chairperson)
Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo
Ada Agina-Ude (Secretary)
Rev Father John Patrick Ngoyi (member)
Bar. Ime Udom
Prof. Sam Egwu
Mrs Anne Ikpeme


Ada Agina-Ude:
Executive Director

Ada is an author, media practitioner, publisher and women’s rights activist whose experience spans over three decades. She holds a combined Bachelor of Arts degree in English/Journalism from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (1973), a Master of Science in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos, and a Certificate in Publications and Design from the Central Office of Information, London, United Kingdom. She became a Director in Gender and Development Action in 1998, having retired voluntarily from the Federal Public Service as an Acting Assistant Chief Information Officer in 1990, to publish Nigeria’s first Feminist magazine, the Pan African Ms.  Although now deeply entrenched in women’s rights activism, Ada has not totally abandoned her profession.   In 2002, she was selected by the British Council DFID as one of the 90 African women journalists to write for the prestigious internet-based newspaper, AfricaWoman on a part-time basis. She did it so well that one of her stories entitled, The First Lady Syndrome caught global attention and got her an award in 2003.
Since joining the NGO world in1998 Ada has had capacity building in various aspects of gender and development work to equip her for the challenges. She has undergone training in Alternative Dispute Resolution, the Concept of Gender, Gender Budgeting, Gender Mainstreaming, Gender Management System, Project Management, and Social Mobilization.

Ada has also attended many national and international conferences on numerous themes including CEDAW, HIV/AIDS, Education, Gender and Livelihoods, Gender and Socio- Economic Rights, Gender and the 1999 Constitution, Human Trafficking, Women’s Rights, Women in Politics,  Women in Public Life, and Social Welfare. A widely travelled lady she has visited countries such as France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and United States of America both for holidays and in the course of her work.
Owing to her expertise and wealth of experience she has done consultancy for the British Council (DFID), CIDA, CEDPA, UNESCO, UNIFEM, NIGERIANET, Action Aid International Nigeria, some State Governments, and many national organisations.
The Director who is the strength behind GADA publications was a member of the pioneer Board of the Nigerian Press Council as a representative of the Nigerian Guild of Editors in which she held various executive posts from1988 to 1998. She was also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), and still a member of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), the Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG), and a Past President of Rotary Club of Ikoyi Metropolitan.
Her advocacy on gender issues and promotion of women’s rights  have earned her some accolades such as the African Woman International Award in Recognition of Outstanding Service in Projecting African Womanhood (1994), and the Rare Gem Award for Meeting Challenges and Creating Change (2006). The Governing Board of Editors of the American Biographical Institute for which she was Consulting Editor, nominated her for the title of Woman of the year in 2004, and the Institute’s International Board of Research nominated her for Woman of Achievement Award 2005.