Staff Profile

GADA STAFF PROFILE

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Ms Nkoyo Toyo
Founder of GADA

  She holds an LL.B and LL.M degree in law and an M.A degree on Governance and Development from the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex in the United Kingdom (U.K.).
She has made key Presentations and has participated in key International trainings such as “New Approaches in Participatory Development in Canada.
She is also part of an ongoing research involving 5 countries on Rights Based Development and ways groups are linking Rights and Participation, the research is carried out by the Participation Group of IDS in the University of Sussex.
• She is currently a member, Board of Governors, Commonwealth Foundation.
• Also a member Civil Society Advisory Committee, Commonwealth Foundation.
• And was chair of the Steering Committee of the 2003 Commonwealth People Forum.
Nkoyo has demonstrated skill in Programme Development and Management with specialization in
 Gender issues and the use of Participatory Methodologies and Learning. She has provided Consultancy Services for several National and International organizations to mention a few;
1. Federal Ministry of Women Affairs
2. UNIFEM
3. The British Council
4. USAID
5. Common Wealth Foundation
6. IDASA
7. Action Aid
8. European Union


Ms Susan Bassey Duke
Psusanrogramme Director

  Susan holds a B.Sc. degree in Communication Arts and a P.G.D in Management Studies from the University of Uyo and University of Calabar respectively. Susan joined GADA, Lagos in 2001 and has since networked with several civil society groups to secure the rights of women within a clear framework of international standards. Some of Susan’s engagements and activities include;
• Debates on Politicization of Constitutional Reforms from a Gender Perspective
• African Women & the New Partnership for Africa’s Development, (NEPAD)
• Regional Conference For African Parliamentarians on the recent Strategic Development initiatives in Africa
• A workshop on National Strategic meetings on Affirmative Action and Quotas for Women in Political Parties Prior to her joining GADA, She worked in the external relations function of SPDC as a Government Relations Adviser for Bayelsa state, Rivers state, and Akwa Ibom state, Still within the same function she had a stint with the Media and Community relations activities
 of SHELL. Susan has a broad knowledge and workings of activities of key stakeholders in the Niger Delta.
Susan has demonstrated skill in mobilizing and empowering women in the areas of Information, networking and training. She has strong programme management skills.
Susan is currently involved in Advocacy efforts with policy makers on a gender responsive budget and accountability in Rivers State and also part of an Expert’s Consultative Process on the Affirmative Action Bill.

 

     
     
 
IyingiINYINGI IRIMAGHA
PROGRAMME OFFICER
Inyingi joined GADA in 2010 as the programme officer on the Women Political Empowerment project of the FMWA. Her Engagements within GADA has provided her with a cross cutting expertise in Report Writing,  Research, Baseline Studies and programme coordination and Implementation. She is actively engaged in forums which include; Movement against Corruption (MAC), Budget monitoring processes in both the local and state Government levels, Civic education trainings, Elections Monitoring, Advocacy skills development trainings and Grassroots Empowerment.Inyingi is a graduate of  Environmental Biology from Abia State University.

Faith Timipere Allison joined GADA in March 2015 as the program Assistance/ Counsellor in the Women in Peace and Security Network ( WPSN)  project which is funded by Nigerian Stability And Reconciliation Project (NSRP). Her Engagements within GADA has provided her with a cross cutting expertise in Counselling, Report Writing,  Research and Implementation. She is actively engaged in forums which include; Women in Peace And Security Network (WPSN), Observatory ( OBSTEC), Civic education trainings, Elections observation, Advocacy skills development trainings and Grassroots Empowerment.

 

 Biography of Tamunomie Wariboko Kelvin- WPSN Male Champion

 20150226_134903Tamunomie Wariboko Kelvin is a male champion with the Women in Peace and Security Network (WPSN), Port-Harcourt, Rivers State. He has an Ordinary Level (1997) certificate and previously worked with John Holts Nigerian Holding Limited (2000-2007) and Uniglobal Construction Company (2010-2013) within the Niger Delta as a construction worker. He specializes in boat constructions as his major occupation.

He is currently (the acting PRO of Igbisi Kalama, Igbisi Kalama comprises of the following communities; Tarikoro Polo, Ibitein, Setari, Belema Polo, Ingokala Polo and Amagboribipi Polo also known as Ibadan) a freelancer working on issues relating to community good governance, peace building on cult related issues, community based mediation and the protection of women, girls and children’s rights in his immediate local communities. His desire to advocate and defend the rights of the marginalized started in 2009 when the water-front communities were to be demolished. A development organization (social Action) approached the communities and provided human rights trainings for them on the rights to housing and from there he realized the existence of human rights and understood what it means to be a voiceless and marginalized minority. He pledged to use this knowledge gained to help the less privilege and voiceless in these communities.

He started with community mobilizing and sensitizing on human rights by talking to community members on their human rights and noticed that they were willing to listen to him. As a result of the work he does to protect children especially the girl-child, he was introduced to the Child protection Network (CPN) in Port-Harcourt and did some pro bono work with them for a while.

As a result of his fierce passion on protecting women and girls from violence, he decided to go on his own as a pro bono women’s and girls’ rights activist at the local level. Wariboko had developed a relationship with his immediate communities and pledges his support to defend those who are on the right side of the law. As a past community chairperson for Tarikoro community under the Igbisi kalama clan, he had been interested in working against discriminatory practices and violence against women and girls. He introduced the involvement of women in community led dispute resolution processes by encouraging women to sit alongside the men which raised a lot of objection from his fellow men. He advocates that if women are asked to vote during election then they should not be engaged for that process alone but given the opportunity to participate in decision making as well.

His exposure to the WPSN was during(a mobilisation and capacity building training for the Women in Peace and security Network in 2014, as part of the NSRP funded project titled, Promoting Multi-stakeholder Collaboration to Reduce VAWGs in Rivers State. He was identified as a male champion because of his track record with the Child Protection Network in Rivers state) a community sensitization project in 2014.

(since then he has been exposed to series of trainings, on peace building and conflict management and election violence prevention, fund raising and legislative advocacy, and trainings for paralegals by JEI, he has al;so represented the Women in Peace and Security Network on radio programmes and round table discussions)

As an impact from the WPSN led initiative, Wariboko quotes’ through the WPSN, I have been exposed to more issues on women and girls’ rights and developed a working relationship with the Police, Ministry of Social Welfare, Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and the Medical Women Association of Nigeria (MWAN). I now see them as partners to collaborate with in handling cases on violence against women. They tell me what to do and this makes my work easy’

Being a male champion of women and girls’ rights of course has its challenges. Wariboko’s present challenge is the lack of resources to effectively work with as he commits his personal funds to take the cases he handles to a reasonable conclusion. He is currently the Chairperson of the Vigilante Association in his community.

NNAEMEKA ORUH

Photo_for_GADANnaemeka Oruh studied English at the University of Port Harcourt and graduated top of his class in 2004. Oruh is a writer who writes poetry, short stories and essays. His essays are essentially commentaries on social and political issues and have been published extensively in Daily Independent NewspapersVanguardPremium Times, Sahara Reporters, Omojuwa.com, Nigerian Voice among others. His poems have also appeared on africanwriter.com and voices.net.

 

He was part of the coordinators of the Korlouenow poetry competition and also served as one of the three judges for the competition. He is one of the co-founders of Palmbits Initiative for the Promotion of Writing and Creativity– a non-profit organisation committed to addressing causes by using writing, and the media(especially Social Media).

 

Nnaemeka Oruh’s introduction into the field of Women’s Rights came during his undergraduate days at the University of Port Harcourt where he was exposed to several classes on Feminism. From that time on, Oruh has continued to advocate for the rights of women especially through one-on-one sensitization, sensitization of people through his published essays(See especially “”Deconstructing the Weaker Sex Stereotype” and “Women Empowerment and Affirmative Action”  “Violence Against Women and Girls: Breaking The Culture of Silence” which are his most recent works.) and general advocacy visits on air. Also, during the 16-Days of Activism Programme organised by the Women in Peace and Security Network in 2014, Oruh was actively involved, using the platform of his organisation Palmbits IPWC to engage in online lectures, organisation of essay writing competition to create awareness, and other sensitization campaigns. He is currently serving on NSRP’s Violence Against Women and Girls’ Observatory Steering Committee in Rivers State, as the Secretary