The Board

Mrs Bose Ironsi


is a gender development professional with over 30 years’ experience in training and capacity building in child protection, human rights and education, community health and engagement, peacebuilding, research, organizational capacity, and counselling. In 2007, Bose founded the Women’s Rights and Health Project (WRAHP) in Lagos, Nigeria. A not-for-profit and non-governmental social organization with a mission to promote women’s and community health and development by equipping, mobilizing, and actively engaging members of the community as agents of social change through information sharing, capacity building, and sustained advocacy.

Her NGO is in partnership with organizations such as ActionAid, Global Affairs Canada, the Lagos State and Sexual Violence Response Team, the European Union, and the Lagos State Aid Control Agency, to name a few.

She has received numerous awards for her outstanding achievements and contributions. These include:

  • Achievers Award presented by the Catholic Women’s Organization in 2017
  • The Pride of Women Award, presented by Women of Substance in 2020
  • African Best Woman of the Year, presented by The Global Newspapers and PACM Foundation in 2020
  • Appreciation Award for Recognition of Roles in Women’s Rights and Child Protection in Lagos State, presented by Child Protection Network (CPN) Alimosho, Lagos State, in 2022
  • LASODA Golden Mother’s Day Awards presented by the Lagos State Office for Disability Affairs (LASODA) in 2022

Mr Samuel Ikani

Vice Chairperson

is an international development specialist with over 13 years of cognate work-life making my contributions through evidence generation. He is a thought leader in designing social interventions, projects & knowledge management that supports policy-making and implementation. He has published in notable peer-review journals and made abstract presentations at several international conferences.

Dr Adedeji Ademefun


With over 12 years of progressive work experience, Adedeji Ademefun has managed the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes in Democratic Governance, Women’s and Girls Rights, Community Development, Education, Food & Hunger, Public-Private Partnerships, Rural Livelihoods support, Youth Engagement, Social and disability Inclusion entrenching participatory approaches in programme design while maintaining a coherent programme of work that contribute to the realization of rights and poverty eradication for poor and excluded people in Nigeria. Deji has experience in business development, resource mobilization and grants management in non-profit with strategic support to OPDs/CSO/CBO building strategic partnerships to implement impactful development programs.

Deji is an alumnus of the Harvard University Centre for International Development: The Practice of PDIA: Building Capability by Delivering Results, the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy & Development and the School of Politics, Policy & Governance (SPPG). He is APMG International: Project Management for Development Professionals (PMD Pro 1) and APMG International: Project Management for Development Professionals (PMD Pro 2) certified. Deji is a team player, trainable and teachable. He holds a PhD in Political Economy & Development Studies.

Miss Joan Obeta

Secretary to the Board

is a development communications professional who has worked with several local and international charities to revitalise communication strategies and achieve project goals. Through her work, she has traversed hard-to-reach communities documenting stories and assessing impacts, She is a social and gender activist with a knack for advocating for the advancement of girls’ and women’s rights, she has over the years advocated and mobilised young persons to campaign on several issues ranging from gender equality, women empowerment, tax justice, gender-responsive public service delivery, sexual and gender-based violence, and social justice.  She is also the founder/team lead of Bookish Circle, a non-profit dedicated to improving literacy in Nigeria. Away from her humanitarian and development commitments, Joan is an ardent reader and poet.