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Executive Director 

Oje Ivagba has 10 years of nonprofit management experience, with a focus on program design, training development, strategic planning, institutional development and partnership development. Prior to joining YEDI as its Executive Director, he served as Foundation Manager, Christopher Kolade Foundation;  Chief Operating Officer – Rainbow Group and Director of Programs at LEAP Africa. He has led training on soft skills, ethical leadership, social innovation and business development programs - benefiting over 15000 stakeholders across the six geo-political regions of Nigeria. He managed the implementation of the Leadership, Ethics and Civics (LEC) program in public schools in five states; which benefitted 20,000 people (students and teachers) and emerged as finalists for the FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards in 2013. Oje is highly regarded for his resourcefulness and integrity. He holds a first degree in Mass Communication from the University of Lagos and is an alumnus of the Centre for Creative Leadership, Enterprise Development Centre – Pan Atlantic University and Monterey Institute for International Studies.
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Director Of Finance

Philip Obialor is an accomplished chartered accountant with extensive work experience spanning financial accounting and analysis, auditing, business financial strategy, project management and business feasibility and development. He holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting (with Distinction) from Glasgow Caledonian University UK, where he finished as the Best Graduating Master's of Accounting Student in 2010. He is a Certified Information System Auditor (CISA) the USA, a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) and a member of Institute of Chartered Taxation of Nigeria (CITN).

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Director of Programmes

Oluwatomisin Adeoye obtained her Master’s from the International Institute for Infrastructural, Hydraulic and Environmental Engineering (IHE), Delft, the Netherlands. She is a result-oriented Community Development expert with a Master’s degree in Environmental Science and Technology with experience in community project management, administration, youth empowerment, volunteer management and lots more. Prior to joining YEDI, she had worked for over ten years with the Nigerian Conservation Foundation and Volunteer Corps.  

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Owolabi Kazeem Kolawole is a graduate of Accounting from The Polytechnic, Ibadan where he was the 2nd Best Graduating student of his set. A chartered accountant and a member of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria CITN), he has garnered experience in the Financial sector, Advisory, Audit, Insurance, Banking, Oil and Gas (upstream and downstream) for over a decade. He joined YEDI as a Management Accountant.  

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Head of Media & Communications

Lucky Ihanza has over 7 years of consistent experience spanning marketing, public relations, and journalism. He has a deep knowledge of the workings of the media, government and regulatory agencies and maintains a network of contacts and friends in both the traditional and Social media. He also has appreciable years of experience in marketing and the downstream sector of the oil & gas industry. Lucky has a career that covers stints in Vanguard Newspaper (2009-2009); Energy Group (2009-2011); Exquisite Magazine (2012-2013); and City People Magazine (2013-2015). A Post-Graduate student of Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ), Africa's premier institution of Journalism, Media and Communications studies, Lucky is an avid reader, a patient listener, and a teacher at heart.

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Monitoring & Evaluation Coordinator

Chukwudike Akanegbu, a Master’s Degree holder in Public Health from the University of Lagos, is results-driven, self-motivated and resourceful. By virtue of his qualification and years of practice, he is a member of Canadian Evaluation Society (CES) and American Evaluation Association (AEA). Prior to YEDI, he had worked with the International Centre for AIDS Care and Treatment Programme (ICAP), Lagos State Ministry of Health, Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria (APHPN) Lagos State chapter, and Beneprojecti Nig. Limited.

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Patrick Eriduluh is a creative problem-solver with self-efficacy to relate well with people. He is a graduate of the Tai Solarin University of Education, winning several awards during his time there. He speaks English, Yoruba, Hausa, and Edo fluently and has a passion for helping young adults to achieve their goals in life. He is a passionate leader while maintaining a positive and noble outlook. He loves to travel and listen to music.

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Abdul Muhammed, a talented and creative individual, has appreciable experience and skills in administrative work, communications, digital media, publication, and design, along with the ability to learn quickly and adapt to any role given. Prior to joining YEDI, Abdul had garnered international experience working with ITU-IMPACT as a content provider. He was also part of an ITU-IMPACT team in South-East Asia designated to work on a Child Online Protection (COP) program aimed at creating awareness globally in 2014. Abdul also has a knack for community development programs and interest in negotiation. 

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In-School Coordinator

Ruke Igbani is a graduate of History & International Studies and a Trained/Certified Counselor, Customer Relationship Management and Certified e-Business Professional (CEP) by EC-Council. She has experience in Office Administration and Program planning & implementation. She is a patient listener, easy-going, adaptable and very passionate about the health, self-discovery, and self-actualization of youths.

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Regional Head, Abuja

Nzenwa-Orji Victor Chibueze is a University of Lagos Computer Science graduate. He also holds a Professional Certificate in Leadership and Community Development. He was a Database Administrator at Panabiz Int. Ltd, Network Admin Officer at Dufil Prima Ltd (Indomie) and Publisher of Acada Magazine, before becoming a Master Coach at YEDI. The jovial, self-reliant and hard working Victor is passionate about youth development in Nigeria. He’s always ready to explore more of life’s possibilities while discovering himself more and this has been his staying power.

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State Coordinator, Ogun

Adenekan Adewunmi Saheed is an undergraduate of Business Administration from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos Nigeria. A goal-motivated peer educator, he loves to teach and empower young adults to make better and effective decisions in life. Saheed is courageous, dedicated, trustworthy and personable. Commitment to excellence is an attribute he will never compromise.

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State Coordinator, Akwa Ibom 

Igwubor Christiana Regina is a Nigerian Institute of Journalism Mass Communications graduate. Prior to joining YEDI as a Coach, she was a Metro-beat reporter at Oriwu Sun, a community Newspaper in Lagos.  Her sterling performance as a Master Coach at YEDI prompted her posting to Akwa Ibom to become the State Coordinator. Regina is enthusiastic and loves being around kids.

                                                             MASTER COACHES/SITE COORDINATORS
Master Coaches and site coordinators were selected from coaches based on performance, health knowledge, and enthusiasm towards the Grassroots Soccer Programme. Master Coaches supervise coaches on the field through the Coach Support Visit (CSV) and they ensure the Skillz Practices are carried out effectively and efficiently.
Some descriptionSome description Ayokeji Akinwale is an Accountancy graduate from the Lagos State University. She was a volunteer for two years before joining YEDI full-time as a Master Coach whose primary responsibility is to train, support, and supervise YEDI’s field Volunteers (Coaches) in what is known as CSV. Keji who recently joined other youth across the globe to participate in Festival16 in a youth-for-development-focused festival during the UEFA EURO 2016 in Lyons France, is driven by passion and commitment to excellence.

Some description Olasode Abiola Boluwatife is a graduate of Osun State Polytechnic. She holds a certificate from the Nigeria Institute of Safety Professionals (NISP). Since April 2014, she has been a MASTER COACH, after working in the male-dominated profession of welding at SACHOL, an aviation handling company. Just like all YEDI staff members, the accommodating and humble Abiola is passionate about children and eager to see a positive change in the society.
Some descriptionSome description Adeyemi Sodiq Ayinla holds a Diploma in Science Laboratory Technology from Yaba College of Technology. He’s joined Youth Empowerment and Development Initiative (YEDI) two years ago as a Volunteer Peer Educator (Coach) where he won two awards consecutively as the Best Coach in Mushin/Surulere Lagos for 2015 and 2016. He was employed as a Master Coach in 2016 based on his outstanding performance on the field as a Coach.
Some descriptionSome description Bamiwola Hannah is an Accountancy undergraduate of Yaba College of Technology. Her passion for beautifying people made her obtain a diploma in hairdressing, but she is keen on inspiring young adults to make positive decisions in life that will help them secure their future and bounce back when they face challenges. She was trained as a Coach in 2012 and subsequently employed as a Master Coach in 2016. She was further trained to deliver curricula that aim at educating young adult on Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH).
 Some descriptionSome description After about two years as a Volunteer Peer Educator with YEDI, Ani Chinasa Faith was selected and trained as a Master Coach owing to her dedication to duty and passion towards her work. She won the 2014/2015 Overall Best Female Coach in Lagos. She is passionate about empowering young adults, a passion she brings to bear on her Coach Support Visits to interventions.
Some description Omoniyi Igbalaniyi studied Industrial Chemistry from Federal University of Technology, Akure. He approaches every project at hand with empathy and professionalism. His work ethic is deeply influenced by his passion and drive for success. Omoniyi’s resourcefulness has been his secret for improvement in every area he finds himself.
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Olayemi Tosin Akinpelu has a National Diploma from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos and is currently pursuing a Higher National Diploma in Micro-Biology from the same institution. A member of Young Africans Leadership Initiatives Network (YALI), Olayemi joined YEDI in 2014 as a SKILLZ Girl Volunteer Peer Educator and understands the importance of advocating sexual health and rights and equal access to quality sexuality education for adolescents. She became a full-time staff in 2016 as an M&E Assistant due to her commitment and passion for excellence.

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Front Desk/Admin Assistant

Oluwatosin Oladipupo is a graduate of Mathematics Education and a Postgraduate student of Statistics from the University of Lagos.  As a trained teacher with about 3 years of experience, her passion for teaching and for seeing young ones live a purposeful healthy life inspired her joining the YEDI team as a volunteer in 2016, before becoming a full-time staff as the Front Desk/Admin Assistant. Tosin is enthusiastic and does not cease to improve herself and be of value to all. Her innovative and creative spirit had also greatly influenced her continuous search for knowledge and drove her passion towards Fashion.




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