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Seember Nyageris a Lawyer, Governance Policy Expert, and a strong advocate for open contracting data. She was a fellow of Open Government at Open Knowledge / Code for Africa. Currently, she is the CEO of the Public and Private Development Centre (PPDC), a non-governmental organization that focuses on empowering and encouraging citizens’ participation in governance; ensures accountability and transparency in governance by monitoring and reporting public procurements.
Umar A. Pate is a Professor of Mass Communication, the Deputy President of the Association of Communication Scholars and Professionals of Nigeria, ACSPN and the Dean, School of PostGraduate Studies, Bayero University, Kano, a position he secured after serving as the Dean of the faculty of communication in the same school.
Pate holds a PhD in Media History from the University of Maiduguri; Master of Philosophy from the University of Ghana, Legon; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication – also obtained from the University of Maiduguri.
Nwadinobi Ezinne is a retired Permanent Secretary.
Tunde Akanni is a development activist who has been consistent with the study and use of media for development. He is a member of several professional bodies including the Nigeria Community Radio Coalition, the Michigan State University’s Responsible Governance programme, the Netherlands NUFFIC Fellowship and a University of Ibadan’s IFRA Fellow.
Akanni has served as a resource person for training, editing tasks, stakeholder mapping as well as for long and short term consultancies for local and international organizations including UNDP, DFID, Internews, OSI, NIPR, Friends of the Earth, Nigeria and so forth.
Audrey Gadzekpo has more than 20 years of experience in teaching, research and advocacy on media, gender and governance, and more than 25 years practical experience as a journalist working variously as a reporter, editor, contributor, columnist, talk show host, socio-political commentator and magazine publisher/editor.
She obtained a doctorate degree in African Studies at the University of Birmingham, U.K., a Master of Arts in Communications from Brigham Young University, Utah, USA and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Ghana.
Her research interests and publications reflect the nexus between media and gender; media, politics and democratic governance; media and developmental imperatives and media and conflict.
She teaches courses in Print Journalism, Media, Culture and Society, Gender and Communication, Introduction to Gender, Communicating Climate, Qualitative Research Methods, Media Ethics and History of Media in Africa. She has also designed curricula for Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Arts programmes as and developed short courses targeted at journalists and academics.
Babafemi Folorunsho is a Culture and Education Entrepreneur.
Adeshola Komolafe is a female digital entrepreneur who is convinced that the future of entrepreneurship in Nigeria and Africa at large depends on women. She is the Chief Executive Officer of Oak Tv and Media Insight, an Integrated Marketing Communications firm with headquarters in Abuja.
She has an Honours degree in Political Science, and a Masters in Public Policy and Administration from Bayero University. She also studied Digital Marketing at MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts and Digital Storytelling at the Columbia Business School, New York.
Adeshola currently consults for several DfID programmes. In 2012, she was nominated for the Future Awards and in 2007; she received the International Youth Ambassador for Peace Award by the World Youth Federation for World Peace. She is a Fellow of the Initiative for Global Development Emerging Leaders; a member of the World Bank Youth Forum and AlJazeera Media catalyst.
To give back to society, she started Save our Future, a platform that introduces underprivileged kids to information technology.
Fred Adetiba is a Human Resource expert. He was head of Project Management Office of Nuhu Ribadu Presidential Campaign Organization (Team Ribadu) where he designed, planned and monitored events/projects for the organization.
He bagged his Master’s degree from the University of Stellenbosch (2014-2015), Diploma in Personnel Management at the Institute of Personnel Management, Nigeria (2011-2012), B.Sc Sociology from the University of Jos (2002-2007).
Dapo Olorunyomi is an award-winning reporter and editor with varied experience in Nigeria and internationally. He was a recipient of the International Editor of the Year Award and has won the Freedom to Write prize and the Press Freedom award from PEN (West) and the National Association of Black Journalists respectively.
Mr Olorunyomi moved to the United States in the difficult Abacha years, where he worked, first, as Senior Fellow, Africa, at the Washington DC offices of Panos Institute, and later as the Nigeria Project Director for Freedom House. He returned to Nigeria in 2005 to work for the EFCC.
He was the co-founder of The News magazine in Lagos; enterprise editor at Next Newspapers and is the founder of the Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism.
He served as director and chief of staff of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission from 2005 until 2008, voluntarily resigning when the then EFCC Chairman, Nuhu Ribadu, was illegally dismissed in 2008.
He has won numerous other awards for his work in journalism.
Musikilu Mojeed, an award-winning investigative journalist, was until 2011 Investigative Editor at Nigeria’s NEXT newspaper. A former John S. Knight International Fellow at Stanford University and Ford Foundation International Fellow at The City University of New York, he has reported extensively on corruption, human rights and human trafficking and is one of Africa’s most regarded investigative journalists.
A winner of several awards, including the FAIR’s Editor’s Courage Award and the Wole Soyinka Investigative Reporting Award among others. Mojeed was on the board of the Forum for African Investigative Reporters and is a member of the world’s foremost investigative journalism group, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
Idris Akinbajo graduated with honours in engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University where he also served as Secretary General of the Students Union. Afterwards, he became a member of the investigative desk of the now rested NEXT newspapers that produced some of the greatest investigative stories from Nigeria between 2008 and 2011.
His numerous awards include being twice named Nigeria’s investigative journalist of the year, the Future Awards Young Person of the Year, and the FAIR African Investigative reporter award. He was also a finalist at the 2012 edition of the CNN/Multichoice African Journalist of the Year award.
He recently completed his Masters’ programme at one of Europe’s best schools of communication, the Graduate School of Communication at the University of Amsterdam, where his thesis was adjudged one of the best at the department and was shortlisted for the university prize.
Professor Ropo Sekoni
Programmes and Editing
Adedeji Adekunle is a Programme Manager with the Premium Times Centre for Investigative Journalism where he leads the Research and Capacity Development Unit of the Centre. With an educational background in Mathematics and Computer Science as well as Information Technology, he employs data journalism, civic technology and open data as tools to engage the government as well as act as a catalyst for public participation and contribution to developmental issues.
He is also a trainer with a specialization in data journalism, fact-checking journalism and evidenced-based advocacy; fields in which he has trained over 700 professionals in journalism, government and civil society organizations over the years. An avid advocate for open data and transparency in governance and policy, he has a passion for good and efficient governance driven by human capital investment and public participation as the basis for overall national growth. He provides programmatic leadership and support for Dubawa in Nigeria and Ghana.
Ebele Oputa is a frontline leader who helps organizations do new things or do existing things more efficiently. She has provided strategic, technical and programmatic oversight as well as editorial support of Dubawa since its inception. She is an experienced Programme Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the non-profit organization management industry including the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime. Skilled in Negotiation, Training, Leadership, Project Management, and Strategic Communications, Ebele has a Master of Laws (LLM) focused on International Trade and Commercial Law from Durham University.
Programme Officer/Editor (Ghana)
Caroline Anipah is the Programme Officer and Editor of DUBAWA, Ghana. She holds an MPhil in Communication Studies and an undergraduate degree in English and Political Science from the University of Ghana. She is a trained journalist and has engaged in various research activities with notable institutions including Ghana Statistical Service, German Development Institute (GIZ) and the USAID Evaluate for Health over the years. She has also worked with the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) on a regional (West Africa-wide) comprehensive research on the state of the media. She brings to the project and team, her experience in both media and research.
Roselena Ahiable is a Senior Researcher with Dubawa Ghana. Roselena has years of demonstrated work experience in advertising, sales and marketing, having worked with some of the leading brands in Ghana. She has completed a Master of Philosophy programme in Communication Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon, with specialisation in Public Relations and Advertising. She has also received advanced training in print and broadcast journalism. Roselena also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Theatre Arts from the University of Ghana.
As a trained journalist with interest in research, Roselena provides the team insight in news and media trend analysis.
Maxine Gloria Danso
Maxine Gloria Danso is a Senior Researcher with Dubawa Ghana.
Maxine has previously worked as a Research Assistant engaging in some notable communication research projects in Ghana, having completed a Master of Philosophy programme in Communication Studies at the University of Ghana, with specialisation in journalism, public relations and advertising.
She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French from the University of Ghana, with a University Diploma in French Studies from Université Rennes 2 in France.
Maxine contributes to the team by drawing from her knowledge and research experience in media studies.