Our People

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Nguemo Uja 

Nguemo Uja is a Notary Public, an astute litigator and a woman of many parts. Having practiced law for over 11 years, Nguemo has obtained considerable experience attending to both civil and criminal law cases. She has numerously appeared as an advocate at the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court as well as Election tribunals and has been engaged in several high profile cases. She is currently the head of chambers of Sebastine Hon (SAN) & Co, a full service law firm head quartered in Abuja with branches across the federation. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and a Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitration Uk. Nguemo is the chairman of the board.

Oluwafunke Adeoye

Oluwafunke is a Social Innovator and Public Interest Lawyer. A 2019 Fellow of Cornell University Center for Death Penalty Worldwide, Funke has progressive experience in capital defense, human rights litigation and organizational leadership. She leads the team of several young Africans making a difference in the Social Justice and Human Rights sector as the Founder and Executive Director of Hope behind Bars Africa Initiative, a dream placed in her heart after she wrote her undergraduate thesis on Prison Reforms in Nigeria, which took form and shape after she experienced a personal loss at the hands of one of Nigeria’s public institutions.  She also works part time as a lawyer at K.O Adaramewa & co where she  gets funds which she is able to ploy back into her vision.

 

She worked as an associate at Olumide Sofowora SAN Chambers for 4 years before journeying into the world of non-profit as a volunteer for Amnesty International in 2017. Funke is a member of several organizations including Nigeria Bar Association, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and YALI network Abuja.  She is an associate of the Chartered Institutue of Arbitration Uk, a  2019 Finalist of JCI Top Outstanding Young Persons in Nigeria Humanitarian Category and Winner of Accountability Lab’s SDG 16 Innovation Challenge.

Osariemen Omoruyi 

Osarieme Omoruyi is the co-founder of Hope behind Bars Africa. She is passionate about the girl child, prison reforms and prison decongestion. A two time president of the Christian Law Students Fellowship of Nigeria, University of Benin Chapter, as a Corps member, she organised a number of outreaches to sensitize secondary school girls on basic lifestyle issues. Still as a corps member, she personally took up close to 20 prison cases pro-bono where she secured the bail of some, discharge and acquittal of some and left a strong legacy for other Corps Members at her legal Aid CDS group. She brings her wealth of legal experience and programs management to the organization.

Temitope Olaoye 

Temitope is a Chartered Accountant who brings attention to details and precision to everything she touches. An Account Officer with Il Bagno, Temitope is passionate about Inclusion, Women’s rights and Service. Temitope serves as the secretary to the board.

Adedayo Adeniyi

Adedayo Adeniyi was hosted by President Barack Obama as a Mandela Washigton Fellow in 2016. An expert in training and  coaching people for peak performance and a community mobilizer. He has a track record of helping organizations expand their network, manage performance. He has trained for various local and international  organizations in Nigeria, Kenya and USA. They include US Consulate, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Red Cross, Story Moja amongst others. He also consults for and sits on the board of local and international organizations. He is currently the Founder and Executive Director of Matadors Leadership Institute with a mandate to raise the next generation of African leaders that are driven by the passion to work collaboratively for change in their communities.  

Dr Wisdom Ebeogu

Wisdom Ebeogu is a Public Health Physician and a Sustainable development advocate. A recipient of the Presidential Award for meritorious service to the nation vides the National Youth Service Corps.  Dr. Wisdom is   currently a Clinical Optometrist at Suleja General Hospital and the founder of Eyesavers Network International, a non-profit organization committed to providing eye health care and services to indigent and marginalized people around the world.

Nguemo Uja 

Nguemo Uja is a Notary Public, an astute litigator and a woman of many parts. Having practiced law for over 11 years, Nguemo has obtained considerable experience attending to both civil and criminal law cases. She has numerously appeared as an advocate at the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court as well as Election tribunals and has been engaged in several high profile cases. She is currently the head of chambers of Sebastine Hon (SAN) & Co, a full service law firm head quartered in Abuja with branches across the federation. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and a Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitration Uk. Nguemo is the chairman of the board.

Oluwafunke Adeoye

Oluwafunke is a Social Innovator and Public Interest Lawyer. A 2019 Fellow of Cornell University Center for Death Penalty Worldwide, Funke has progressive experience in capital defense, human rights litigation and organizational leadership. She leads the team of several young Africans making a difference in the Social Justice and Human Rights sector as the Founder and Executive Director of Hope behind Bars Africa Initiative, a dream placed in her heart after she wrote her undergraduate thesis on Prison Reforms in Nigeria, which took form and shape after she experienced a personal loss at the hands of one of Nigeria’s public institutions.  She also works part time as a lawyer at K.O Adaramewa & co where she  gets funds which she is able to ploy back into her vision.

 

She worked as an associate at Olumide Sofowora SAN Chambers for 4 years before journeying into the world of non-profit as a volunteer for Amnesty International in 2017. Funke is a member of several organizations including Nigeria Bar Association, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and YALI network Abuja.  She is an associate of the Chartered Institutue of Arbitration Uk, a  2019 Finalist of JCI Top Outstanding Young Persons in Nigeria Humanitarian Category and Winner of Accountability Lab’s SDG 16 Innovation Challenge.

Osariemen Omoruyi 

Osarieme Omoruyi is the co-founder of Hope behind Bars Africa. She is passionate about the girl child, prison reforms and prison decongestion. A two time president of the Christian Law Students Fellowship of Nigeria, University of Benin Chapter, as a Corps member, she organised a number of outreaches to sensitize secondary school girls on basic lifestyle issues. Still as a corps member, she personally took up close to 20 prison cases pro-bono where she secured the bail of some, discharge and acquittal of some and left a strong legacy for other Corps Members at her legal Aid CDS group. She brings her wealth of legal experience and programs management to the organization.

Temitope Olaoye 

Temitope is a Chartered Accountant who brings attention to details and precision to everything she touches. An Account Officer with Il Bagno, Temitope is passionate about Inclusion, Women’s rights and Service. Temitope serves as the secretary to the board.

Adedayo Adeniyi

Adedayo Adeniyi was hosted by President Barack Obama as a Mandela Washigton Fellow in 2016. An expert in training and  coaching people for peak performance and a community mobilizer. He has a track record of helping organizations expand their network, manage performance. He has trained for various local and international  organizations in Nigeria, Kenya and USA. They include US Consulate, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Red Cross, Story Moja amongst others. He also consults for and sits on the board of local and international organizations. He is currently the Founder and Executive Director of Matadors Leadership Institute with a mandate to raise the next generation of African leaders that are driven by the passion to work collaboratively for change in their communities.  

Dr Wisdom Ebeogu

Wisdom Ebeogu is a Public Health Physician and a Sustainable development advocate. A recipient of the Presidential Award for meritorious service to the nation vides the National Youth Service Corps.  Dr. Wisdom is   currently a Clinical Optometrist at Suleja General Hospital and the founder of Eyesavers Network International, a non-profit organization committed to providing eye health care and services to indigent and marginalized people around the world.

Nguemo Uja 

Nguemo Uja is a Notary Public, an astute litigator and a woman of many parts. Having practiced law for over 11 years, Nguemo has obtained considerable experience attending to both civil and criminal law cases. She has numerously appeared as an advocate at the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court as well as Election tribunals and has been engaged in several high profile cases. She is currently the head of chambers of Sebastine Hon (SAN) & Co, a full service law firm head quartered in Abuja with branches across the federation. She is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association and a Member of Chartered Institute of Arbitration Uk. Nguemo is the chairman of the board.

Oluwafunke Adeoye

Oluwafunke is a Social Innovator and Public Interest Lawyer. A 2019 Fellow of Cornell University Center for Death Penalty Worldwide, Funke has progressive experience in capital defense, human rights litigation and organizational leadership. She leads the team of several young Africans making a difference in the Social Justice and Human Rights sector as the Founder and Executive Director of Hope behind Bars Africa Initiative, a dream placed in her heart after she wrote her undergraduate thesis on Prison Reforms in Nigeria, which took form and shape after she experienced a personal loss at the hands of one of Nigeria’s public institutions.  She also works part time as a lawyer at K.O Adaramewa & co where she  gets funds which she is able to ploy back into her vision.

 

She worked as an associate at Olumide Sofowora SAN Chambers for 4 years before journeying into the world of non-profit as a volunteer for Amnesty International in 2017. Funke is a member of several organizations including Nigeria Bar Association, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and YALI network Abuja.  She is an associate of the Chartered Institutue of Arbitration Uk, a  2019 Finalist of JCI Top Outstanding Young Persons in Nigeria Humanitarian Category and Winner of Accountability Lab’s SDG 16 Innovation Challenge.

Osariemen Omoruyi 

Osarieme Omoruyi is the co-founder of Hope behind Bars Africa. She is passionate about the girl child, prison reforms and prison decongestion. A two time president of the Christian Law Students Fellowship of Nigeria, University of Benin Chapter, as a Corps member, she organised a number of outreaches to sensitize secondary school girls on basic lifestyle issues. Still as a corps member, she personally took up close to 20 prison cases pro-bono where she secured the bail of some, discharge and acquittal of some and left a strong legacy for other Corps Members at her legal Aid CDS group. She brings her wealth of legal experience and programs management to the organization.

Temitope Olaoye 

Temitope is a Chartered Accountant who brings attention to details and precision to everything she touches. An Account Officer with Il Bagno, Temitope is passionate about Inclusion, Women’s rights and Service. Temitope serves as the secretary to the board.

Adedayo Adeniyi

Adedayo Adeniyi was hosted by President Barack Obama as a Mandela Washigton Fellow in 2016. An expert in training and  coaching people for peak performance and a community mobilizer. He has a track record of helping organizations expand their network, manage performance. He has trained for various local and international  organizations in Nigeria, Kenya and USA. They include US Consulate, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Red Cross, Story Moja amongst others. He also consults for and sits on the board of local and international organizations. He is currently the Founder and Executive Director of Matadors Leadership Institute with a mandate to raise the next generation of African leaders that are driven by the passion to work collaboratively for change in their communities.  

Dr Wisdom Ebeogu

Wisdom Ebeogu is a Public Health Physician and a Sustainable development advocate. A recipient of the Presidential Award for meritorious service to the nation vides the National Youth Service Corps.  Dr. Wisdom is   currently a Clinical Optometrist at Suleja General Hospital and the founder of Eyesavers Network International, a non-profit organization committed to providing eye health care and services to indigent and marginalized people around the world.

MANAGEMENT TEAM

Oluwafunke Adeoye – Executive Director

Oluwafunke is a Social Innovator and Public Interest Lawyer. A 2019 Fellow of Cornell University Center for Death Penalty Worldwide, Funke has progressive experience in capital defense, human rights litigation and organizational leadership. She leads the team of several young Africans making a difference in the Social Justice and Human Rights sector as the Founder and Executive Director of Hope behind Bars Africa Initiative. She worked as an associate at Olumide Sofowora SAN Chambers for 4 years before journeying into the world of non-profit as a volunteer for Amnesty International in 2017. Funke is a member of several organizations including Nigeria Bar Association, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and YALI network Abuja.  She is an associate of the Chartered Institutue of Arbitration Uk, a  2019 Finalist of JCI Top Outstanding Young Persons in Nigeria Humanitarian Category and Winner of Accountability Lab’s SDG 16 Innovation Challenge.

Nkechi Dim - Head of   Legal

Nkechi is an inclusion advocate passionate about social justice and legal innovation. She has an LLB and LLM in Law from the prestigious University of Benin. She brings over 7 years experience as a legal practitioner to lead the legal team of Hope behind Bars Africa.

Oluwadetan Olaobaju – Finance Officer

With a B.Tech in Physics from Federal University of Technology Akure and an M.Sc in Physics from University of Ibadan. Detan is an environmental advocate passionate   about Social  Justice and her hobbies includes book-keeping ,  volunteering and community mobilization. She works with various accounting softwares to  manage the finances of the firm.

Rebecca Igwebuike – Volunteer Management Officer

Rebecca is holds an LLB from the University of Benin and was called to bar in 2013. A Chartered Secretary, Rebecca currently works  as a Human Resources Officer for Nilabam International where  she oversees over 40 full time staff members. She is currently undertaking her   MBA at Ahmadu Bello University and contributes tremendously to volunteer  recruitment and management at Hope Behind  Bars  Africa.

Winnie Ishiaku- Programs Officer

Winnie Ishiaku is a  Human  Rights Activist and Childs Right Advocate. A law graduate of University of Abuja where she served as President of the Law Clinic before her graduation. Winnie has years of experience in campaigns and advocacy through her volunteer activities with Amnesty International and Connected Development’s Follow the Money. She currently brings her field experience and legal  skills to head the programs unit of Hope behind Bars Africa.

Benson Imoh - ICT Officer

Benson Imoh is an experienced designer and coder who blends  technology with art creatively  and efficiently to solve problems. Benson works is the Chief  Technology Officer of African Women in Leadership Organization and he contributes his ICT skills to Hope behind Bars Africa as the ICT Officer.

Oluwafunke Adeoye – Executive Director

Oluwafunke is a Social Innovator and Public Interest Lawyer. A 2019 Fellow of Cornell University Center for Death Penalty Worldwide, Funke has progressive experience in capital defense, human rights litigation and organizational leadership. She leads the team of several young Africans making a difference in the Social Justice and Human Rights sector as the Founder and Executive Director of Hope behind Bars Africa Initiative. She worked as an associate at Olumide Sofowora SAN Chambers for 4 years before journeying into the world of non-profit as a volunteer for Amnesty International in 2017. Funke is a member of several organizations including Nigeria Bar Association, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and YALI network Abuja.  She is an associate of the Chartered Institutue of Arbitration Uk, a  2019 Finalist of JCI Top Outstanding Young Persons in Nigeria Humanitarian Category and Winner of Accountability Lab’s SDG 16 Innovation Challenge.

Nkechi Dim - Head of   Legal

Nkechi is an inclusion advocate passionate about social justice and legal innovation. She has an LLB and LLM in Law from the prestigious University of Benin. She brings over 7 years experience as a legal practitioner to lead the legal team of Hope behind Bars Africa.

Oluwadetan Olaobaju– Finance Officer​ 

With a B.Tech in Physics from Federal University of Technology Akure and an M.Sc in Physics from University of Ibadan. Detan is an environmental advocate passionate   about Social  Justice and her hobbies includes book-keeping ,  volunteering and community mobilization. She works with various accounting softwares to  manage the finances of the firm.

Rebecca Igwebuike – Volunteer Management Officer

Rebecca is holds an LLB from the University of Benin and was called to bar in 2013. A Chartered Secretary, Rebecca currently works  as a Human Resources Officer for Nilabam International where  she oversees over 40 full time staff members. She is currently undertaking her   MBA at Ahmadu Bello University and contributes tremendously to volunteer  recruitment and management at Hope Behind  Bars  Africa.

Winnie Ishiaku- Programs Officer

Winnie Ishiaku is a  Human  Rights Activist and Childs Right Advocate. A law graduate of University of Abuja where she served as President of the Law Clinic before her graduation. Winnie has years of experience in campaigns and advocacy through her volunteer activities with Amnesty International and Connected Development’s Follow the Money. She currently brings her field experience and legal  skills to head the programs unit of Hope behind Bars Africa.

Benson Imoh - ICT Officer

Benson Imoh is an experienced designer and coder who blends  technology with art creatively  and efficiently to solve problems. Benson works is the Chief  Technology Officer of African Women in Leadership Organization and he contributes his ICT skills to Hope behind Bars Africa as the ICT Officer.

Oluwafunke Adeoye – Executive Director

Oluwafunke is a Social Innovator and Public Interest Lawyer. A 2019 Fellow of Cornell University Center for Death Penalty Worldwide, Funke has progressive experience in capital defense, human rights litigation and organizational leadership. She leads the team of several young Africans making a difference in the Social Justice and Human Rights sector as the Founder and Executive Director of Hope behind Bars Africa Initiative. She worked as an associate at Olumide Sofowora SAN Chambers for 4 years before journeying into the world of non-profit as a volunteer for Amnesty International in 2017. Funke is a member of several organizations including Nigeria Bar Association, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) and YALI network Abuja.  She is an associate of the Chartered Institutue of Arbitration Uk, a  2019 Finalist of JCI Top Outstanding Young Persons in Nigeria Humanitarian Category and Winner of Accountability Lab’s SDG 16 Innovation Challenge.

Nkechi Dim - Head of   Legal

Nkechi is an inclusion advocate passionate about social justice and legal innovation. She has an LLB and LLM in Law from the prestigious University of Benin. She brings over 7 years experience as a legal practitioner to lead the legal team of Hope behind Bars Africa.

Oluwadetan Olaobaju – Finance Officer

With a B.Tech in Physics from Federal University of Technology Akure and an M.Sc in Physics from University of Ibadan. Detan is an environmental advocate passionate   about Social  Justice and her hobbies includes book-keeping ,  volunteering and community mobilization. She works with various accounting softwares to  manage the finances of the firm.

Rebecca Igwebuike – Volunteer Management Officer

Rebecca is holds an LLB from the University of Benin and was called to bar in 2013. A Chartered Secretary, Rebecca currently works  as a Human Resources Officer for Nilabam International where  she oversees over 40 full time staff members. She is currently undertaking her   MBA at Ahmadu Bello University and contributes tremendously to volunteer  recruitment and management at Hope Behind  Bars  Africa.

Winnie Ishiaku- Programs Officer

Winnie Ishiaku is a  Human  Rights Activist and Childs Right Advocate. A law graduate of University of Abuja where she served as President of the Law Clinic before her graduation. Winnie has years of experience in campaigns and advocacy through her volunteer activities with Amnesty International and Connected Development’s Follow the Money. She currently brings her field experience and legal  skills to head the programs unit of Hope behind Bars Africa.

Benson Imoh - ICT Officer

Benson Imoh is an experienced designer and coder who blends  technology with art creatively  and efficiently to solve problems. Benson works is the Chief  Technology Officer of African Women in Leadership Organization and he contributes his ICT skills to Hope behind Bars Africa as the ICT Officer.