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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
Professor Ropo Sekoni is a retired professor of English from the department of English & Mass Communications of Lincoln University of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In his academic career that spanned forty years, he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Ilorin, and University of Ife (Obafemi Awolowo University) in Nigeria, from where he was appointed professor of English at Lincoln University in 1989, where he served in various capacities till his retirement.
He obtained B.A. (Magna Cum Laude) in English with social science subsidiary at Bowie State University in 1972 and M.A./Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin-Madison in Anglophone African Literature with a minor in Communication in 1977. From 1985-86, he served as Fulbright-in-Residence at the University of Florida, Gainesville in the department of African & Asian languages and literatures/African Studies Center. While at Lincoln, he also served as director of African Studies, Center for Comparative Study of the Humanities, and coordinator of Honors Program in English. Since his retirement, he has been a weekly columnist for Nigeria’s The Nation and a member of the newspaper’s Editorial Board; chairman of Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism; and consultant on English grammar, usage, and New Journalism style for Premium Times.
He is a published author with significant contributions to the understanding of language and cultural identity in Nigeria. His publications include Folk Poetics: A Socio-semiotic Study of Yoruba Trickster Tales, Federalism and the Yoruba Character, A History of Ondo Boys’ High School.
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 all Dubawa country offices.
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 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.
Kemi Busari has over the past years demonstrated a robust commitment to journalism through his challenging adventures to tell human keen stories. Widely recognized locally and internationally, Kemi’s works have generated massive impact, instigated public discussions and driven policy changes in Nigeria.
Bringing on board his strong newsroom background, Kemi joined Dubawa in July 2020 and has since been at the fore of the battle against misinformation in public interest.
Kemi holds a master’s degree in Communication Studies, with a distinction, from Vrije Universiteit Brussels and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria. He can be reached @kemi_busari
Project Officer (Nigeria)
Temilade Onilede is a Programme Officer for Dubawa, Nigeria. She holds an undergraduate degree in Performing Arts From the University of Ilorin, Ilorin Kwara State.
She is a trained journalist, with good research and writing skills, coupled with her knowledge in Journalism; a personable character and an engaging mind who is well skilled in the field of fact-checking and verification.
Audience Engagement Officer/Researcher (Nigeria)
Lateef Sanni is a graduate of mass communication from Lagos state university. Before joining Dubawa, he belonged to the association of campus journalists where he was trained on the basics of fact-checking, a tool for combating misinformation in Nigeria. He joined the Dubawa team as a researcher and content developer for Dubawa’s social media platforms. He consistently works to improve the dissemination of fact-checks through pictures [fact cards] and videos.
Programme Officer/Researcher (Sierra Leone)
Alie Tarawally is a youth and development activist, researcher and also a graduate from The university of Sierra Leone, Fourah Bay College with a Division One degree in Sociology and History. Alie has worked on OSIWA, CODERSA and British Academy Award Projects on Youths as well as several other research & consultancy with MEASURE EVALUATION and IMPACT MALARIA. Alie has over four years’ experience working on development policy research across Sierra Leone and has written articles on youths, politics, media and society.
Alie is a Commonwealth 100 0pen Source Leader, a Kectil 1000 Male Promise Leader and a Dubawa 2020 Fellow from Sierra Leone trained to fight against the dangers of information disorder by conducting fact-checks and providing media literacy articles and training in Sierra Leone. Currently, Alie is the Acting National Coordinator for the GRASSROOTS ACTIONAL FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT- GRAND in Sierra Leone.
Senior Researcher (Ghana)
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.
Senior Researcher (Ghana)
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 an interest in research, Roselena provides the team insight in news and media trend analysis.
Silas Jonathan Silas
Silas Jonathan is a graduate of Mass Communication from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Before joining Dubawa, he was an English language Instructor and a freelancer who writes for different platforms including the Construction Africa Review. He has taken multiple training and courses on multimedia analysis which he implores in the verification of videos and images in fact checks. Silas, is a researcher at Dubawa where he implores all his acquired skills to identify, verify and write claims.
Lois Ugbede is a graduate of Mass Communication from Caritas University, Amorji-Nike, Enugu State. Before joining Dubawa, she was a political reporter with Premium Times where she acquired great research and writing skills. She is also a postgraduate student of Bayero University Kano, where she is pursuing an MSc in Mass Communication. She is a researcher at Dubawa who is constantly seeking out claims for fact-checking and verification.