MRS MORENIKE OMAIBOJE
Currently Board member and Director of Programs, Women Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON), a non-government, non-for-profit, non-partisan and non-religious organization committed to the enforcement of women and children’s rights and the attainment of equality, development and peace.
A Human Resources expert and Trainer, Morenike joined Women Consortium of Nigeria (WOCON) 6years ago and currently serves as Director of Programs and now member of WOCON's Board. She manages the day-to-day operations of WOCON, leading efforts to forge partnerships with local NGOs and international partners for the attainment of equal status of women in all aspects of social, economic and political development within the communities and the nation at large especially in the anti-trafficking space. Founded over 21 years ago by late Bisi Olateru-Olagbegi, a renowned Lawyer and Gender Expert, WOCON has primarily focused on issues of gender-based violence, promoting good governance and ensuring more women's political participation and has taken its awareness campaigns to the endemic states where trafficked victims within and cross-borders are sourced, transited and/or received.
In managing programs in Nigeria, Morenike leverages her years of experience to ensure the objectives of large donor-sponsored projects involving grassroots outreach, behavioral change, community mobilization, awareness creation, advocacy and capacity building are successfully delivered.
In addition, she has over 3 decades broad-ranging private sector experience in Administration in two American oil companies and subsequently with SME’s. Managed general office procedures, dealt with customers and high volume workloads while meeting strict deadlines. She has wide-ranging problem solving experience, within the Management, Administration and HR spaces.
A mother of three, Morenike is a frequent Speaker and Resource Person in many executive platforms.
DR. GBEMISOLA BOYEDE
Dr. Gbemisola Boyede is a Consultant Neurodevelopmental Paediatrician at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and part-time privately (Gbemmy Developmental Paediatrics. She is the Founder and chief Admin of the Ask The Paediatrician (ATP) Facebook Group. She did her undergraduate training at the University of Lagos where she obtained her MBBS degree in 2002. She did her internship and residency training in Paediatrics at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital. She became a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians, Faculty of Paediatrics (FWACP (Paed)) in 2011. During the course of her undergraduate and residency training, she received multiple merit scholarship awards and numerous prizes.
Driven by her passion to care for children with special needs and disabilities coupled with the lack of services for such children in Nigeria; she proceeded to South Africa in 2012 to do sub-specialty training in Developmental Paediatrics at the Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa. Her training was under the auspices of the African Paediatrics Fellowship Programme of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
Gbemisola passed the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa exit examinations to obtain the Sub-specialty Fellowship in Developmental Paediatrics of the College of Paediatricians of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, FSDP (SA) in May 2015. She completed at the same time a Masters Degree programme in Developmental Paediatrics at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She was awarded a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degree in Developmental Paediatrics (with distinction in thesis) by the University of Cape Town in June 2015.
Dr. Gbemisola Boyede is actively involved in academic and clinical research; and has published papers in international journals. Her research interests include cognitive functioning, developmental assessments in resource-poor setting, autism spectrum disorders, and development in HIV-infected children among others. .She is a member of many professional bodies and associations, including the International Child Neurology Association, African Child Neurology Association, Paediatric Association of Nigeria, Child Neurology Society of Nigeria, Paediatric Neurology and Developmental Association of Southern Africa.
She started Gbemmy Developmental Pediatrics on her return to Nigeria to provide the much-needed services, but often unavailable, to children with developmental disabilities and their families. She is a passionate and caring doctor with the exposure and experience to help children with special needs achieve and attain their potentials to the maximum. She is married with children.
MRS. ARAMIDE OIKELOME
Aramide Oikelome is a journalist, media mentor/consultant with over 20 years cognate experience garnered from both private and mainstream media. A Fellow of The Poynter Institute for Media Studies and member of The Media Project, she is a prolific writer, public speaker and counselor.
She is a graduate of English from the Lagos State University, Ojo and Master’s degree in Literature from the University of Lagos, Akoka. Constantly in the quest for knowledge and empowerment, Aramide has bagged several Certificate degrees from home and abroad. This includes certificates in Social Welfare & Marriage Counseling, Reporting Religion & Public Life, Coaching & Leadership and Advanced Digital Training.
Aramide is a social worker, caregiver and advocate for the rights of orphans and vulnerable children/youths in Nigeria. Her insatiable passion for the wellbeing of vulnerable children led her and
her husband to establish Bestspring Children & Youth Development Foundation, a non-governmental, not-for-profit charity organization in 2002 with the sole aim of providing educational/psycho-social support to indigent/streetwise children. Over the years, Bestspring Foundation has grown in leaps and bounds and provided philanthropic services to indigent children, youths and their caregivers
A girl’s right advocate, she is equally passionate about safeguarding the girl-child from all forms of abuse. She runs a community-based club for girls under the auspices of Girls' Arise Initiative where she mentors adolescent girls through her monthly interactive/sensitization talk show/talent hunt meetings. In addition, she hosts a quarterly motivational talk show and empowerment summit for community women (mostly widows) in Ijegun, Ikotun, in the Alimosho Local Government Area of Lagos State, through the Joyful Widows Forum.
Aramide Oikelome currently sits as the Executive Director of Goshen Home & Orphanage, situated in the quiet suburb area of Akute-Olambe in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, Nigeria. She is married and blessed with children.