Monday, May 29

Chijioke Uwasomba

Chijioke Uwasomba PhD., is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He earned his PhD in English and Literature from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, Masters and undergraduate degrees from OAU, The University of Port Harcourt (UNIPORT), respectively. He has published in reputable local and international journals. A public commentator known for his materialist interpretation of texts and other discourses in his teaching and writings, he was until recently a columnist for the Mirror Newspaper and had also maintained a column with The Tempo, one of Nigeria’s news magazines.


Affiong L. Affiong

Born in Nigeria, Affiong’s political life began as a student activist at the University of Ibadan (UI), she graduated with a degree in Political Science. She obtained a second degree in Law from the University of Lagos. She worked within the Black community in London as a grassroots campaigner and national advocate on immigration, reparations, race relations and amnesty for unregistered migrants. In 1998 Affiong moved to Accra to head the Africa Secretariat of the Jubilee 2000 Coalition, a global campaign against 3rd world debt slavery working to expose the role of Western financial institutions in Africa’s economic crisis and advocate for the unconditional cancellation of the so-called debt. Co-founder of Moyo wa Taifa, a Pan African Women’s Network created to establish links between African women on the Continent and in the Diaspora. Affiong is the Executive Director of Moyo Pan African Solidarity Centre.  A dynamic public speaker, broadcaster, lecturer, organizer and cultural ambassador, Affiong is an international advocate on human and people’s rights including women’s rights, reparations, debt repudiation, social justice and development.



Isioma Kemakolam

Kemakolam is currently the regional program officer (Nigeria), Rule of Law in the Center for Governance, Law and Society at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). She is a research associate at the Centre for Crime and Violence Prevention, Lagos, Nigeria. Kemakolam is currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the Durban University of Technology, South Africa. Kemakolan is highly experienced in NGO management and specializes in security and justice sector reform, community policing, conflict management and human rights. Her extensive network covers over seven African countries.



Sam Kargbo

Kargbo is an attoney and a gradute of the University of Benin where he obtained his Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B). he earned his Masters of Law degree from Lagos State University where he also taught International Economic Law between 2003 and 2007. Kargbo was until recently  a Senior Special Assistant to the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration. He writes for Daily Independent Newspaper and was on the editorial board of the paper between 2003 and 2007. He is a regular commentator and opinion writer for and the Nigeria Village Square. He is also a Co-founder of Negotiation and Conflict Management Group (NCMG- the NGO that pioneered Alternative Dispute Resolution in Nigeria) and was its Executive Secretary 1994-1998. Was a Trustee, Open Society of Nigeria (now OSIWA) 1998-1999.



Daniel Mamman Ishaya

Daniel Mamman Ishaya, holds a professional diploma of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveying, and a bachelors degree from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, Nigeria. He is a member of the Community Action for Popular Participation; CAPP a grassroots oriented N.G.O based in Nigeria. He is a specialist on interfaith relations and conflict resolution. He comes from a minority ethnic group in northern Nigeria, highly knowledgeable about interfaith peace effort for minorities, Christian and Muslim faithfuls in northern Nigeria.


Uzodinma Nwaogbe

 Uzodinma Nwaogbe holds a diploma in social development and administration from the University of Lagos and a Bachelor in Sociology from Nnamdi Azikwe University, Nigeria. He is a public commentator, analyst, and independent researcher and a member of the civil society and human rights community in Nigeria.




Onyeisi Chiemeke

Onyeisi Chiemeke, is a legal practitioner and Principal Counsel at Onyeisi Cheimeke and Associates, a law firm based in Lagos Nigeria. He earned his LL.B from the University of Benin, Benin-City, Edo State, Nigeria and a BL from the Nigeria Law School. He was a staff attorney with Civil Liberties Organization (CLO), Nigeria before establishing is private legal practice. He is the author of June 12 Election – Campaign for Democracy and the Implosion of the Nigerian Left.



Omolade Adunbi

Omolade Adunbi is Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He obtained his PhD in Anthropology and an MA in African Studies (Politics and Political Economy) from Yale University. He earned his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the Ondo State University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria. His most recent book, Oil Wealth and Insurgency in Nigeria (Indiana University Press, 2015) addresses issues related to oil wealth, multinational corporations, transnational institutions, NGOs and violence in oil-rich Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Many of Adunbi’s articles have appeared in reputable journals. He is the recipient of several awards including the prestigious Amaury Talbot Prize for African Anthropology by the Royal Anthropological Society of Great Britain and Ireland, the Class of 1923 Teaching and Research Award at the University of Michigan. Adunbi is a public commentator and political analyst.



Eliud Biegon

 Eliud Biegon, PhD, is a Lecturer in the History Department at Chuka University, Kenya. Biegon obtained his PhD in History from Selwyn College, Cambridge University, England, undergraduate degree from Moi University and M.A (History) at Kenyatta University. Biegon is a public commentator and political analyst in Kenya. He was until recently a Mandela, Rodney DuBois Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Isah Sanni

 Isah Sanni is an economist and a public commentator on socio-economic and political matters in Nigeria. He specializes in macroeconomics and monetary policies. Sanni holds a Masters degree in Economics from the University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.