The 1st Country Director, Nigeria’s Speakers’ Corner Trust is Barrister (Mrs) Ramatu Umar – Bako. She is a graduate of the ABU Zaria and the Nigerian Law School, Buari, Abuja. She also has a PGD in Conflict and Development from the Open University, UK among other qualifications. With over 12 years experience in development and human rights, her key area of expertise includes Project Management, Institutional Development, Personal and Professional Development Training, Strategic Leadership and Public Speaking. Before joining Team SCTN, she was the Portfolio Manager, Public Diplomacy at the British Council, Nigeria.
She has worked as a legal practitioner under a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), G. Offodlie Okafor and Co and with various local and international organizations including the International Human Rights Law Group, Abuja.
She has undergone numerous training courses notable of which is her certificate in Gender Equality from the Centre for Human Rights from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.
She was on the Civil Society Coalition for the defense of Amina Lawal Kurami sentenced to death for adultery in 2002 where she was interviewed on CNN by Jeff Koinange.
She is a member of various professional organizations include Association of Project Managers (APM) UK, Institute of Customer Service (ICS) UK , FIDA and NBA.
Ms Bako is an alumni of the prestigious British government Chevening programme and the UK Common Purpose Profile programme for exceptional senior leaders. She has an MSc Global Conflict and Peace Processes from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Project and Finance Coordinator – Marilyn Iya Ogbebor
Barrister (Mrs) Ogbebor is a graduate of the University of Calabar and the Nigerian Law School, Lagos. Before joining Team SCTN, she was a Legal Analyst and Legal Officer with Development in Practice (DiP) in Abuja.
She has a rich background in Corporate Law and has attended many trainings and workshops. She is a member of FIDA and NBA.
Project Officer- Sylvia Songo
Ms Sylvia has a Bsc (ed) technology from the prestigious Benue State University Makurdi, She holds a certificate in health and safety(HSE1,2) and is passionate about Youth Development.
Mrs Okike has a B.Agric in Agronomy and Ecological Management from the Enugu State University of Science and Technology.
A member of the Nigerian Institute of Management, she was an Admin Assistant with LEDAP, Abuja. Her hobbies include reading and singing.
Project and Finance Assistant – Aisha Aliyu Doma
Ms Doma studied Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Jos. She joined Team SCTN after completing an MA in International Communications and Development from the City University, London, UK.
She is a very energetic, hardworking self starter. Her passion lies in Development work.
Intern/Project Support Assistant – Fatimah Balaraba Umar –Abdullahi
Mrs Abdullahi studied Sociology at the University of Jos. She has been an SCTN volunteer since its inception during her NYSC days. Before she joined Team SCTN she had participated in a lot of voluntary work both in Nigeria and the UK.
Notable of her past experience was a 6 month youth exchange programme in the UK under the British Council/VSO Global Xchange programme where she volunteered in Jos and Birmingham in the UK. She loves to travel and work with youths.
She is SCTN Health and Safety Coordinator. She is also a member of the Nigerian Institute of Management among others.
NYSC Corper/Admin Support Assistant – Arubisan Ogbe
Ms Ogbe is a graduate of Babcock University, Ogun State where she studied International Law and Diplomacy. She has a wide and varied Internship experience including working with ECO Bank.
She has always been passionate about development and her research project in University was on “An appraisal of the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women.” (CEDAW)