Grace Isong Akpan is an experienced sexual health and rights advocate with a passion for expanding public knowledge and discourse on the intersections of LBQTI contextual issues. With a diverse background in Accounting Education, Business Administration, and data research, she has developed expertise in various capacities within the non-profit and technology sectors.
Grace currently serves as the Executive Director of the Initiative for Gender Equality and Sexual Reproductive Health (IGE-SRH), a youth-led organization committed to enhancing the lives of LBQTI individuals in Nigeria. Her six years of experience in non-profit management, program development, and grant research have equipped her with valuable skills in proposal writing, policy analysis, and program evaluation.
Throughout her career, Grace has had the privilege of consulting for local and international NGOs, developing programmatic strategies, and thought leadership content, and engaging in participatory grant-making for different constituencies, all of which have driven positive impacts in the communities she serves.
With her diverse skill set and unwavering dedication to advocating for empowerment, Human Rights, and social justice, Grace actively contributes to the advancement of the LGBTI movement and broader social
Ekomobong is an enthusiastic individual dedicated to lifelong learning and currently serves as an office assistant for IGE-SRH. She is deeply committed to positively impacting the LGBTQI community, promoting equality, advocating for sexual reproductive health, and fighting against gender-based violence. Her interests include reading, savoring delicious cuisine, exploring new destinations, indulging in restful sleep, and conducting research.
Ediomo Okon is a committed and meticulous individual with a strong business support, office administration, and customer service background. Skilled in utilizing excellent communication abilities and a client-focused approach, she ensures smooth operations and heightened client satisfaction.
Ediomo excels in adapting to changing environments and implementing innovative solutions to streamline processes. She is enthusiastic about contributing her proven strengths in time management, problem-solving, and teamwork to support the success of a progressive organization.
Currently serving as the Operations and Compliance Officer at the Initiative For Gender Equality And Sexual Reproductive Health (IGE_SRH), Ediomo dedicates her expertise to the organization's mission.
Beyond her professional endeavors, she enjoys adventures, music, traveling, cooking, and driving.
Blessing is an upcoming activist, idealist, and public health enthusiast. She has volunteered for various public health organisations and works as an intern for an LBQTI-based non-governmental organisation (Initiative for Gender Equality and Sexual Reproductive Health). Blessing is passionate about the advocacy, equality, and health of LGBT+ persons, especially LBQTI women in Nigeria and other countries. Her interests include cooking, research, and reading.
Ibuchim Owhonda is a communications strategist with a zeal for visual design, content creation, and social justice. With a background in graphic design and social media management, their strengths lie in creativity, storytelling, and advocacy.
Their expertise includes crafting compelling newsletters for storytelling, generating impactful visual and audio content, and managing social media platforms effectively, which positions them as an asset to any communications team.
Beyond professional accomplishments, Ibuchim is deeply committed to feminist-related issues. As a non-binary individual, their dedication to intersectional feminism, inclusivity, and diversity fuels their desire to work with organisations that align with these values, hence their work for IGE-SRH.
When they're not working, you can catch them rewatching all seasons of Modern Family, reading, or sleeping.
Rosemary is a resilient activist who has had the privilege of working with a dynamic team dedicated to improving the lives of LBQTI individuals in Nigeria.
She has volunteered for various non-government organisations and is keen on advancing the lives of LGBQT individuals in the country. Rosemary works with an LBQTI organisation, the Initiative for Gender Equality and Sexual Reproductive Health (IGE-SRH), as a communication and external relations intern. Her interests include music, travelling, research, and adventure.
Abigail is a vibrant and carefree mental health podcaster and LBQTI rights enthusiast who has made it her mission to break down the barriers surrounding mental health and LBQTI rights-based conversations. With a deep passion for these, she actively works to reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues and strives to make a positive impact in the lives of others.
Beyond her work in the mental health sphere, Abigail has a knack for building meaningful connections. Her outgoing and friendly nature allows her to create an inclusive space where everyone feels heard and valued.
Abigail's love for art and animated films and series is legendary. With a passion for storytelling and imaginative worlds, she finds inspiration and solace in the magic of animation. When she's not sharing insights and uplifting conversations on her podcast, you will likely find her immersed in her favourite animated tales.
Sleeping, to Abigail, is not just a necessity but an art form. She knows the importance of rest and self-care in maintaining a healthy mind and body, and she champions this cause with every snore and peaceful slumber.
Abigail is currently working as the Programs Intern. In her unique and delightful way, she is a force for positive change, championing LBQTI rights, nurturing mental health, and finding joy in life's simple pleasures.
Lovina Abia possesses distinctive skills and an authentic passion for creating positive change. Her dedication to fostering inclusivity and equality within the community is evident in her work. Driven by solid ethics, compassion, and a deep belief in equal rights, she actively contributes her talents to organizations that strive to make a meaningful impact on the lives of the community she serves.
Currently serving as an Advocacy Intern with the Initiative for Gender Equality and Sexual Reproductive Health (IGE_SRH), Lovina channels her enthusiasm into her work. Apart from her advocacy efforts, she enjoys travelling, embarking on adventures, and exploring mind-blowing music.
Victoria Augustine is a passionate and innovative individual with an exceptional record and a passion for continuous learning and professional development. She’s an activist and a tech enthusiast. She is passionate about being part of effecting a positive change in the lives of LBQTI persons, the fight against homophobia, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, and the rights of LBQTI persons around the globe, especially those living in Nigeria, through advocacy. Victoria is currently working as an advocacy officer. Her interests include travelling, wine tasting, and studying historical events.
Paul Godswill Chukwuemeka is an accountant, journalist, and communication
strategist and seasoned activist with great enthusiasm and passion. With over 6
years of experience in accounting, journalism, and activism.
Paul has contributed a lot to the struggle for the LGBTQI+ Community in Nigeria through
accountability, credibility, and checks and balances to the management of funds
in the movement in his organisation.
Paul has worked as an Administrative Officer, a finance assistant, and now a
Finance and Governance Officer He has also worked as an Advocacy Officer, Liaison,
and resource person for several panels. He has contributed more than 10 abstracts
both nationally and internationally to the LGBTQI+ movement in Nigeria, Africa,
and around the world.
His experience, diligence, accountability, and self-dedication are second to none.
He is passionate about his work and ensures due diligence in all aspects. Paul's role in the LGBTQI+ movement is commendable and worth
Paul enjoys cooking, researching, sleeping, and being more of an indoor
Nyakno Obot is a dynamic and passionate individual with a strong commitment to fostering meaningful connections and advocating for the LBQTI community. Her work profile reflects her diverse interests and dedication to creating a more inclusive and accepting world. As a staunch advocate for the LBQTI community, Nyakno tirelessly works to raise awareness, promote acceptance, and fight for equal rights. Her advocacy work extends to both online and offline.
Her ability to connect with others on a personal level and her genuine interest in their stories make her a cherished companion in any social setting platforms, as she seeks to educate, empower, and create safe spaces for LBQTI individuals.
Nyakno Obot is currently working as a program intern for Initiative for Gender Equality and Sexual Reproductive Health (IGE-SRH).
Her hobbies include movies, traveling and meeting people.
Manuella Owukio is a resilient, enthusiastic, and result-driven individual. With a background in communications, she loves broadcasting, feature writing, editing, and properly articulated information sharing.With her knowledge, she is interested in improving the smooth flow of information in Nigeria.
Manuella works with the Initiative for Gender Equality and Sexual Reproductive Health (IGE-SRH) as a communications and external relations intern. Other than the things stated above, she enjoys reading, traveling and learning new skills
Excel is a Feminist and Public Health professional working at the intersection of Gender and Health. She has over four years of experience in Project Management, Communications, Research, and Social Development.
She specializes in sexual, and reproductive health rights and justice, sexual gender-based violence response, health advocacy, minority rights, and gender justice. Her passion is evident in her relentless pursuit of creating safe and empowering environments for women and girls. Through her work, she aims to raise awareness and advocate for systemic changes that will contribute to a world where everyone, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, or economic status, is free from violence and enjoys equal access to opportunities, particularly in healthcare and justice.
Currently contributing her skills and dedication at the Initiative for Gender Equality and Sexual Reproductive Health (IGE-SRH), Excel actively challenges and seeks to transform systemic inequalities that have historically marginalized women and other sexual-diverse individuals. Her vision is grounded in the belief that a world free from violence is achievable and equal opportunities should be accessible to all.
When Excel is not advocating for women’s rights and wrongs or affirming the beauty of black women, Excel enjoys reading, traveling, and watching TV shows.
Preye Ombu is committed to improving the lives of young queer women in Nigeria and promoting equality, empowerment, and sexual reproductive health among marginalised communities. With a thoughtful and soft-spoken nature, they are focused on finding innovative solutions and leveraging their financial expertise to drive positive social impact.
They prioritise effective communication and collaboration, ensuring the voices and needs of marginalised communities are acknowledged and met. Preye's ultimate goal is to create a more inclusive society where young queer women can flourish and thrive, irrespective of their age, gender or sexual orientation.
They are a passionate and dedicated Chartered Accountant, currently working as a Compliance and Finance Assistant for the Initiative for Gender Equality and Sexual Reproductive Health (IGE-SRH). Their hobbies include reading, music, trying new cuisines and learning new skills.
The Initiative for Gender Equality and Sexual Reproductive Health (IGE-SRH is a sub-national, youth-led organization that has been established to improve the lives of young lesbian, bisexual, queer, transgender and intersex (LBQTI) rightsholders in Nigeria.