WHY WE EXIST
Millions of children in Nigeria lack access to an excellent education that will give them a successful future.
This results in more and more people continuing to join the cycle of poverty, making it increasingly difficult for our nation to live up to its vision of a better future. Teach For Nigeria exists to change this narrative.
WHO WE ARE
Teach For Nigeria is focused on developing a movement of leaders across the nation who are committed to putting an end to educational inequity.
Chief Executive Officer
Folawe is the Chief Executive Officer of Teach For Nigeria. Prior to leading Teach For Nigeria, Folawe worked as a School administrator at Imperial Springs School. She served as the first Executive Secretary of the Association of Private Educators in Nigeria (APEN). Folawe Omikunle graduated from Babcock University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in International Law and Diplomacy. Upon completion of her Master’s degree at the Diplomatic Academy of London, University of Westminster, she returned to Nigeria and took up an appointment as a School Administrator in a Montessori Pre-school in Lagos, Nigeria. Folawe began to think of education injustice as a systemic problem while working as an Administrator, through an experience where an orphaned child was enrolled at her school. Folawe’s experience at this school developed her interest in education and social development, which spurred her journey to enroll at Modern Montessori International, London for a Diploma in Montessori Education. She was deeply influenced by Maria Montessori’s teachings and belief that all children have their unique potential, and believes that the only way Nigeria will reach her greatest potential is by educating and investing in her human capital.
In her journey to contribute to the education sector in Nigeria, Folawe joined the Association of Private Educators in Nigeria (APEN) to seek a platform that would enable her to improve the quality of education for marginalized children. As Executive Secretary of APEN, Folawe planned and led several teacher training workshops, conferences and professional development programs for educators and cultivated relationships with key government and education stakeholders. During her tenure at the APEN, Folawe continued to develop her Leadership skills through her participation in Leading Change Through Education Systems at Harvard Graduate School of Education.
In 2015, Folawe joined Teach For Nigeria as Program Manager in its early stages. She quickly transitioned to become CEO in 2016, leading the start-up and driving the organizational development which led to the eventual launch of the organization in 2017. Folawe was named among the 100 most influential young Nigerians in 2017, an honor that recognizes her experience and commitment to social development. She has dedicated her professional life to tackling the challenges in the education sector in Nigeria.
Regional Head of Programmes
Ahmed Alaga is the Regional Head of Programmes at Teach For Nigeria. He was formerly the Head of Training.
Prior to Teach For Nigeria, Ahmed worked at LEAP Africa as a Senior Programme Coordinator. He managed LEAP core youth programme- iLEAD in public secondary schools across Nigeria.
He was also responsible for special projects on youth development for international communities and ensuring the successful development and launch of LEAP e-learning course – eIntegrity.
He holds a B.Ed. Tech. in Industrial Technology Education from the University of Technology Minna and a National Certificate of Education in Education Technology from Kaduna Polytechnic.
Senior Coach/Leadership Development Manager
Titilayo is a Senior Coach/Leadership Development Manager at Teach For Nigeria.
Prior to Teach For Nigeria, she worked at Lagos State Internal Revenue Service where her key role was to perform tax audits and carry out detailed tax computations, compliance checks and research on companies on behalf of Lagos State Government.
She also interned and worked as a copywriter at SO&U Ltd, a reputable advertising agency. Titilayo has a HND in Banking and Finance from Lagos State Polytechnic.
Olanike .A. De Souza
MRS NIKE DE-SOUZA
She is a highly experienced professional with a wide and varied array of talents. She started her career in the US in 1987, working for several consulting and audit firms and attained the post of Senior Auditor/Consultant in 1990.
She joined Arthur Andersen Nigeria (now KPMG Professional Services) in 1992 and established PeopleTemp; a sister company of PeoplePrime in 2002.
Olanike’s work in Education is implemented in her role as a member of the human capital committee of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) and was appointed as a member of the human capital committee of the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria . As a Director of SASRF, she is active in the education sector, especially in the area of Teacher Education and Development.
She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from the American Institute of Public Accountants. A Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA) as well as an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM).
She has a degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems from American University, Kogod School of Business Administration, Washington D.C. USA .
Alumnus of the Talent Management Program at Cranfield University, UK and the OMP of the Lagos Business School.
She has been fully certified by SHL & the British Psychological Society to conduct objective assessments and is an Executive Coach. She is also a Fellow of the Aspen Leadership Institute (US)/Africa Leadership West Africa (ALIWA).
Lai Koiki studied Geography at the University of Lagos and then went on to study Early Childhood education in the UK. She returned to Nigeria and took up a job as a teacher in a private school after which, she set up Greensprings in 1985 with just 3 children.
Greensprings began as a pre-school and later included a creche. But today, after over 25 years, Greensprings schools remains one of the most respected and highly rated privately owned schools in Nigeria.
Bayo Oyewole is Lead Public Private Partnerships Specialist in the Global Infrastructure Facility at the World Bank Group in Washington DC where he helps manage the GIF’s interactions with its Funding, Technical and Advisory Partners.
Bayo joined the GIF from IFC where he most recently worked in the PPP Transactions Advisory Department (C3P) from 2011-2014, advising African governments on structuring and implementing public-private partnerships. From 2009-2011, he served as Acting Manager of IFC’s Global Partnerships and Advisory Services Operations Department where he managed the Corporation’s relationship with the international donor community, including foundations and corporate philanthropy. Prior to that he worked in several IFC departments, including the Trust Funds, Environment, and SME Departments.
Before joining IFC, Bayo served for several years in the World Bank as Senior Advisor in the office of the Executive Director for Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria, and an MBA from the University of Maryland, College Park. Bayo serves on the board of The Advocacy Project, an international human rights advocacy non-profit organization. He is married with two boys.
Mrs. Catherine Bickersteth is co-Director of Strategic Educational Advisory Services Ltd. – a company dedicated to nurturing world-class intellect with a social conscience.
Mrs. Bickersteth holds a B.Sc. in Economics and an MSc. in Management Science. She also has a PGD in Teaching English as a Foreign Language as well as various other certificates. Mrs. Bickersteth is a British Council certified educational advisor. She participated in the Learning Journey to Finland and the Harvard Think Tank on 21st Century Education 2012 among other education-focused initiatives.
Mrs. Bickersteth worked with Citibank N.A. and the Department for International Development (DFID) before establishing her own company to provide services which enable students at all levels to compete and excel anywhere in the world.
Frank Nweke II
Frank Nweke II
Frank has over 13 years proven leadership experience at both State and Federal government levels and well over 20 years of same in the private sector of the economy. An expert in the administration of human resources, and brand strategist per excellence in both the public and private sector. He has built a strong foundation in public administration and public management over time, from high-level leadership roles in the public service as well as from education at the Harvard University Kennedy School of government, the Aspen Institute, Colorado and University of Maiduguri.
The recognition of his intellect, dedication to duty and personal integrity as the Chief of Staff to the Government of Enugu State led to his appointment as a Federal Minister in 2003 making him one of the youngest members of the Nigerian Federal Cabinet in which he served. He currently sits on the boards of some of Nigeria’s leading companies for similar considerations. In February 2009, Frank was appointed the Director – General of Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG), an office he occupies to date.
Kayode Akinkugbe is the MD/CEO of FBN Merchant Bank Limited and was previously the CEO of FBN Capital group. Together these entities represent the merchant banking and asset management business of FBN Holdings Plc. He joined FBN Capital in 2011 as Deputy Managing Director and was appointed CEO in 2012.
Prior to joining the FBN Holdings group, he spent two decades working in international/global investment banks, including successfully developing and managing the sub-Saharan Africa investment banking businesses at Deutsche Bank and Credit Suisse. During this time, he arranged finance, provided strategic advice to public and private sector organizations, and built a wide network of relationships with international institutions/investors focused on sub-Saharan Africa.
He has an MSc in International Accounting & Finance from the London School of Economics, an MBA from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom, and a BSc in Economics from the University of Ibadan.
Ndidi Okezie’s leadership trajectory took her from a trainee English teacher to assistant principal over the course of ten years at two London schools. As a teacher, Ndidi witnessed firsthand the power of transformational school leadership and was compelled to find a path to ensuring as many students as possible were receiving a truly excellent education.
Tosin Osunkoya is an EMBA alumnus of the prestigious INSEAD Business School. He is an accounting graduate and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN) and the Certified Pension Institute of Nigeria (CPIN).
He spent a significant part of the early stage of his professional career with Kakawa Discount House where he rose to the role of the Chief Dealer before his engagement with Zenith Capital in 2007. In 2010, having successfully created and led the fixed-income trading desk in Zenith Capital and Zenith Bank, Tosin joined UBA Plc as an Assistant General Manager, head of group trading, charged with the responsibilities of overseeing the various treasury trading teams of the bank.
Prior to setting up Comercio Partners, Tosin was the Head of Trading at Rand Merchant Bank Nigeria (Investment Banking Arm of FirstRand Bank of South Africa) where he was charged with the responsibility of setting up the trading and sales desks and broadly pivotal to building the global market business of RMB in Nigeria. He was also engaged in FirstRand’s strategic expansion across Africa.
Dr Femi Ogunsanya gained a Second Class Upper with Honours in Botany from the University of Lagos, followed by a PhD in Microbiology from the University of Bristol, UK.
She lectured at the University of Lagos for ten years, in the Faculty of Science after which she relocated to London as a Research Fellow at the University College London, for three years.
In 1993, she returned to Nigeria and established Oxbridge Tutorial College. Oxbridge was the first Sixth Form College in the country and remains the premiere specialist Sixth Form College based in Lagos, Nigeria.
Dr. Ogunsanya is Chairman of the Board of Governors Association of Private Educators in Nigeria (APEN), Chairman of the Lagos Anglican Schools Management Board (LASMAB) and Chairman of Igbobi College, Yaba. She also sits on the Board of Preparation for Life (PFL), an educational consultancy outfit.
Oladipo Delano founded the GLP Cares Foundation, which was set up to give young Nigerians “a second chance at prosperity” by establishing an educational facility that provides educational support to underprivileged youths. This effort birthed the Grace Lake Scholarship Fund which has provided eighteen (18) full ride scholarships for bright young individuals to attend reputable universities in Nigeria. It has also awarded a scholarship to a beneficiary to study for a Master’s Degree at the University of Oxford.
Ladi Delano is a Forbes recognized Nigerian entrepreneur with over 13 years’ experience in emerging markets. He is the co-founder of Grace Lake Partners (GLP), a private investment and advisory company committed to the socio-economic development of Nigeria.
Joke Silva is a Nigerian actress, director, and businesswoman. She graduated from the University of Lagos and Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art in London and began a career in film in the early 1990s. In 2006 she won “Best Actress in a Leading Role” at the 2nd Africa Movie Academy Awards for her performance in Women’s Cot, and “Best Actress in a Supporting Role” at the 4th Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2008 for her performance as a grandmother in White Waters.
She is married to actor Olu Jacobs. Together, they founded and operate the Lufodo Group covering film production and distribution assets and the Lufodo Academy of Performing Arts, where she is Director of Studies. She is also the pioneering managing director of Malete Film Village, in association with Kwara State University. On the 29th of September 2014, Silva received recognition as a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic, one of Nigeria’s National Honours Awards, at the International Conference Centre in Abuja.
Abdulrahman Mijinyawa is currently the Planning & Technology Manager for Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Company. An engineer by training with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and a Master’s degree in Petroleum Engineering from Imperial College London, he joined the Shell Group as a graduate trainee in October 2005
His career to date has seen him work across the entire value chain of the Nigerian upstream oil and gas industry, from oil and gas field development, medium and long-term strategy and portfolio planning to new business development with a focus on Nigerian content. He has also spent time in the Netherlands studying approaches for extending the economic life of Nigeria’s onshore oil and gas assets.
Throughout his career, AbdulRahman has sought to use the means at his disposal to mentor and empower young persons. He is one of Shell Nigeria’s Nigerian University campus ambassadors, a role he uses to mentor and coach the next generation of engineers. In 2015, he mentored a team of students from ABU to participate in the global Shell eco-marathon in Rotterdam, the Netherlands– a student challenge competition that aims to encourage improved energy efficiency while providing university students with international exposure and experience.
Mrs. Bimpe Nkontchou is the Managing Principal of W8 ADVISORY LLP and is Head of Tax and Legal Services, as well as being responsible for building and nurturing Client Relationships. W8 Advisory is a unique asset management and wealth advisory practice, focused on African families, based in London, U.K.
Bimpe is a qualified lawyer, with over 30 years’ collective experience in England, Wales and in Nigeria respectively. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1987 and qualified as a Solicitor in the UK in 1997. She was previously founder and managing partner of Addie & Co. Solicitors in London for over 16 years, with a specialist private client department, which advised affluent African entrepreneurs on asset and wealth management issues. Bimpe has recently also qualified as a Barrister in the UK, as a member of the Honorable Order of the Middle Temple.
As a trusted advisor to high net worth African entrepreneurs and business leaders, Bimpe offers her clients sound and independent advice and solutions for wealth management, which include: legal & tax advice; succession planning; real estate advice; corporate and business advisory services; and advice on family governance and the education of the next generation. Her mission is to work with clients in upholding the smooth intergenerational transfer of family wealth and family businesses.