Ford Foundation Director to Speak on Penpushing Media Anniversary –

The Ford Foundation Regional Director for West Africa, Dr. Chichi Aniagolu-Okoye, will deliver a lecture during the 4th Annual Penpushing media conference to be held on July 21, 2022 in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun State.

A statement from the planning committee headed by Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi and Hafsat Abiola-Costello, as secretary, said the theme of the conference was “Social Media Regulation: Insecurity and Electoral Accountability in Nigeria.”

The statement added that the committee is putting in place all necessary arrangements for a proper and educational anniversary conference, which will be held from 9:30 a.m. at the Marquee Event Center at Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta.

The keynote speaker is a respected leader on the African continent with over 20 years of experience in the social change sector who brings many years of experience leading various international development organizations and managing national programs , donor projects and national strategies in West Africa and across Africa.

The lecturer as regional director of the Ford Foundation, oversees the foundation’s local team, external relations and administrative operations in West Africa, and also leads the development and implementation of program strategy in the region, with a focus on promoting democracy, human rights and social inclusion for all, especially young people, women and people with disabilities.

Aniagolu-Okoye throughout her career has designed and implemented strategies in regional and global organizations on key social issues such as improving governance, reducing poverty, promoting transparency in the extractive sector and promoting the empowerment of women and girls – while engaging civil society as well as the public and private sectors.

The keynote speaker, prior to the Ford Foundation, was most recently the Country Director of Technoserve, an international non-governmental organization (NGO) that provides business solutions to poverty with women at the heart of the work.

She was Country Director of WaterAid in Nigeria, where she provided grants to civil society organizations advocating for better access to water, sanitation and hygiene services and strengthening civil society networks , including one focused on journalists dedicated to more accurate information on water, sanitation and hygiene. (WASH).

The patron of the Ford Foundation before WaterAid, led Girl Effect, a Nike Foundation initiative focused on empowering girls, and was also Country Director for Oxfam/Nigeria, and at Oxfam she led strategies for reduction of inequalities through tax and gender initiatives. justice, gender-based violence and transparency in the extractive sector.

Earlier in her career, Aniagolu-Okoye served as Deputy Program Director of a European Union project focusing on reforming public sector service delivery with more effective management of public finances, budget reform and accountability in six Nigerian states.

Prior to this, the guest speaker was the West Africa Director of ASHOKA Innovators for the Public, which focused on fostering social entrepreneurs in Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Mali, then that she was also a lecturer at University College Cork and the University of Limerick, both in the Republic of Ireland, teaching development sociology and gender studies.

Aniagolu-Okoye holds a PhD and an MA in Sociology specializing in Gender and Development from University College Cork in Ireland, and a B.Sc in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Nigeria Nsukka , and she launched the first Women Studies Journal “In from the Shadows”, which focused on gender issues in Ireland.

Angela C. Hale