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Betty Abah, Executive Director
Betty Abah, 41, is a Nigerian writer, women and child’s rights activist. A graduate of the University of Calabar (BA) and the University of Lagos (MA), Abah, previously practised as a journalist both in Nigeria and the USA (as a recipient of the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships in 2006, she practised at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado). Among her several national and international awards are the Knight Journalism Press Fellowship (CDC, Atlanta, GA), the Kaiser Family HIV/AIDS Fellowship, the Global Tobacco Leadership Program at the Hopkins School of Public Health, the Nigeria Media Merit Awards for Tourism Reporter of the Year, and the NYSC’s State’s Honours Award (for community mobilization).
As head of women’s department at the Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ngo) for six years, Abah coordinated programs on women’s environmental and socio-economic rights across the Niger Delta region of Nigeria and the African sub-region before starting CEE-HOPE two years ago. She is the author of five books including the award-wining Go Tell Our King (poetry) and Mother of Multitudes (biography). She is also a regular guest on several radio and TV stations, speaking on the rights of minors especially women and children and on national issues. She also writes frequently in the media on related issues.
Olumide Bello is a multi-talented young Nigerian enthusiastic about the concept of change—influencing positive changes in people’s lives or circumstances.
He is a singer, poet, painter, graphic artist and astutely coordinates youth groups on several creative fronts.