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  • Tunde Segun Country Director

    Babatunde (Tunde) Segun is the Country Director for E4A in Nigeria. He is responsible for providing strategic direction for E4A in-country including the effective coordination of efforts across evidence, advocacy and accountability in the area of maternal and newborn health as well as leveraging resources and identifying partners/synergies to deliver the country operational plan and linkages to regional efforts through E4A supported initiatives.

    Tunde is a Public Health Physician with over twenty-two years of diverse and extensive experience in Public Health, particularly adolescent reproductive health; and maternal and newborn health. He was the national focal person for Adolescent Reproductive Health at the Federal Ministry of Health and also the Deputy Country Director for a USAID funded project called Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP).

    Tunde has worked in collaboration with various UN bodies – WHO, UNFPA and UNICEF, the World Bank, Government Ministries – Federal Ministries of Education and Women Affairs, State Ministries of Health as well as National and local Non-Governmental Organisations. He is currently a member of various national coordinating bodies such as the Core Technical Committee on Integrated Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, National Reproductive Health Working Group, Family Planning Action Group and the Health Sector Reform Coalition.

    Tunde holds a Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH) and a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) both from the University of Lagos; a certificate in Youth Sexual and Reproductive Health from the Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge University, UK in collaboration with International Planned Parenthood Foundation (IPPF) and GTZ. He also holds a certificate in Reproductive Health and Development from the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

  • Fola Richie-Adewusi MamaYe Lead

    Fola Richie-Adewusi is a Strategic Behaviour Change Communication Specialist. She has a Masters in Family Programme Administration and broad work experiences in Gender Equality and Women Empowerment; Youth Development; Governance and Advocacy; Program Management; leading multidisciplinary teams; designing, implementing and monitoring communication strategy; mobilizing communities, training and capacity building. She has worked extensively in the field of Reproductive Health, HIV/AIDS and Sub Grant Management. She is a trained election observer and a member of the West Africa Women’s Elections Observation Team (WAWEO).  She was a television producer and presenter of a youth-focused Phone-in program and she is the author of the book “Their Tomorrow Today: A Practical Approach to Coping with Adolescents”.

    Fola was the immediate past Hon Commissioner for Women Affairs, Social Development and Gender Empowerment for Ekiti State Government of Nigeria, where she provided leadership for the creation of a separate budget head for OVC in the Ministry’s budget, adoption of the Ekiti State Gender and Development Policy, enactment of Gender Based Violence Prohibition Law of 2012 and Equal Opportunities Law of 2013. Before then, she was the Hon Commissioner for Information, Communication, Civic Orientation and Strategy.

    Prior to working with Ekiti State Government, Fola was the Chief of Party of REACH (Rapid and Effective Action Combating HIV), a USAID funded program of Pact Nigeria.

    Before joining Pact Nigeria, she had held various positions as project director of NGOs. She was also a senior officer in USAID implementing partner organisations like Family Health International, John Hopkins University and Columbia University ICAP project. She has been a consultant to WHO, UNFPA, Africare, CEDPA, SFH and Management Sciences for Health on Adolescent Reproductive health and HIV/AIDS issues.

    She is presently the MamaYe Campaign Lead in Nigeria, where she provides leadership and oversight for the use of evidence to drive advocacy efforts at state and national levels, including the development of advocacy materials.

    Fola works with partners and existing coalitions to ensure MamaYe is a core component of a vibrant and sustainable, national civil society-led advocacy coalition on maternal and newborn health in Nigeria, with strategic oversight on public mobilisation and activism to hold decision-makers and politicians accountable to key MNH commitments.

  • Adenike Badiora Ondo State Coordinator

    Adenike Olusola Badiora is the Ondo State Coordinator for Evidence for Action Project (E4A). She is responsible for the strategic drive and management of smooth implementation of E4A activities in the State. She provides technical inputs in the use of evidence to power advocacy and accountability on Maternal and Newborn health. She also ensures a strong MamaYe movement that is grounded in evidence-based approaches and tactics to increase the survival of mothers and babies in Ondo State.

    Adenike is a Social Worker with over 13 years of working experience in the public health sector in Nigeria with skills in Project Management, Community Mobilization, Networking, Advocacy and Resource Mobilization. She is an astute leader with skills in Effective Communication, Delegation and Decision making. She has strong skills in systems strengthening of health and social programs. 

    She has worked with Management Sciences for health (MSH) as a Senior Program Officer for the USAID supported Community-Based Support for OVC in Nigeria Project (CUBS) in Ekiti State where she provided both Programs and Monitoring &Evaluation technical leadership. She was given aSpecial Recognition Award in 2013- An award for staff in recognition of their performance and contributions towards the achievement of project goals and objectives.

    She was a United Nations Volunteer where she served as a Community Development Facilitator on the Ikaram/Ibaram Millennium Village Project funded by the Millennium Promise of Earth Institute and UNDP.

    She has also worked on a USAID funded Community Participation for Action in the Social Sector (COMPASS) project as a Field Coordinator in Lagos State.

    Adenike has a Masters degree in Social Work from Lagos State University and a Postgraduate Diploma in Social Work from the same University. She has a Higher National Diploma in Food Technology from the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti. She has a certificate in Project leadership from Cornell University, New York through the eCornell program.

    She is passionate in working to improve the lives of the underserved and the less privileged. She loves traveling and event decorations. 

  • Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed State Coordinator, Bauchi

    Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed is the Bauchi State Coordinator for Evidence for Action (E4A). He is responsible for the strategic drive and managing the smooth implementation of E4A’s activities, using evidence targeted at relevant audiences to accelerate progress on maternal and newborn survival in the State.

    He provides technical inputs and support in the use of evidence to power advocacy and accountability on maternal and newborn health, also in ensuring a strong MamaYe movement in evidence-based approaches and tactics to improve quality of care for mothers and newborns. 

    Ahmed has over 17 years working experience in health communication programming with UNPFA, UNICEF, and Communication for Social Change Consortium (New Jersey, USA).

    In Nigeria, Ahmed has held different positions with USAID supported projects - Community Mobilization Programme Coordinator (COMPASS), and recently Community Mobilization Specialist, Targeted State High Impact Project (TSHIP).

    Ahmed has intensely provided technical guidance in institutionalizing proven community mobilization, communication and advocacy modules to academic institutions and CSOs such as ACADA Model of Communication (Mass Communication Department of University of Maiduguri); Theatre for Development addressing child survival interventions and the United Nations Convention for the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women [CEDAW] (University of Ibadan and Jos, HECTIC Drama Group Kano and over 40 Drama clubs across 10 States in Nigeria).

    Ahmed also conducted Advocacy and Community Mobilization, and Interpersonal Skills Tools for PMTCT in 4 LGAs in Kaduna State and 6 health facilities in Gombe State.

    Ahmed is a recipient of American Cancer Society’s Certificate of Achievement for dedication and Commitment to the global cancer control mission.

    Ahmed holds a Master of Arts Degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Jos, Nigeria. He has a wife and 4 children.

  • Morooph Babaranti Communications Specialist

    Morooph Babaranti is the Communications Specialist on MamaYe for Evidence for Action in Nigeria. Through social and traditional media, he is responsible for reaching out with evidence and advocacy content to engage policy makers and empower the general public to demand commitment and accountability from the leaders to improve maternal and newborn health.

    Morooph has up to eight years’ experience working in various communication-related areas like script writing and movie production, copywriting and general advertising, graphics and print, internet news production, webcasting and new media production for health systems development and corporate organisations.

    Having skills in all these areas has given him an edge in combining most of the communication aspects as a uniform tool for delivering desired communication objectives. Morooph has a BA in Communication and Language Arts from Nigeria's premier University of Ibadan, a Certificate in General Advertising from Orange Academy in Lagos, Nigeria, a Certificate in Knowledge Management from IMA International, London, and a Certificate in Using Media for Development from Radio Nederlands Training Centre (RNTC), the Netherlands.

  • Esther Agbon Budget Advocacy Advisor

    Esther Agbon is a development activist with over 15 years experience in development covering areas such as Maternal and Child Health, Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS, Women’s Rights, Enterprise Development, Business Management and Consulting.  She has a Bachelors Degree in Agriculture and a Master of Project Development and Implementation from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.  She also has a Diploma in Gender Poverty and Employment from the International Labour Organization.

    Esther is an experienced trainer on Human Rights Based Approach, Gender, HIV/AIDS, Leadership, Budget Tracking and Advocacy, Teambuilding, Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development, Participatory Monitoring and Evaluation and Project Management.

    Esther worked for Support and Training Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), an IFC/World Bank Project for four years (2000 -2004) providing business development services to Medium, Small and Micro enterprises. She also worked for ActionAid Nigeria for 10 years under different capacities, as Programme Advisor- Reproductive Health and Programme Coordinator, Governance.

    Presently Esther is the Health Budget Advocacy Advisor with Evidence for Action, Nigeria. Her role involves designing and implementing Public Service Accountability and Advocacy programmes on Health. Esther is also involved in strengthening capacity of community actors to advocate for their right to health and she works with government at all levels to influence the review and adoption of policies that facilitate equitable access to health services.

  • Olaide Shokunbi Media Advisor

    Media advisor

  • Nina van der Mark Technical Assistant - AHBN


  • Trish Doherty M&E Adviser

    Trish Doherty is the Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor on the E4A-MamaYe programme at Options. Trish has worked across health, governance and resilience projects and has a wide range of expertise in managing and delivering qualitative and quantitative research and ensuring evidence informs programme and policy development. 

  • Sara Nam TSU Coordinator - Sierra Leone

    Sara Nam is the E4A Technical Support Unit coordinator for MamaYe in Sierra Leone.  Sara is a reproductive health expert with 25 years’ experience in the health sector and extensive experience working in resource-poor countries in both development and humanitarian settings. Sara is a Midwife and holds a PhD in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, where she also obtained her MSc in reproductive & sexual health research.