Queen-bess Mubenwafor is from Alode community in Eleme LGA in Rivers State and will be serving as one of the Grants, Monitoring and Evaluation interns at the Trust. She volunteers her time and promotes social development at the Women Empowerment Project Scheme Synergy and the Adolescent Project. In addition, Queen-bess is a financial consultant and served as the state financial secretary for the Nigeria Christian Coppers Fellowship (NCCF), Cross River State Chapter from 2017 – 2018 where she was responsible for the preparation, auditing, presentation of the quarterly financial documents. Queen-bess has a B.Sc. in Accounting from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State.

Nwinaka Esaen is from Baen town in Khana LGA of Rivers State. He holds a BSc degree in Forestry and Wildlife Management and a master’s degree in Tourism and Wildlife management. He has great flair and passion for research and committed to any positive cause geared towards the development and progress of his community and society at large.

Prior to his engagement as Grants, Monitoring and Evaluation intern with the Trust, he worked as a field officer for African Chicken Genetic Gains (ACGG) from 2016-2018.

Vivian Dimkpa is from Bodo City in Gokana LGA of Rivers State. She graduated from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology where she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Business Education and Management. Vivian holds a certificate in Peacebuilding from the Rivers State Ministry of Youth Development and she’s passionate about the girl-child education and community development. At the Trust, Vivian will be one of the communications and research interns.

Lemene Cyril Sambari-epie is from Kpite community in Tai LGA in Rivers State. He joins the Trust as one of the communications and research interns. Cyril has 4 years of working experience as a research analyst and report writer. In 2014, he worked with the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), a top leading town planning firm in Nigeria, where he assisted in research analysis and report writing.

Cyril is passionate about helping people maximize their potentials to become productive members of society. He is a writer, speaker and peace advocate in Rivers state. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.

The month of March is dedicated to women. To celebrate the resilience and important contributions of women in Africa to social, cultural and economic development on the continent, Ms. Coumba Touré, Chair of the Board of TrustAfrica and Coordinator of the Africans Rising Movement for Peace, Justice and Dignity was the main guest of Kinkeliba of Radiodiffusion Television Senegalese (RTS).

During the show, she spoke about the mission and vision of TrustAfrica as a pan-African organisation. She also highlighted the work of TrustAfrica   as it relates to empowering women in Africa.

Reports to: TBD
Location: Burkina Faso, Mali, and Senegal
Duration:    3 months
TAF Classification: Consultant 

Our Vision: a prosperous, equitable, sustainable and Democratic Ogoniland. 

  • We believe that externally designed explanations and solutions cannot be the answer to decades-long conflict in Ogoniland.
  • Our model of grantmaking is participatory based. one that is grounded in the belief that if affected communities participate in decision-making, grants will be allocated to those most able to create long-lasting change. 
  • We believe that funding is crisis in most effective when it is quiet and supportive rather than headline-grabbing, branded or invasive. 

La gestion du passif des crises post-électorales en Côte d’Ivoire en termes d’établissement des responsabilités, a emmené à une action de la Cour Pénale Internationale depuis 2011 en Côte d’Ivoire, à travers l’ouverture, d’une situation et de deux affaires dont celle Le Procureur c/Laurent Gbagbo et Charles Blé Goudé.

Les juges de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) conduisent depuis janvier 2016 le procès de Laurent Gbagbo qui fut mis en détention à La Haye en novembre 2011. 

Le 15 janvier 2019, la chambre de première instance de la CPI a décidé d’acquitter Laurent Gbagbo et Charles Blé Goudé des accusations de crimes contre l’humanité portées contre eux. Toutefois, à la suite de l’initiation d’une procédure en appel, la Cour d’appel de la CPI a décidé de la remise en liberté sous conditions des deux hommes en attendant le début de la procédure d’appel.

20 années après l’adoption du Statut de Rome portant création de la CPI un bilan de son action semble opportun. Elle fait face à de nombreuses critiques surtout liées au choix des situations, pouvant à terme nuire à sa crédibilité. Le verdict dans l’affaire Laurent Gbagbo et Charles Blé Goudé a constitué une occasion supplémentaire de critiquer la stratégie d’enquête et de poursuite du bureau du Procureur.

The Executive Director of TrustAfrica, Dr Ebrima Sall, has called on graduates of higher education institutions to have a pan-Africanist vision and make tangible contributions to the development of the African continent by contributing to pertinent debates and conversations relating to the emergence of a new Africa. 

Sibongile (Bongi) Mkhabela, a social worker by profession and an activist by orientation, is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) as well as the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust (NMCH Trust).

Most recently, she was awarded The Order of Luthuli (Silver) by the President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, on 27 April 2018. The award was in recognition of her fight against apartheid prior to democracy (1976 student uprising) and for her excellent contribution to the well-being of South Africa’s children.

Appointed as CEO of NMCF in 2001, not only has she been instrumental in growing the Fund’s endowment but also in captaining the navigation of its strategic direction.

Her tenure as CEO has seen the organisation position itself as a critical player in issues affecting children, their families and communities. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund footprint has extended beyond the borders of South Africa to encompass Southern Africa.

In 2009, the Fund’s Board of Trustees seconded Mkhabela to assume the role of CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust. Chaired by Graça Machel, the Trust was tasked with the vision of pioneering the establishment of a second dedicated children’s hospital in Southern Africa. The hospital will be a concrete expression of Mr Mandela’s legacy. It aims to improve the quality of paediatric care, research and training in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her work in senior positions at the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Education Programme in Southern Africa, and the South African Council of Churches has added to her wealth of experience on development issues.

Part of that experience saw her serve in the office of then-Deputy President Thabo Mbeki as Programmes Director responsible for programming with specific reference to civil society government partnerships, as well as ensuring that South Africa implemented United Nations Agreements on the Rights of the Child.

The roots of her activism trace back to her student days. She served on executive councils of the student organisations behind the nationwide June 16, 1976 uprisings credited for the beginning of the end of apartheid. Her personal story of the Soweto uprisings is captured in her book, Open Earth and Black Roses.

Mkhabela is also a Joel L. Fleishman Civil Society Fellow at Duke University in North Carolina, USA, and completed her post-graduate Business Management studies with the University of the Witwatersrand Business School in Johannesburg. In 2017, Mkhabela was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship which included a three-month residency at Bellagio in Italy. She serves, among others, on the boards of Trust Africa, based in Senegal; Global Fund for Community Foundations; Global Philanthropy Alliance; and is former Chairperson and current Trustee of Black Sash.

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