SPACES FOR CHANGE | S4C is pleased to announce two newest board members: Mrs. Esther Uzoma and Mr. Sonny Onyegbula. Mrs. Esther Uzoma, a seasoned grassroots mobilizer with a strong media presence, is a senior legal practitioner and human rights activist with a strong bias for women and children’s rights. She is the Principal Partner of Heptagon & Associates, the National Coordinator, Proactive Gender Initiatives, and the Co-Convener Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room. She is famed for her public commentaries on gender justice, equal representation in governance and women’s civic participation in Nigeria. Combining innovative legal arguments with her strategic litigation prowess, she has secured favorable court verdicts in numerous cases involving the rape and sexual assault of minors, culminating in better legal protection and enforcement of the human rights of women and children in Nigeria. Mrs. Uzoma is married with two (2) kids.
Sonny C. Onyegbula, a Chevening scholar, legal practitioner and Human Rights Officer for the United Nations, specializes in international human rights law and transitional justice. Called to the Nigerian Bar in Nigeria in 1986, he studied at Imo State University, Nigeria, University of Essex, United Kingdom, the University of Western Cape and the University of South Africa. He previously worked as a Legal Counsel with the Constitutional Rights Project in Nigeria and as Coordinator of the Centre for Democracy and Development of which he helped to establish in Nigeria in 1999.
Since 2004, he has been working as a Human Rights Officer for the United Nations and has served in that capacity in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Uganda, South Sudan and now in Liberia. He was an ICTJ/IJR Transitional Justice Fellow 2002 and key advisor for the Oputa Commission.
We are pleased that Esther Uzoma and Sonny Onyegbula have joined our amazing group of trustees, namely: Samuel Diminas, Reverend Sr. Anastacia Njoku and Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri. They both bring with them, many years of experience in outstanding advocacy in gender justice, human rights, transitional justice and good governance. Long before joining S4C’s Board, they have both been longstanding enthusiasts of the organization’s work, providing regular feedback to the management team, while demonstrating deep commitment to the organization’s vision and mission.
Join me in welcoming them to S4C’s Board of Trustees.