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Onyinye Ough – Executive Director, Step Up for Social Development and Empowerment in Nigeria.


Onyinye Ough is a Nigerian international development practitioner specialising in anticorruption and service delivery.  In 2018 she established the Nigerian based Non-Government Organisation ‘Step Up for Social Development and Empowerment’ (Step Up Nigeria) with the aim to help strengthen accountability on government delivery and tackle some of the corruption challenges.s.

Zainab Haruna – Programme Director, Step Up for Social Development and Empowerment in Nigeria.

Zainab Haruna is a project manager and youth development advocate with seven years of experience working in Nigeria.  Her experience spans both the private sector and civil society where she has she has designed and led interventions to improve social and economic development in Nigeria.Zainab is a One Young World Ambassador, an Alumnus of the Firoz Lalji Program for African Leadership and a Standard Bank Chairman’s Scholar.

She is the current program director at Step Up Nigeria where she provides technical oversight and leadership in the design, planning and implementation of programme activities.

Oluwaferanmi Adeola – Programme Associate, Step Up for Social Development and Empowerment in Nigeria

Oluwaferanmi Adeola is a Programme Associate and communications lead with Step Up Nigeria. She is a development professional with experience in communications, public relations and managing projects, and is currently the project coordinator of Step Up Nigeria’s Catch them Young Initiative. In 2018, Feranmi received the West Africa Anti-corruption Youth Ambassador award from Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari at the African Union youth congress against corruption (AYCAC) in recognition of her contributions towards the fight against corruption for the work she does on Step Up Nigeria’s catch them young initiative. She also hosts Step Up Nigeria’s bi-weekly podcast series that seeks to find lasting solutions to Nigeria’s fight against corruption for better governance & to improve service delivery in Nigeria.

Ibukunoluwa Ijaopo – Programme Associate, Step Up for Social Development and Empowerment in Nigeria

Ijaopo Ibukunoluwa is a Programme Associate with ‘Step Up for Social Development and Empowerment in Nigeria’ (Step Up Nigeria). She leads the research work for Step Up Nigeria and has experience in providing technical and logistical support to research and project teams. Ibukun leads on the Citizen Watchdog Initiative (CWI) which works towards building social accountability in the delivery of public goods and services in Nigeria, as well  increasing citizens participation in the public sector audit process.  She also coordinates human resource management, operations, logistics and administration of the organisation.

Adeniyi Damilare Odeleye – Illustrator, Step Up for Social Development and Empowerment in Nigeria

Adeniyi cartoonist

Adeniyi Damilare Odeleye is a Part-time Illustrator for Step Up Nigeria. He is a graphic designer, cartoonist, illustrator and photographer. He studied Fine Art and Graphic Design at Yaba College of Technology graduating with a Higher National Diploma in Graphic Design in 2004. He worked as a cartoonist and illustrator with now defunct national daily The Comet between 2002 and 2004 before going into full time studio practice during which period he featured in many art shows and exhibitions in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Cuba and within Nigeria. He currently works as a print administrator with a Lagos-based printing outfit.

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