Our Team

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

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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. Onyinye has written three children’s books on the impact of corruption and the importance of showing leadership to tackle it.

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 Buhari at the AU congress against corruption in recognition of her contributions towards the fight against corruption. She hosts Step Up Nigeria’s bi-weekly podcast series.

Grace Ezema – Junior Finance Associate, Step Up for Social Development and Empowerment in Nigeria

Grace Ezema is a Junior Finance/ Programme associate with ‘Step Up for Social Development and Empowerment in Nigeria. She leads the finance team for Step Up Nigeria and has experience in providing financial, administrative and programme support to both the research team and the programme team.
She is also in view as an aspiring member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of
Nigeria (ICAN) and is certified in Accounting Principles from the International Business
Management Institute – Germany (IBMI).

Adenike Bamigbade – Programme Associate, Step Up for Social Development and Empowerment in Nigeria

Adenike Bamigbade is a Programme Associate with ‘Step Up for Social Development and Empowerment in Nigeria’ (Step Up Nigeria) and the Lead of our Lagos office. She is a program associate with specialisation in communications, business development, and social change.
Adenike has worked on several initiatives and led media campaigns in health, education, and youth development. She believes education is a powerful tool for social development, and is glad to introduce our Catch Them Young Initiative to Lagos State.

Samuel Ekundayo– Programme Associate, Step Up for Social Development and Empowerment in Nigeria

Ekundayo Samuel is a Programme Associate and Community Facilitator with ‘Step Up for Social Development and Empowerment in Nigeria’ (Step Up Nigeria). He has vast experience working on community projects as a social development worker in the nonprofit space. Samuel strongly believes that tackling corruption is fundamental for sustained growth of any society. He is currently the monitoring and evaluation lead at Step Up Nigeria’s Lagos office.

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

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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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