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Our Board.

Members of the Devatop Centre for Africa Development Board.

Dr. ThankGod Okosun

Board Chair

Dr. ThankGod Okosun is the Organizational Development Advisor (ODA) currently serving as a key member of the Strengthening Civic Advocacy for Local Engagement (SCALE) project, implemented by Palladium and funded by USAID. With his years of experience, Dr. ThankGod has demonstrated expertise in transforming institutions and fostering business development across various sectors in the sub-Saharan region.

Dr Thank God holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies from the Governance and Development Institute of the Nasarawa Post Graduate School, Keffi, a Masters in Public Health from the Department of Health Promotion and Education with specialty in Population and Reproductive Health, a Bachelor in Nursing Science from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife amongst many other Degrees.

He has over 25 years of experience in the development space, specializing in strategic planning and development, Project Design/Proposal development, organizational diagnosis, Strategic Board Development, Resource Mobilization, Mentoring and Coaching, Project Management, Business Development innovations, and many more. Dr Thank God has held key positions at the Widows and Orphan Empowerment Organization, Planned Parenthood Global and Chemonic International, where he displayed overall leadership skills, provided technical direction and successfully carried out various organization assessments.

Dr ThankGod Okosun is recognized for his various achievements, including his consecutive Palladium Awards of Excellence for his leadership in a global hybrid organizational development summit in Nigeria.

Ms Cynthia Ene

board secretary

Ene Cynthia Ogbe, also known as ECO, is an award-winning serial entrepreneur, a cerebral public administrator, and a vibrant crusader for women’s empowerment. She has a diverse background in journalism, public service, and entrepreneurship. Ene has become a prominent figure in both the business world and the social development sphere.

Ene Cynthia Ogbe enrolled in the Entrepreneurial Management Course at the Enterprise Development Centre of the Pan Atlantic University, earning a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Management (CEM). She is also a member of the 2021 pioneer class of the School Of Politics, Policy & Governance (SPPG), where she earned a Certificate in Public Leadership & Policy (CPLP). Ene holds a degree in Mass Communication from Benue State University and a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, with a Ph.D. in view.

She is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of ECO Group Limited, a business group with diverse interests in Building Construction, Infrastructure Management and Interior design. Ene is a member of several business and professional bodies, including NIPR, NUJ, International Association of Safety Professionals, AIMP, WBEL, and NAWOJ. She is actively involved in volunteer service and holds memberships in Rotary, ToastMasters Club, IDAN, NILOWV, WIN, and other esteemed organizations.

Dr. Benson Olugbuo

Board Member

Benson Chinedu Olugbuo is a seasoned professional with a wealth of experience in Programme Management, Teaching, & Research and has held various Internship positions in various institutions and Organizations. 

Benson Olugbuo holds a PhD in Public Law from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, an LLM from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and a BL from the Nigerian Law School, Abuja.

He has held key positions as an Executive Director at the Centre for Law Enforcement Education in  Nigeria (CLEEN Foundation), Anglophone Africa Regional Coordinator, NGO Coalition for the  International Criminal Court (CICC), where he successfully led the campaign for the ratification and domestic implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and the Agreement on  Privileges and Immunities of the ICC in Sub-Saharan Africa. He was the the Country Director, Center for Civilians in Conflict (CIVIC) till 2023. Dr. Benson is the managing partner of  Benson and Olugbuo and Company, a law firm specialized law firm with expertise in legal and corporate practice.

Dr. Nwachukwu Udodi Chibuike

board Member

Dr Chibuike Udodi Nwachukwu is a s an accomplished educator, dedicated researcher, and active contributor to both academic and community development.

Dr Nwachukwu holds a PhD in Plant Biosystematics from the Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike Umuahia, an MSc in Botany (Plant Biosystematics) from the Imo State University, Owerri, B.Sc. (Hons) Botany from the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) amongst other degrees.

He is a senior lecturer and dean of Science at Alvan Ikoku Federal College of Education Owerri, Imo State.

He has bagged several distinctions and awards, as well as professional Qualifications such as Botanical Society of Nigeria, Biotechnological Association of Nigeria, and Teacher’s Registration Council, amongst others.  He has held several position, and served as the President of Full Gospel Men Business Fellowship.

Dr Nwachukwu has Actively participated in various national and international conferences, including the Biotechnology Society of Nigeria, the Botanical Society of Nigeria, and others. Dr Nwachukwu is widely recognized for his notable achievements, awards, and several milestones.

Mrs. Ruth Gyet

Board Member

Gyet Ruth Hyelezira is a seasoned professional with ten years of work experience across multiple sectors, including International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs), the Telecommunication sector, and the Public sector and about eight years of experience in direct implementation of  USAID, FCDO, OSIWA, MacArthur Foundation, Wellspring and NED-funded projects in Nigeria.


Gyet Ruth holds a Master of Business Administration from Ahmadu Bello University, a B.Sc. Accounting from the University of Abuja, Gwagwalada, F.C.T., and a Diploma in Computer Appreciation.

She has held vital positions, such as the Project Finance Manager at Christoffel Blinden Mission (CBM), the Senior Finance Officer at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) West Africa and the position of Account Advisor at the Heartland Alliance LTD/GTE (HALG)

She has also successfully gained the title of Chartered Accountant at the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), amongst other accomplishments.

As an esteemed member of the DEVATOP Board of Directors, she contributes invaluable expertise and leadership skills to the strategic direction of the organization.

Osuigwe Joseph

Executive Director

Joseph Osuigwe is a human rights advocate, social entrepreneur, and author with over 12 years of experience in the human rights field and educational sector.

During his National Youth Service in 2013, he initiated a groundbreaking community development project aimed at training over 2000 students and teachers across five communities in combating human trafficking and providing educational support. This project received an award from the Federal Capital Territory and later evolved into the establishment of Devatop Centre for Africa Development, a human rights organization officially incorporated in 2016.

As the visionary founder of TALKAM Human Rights Initiative, Joseph drives a transformative civic tech initiative that harnesses innovative technologies like the TALKAM App to catalyze actions towards the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa.

 He is  the initiator of The Academy for Prevention of Human Trafficking and Other Related Matters (TAPHOM). 

In 2018, he was selected by the U.S Government for an International Visitors Leadership Program focusing on anti-trafficking efforts in the United States.

He has served as a technical advisor to European Union-funded project (The Action Against Trafficking in Persons and Smuggling of Migrants in Nigeria)

As the Executive Director of Devatop Centre for Africa Development, Joseph has worked with his creative team to propel the organization to the forefront of civic-tech utilization in human rights advocacy. Under his leadership, the organization has globally deployed TALKAM Human Rights App(www.talkam.app), thereby expanding its impact “From Africa to the World.”