We recruit Nigeria’s most promising future leaders from varied disciplines to teach in Nigeria’s underserved schools in low-income communities through a highly selective, two-year Fellowship.
The Teach For Nigeria Fellowship is a transformational leadership program that equips Fellows with transferable leadership skills to effect change beyond the classrooms in the communities we serve. After the Fellowship, alumni of Teach For Nigeria build on their classroom teaching experience to drive long-term systemic changes in the educational sector in Nigeria as they progress into leadership roles in their varied professions. The Teach For Nigeria model is based on the proven success of 40 country organizations including Teach For America, Teach First UK, Teach For Ghana, Teach For Bangladesh, Teach For Nepal and Teach For India, who are all part of the Teach For All network.
WHO WE ARE
Teach for Nigeria is focused on developing a movement of leaders across the nation who are committed to putting an end to educational inequity.
WHY WE EXIST
Millions of children in Nigeria lack access to an excellent education that will give them a successful future.
This results in more and more people continuing to join the cycle of poverty, making it increasingly difficult for our nation to live up to its vision of a better future. Teach For Nigeria exists to change this narrative.
One day, every Nigerian child will have the opportunity to attain an excellent education.
To mobilize leaders who will drive the movement towards educational equity and excellence in Nigeria.
Folawe is the CEO, Teach For Nigeria. She served as the Executive Secretary of the Association of Private Educators in Nigeria (APEN).
In 2014, she founded INSURED, an initiative dedicated to improving educational outcomes in underserved and rural communities.
She is a graduate of Babcock University and has an MA in Diplomatic Studies from the University of Westminster. She is a certified Montessori directress and an alumni of the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Chioma is the Head of Recruitment, Selection, and Matriculation for the Teach for Nigeria Fellowship.
A graduate from Institut d’études politiques de Paris (IEP-SciencesPo), she holds a masters degree in Public Affairs concentrating on the multi-dimensional causes and impacts of insecurity with individuals and communities at the center.
Chioma is concerned with issues particularly pertaining to education in Nigeria. She received her BSc from the University of Bedfordshire.
Gideon Olanrewaju is an Educational Development Practitioner and Quality Education Advocate with over four years’ experience in the design and execution of educational development projects.
In 2014, he founded a non-profit organization called Aid for Rural Education Access Initiative (AREAi) that seeks to improve the access and quality of education available to poor and vulnerable children in rural communities.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biochemistry from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso.
Gbenga Oyebode is the Chairman of Aluko & Oyebode, (Barristers, Solicitors & Trademark Agents), one of the largest integrated law firms in Nigeria, with offices in Lagos, Abuja and Port-Harcourt. Gbenga was an Associate with White & Case, New York between 1982 and 1983.
Gbenga was educated at the University of Ife (LL.B Honours), and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (LL.M) graduating in 1979 and 1982, respectively. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (admitted June 1980) and an attorney-at-law of the Supreme Court of New York State (admitted November 1983).
Gbenga is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (UK) (FCIArb) and the Nigerian Leadership Initiative (NLI). He is also a member of the Nigerian Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the International Bar Association (IBA). Gbenga is the past Chairman of the Section of Business Law of the Nigerian Bar Association
Gbenga was conferred with one of Nigeria’s highest honours, the Member of the Order of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (MFR) in the year 2000. He was also conferred with the Belgian Royal Honour of ‘Knight of the Order of Leopold’ in 2007. He was distinguished with an award for Lifetime Contribution to Law at the Law Digest Africa Awards 2015.
He was Chairman, Access Bank Plc (2005-2015) and the Chairman of Okomu Oil Palm Company Plc (both listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange NSE) and serves on the Boards of MTN Nigeria Limited and Nestle Nigeria Plc. Gbenga also sits on the Africa Advisory Committee of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).
She is an educational consultant, passionate about education, youth and development. A former banker with over 16 years commercial and merchant banking experience, she managed the finance function of a multinational company for over 5 years.
She was the Executive Director and Chief Executive of the Corona Schools’ Trust Council, a not-for-profit organization involved in the management of schools and founded Leading Learning Limited in 2014, a Consulting, researching, training and capacity development firm.
She is a recipient of the National Merit Award of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. A distinguished Scholar of the University of Ibadan, MBA (Lagos) and an IPGCE from University of Nottingham.
She is a highly experienced professional with a wide and varied array of talents. She started her career in the US in 1987, working for several consulting and audit firms and attained the post of Senior Auditor/Consultant in 1990.
She joined Arthur Andersen Nigeria (now KPMG Professional Services) in 1992 and established PeopleTemp; a sister company of PeoplePrime in 2002.
Nike’s work in Education is implemented in her role as a member of the human capital committee of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) and was appointed as a member of the human capital committee of the National Competitiveness Council of Nigeria . As a Director of SASRF, she is active in the education sector, especially in the area of Teacher Education and Development.
She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from the American Institute of Public Accountants. A Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ACA) as well as an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM).
She has a degree in Accounting and Management Information Systems from American University, Kogod School of Business Administration, Washington D.C. USA .
Alumnus of the Talent Management Program at Cranfield University, UK and the OMP of the Lagos Business School.
She has been fully certified by SHL & the British Psychological Society to conduct objective assessments and is an Executive Coach. She is also a Fellow of the Aspen Leadership Institute (US)/Africa Leadership West Africa (ALIWA).
Audrey Joe-Ezigbo is a serial entrepreneur with over twenty-one (21) years’ experience. Audrey co-founded Falcon Corporation Limited with her husband in 1994 and serves as Executive Director, Commercial Operations with principal accountabilities in the areas of Finance, Business Development and Commercial Strategy. Falcon Corporation, an ISO 9001:2008 certified company, is a leading wholly indigenous provider of Engineering, Procurement & Construction (EPC) and Natural Gas Distribution services to the Nigerian Oil & Gas industry. She is also the Managing Director and principal strategist of other companies within the Falcon group including Falcongaz Limited, Falcon Kinetics Limited and Falcon Property Development Company Limited.
An international speaker and facilitator, Audrey is also a 2014 United Nations Global Entrepreneurship Week ‘Women Entrepreneurship Day’ Ambassador for Nigeria, and winner of several awards including the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year West Africa Award 2014, and Nigerian News Direct Female Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Award. Audrey holds several Master’s degrees and executive certifications in the areas of Finance, Marketing, Business Administration, and Leadership. She sits on the Boards of several corporations and served for over eight years on the Executive Council of the Nigerian Gas Association- the umbrella association and voice for businesses and professionals involved in the Nigerian gas industry.
Audrey gives of herself in service to society and humanity as a partner and sponsor to various NGO’s focused on improving the lot of widows, orphaned and vulnerable children. She is also an active member of Women in Management, Business & Public Service (WIMBIZ).She is also a member of the International Women’s Society (IWS) where she served on the Executive Committee as the Programs Secretary until November 2013, receiving an award for exemplary service during her tenure.
An encourager by nature, Audrey is particularly passionate about building up early-stage and growth-phase entrepreneurs and therefore gives of her time freely in service as a Mentor on the formal mentoring programs of WIMBIZ; Apostles in the Market Place (AiMP); and on the Federal Government of Nigeria’s Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN) Women’s Enterprise Development & Mentoring program.
A prolific writer and author, Audrey Joe-Ezigbo has two published books “Uniquely Woman’” and “Double Impact” to her credit. She writes the Parenting page of Today’s Woman(TW) magazine, a leading Nigerian lifestyle magazine. She runs an inspirational, self-development, faith-based blog for women- Uniquely Woman(http://uniquely-woman.blogspot.com)which is designed to guide women towards adeeper understanding of self, clarity and intentionality of purpose, and the living out of more fulfilled lives.
An active minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, Audrey is also the Promoter of the Double Impact Platform (www.doubleimpactplatform.com) and Convener of the Double Impact Conferences, both of which are platforms for delivering business and relationship building training for couples who are in business together, helping them create successful Kingdom-style businesses institutions while maintaining happy and prosperous homes.
Audrey’s conviction is that she is anointed for Kingdom impact. She believes that she is a conduit through which people will experience the love of God, and so her life’s work is centered on using her businesses and involvements as platforms to do this. She is married to her Chief Encouragement Officer Joe, and they are blessed with four exceptional children of Kingdom destiny and purpose.
He is a senior level professional with proven skills and experience in strategy formulation, project execution, financial services, corporate governance and e-Business locally and internationally. Segun’s work experience spans across several leading corporates -Accenture, GTBank, Heirs Alliance .
An Associate of the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network),authorized trainer of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) Global Corporate Governance Forum and on the guest faculty at the Lagos Business School and Financial Institutions Training Centre (FITC).
He is on the board of Gidimobile Limited and Ray of Hope Foundation. He has attended programmes at London Business School and a graduate of the University of Lagos.
She is a Transformation Strategist with invaluable understanding of sector-wide reforms in Nigeria. Her strength lies in her diverse career experience in the public and private sector.
In 2006 she joined the Transformation Team of the former Minister of Education, this experience ignited passion for the reform of the Educational system in Nigeria. In 2014, she was Chair, Technical Sub-committee of the 20th Nigeria Economic Summit.
She has continued to serve in the Education sphere working with International Development Partners in various capacities both in Nigeria and Ghana.
Through collaboration with JC Quality Inc., Alero has presented papers on Education reform in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. She is a graduate of Oxford University and also has a Sloan Masters degree in Management from the London Business School.
He is a finance executive with experience building businesses, serving clients, and structuring complex transactions across the continent.
He was a consultant at McKinsey in Johannesburg, Co-Founder and Board Director of Food-Pro, a food processing business focused on exporting finished food products from Africa where historically raw materials were exported.
Ayo started the new merchant banking business in Nigeria. He is a graduate of Obafemi Awolowo University , also has an MSc from New Jersey Institute of Technology and an MBA from Northwestern University – Kellogg School of Management.
Engr. Mansur Ahmed is the Director, Stakeholder Relations and Corporate Communications of Dangote Group.
He has a first degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University (1972) and a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering and Administration from Cranfield Institute of Technology (now Cranfield University 1975) both in the United Kingdom. He also has a post graduate certificate in Investment Appraisal and Management of the Harvard Institute of International Development.
Engr. Ahmed was the pioneer Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission of Nigeria (ICRC), until his retirement in 2012. He led the Commission to win the Africa Investor PPP Champion of the Year 2010. He was also the Director-General of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG), where he led the conceptualisation and development of the PPP policy framework for Nigeria.
He had a successful career at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), where he served in various capacities including Managing Director and Chief Executive. In addition, he served, at various times, on many national committees including the Nigerian Vision 2010 Committee; the Oil and Gas Sub-Committee of the National Privatisation Council; and the Committee on the Assessment and Monitoring of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
He was also part of the National Economic Management Team that conceptualised, developed, and implemented policies and strategies to attract long-term finance for infrastructure development in Nigeria. The Nigeria Sovereign Wealth Fund, Pension Fund, and Infrastructure Fund are some of the Institutional Funds unlocked for project finance.
He belongs to several professional and board associations including the Nigerian Society of Engineers, Nigerian Institute of Management and the Institute of Directors of Nigeria and he is a non-executive member of the Board of Directors of several blue-chip companies. He has written many articles (published and unpublished) on a wide range of issues including economic reform, deregulation in the energy sector, corporate governance, and other development issues.