ABOUT COWAP
OUR THEMATIC AREAS

COWAP is a project which aims to harness the enormous capacity and goodwill of both sitting and past Wives of Presidents and Vice Presidents in Africa towards 4 thematic points

THEMATIC AREAS

  • Peace
  • Girl child education
  • Ending hunger
  • Ending poverty

The COWAP project is a result of several months of team work by young Africans from

Learn About OurActivities

We harness the enormous capacity and goodwill of both sitting and past Wives of Presidents and Vice Presidents in Africa towards development goals.

Annual Events

We host annual events where we come up with development projects

Project Implementation

We implement development projects across Africa strategically

Awards

We recognize people who have contributed to Africa's development.

MEET THE TEAM

Team Lead, COWAP

KALADA BELEMA MESHACK-HART

Founder, Empower3600

ABOUT KALADA BELEMA

Kalada Belema Meshack-Hart was born in Rivers State, Nigeria. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Port-Harcourt, he is a passionate development enthusiast and digital media strategist, and he has served as the new media assistant to a sitting member of parliament and also served as the youngest Chief Press Secretary, when he was the CPS to the Former First Lady of Nigeria. His passion to see development and empower people led him to begin the EMPOWER 3600 project where he is currently empowering 3600 young Nigerians with digital media skill to make them self reliant, as a digital media expert he runs one of Nigerias most popular online blogs TATAFONAIJA which currently has over 1,500,000 daily impressions on Instagram.

His desire to see Africa unite and develop led him to put this team together to work on the COWAP project thus harnessing the enormous wealth of intelligence and goodwill in the Wives of Presidents and Vice Presidents in Africa both sitting and past to achieve peace and development in Africa focusing on Peace, ending hunger and poverty as well as improving girl child education in Africa.
He is the team lead of COWAP.

Trained Teacher

RUMBIDZAYI JUDITH KAMBA

Founder, Zimbabwe Mwana Worldwide

ABOUT RUMBIDZAYI JUDITH KAMBA

A trained teacher who is so passionate about women and girls empowerment. Having gone through an extremely rough patch as a young woman, founded Zimbabwe Mwana Worldwide (ZiMwana Worldwide), an organisation that focuses on empowering children especially through education. Rehabilitating vulnerable out of school girls back into formal school (sexually exploited, are into drug and alcohol abuse, early marriages and ending child labour)
Involved extensively in the inclusion of disabled/physically challenged girls into sports that led to an appointment by the Zimbabwean Government Sports Ministry as the National Chairperson for the Zimbabwe National Paralympic Games 2017.
Started an initiative that saw 3 000 girls in rural Zimbabwe benefiting sanitary wears and the programme being adopted in UK, Nigeria, SA, Botswana and Namibia. Under her leadership as the Executive Director of ZiMwana Worldwide, she led a team that investigated and resulted in a serious drug lord being apprehended and sentenced to 4 years in jail.
Rumbidzayi runs community feeding programmes where orphans and vulnerable children are being fed every day and different Income Generating Projects to empower women in rural communities.
She has been honored as the Best Community Leader category for Africa and the Caribbean in the C.A Awards 2017 in London; Award on Enterprise & Community Development in the Pan African Humanitarian Awards 2017 and Awarded January 2017 Africa Woman of the month – TAW online magazine Nigeria.
She has been featured and interviewed on radios and TVs in Zimbabwe on issues of gender based violence and strong participation on policy framework on children and women rights.

AMBASSADOR BABALOLA OMONIYI

Principal Partner, Fiscal Business Innovation Ltd (FBI)

ABOUT AMBASSADOR BABALOLA OMONIYI

Babalola Omoniyi is a visionary entrepreneur, a Brand Strategist, expert in strategic communications, Marketing and Brand management consultant, Peace advocate, a social worker and a Google certified Digital Marketer. He is the Principal Partner at Fiscal Business Innovation Ltd (FBI) and Founder of the Pan African Humanitarian Project -organizers of the Pan African Humanitarian Summits and Awards; Male-Child Education For Peace (MCEFP) which is the first male-child education campaign aimed at stopping crisis and promoting peace in Africa and the Nigerian Child Summits and Award which celebrates outstanding Nigerian children between the ages of 4-13 who have recorded tremendous and remarkable achievements in various fields. He further serves as the Regional Coordinator, PR and Development Communication for Water for Rural Africa Foundation and also acts as an Advisory Board Member to several organizations and NGOs across Africa including Africa-Indian Economic and Investment Conference, American-African Leadership and Economic Summit- New York, Development Times Africa, The Nigerian Heritage Forum, African kids in Business, West African Youth Forum, to mention but few.

Babalola Omoniyi has certifications in Public Relations, Industrial and Labour Relations and digital marketing. He also obtained a diploma certificate in Business and Administrative Management from the London Academy Business School. In 2015, Babalola became a United Nations Messenger of Humanity and was also honored as a Peace Ambassador.

Babalola Omoniyi is also the Publisher of FBI Africa Magazine, a lifestyle magazine which has featured lots of powerful stakeholders from various African countries. Further, Babalola is the Executive producer of the Mentors Talkshow and My Hero Nigeria Kiddies Talk-show, an half-hour magazine style program with recurring and unique feature segment featuring celebrity interviews interspersed with human-interest, experiences and educative dialogues by the hosts who are children between the ages of 7 to 13.

AKA Mr Fix Nigeria

OHIMAI GODWIN AMAIZE

Media Personality, Political Strategist and Publisher

ABOUT OHIMAI GODWIN AMAIZE

Ohimai Godwin Amaize, popularly known as Mr Fix Nigeria was born on September 9, 1984 in Uromi, Edo, State. He is a Nigerian media personality, political strategist and publisher. He served in the Nigerian government from 2011-2015. He studied at the University of Ibadan and the Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and French (Combined Honours) and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Managing for Integrity, respectively. His professional career began in 2007 at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). In October 2008, he became an ambassador, Microsoft Internet Safety, Security and Privacy Initiative for Nigeria (MISSPIN). One of the major highlights of his work with Microsoft was B.L.I.N.G. (Brilliant. Legitimate. Inspired. Nigerian. Great), a pop-culture strategy with which he assembled some of Nigeria’s top music artistes to produce the song/music video – “Maga No Need Pay” – Nigeria’s first ever music collaboration against cyber-crimes. In August 2010, he became the youngest presidential campaign manager (26) in modern democratic history when popular journalist Dele Momodu appointed him to head his campaign ahead of the 2011 polls. Between September 2011 and May 2015, he served in the Nigerian government as a ministerial advisor to ministers in four (4) Federal Government Ministries - Youth Development, Defence, Foreign Affairs and Sports. He is the founder of online newspaper, Signal and CEO of Olivier Pope Inc – an image crisis management company, combining both responsibilities with his role as Editor-at-Large of OVATION International – a magazine that documents the lifestyle of rich and famous Africans. In 2016, Ohimai made it into a list of the world’s top 500 most influential CEOs in the social media alongside Virgin boss, Richard Branson, Apple CEO, Tim Cook and Oprah Winfrey. In June 2016, Ohimai was engaged as a new media strategist on the re-election campaign of Ghana’s former President John Mahama, making him the first Nigerian youth to be engaged as a new media consultant by a sitting foreign President. He is married to Tessy Oliseh, an award-winning fashion designer and alumnus of Middlesex University, United Kingdom and the younger sister to Nigerian football legend, Sunday Oliseh.

Social Media Handles (Twitter + Instagram) - @MrFixNigeria

Pan-African feminist activist

AYA CHEBBI

Co-founder, Voice of Women Initiative

ABOUT AYA CHEBBI

Aya Chebbi, an award winning Pan-African feminist activist and renowned blogger. She is the co-founder of The Voice of Women Initiative (feminist collective) and founding chair of the Afrika Youth Movement, building one of Africa’s largest movements taking the agenda of African youth from the margins of society into the centre of regional and international discourse. Aya previously worked at the refugee camps during Libya’s war, at Bureau de Cooperation Tunisie-Denmark of the Danish Foreign Affairs Ministry on bilateral cooperation in Tunis, and at the Carter Center monitoring 2012 Egyptian Presidential Elections, in Tanta. However, she was blacklisted and banned from entering Egypt since March 2014. Following Tunisia’s revolution, she has been widely speaking about social movements worldwide for conferences and rallies in the United States, Brazil, Germany, Turkey, Cyprus, Kenya, Rwanda, and South Africa among others. She has become an international speaker and was a keynote at BOND conference, the UN Commission on the Status of Women celebrity event, US Congress hearings, TEDx and Deutsche Welle among others. She produced a documentary called “Kenya’s conscious transformation” as part of Africa Inspire Project that aims at changing the negative narrative about Africa and highlighting the role of youth and women in social change. Aya has became a world renowned blogger during Tunisia’s Revolution and her pieces were published at UN- OpenDemocracy, Al-Jazeera, D+C for Development and Cooperation, Your Middle East and Foresight for Development-Africa. Aya’s passion for youth empowerment intersects with a vision for peace. As the Programs Director for Africa and the Middle East and later the Director of Strategic Planning and Development at World Peace Initiative Foundation, she founded four projects Amani Fellowship, Amandla Fellowship, Heya Fellowship for Women and MENA Salam Fellowship where she organized and directed about 15 retreats that trained over 300 young people from some 40 countries to become peace agents and also introduced mindfulness practice and non-violent communication to over 5000 people in 10 countries in Africa and the Middle East including Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, South Africa, Morocco and Jordan. In recognition to her leadership in the foundation, she was appointed as Executive Director for Peace Revolution Summit. Chebbi has served at different boards including the American Middle Eastern Network for Dialogue at Stanford (AMENDS) Board, the Board of Directors of CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation, the Interim Group/Board of Africans Rising Movement chaired by Kumi Naidoo and the International Steering Group of UNOY Peacebuilders, and joined the Advisory Committee of World Peace Initiative Foundation and Advisory Committee of FRIDA Young Feminist Fund. She is also the youngest Councilor at World Refugee Council chaired by honorable Lloyd Axworthy. In recognition of her achievements, Aya was named one of Africa’s most Outstanding Young Women Leaders in 2013 (Ghana). She also appeared on top lists of people to watch; at the Huffington Post and Youth Hub Africa as well as listed among 100 under 40 Most Influential Arabs by ArabianBusiness and Most Influential Africans list by African Youth Awards. In 2012, she was a Fulbright scholar at Georgia Southern University and 2015 Mo Ibrahim Foundation Scholar for her MSc in African Studies at SOAS, University of London, where her research focused on state-youth relation linked to their subscription to Jihadism, with a dissertation titled “Youth Jihadi Radicalisation, a comparative Study Tunisia- Kenya”. Over the span of 7 years, Ms Aya Chebbi has travelled to over 60 countries worldwide working with young people and has single-handedly transformed the youth participation space across the world; she created various online and offline platforms to civically engage young people in dialogue for peaceful, equitable and sustainable development for their communities, strengthened the capacity of thousands of young people with a holistic focus on empowerment and well-being (i.e. retreats and fellowships), invested in grassroots development with a commitment to inclusion and centering development around people most marginalised by poverty and injustice, created and reformed global governance to include youth (i.e. as member of advisory committees and boards), utilised digital technology, storytelling and blogging to build global networks of change agents and support young people at risk of political violence, applied research and analysis to influence global policy (i.e.Masters thesis and UNA UK report), used all her speech engagements to advocate for youth. Aya’s constant contact with young people in vulnerable and disempowering situations drives her commitment to youth empowerment. She considers her life’s mission uniting North Africa with the rest of the continent based on her pan-african vision and working towards Africa’s integration economically, culturally and politically. Aya has lived and studied in Tunisia, the USA and the UK. She currently lives and works from Nairobi, Kenya.

Activist

SIRRA

Community Development Advocate

ABOUT AYA CHEBBI

A third year Law student at the university of The Gambia. Presently working as an activist.

She has been advocating for more than five year in community development focusing on peace building and promoting democracy and social justice.

IRUKA A. NDUBUIZU

Negotiations Expert, Speaker and Trainer

ABOUT IRUKA

Iruka Ndubuizu is a Negotiations Expert, Speaker and Trainer whose experience spans law firms, corporations and academia. She is proficient at translating business terms into legal concept and believes in using the law proactively to achieve better business results, balance risks with reward and prevent problems. This mindset fuelled her passion for sharing her extensive knowledge via training in both traditional and non-traditional classroom settings. Her ability to engage and connect with people and excellent communication skills enables her to successfully build teams and maintain effective business relationships with a wide variety of people at all levels. She provides training both locally and internationally. Her training topics include, but are not limited to the following areas - Communication, Leadership, Trust, Customer Service Skills, Contract Drafting, Negotiations, Overcoming Challenges and Setting Goals. She graduated from University of Benin, Nigeria with a law degree over 26 years ago and subsequently earned a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree from Emory School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia. Iruka is the Founder of Eureka Consulting, LLC (www.eurekaconsultingllc.com) with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Lagos, Nigeria. In addition to providing training in the professional arena, Ms. Ndubuizu speaks at conferences and conventions on various topics dealing with leadership challenges and empowerment. Her hobbies include writing, traveling, volunteering, networking and teaching.

IBIYE DUKE-ANDREW

Communication Skills Expert

ABOUT IBIYE DUKE

Ibiye Duke-Andrew is a communication skills expert, a professional in the education and specialist in special Education with over 10 years of experience striving to build and maintain a good relationship between client and management. As a specialist in education her role is to ensure learners achieve their set goal (s) using every possible and available resources with positive mentality. Her drive is to see people develop ,succeed and remain a success through awareness and education. She is currently based in the UK with her family.

KARIMA RHANEM

President, Int'l Center for Diplomacy

ABOUT KARIMA RHANEM

Ms. Karima Rhanem is the president of the International Center for Diplomacy and co-founder and Director of Strategic Studies Research of the African Network of Youth Policy Experts. Ms. Rhanem is a communication professional for international development programs with over 15 years’ experience in outreach and public policy advocacy, working with and managing youth and civil society programs. Karima Rhanem has received several international and national awards for her engagement in civil society and human development. She has been nominated by the Crans Montana International Foundation “New Leader of Tomorrow” (2012) and received a certificate of appreciation from the European commission and the European parliament (EUVLP) as a promising leader and an opinion former (2014). She was recognized by the International Association of Public Policies and the Administration for her professionalism and dedication to promote peace and sound governance in the Middle East (2012) and Morocco World News good will Ambassador for the year 2012. Ms. Rhanem was also awarded a certificate of honor by the Moroccan Ministry in Charge of Relations with the Parliament and Civil Society for her exemplary participation in the national dialogue on civil society and constitutional prerogatives. Recently, she won the Pan African Humanitarian Award for the Young Achievers for social Leadership and Nation Building. She has been appointed Ambassador and Country Director for the 4th edition of the Pan African Humanitarian Summit scheduled to take plan in Morocco. Karima Rhanem was also nominated personality of the year 2017 by Artpress moroccan magazine and 2017 Humanitarian hero by the UK-based NGO Design for need.

BOLIUMA OLUSAYERO

MD, Option A International Resources Ltd

ABOUT BOLIUMA OLUSAYERO

Boliuma Olusayero, is the true definition of extraordinary, she carved a niche for her self‎ in the world of entertainment, when she began presenting and hosting. She used her influence to be a voice for the girl child education. Her passionate activism made her coin the hashtag #isagirlchildwednesday to bring about awareness to the girl child advocacy. She's a BIG SISTER of the GIRLS AIN'T CHEAP INITIATIVE OF THE MADE WOMAN FOUNDATION that focus on the education, enlightenment and empowerment of the girl child. She's a professional event management strategist and the MD of the award winning company, OPTION A INTERNATIONAL RESOURCES LTD, a technical solution event management consultancy company in Abuja. She's a poet, wife,mother and is still evolving.

NANCY NNAJI

Head of Business Desk, Daar Communications

ABOUT NANCY NNAJI

Mrs. Nancy Nnaji is the Head of Business Desk, Daar Communications Plc and also the Executive Producer of Moneyline with Nancy, a business program that airs Mondays through Fridays at 11am on Africa Independent Television (AIT) and is Nigeria's number one source for business and financial information.
For nearly two decades, she has presented and produced several TV shows, leaving her mark of excellence and constantly educating her viewers. She began her media journey at Delta Broadcasting Service (DBS), Asaba, where she anchored different programmes bordering on youths, Breakfast Show, Personality, among others.
In 2007, she was a part of the pioneer crew of The Money Show on AIT, the first business talk show from the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange. She became the anchor and producer of the show in 2009, a position she continued until 2016. In 2017, she became the Executive Producer of Moneyline with Nancy and the Managing Director of Golden Aura Ltd, the parent company of Moneyline with Nancy on AIT.
Nancy Nnaji goes beyond Nigeria, and has interviewed the movers and shakers of Africa and the world; including presidents, state governors, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governors, ministers, international policy makers and analysts in various sectors. She has carved a niche for herself in the TV industry, setting the standard for Television personalities in the country.
She is a winner of numerous awards and recognition such as Youth Role Model; is a recipient of TV personality of the year; was given the Institute of Service Excellence and Good Governance (ISEGG) award for excellence in broadcasting, etc. She is also a Project Management Ambassador.

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