Lemene Cyril Sambari-epie is from Kpite community in Tai LGA in Rivers State. He joins the Trust as one of the communications and research interns. Cyril has 4 years of working experience as a research analyst and report writer. In 2014, he worked with the Abuja Metropolitan Management Council (AMMC), a top leading town planning firm in Nigeria, where he assisted in research analysis and report writing.
Cyril is passionate about helping people maximize their potentials to become productive members of society. He is a writer, speaker and peace advocate in Rivers state. He holds a Bachelor of Technology degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Rivers State University of Science and Technology.
The month of March is dedicated to women. To celebrate the resilience and important contributions of women in Africa to social, cultural and economic development on the continent, Ms. Coumba Touré, Chair of the Board of TrustAfrica and Coordinator of the Africans Rising Movement for Peace, Justice and Dignity was the main guest of Kinkeliba of Radiodiffusion Television Senegalese (RTS).
During the show, she spoke about the mission and vision of TrustAfrica as a pan-African organisation. She also highlighted the work of TrustAfrica as it relates to empowering women in Africa.
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Our Vision: a prosperous, equitable, sustainable and Democratic Ogoniland.
- We believe that externally designed explanations and solutions cannot be the answer to decades-long conflict in Ogoniland.
- Our model of grantmaking is participatory based. one that is grounded in the belief that if affected communities participate in decision-making, grants will be allocated to those most able to create long-lasting change.
- We believe that funding is crisis in most effective when it is quiet and supportive rather than headline-grabbing, branded or invasive.
La gestion du passif des crises post-électorales en Côte d’Ivoire en termes d’établissement des responsabilités, a emmené à une action de la Cour Pénale Internationale depuis 2011 en Côte d’Ivoire, à travers l’ouverture, d’une situation et de deux affaires dont celle Le Procureur c/Laurent Gbagbo et Charles Blé Goudé.
Les juges de la Cour pénale internationale (CPI) conduisent depuis janvier 2016 le procès de Laurent Gbagbo qui fut mis en détention à La Haye en novembre 2011.
Le 15 janvier 2019, la chambre de première instance de la CPI a décidé d’acquitter Laurent Gbagbo et Charles Blé Goudé des accusations de crimes contre l’humanité portées contre eux. Toutefois, à la suite de l’initiation d’une procédure en appel, la Cour d’appel de la CPI a décidé de la remise en liberté sous conditions des deux hommes en attendant le début de la procédure d’appel.
20 années après l’adoption du Statut de Rome portant création de la CPI un bilan de son action semble opportun. Elle fait face à de nombreuses critiques surtout liées au choix des situations, pouvant à terme nuire à sa crédibilité. Le verdict dans l’affaire Laurent Gbagbo et Charles Blé Goudé a constitué une occasion supplémentaire de critiquer la stratégie d’enquête et de poursuite du bureau du Procureur.
Funmi Vogt is Trust Africa’s Director of Operations and Fundraising Officer. Prior to joining TA Funmi worked as a Director of Development for the School of Global Policy and Strategy of the University of California, San Diego, where she supported overall advancement efforts for the school, particularly the 21st Century China Center. She has also held senior positions in several other institutions, including as Director of Development (Student Affairs) at San Francisco State University; Associate Director of the African Studies Association of the USA and Canada; and Director of Operations at the African Leadership Center in Nairobi. She has also served as Consultant to many international organizations, and worked as a program assistant, research assistant, and volunteer in several other organizations.
Funmi’s research and advocacy interests include African women’s movements in Africa, women in conflict situations and women’s empowerment issues. She also has an interest in studying social and economic relationships between Africa and the African Diaspora and Africa and China.
Funmi holds a Certificate in Human Resources Management from The Wharton Executive Education (Philadelphia, PA); an M.A. (Merit), African Studies (Anthropology and Development), from SOAS, University of London (London, UK), and a B.A., English from Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles, CA). She has also studied at the Democracy and Diversity Institute’s Trans-regional Center for Democratic Studies (Cape Town, South Africa).
The Executive Director of TrustAfrica, Dr Ebrima Sall, has called on graduates of higher education institutions to have a pan-Africanist vision and make tangible contributions to the development of the African continent by contributing to pertinent debates and conversations relating to the emergence of a new Africa.
Sibongile (Bongi) Mkhabela, a social worker by profession and an activist by orientation, is the current Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund (NMCF) as well as the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust (NMCH Trust).
Most recently, she was awarded The Order of Luthuli (Silver) by the President of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, on 27 April 2018. The award was in recognition of her fight against apartheid prior to democracy (1976 student uprising) and for her excellent contribution to the well-being of South Africa’s children.
Appointed as CEO of NMCF in 2001, not only has she been instrumental in growing the Fund’s endowment but also in captaining the navigation of its strategic direction.
Her tenure as CEO has seen the organisation position itself as a critical player in issues affecting children, their families and communities. The Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund footprint has extended beyond the borders of South Africa to encompass Southern Africa.
In 2009, the Fund’s Board of Trustees seconded Mkhabela to assume the role of CEO of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust. Chaired by Graça Machel, the Trust was tasked with the vision of pioneering the establishment of a second dedicated children’s hospital in Southern Africa. The hospital will be a concrete expression of Mr Mandela’s legacy. It aims to improve the quality of paediatric care, research and training in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her work in senior positions at the United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Education Programme in Southern Africa, and the South African Council of Churches has added to her wealth of experience on development issues.
Part of that experience saw her serve in the office of then-Deputy President Thabo Mbeki as Programmes Director responsible for programming with specific reference to civil society government partnerships, as well as ensuring that South Africa implemented United Nations Agreements on the Rights of the Child.
The roots of her activism trace back to her student days. She served on executive councils of the student organisations behind the nationwide June 16, 1976 uprisings credited for the beginning of the end of apartheid. Her personal story of the Soweto uprisings is captured in her book, Open Earth and Black Roses.
Mkhabela is also a Joel L. Fleishman Civil Society Fellow at Duke University in North Carolina, USA, and completed her post-graduate Business Management studies with the University of the Witwatersrand Business School in Johannesburg. In 2017, Mkhabela was awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship which included a three-month residency at Bellagio in Italy. She serves, among others, on the boards of Trust Africa, based in Senegal; Global Fund for Community Foundations; Global Philanthropy Alliance; and is former Chairperson and current Trustee of Black Sash.
Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, a Gambian National, is a former United Nations Under-Secretary General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Since November 2012, Mr. Janneh has been serving as Executive Director/Board Member at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, and he is based in Dakar, Senegal.
Mr. Janneh successfully completed a seven year tenure (2005-2012) at the helm of the ECA, an institution with the dual role of being the regional arm of the United Nations in Africa as well as a key Pan-African Institution. During his leadership of the ECA, Mr. Janneh took steps to strategically re-position the organization to better support Africa’s development agenda.
Before joining ECA, Mr. Janneh served as UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Africa from June 2000 to October 2005. In that capacity, he managed United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) largest Regional Bureau, covering 44 countries in sub-Saharan Africa with a complement of over 1,500 staff. Prior to that, he held a number of senior positions in UNDP and its affiliated funds, including Resident Representative posts in various countries, as well as Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (1990-1993).
In his various senior roles, Mr. Janneh has been striving to enhance partnership-building for Africa, as a necessary vehicle to mobilize support and build inclusiveness for shared development objectives. In this regard, he has been able to cultivate strong partnerships at the highest levels between ECA and governments, the private sector, civil society, as well as national, regional and international organizations. He also serves on the Boards/ Advisory Panels of a number of organizations involved in Africa’s development. Currently, he is a member of the African Forum of Former Heads of State and Government , the Africa Governance Institute (AGI) (Chairman of the Board), the International Lawyers for Africa (ILFA), the Coalition for Dialogue in Africa (CODA), the AO Alliance Foundation, ASCENT (Africa Sustainability Centre) and Global Integrity.
He has delivered over the years a number of keynote addresses, policy statements and written articles on issues germane to Africa’s development. He is also the author of the book ‘Integrating Africa’.
Mr. Janneh is the recipient of various honors and awards including for example, the ‘Distinguished Africa Economic Icon of the Year Award 2011’, Commander of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Niger, the Femmes Africa Solidarité Leadership in Peace Building Recognition and an honorary doctorate degree from the Lead City University (LCU), Ibadan ,Nigeria.
TrustAfrica, in collaboration with Justice and Reconciliation Project, Allamin Foundation, and Women’s Rights Advancement and Protection Alternative is organizing an exchange visit in Abuja, Nigeria from 21 to 25 January 2019 to explore issues in transitional justice in Africa and deepen the conversation relating to justice and reconciliation on the continent.
In her Opening Remarks at the ceremony, Brenda Peace Amito, Representative of Trust Africa reiterated the need to advance accountability for human rights violations in Africa.