Dr. Theresa Okafor (PhD) – Director
Theresa served as a delegate of the Holy See at the United Nations in New York from 2013 to 2015 and is currently a Holy See Expert. She is also a member of the international advisory board of the Integral Economic Development Management (IEDM) programme run by the Catholic University of America. She is a Director of the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage (FACH), a Director of the Quality Assurance and Research Development Agency, Nigeria (QAARDAN) and the CEO of Life League Nigeria. She is the African representative of the World Congress for Families (WCF). In 2001, Theresa was the General Manager of the Law Union, Lagos. She served as a board member of the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE) from 2009 to 2011 and she is one of the founding members of the African Quality Assurance Network (AFRIQAN).
A promoter of pro-life and pro-family values at national and international levels, she also works closely with government officials, United Nations delegates, pro-life and pro-family organisations to protect the dignity of the human person, faith, marriage, children, quality education, and the family from all who seek to undermine them. She has lectured and presented at the Catholic University of America, the University of Wisconsin, the Lagos State Conference on Education, the Catholic Bishops Conference on Education and Seminaries in Enugu, Onitsha and Nsukka.
Theresa has been featured on EWTN, NTA, Voice of Africa, and in documentaries such as Humanum. it and The Power of Mothers. She is the recipient of five awards: the Woman of the Year Award, 2015 by the World Congress for Families; the Natural Family Award by the World Congress for Families, 2014; the Rhodes Youth Forum Award (Greece, 2010) for active participation; the Flynet Award (Nigeria, 2009) for educational promotion, and a merit award from the National Association of Catholic University Students (Nigeria, 2008).
Bar. Sonnie Ekwowusi – Director
Sonnie Ekwowusi is the principal partner of the law firm, Sonnie Ekwowusi & Co, which provides a wide range of legal services, especially in the areas of Maritime Contracts Documentation, Maritime Litigation, Maritime Arbitration, Maritime Dispute Mediation, Banking/Commercial Law, Oil and Gas Law, Employment Law, Aviation, Trademarks/Patent Law, Telecommunications Law, Immigration Law, and Public Notarisation.
Sonnie Ekwowusi has mastered the strategic political communication methodologies for winning public campaigns and political support for pro-life, and pro-family issues, and successfully lobby the congressmen to make good laws. He is a parliamentary lobbyist. In conjunction with other parliamentary lobbyists in the world, he constantly advises some Nigerian parliamentarians on the domestication of Regional and International Treaties and bills at the National Assembly, Abuja.
Sonnie Ekwowusi is a member of the editorial board of THISDAY newspaper. He is also a Wednesday columnist for the same newspaper. His scholarly articles on variegated issues of law, philosophy, ethics, governance (democracy), and social and human behaviour have been of immense benefit to scholars, academics and the public in general.
Mr Ekwowusi has attended several international conferences. He is a graduate of several schools and international leadership training including the Leadership Institute, Arlington, Virginia, USA.
Dr. Nkechi Asogwa (MBBS) – Director
Dr Nkechi Asogwa is a graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She holds a Master’s degree in Dogmatic Theology from The Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome. With a special interest in Bioethics, she has several courses on the thorny subject under her belt. She is a holder of an Honour Code Certificate in Bioethics from Georgetown University, Washington DC.
She is a director of the Foundation for African Cultural Heritage (FACH), a not-for-profit non-governmental coalition of human rights organisations based in Lagos, Nigeria. FACH upholds the family as the natural unit for the upbringing of children while protecting and preserving healthy family values, Nigerian and African cultural heritage, aspirations and ideals that lead to the full, integral and authentic development of the human person. FACH has been playing an important role in offering humanitarian aid to victims of Boko Haram and making efforts to help reunite families affected by the insurgency.
As a founding member of the Doctors Health Initiative (DHI), Dr Asogwa has represented the organisation during several public hearings and worked with sub-committees of the Nigerian National Assembly on reproductive health matters.
Dr. Obi Ideh (MBBS) – Director
A graduate of the College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Obi has always held women, the family, and social service close to her heart. While giving national service as part of the Youth Corp, she helped run the Cancer Screening Centre of the Lagos State branch of the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria.
Her going on to specialise in Obstetrics and Gynaecology came as no surprise to her peers. On completing her training at the State University of New York in Buffalo, she returned to Nigeria and worked at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos. She has since been the public face of the Doctors Health Initiative, representing the organisation at both national and international lobby events and conferences.