Board & Staff


AFRICMIL has a dedicated and active International Advisory Board that that helps give direction to the overall aim of the Centre.

Dr. Ike Okonta, journalist and author. He took degrees in sociology, anthropology, and journalism from the University of Nigeria and doctorate in politics from University of Oxford. He has held research positions in universities in UK and the United States. A leading Nigerian political journalist, Okonta is a regular contributor to Project Syndicate, the New York-based syndicate of 350 newspapers worldwide.

Ladi Olorunyomi, independent writing and editing professional based in Washington D.C., USA. A journalist for more than two decades, she was formerly assistant director at the Independent Journalism Centre (IJC) in Lagos, Nigeria.

Kwesi Pratt-Jnr, activist, journalist and Publisher/Managing Editor of Accra-based Insight newspaper. An award-winning journalist and human rights activist, Pratt-Jnr is a popular voice in the pro-democracy and Pan-African Movement.

John Patrick Ngoyi, a priest with a vision for liberation theology and engaged citizenship, John Patrick Ngoyi is Director of the Justice, Peace and Development Commission, Catholic Diocese of Ijebu-Ode, Nigeria.  He holds mandates in the Presidential Commission on the Millennium Development Goals and the boards of human rights organizations.

Dr. Manjunath Pendakur, Professor & Dean, School of Communication and Multimedia Studies, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton , Florida , U.S.A.

Governing Board:

The Governing Board is a dynamic group of experts and professional that meets regulalry and is active in the formulation of policies and programmes for the Centre:


Dapo Olorunyomi (Chair) has more than three decades’ experience as a journalist traversing all media. He was editor of The News magazine, and later Enterprise Editor of NEXT ( and former Policy Director at the Nigerian anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC). He is currently the Executive Director of The Premium Times Centre of Investigative Journalism (PTCIJ) and Publisher/CEO, Premium Times.

Hawa Baba Ahmed (Vice Chair) is a Chevening Scholar and former national broadcaster and presenter with the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA). A celebrated news anchor, Ms. Baba Ahmed is a graduate of the University of Cardiff School of Journalism in Wales.


Olusanya M. Ojikutu (Member) Sanya is the founder of ShareBuds, a portable media player accessories brand. He has more than 20 years of creative experience working in a variety of leading media, digital design and advertising companies. Prior to launching ShareBuds, Sanya worked at Multi-Media Holdings, Inc. (MHI), ranked as the largest advertising firm in Washington and briefly at Newsweek Interactive, a subsidiary of The Washington Post Company. Sanya holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with First Class Honors in Fine Art from University of Ife, Nigeria and attended University of Cambridge International Programme in Art History in England on a Cambridge scholarship. Sanya has won many awards in art and cartooning including the Nigeria Media Merit Award (NMMA) for best cartoonist of the year, 1993 and the Diamond Award for Media Excellence (DAME) for best editorial cartooning in Nigeria, 1994. Sanya is a volunteer translator for Google, Inc. and a consultant for the U.S. government. His current areas of interest include art, design, cloud computing, and cyber security.


Osita Nwajah (Member) holds a Bachelor of Arts, Theatre Arts from the University of Calabar and Master of Public Administration, University of Ilorin. He worked in senior editorial positions in Nigeria’s independent news weeklies – TheNews and TELL magazines amongst other top media positions, including Features Editor, AM News and Editor, The Anchor on Sunday , before joining the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) as pioneer Head of Media & Publicity. He won the second prize in print in the CNN African Journalist of the Year (1999) and was Diamond Award for Media Excellence (DAME) Reporter of the Year (2001).


Lewis Asubiojo (Director) holds a Diploma in Journalism from the Ghana Institute of Journalism, Ghana, and BA in Philosophy from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He has worked as a journalist with major media houses in Ghana, Togo, and Nigeria, including the Free Press, Ghanaian Chronicle (Ghana), Tempo Magazine, National Interest and The Guardian (Nigeria). Email:


Chido Onumah (Coordinator) holds an MA in journalism from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He was Director of Africa Programme, Panos Institute, Washington, DC, and former Assistant Editor of Third World Network’s African Agenda magazine. He has worked as a journalist in Nigeria, Ghana, and Canada. Email: