Staff profile

Babafunke Fagbemi

Executive Director

Though trained as a pharmacist, Babafunke has had over 25 years of illustrious career, developing, implementing and managing strategic health communication initiatives in various thematic areas of integrated health and social development.

She is globally acclaimed as one of the leading lights in Africa on Social Behaviour Change Communication and as one of the very few experts, she has dedicated much of the past 10 years in building the next generation of health communicators.

As founding Executive Director, Babafunke is key to the operations of CCSI, providing the much-needed guidance and direction in all thematic areas. She is actively involved in the running of the projects and works as a part of the CCSI team, leading by example.

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Babafunke has brought her easy-to-do approach to the annual Leadership in Strategic Communications Workshop which she has facilitated since 2008. The workshop, a cornerstone in CCSI capacity building mission currently draws participants from other parts of Africa and has established itself as a unique opportunity for health and development communication professionals.

Up till 2003, she served as the Program Director, Staywell Foundation. She has worked on key health and development projects in Nigeria including the Johns Hopkin’s Bloomberg Center for Communication Programs SuNMaP project, National Communication Consultant PATHS1, Communication Consultant Netherlands Leprosy Relief, Principal Investigator UNFPA. She has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Liverpool, Masters of Communication Arts from the University of Ibadan and she is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria.

Babafunke says: “I feel so blessed to have had the support of such a dynamic team, working with me from inception till now. The wonderful staff are the epitome of what CCSI represents; Excellence, Integrity, Passion, Innovation and Care.

 

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Dr. Abiodun Macaulay Olagoke

Director of Programmes

In the past 25 years, Macaulay has enjoyed a career as a Sustainable Development Specialist with considerable experience in organisational leadership, development programme management and institutional capacity building.

Over the years, he has worked in various capacities with donor-funded development projects   and the private sector, notably the Shell Petroleum Development Company, Nigeria where he was at one time, the Coordinator of the Company’s Sustainable Community Development department’s health, education and monitoring and evaluation programmes and later, the Head of Partnerships Implementation.

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He was Programme Manager with the Living Earth Foundation, United Kingdom, where he worked with local implementation partners to improve governance across public institutions in Southern Nigeria. He also established community development programmes in Ethiopia, Mali and Zimbabwe as the Community Development Advisor for the Society for the Protection of Animals Abroad (SPANA), London.

His multidisciplinary and cross-cultural work experience has offered him the privilege of seeing development issues from multiple perspectives, providing him with the insight required to deliver his role as CCSI Director of Programmes. Macaulay believes the CCSI work environment promotes internal harmony “which makes everyone feel genuinely appreciated and therefore makes hard work fun!”

He volunteers and reads autobiographies in his free time.

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Oluseyi Akintola

Technical Advisor Programmes

Oluseyi brings over 20 years’ experience in community development practice, community system strengthening and other public health and social development issues including Malaria, Nutrition, Reproductive Health, Family Planning, and Governance.  He has technical and management experience in development and participatory methodologies with specific expertise in strategic health communication interventions.

A competent facilitator in Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) methodologies and group promotion. As the Technical Advisor, he provides oversight to projects currently being implemented by CCSI both at state and national levels, while also providing supportive supervision to ensure projects meet expected deadlines and results.

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Oluseyi’s views community activities as a way of giving back to the societies. He is especially happy when CCSI’s interventions make differences in the lives of community members.   As one of the longest serving staff, he considers the CCSI team as family.

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Oluyemi Abodunrin

Technical Advisor

Oluyemi’s expertise are in the areas of Development Communication, Behaviour Change Communication, Maternal Health, Adolescent and Reproductive Health. For over 15 years, he has deployed these skills to bring positive change in advocacy, media relations, community mobilization, conflict resolution and peace management.

He joined CCSI in 2011 as a Programme Officer in charge of the Urban Reproductive Health Initiatives (NURHI) and has since managed several other projects rising to become a Technical Advisor on all of CCSI major projects.

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His leadership skills has seen him leading many of CCSI projects including the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) where he supervised extensive community mobilisation outreach,  BCC material development, documentary productions etc.

As Technical Advisor, he manages and supervises projects across different thematic areas.

Oluyemi has a degree in Mass Communication and a Master’s Degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies. He is an alumni of the prestigious Leadership in Strategic Health Communication (LSHC) by the John Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health.

He sees CCSI has a learning organization which has given him room to grow in his area of expertise.

In his free time, he likes to hike and photograph nature and landscapes across the globe.

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Aisiri Adolor

Technical Advisor, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation

Adolor brings a vast and rich experience to CCSI as a public health evaluation specialist with experience in social and public health research, knowledge management; monitoring and evaluation of development projects.

Having worked in different public health and social development sectors including HIV/AIDS comprehensive care, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) care, Education, Health Systems strengthening, Cervical Cancer prevention, Malaria, and Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health (MNCH), he has developed numerous research protocols and survey tools, coordinated operational/formative research studies and evaluations of donor funded projects; and conducted scientific/ technical documentation; he is an expert in coding and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data.

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Adolor’s leadership work in developing state Monitoring and Evaluation plan for Lagos state government saw a more efficient project monitoring and evaluation in the state and he also provided a much needed technical assistance to the programme branch of the National Malaria Elimination Programme of Nigeria’s Ministry of Health.

He is a Certified Knowledge Manager (KMI, USA) and Member, American Evaluation Association (AEA).

As the Technical Advisor Research, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, he oversees research designs and implementation, generation and management of evidence to guide designs of SBC strategies across CCSI projects. He provides technical leadership for the knowledge management systems at CCSI.

Adolor is a fan of traditional gospel music.

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Moses Arome

Senior Finance Officer

Moses is CCSI Senior Finance Officer, overseeing the finance department. In this role, he has brought immense innovation and expertise to bear on our financial process.

He has a first degree in Accounting from the University of Jos and an MBA from Nasarawa State University. He joined CCSI shortly after and for the past 10 years, he has been part of the core team of innovators who witnessed the various stages of development of CCSI.

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Moses says: “I love working at CCSI because it has evolved a culture of inclusiveness and mutual respect, creating a conducive atmosphere for career growth and development.”

He is a fan of varied genre of music and loves traveling.

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Seun Akioye

Senior Media Officer

Before joining CCSI, Seun has worked as one of Nigeria’s top investigative journalists for 17 years and has helped to highlight the plight of the underprivileged people through his commitment to development journalism.

With a Diploma in Journalism and a Degree in History and International Relations, Akioye began his career in 1999 at The Week magazine and rose to become Assistant Editor at The Nation newspaper before joining the CCSI team as Senior Media Officer.  Under his leadership, the Media and Creative Units help to highlight the works of CCSI in a creative and innovative way.

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He is one of Nigeria’s most decorated journalists with more than 15 national and international awards to his name including the Wole Soyinka Investigative Journalist, Nigeria’s Writers Award, Writer of the year, Nigerian Media Merit Award (NMMA) Journalist of the year in Investigation, Environment, Foreign, Arts, Diamond Excellence Award (DAME) Development Journalist, Nigerian Breweries Golden Pen Reporter etc.

As Defence Editor, he has served time covering the Boko Haram insurgency in Nigeria’s northeast and two terms of reporting the war against Al-shabab in Somalia. He also covered the 2008 US Presidential Election.

He is also a well sought after public health speaker and has spoken at many international meetings in the United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, India, Australia etc. He helped draft and implement legislative advocacy for the passage of Nigeria’s tobacco control laws.
Akioye: “Working here has opened my eyes to new realities and skills that I am capable of deploying. It has been fun and a learning experience working with the most creative team on earth.”

Akioye loves adventure, travelling and cooking.

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Anthony Edozieuno

Senior Programme Officer

Anthony brings to CCSI over 12 years of experience in the management of public health programs on maternal health and child survival interventions.  Over the years, he has managed donor funds amounting to over $15 Million on about 12 projects and contracts supported by Global Fund DFID/UKAID, USAID and other Institutional donors. Anthony has worked with CHAN Medi-Pharm, Sustainable Healthcare International and Christian- Aid, UK before joining CCSI.

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As Senior Program Officer, he supports the coordination and integration of resources from donor agencies and other corporate bodies into targeted public health Social Behaviour Change Communication interventions across the states to improve the health of the population.

Anthony holds a BSc Microbiology from University of Benin, a Master of Public Health (MPH) from University of Ibadan and currently enrolled with London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London MSc Health Services Management International Program. He has certifications in Malaria (PH425x: MalariaX: Defeating Malaria from the Genes to the Globe) with Harvard School of Public Health and Project Management for Development Professionals (PMD Pro 1&2) from AMPG International, UK. He is an alumni of the prestigious Leadership in Strategic Health Communication (LSHC) by the John Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Anthony has expertise ranging from Project Management, Health System Strengthening and Community Mobilization.  Anthony believes the work culture at CCSI is helping him to deploy his skills in achieving results.

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Opeyemi Fayomi (ACA)

Internal Auditor/ Compliance Manager

Opeyemi (a seasoned Chartered Accountant) has offered about twelve (12) years in practical experience in the field of ICT driven audit, forensic accounts, tax administration, amongst others. He has worked with renown companies in the financial sector including Finbank Plc, M&D Holdings Ltd, Fasol Engineering Ltd, and Omolola Iyabode & Co, audit firm and has experience in consulting for Government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). All of this wealth of knowledge, he brings to bear on his position as the Internal Auditor at CCSI.

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At different point of his work with CCSI, Opeyemi has audited the USAID – Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3) Malaria Project Funds for Social Behaviour Change Communication (SBCC) in five Nigerian states, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF)’s funds for Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health (NURHI) project in Kaduna state, United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) IPCI training project funds in Maiduguri, Borno State, UNICEF VAC in 5 states of the federation among many others.

Opeyemi is an alumnus of the Strategic and Business Development Workshop by the John Hopkins University Center for Communication Program Baltimore USA and Team Building International as well as HACT (Harmonized Cash Transfer) workshop. He is a graduate of Accounting from University of Ado Ekiti and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN).

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Adenike Ayodele

Programme Officer

Adenike works as CCSI Programme Officer, providing support to projects implementing strategic behaviour change interventions in Nigeria. She currently supports Family Planning programming on the NURHI 2 project but also provides support to other thematic areas across health and social development.

She has extensive work experience in the health sector both in Nigeria and the United Kingdom where she worked in the Cervical Cancer Screening Programme of the National Health Service UK.

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Adenike has spent the last 13 years helping to improve the health indices of the most vulnerable people and was instrumental to the successful implementation of the NURHI project which concluded in 2015.

Adenike says: “CCSI is an exciting and vibrant place to work; there is never a dull moment. The organisation is also committed to staff development and I have had numerous opportunities for growth and development over the past few years. CCSI also allows me to be innovative and provides platforms to throw the box away in my thinking.”

She has a Degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of WolverHampton and a Masters in Translational Medicine from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom. Adenike is also a baker, who loves to read in the process.

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Kanayo Precious Omonoju

Programme Officer

Precious has together about 14 years of experience as a public health and social development worker. Since 2011, Precious has coordinated the flagship and highly successful leadership training programme of CCSI the Leadership in Strategic Communication Workshops (LSCW).  Her expertise and leadership has proven valuable over the years and has contributed immensely to a successful delivery of all the editions held for the last seven years. She also supports with CCSI’s specialized trainings and team building exercises.

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Precious holds the Bachelor of Pharmacy (B. Pharm) degree of the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the Public Health Department of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Glasgow, Scotland and a Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) degree (in view) from the Walden University, United States of America (USA).

In addition to her training portfolio, she has supported the implementation of several CCSI projects like Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI 1), Family Planning Providers Network (FPPN), Micronutrient Initiative, NetCare and repair, UNICEF IPCI, UNICEF End Violence Against Children, NURHI 2 Post Pregnancy Family Planning project etc.  She supports in the development and implementation of communication strategies which has served as a link to the determinants of behaviour which directly or indirectly impact on positive behaviour change.

She is a member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), the United Kingdom Public Health Association (UKPHA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Precious says: “The work climate is very friendly, and colleagues have become an extension of family. When this happens, you can be yourself. What stands out with the organization is the pursuit of excellence and genuine interest for staff development. This has further endeared me to CCSI.”

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Fatima Shehu

Programme Officer

Fatima encapsulates skills in law and communications.  A lawyer by training, she has worked in the field of development and media using communications to illustrate changing behaviours.

She has written and produced media contents including documentary and short drama series aimed at bring about change in target audience behavior and attitude on the web and electronic media.

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Over the years she has horned her skills in team coordination, content research for programs, creative writing and script editing, programme research and coordination, public and media relations and leadership and management.

At CCSI, she coordinates all project activities relating to The Challenge Initiative (TCI) which focuses on Family Planning.

Fatima has consulted for UNICEF and has extensive work experience with the BBC Media Action as Project Manager, Head of Training, Content Research and Edit Leader, Producer and Script Editor.

She obtained her Law degree from the University of Maiduguri and attended Lagos Law School.

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David Lawal

Media Officer

As a member of the Media and Creative Unit, David works closely with the Senior Media Officer to plan and execute media related tasks including proofreading, creating and monitoring media contents.

A graduate of Journalism, David brings a wealth of experience to the team both as a print and multi-media journalist.  A Google certified journalist, he began his career as an Editorial Assistant at TELL Magazine and later moved to The Nation Newspaper as multimedia Journalist and Social Media Executive.

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David is a member of Nigerian Union of Journalists, Journalists for Christ, Code for Nigeria, Africa Press Team, Voice of Children Africa (VOCA), Africa Press Team and Global Editors Network.

He is a member of the inaugural UNLEASHLAB talents in Copenhagen, Denmark to find innovative solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals. He was a writer for High Society International Magazine in Birmingham, UK; Country Representative for Foreign Direct Investment in Nigeria Magazine, Media Relation Officer to Association for Credible Leadership in Nigeria (ACLN) Bogotá, Colombia and Editor at AllMotors Newspaper, Lagos.

David says, “CCSI provides every form of support that makes you grow in your social life, career path and all around. Candidly, I like that my creative mental horizon is being challenged and is improving by the day, thanks to CCSI’s dynamism.” He likes reading, tourism, surfing the internet and playing music. He is a graduate of the prestigious Nigerian Institute of Journalism and the Lagos Business School.

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Habeeb Mu’azu

Media Assistant – Production

Habeeb works closely with the media and creative team to develop engaging documentaries and stories of change across CCSI areas of focus that would be used especially for community and media engagement. He is a trained broadcast content producer by profession, graduate of Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria Television Authority (NTA) College Jos with major in TV production.

He has highly advanced storytelling and skill set for content production with a clear and original vision of the projects he creates. Over the years, he has had the privilege to work on several development projects, with ample experience in implementing community-based programmes and activities for peace development among local communities through theatre, music and other forms of art.

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Among his best work: ANOTHER CHAPTER (Short Docu-Drama); Nominated for NUFF (Norwegian Youth Film Festival) and screened at ANIWA International Film Festival Ghana; NAKED TRUTH a short film that won the best short film in Zuma International Film Festival; FAR FROM UTOPIA which was nominated for Berlin talent campus, and THE JOURNEY SO FAR. His goal is to produce documentaries and films that will impact positively in Nigerian communities and receive extensive local and international media exposure and interest from film festivals around the world.

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