Introducing the PEIF Fund RGI Mentorship Class of 2016
The PEIF Fund is pleased to introduce its Mentorship Class of 2016!
The coaching and mentorship programs, which are already underway, are targeted at youths, recent graduates, those actively pursuing their first careers or new careers, and youths who need any form of professional or educational support. The PEIF Fund matches candidates with established professionals in the sciences, arts, humanities and the legal field. For the inaugural class, we had an impressive number of applicants with rich academic and professional backgrounds. Although impressed with the academic achievements of applicants, the review committee accepted fourteen individuals who had shown a firm commitment to charitable and innovative social services in their communities. Each of the candidates accepted into the program also demonstrated a long-term interest in service and social innovation. Acts of service carried out and initiatives executed by mentees include participation in our Teach A Child Program, organizing donation drives to orphanages, paying tuition for indigent students, volunteering at a Home for Elders, as well as starting a collaborative support group for children in need, amongst others.
Meet Some of our 2016 Mentees:
Chukwuebuka Christian Ogbodo, Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society and Google Policy Fellow
Chukwuebuka Christian Ogbodo is a Final Year Law Student of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He is the recipient of the First Google Policy Fellowship in Nigeria with a N1.5 Million grant. He is an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, an honour accorded by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust Foundation. Chukwebuka has also received multiple fellowship awards, is a Unilever Brand Ambassador, and was a Global Semi-Finalist for the Open Society Youth Fellowship Award (USA), 2015. His professional experiences include successfully working with a Tech Start-up firm in Nigeria as a Legal Affiliate and volunteering at the University of Nigeria Law Clinic. During the summer of 2014, Christian worked at one of Nigeria’s foremost commercial law firms — Banwo & Ighodalo, and in 2015, spent the summer working at the biggest law firm in the country—Aluko & Oyebode. At the end of his Summer with Aluko & Oyebode, he gave a presentation titled, "The Economies of The Internet of Things". Beyond technology policies, Christian has a deep interest in energy law, reflected in his membership of the Energy Institute of United Kingdom, The Institute of Energy Law of the Center for American and International Law, Texas, and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, UK.
Hillary Maduka, Senior Editor, Google Policy Fellowship Finalist and Human Rights Activist
Hillary Maduka is a Google Policy Fellowship Finalist, Community Organizer, Human Rights Activist, and Law student. He is invested in the worlds of law and youth empowerment and transparency activism. He is Senior Editor of the Journal of the International Youth Action Against Terrorism and currently heads the Media and Publicity Department of the organization. He is also the Africa Regional Coordinator, Global Network of Young Leaders. Hillary is a three-time recipient of the Dean Honors Roll. In the Summer of 2015, he worked as a United Nations Youth Facilitator at the G.Y.C. in Qatar to help find lasting solutions to the humanitarian crisis plaguing different parts of the world. Currently, his engagement with the International Youth Action Against Terrorism involves working towards putting an end to terrorist activities across the Globe and engaging young people constructively. He has recently received a Scholarship from the German Academic Exchange Service to attend a Summer course in Germany and Poland - "The European System for the Protection of Human Rights". He has also been invited by the International Center on Nonviolent Conflict in Washington to participate in a short program focusing on the advanced and interdisciplinary study of civil resistance at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, University of Tuft, USA. Currently a law student at the University of Jos, Nigeria, he is working towards becoming a human-rights lawyer.
Olugbenga Olubanjo, Civil Engineer and Entrepreneur
Olugbenga Olubanjo is a leader, entrepreneur, and innovation enthusiast. He recently finished his undergraduate studies from the University of Ibadan (UI), Nigeria, where he graduated with First Class Honours in Civil Engineering. As an astute entrepreneur, Olugbenga founded MOC trade, a book trading company in South West Nigeria. In his thirst for learning, Olugbenga has obtained various certifications from various institutions across the world. These include Oil and Gas Technology Certification from IFP School, France; Honour Code Certificate in Innovation and Commercialization from MITx; Future cities from ETHx Zurich; Inclusive Leadership from Catalyst; Gamification and Designing Cities from UniPenn, among others. He also barged a Project Management Practice Certification from NIIT. Olugbenga has served in various positions. He was Group Leader, Zenith Group, University of Ibadan (UI); Project Head, ENACTUS UI; Consultant for Engineers Without Borders UI; and a Volunteer Student Representative for Institution of Civil Engineers. Olugbenga is presently a Graduate Intern at Arup, Nigeria.
Viola Echebima, Law Student and Former Director, Social Justice Department UNEC Legal Clinic
Viola C. Echebima has served as Director of the Social Justice Department at the Legal Clinic of the University of Nigeria (Enugu Campus) where she coordinated the social justice department wing of the university’s legal aid clinic, making policies and implementing same. She has also served as Associate Editor for the Barrister Magazine (official publication of the Law Students Association at the University of Nigeria - 2013/2014 edition) and as Summer Teacher for the Super Star International Centre, Owerri - a two-week work placement where she taught subjects such as English Language, Verbal reasoning and Quantitative Reasoning. Currently a final year law student, Viola is the recipient of the Award of Excellence for the Most Promising Law Student at the University of Nigeria from the Law Students Association, Enugu Campus (JUNE, 2013) and the Award of Excellence for Best Counsel in the First Year Legal Debate by the University of Nigeria Student Bar Association, Enugu Campus (May 2012). She is also the recipient of the Award of Recognition as the Best Graduating Student from the Igbenedion Education Centre, Benin City (August 2004). She aspires towards a leadership role through the practice of law. She has particular interests in Energy and Natural Resources Law, Corporate law, and Banking and Investments law. She is a good team player, innovative and open to new ideas. She looks forward to using the PEIF Fund platform to pursue her interests in social justice, achieve her professional goals, and help her towards becoming primed to take up challenges for the Nigerian Society.