MEET THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
His Highness, Chief John Bawa PYAPE
His Highness, Chief John Bawa PYAPE, an administrator and Traditional Ruler, is the Chairman, Board of Trustees of Unique Aid Foundation for People Living with AIDS. Chief John Bawa PYAPE is currently the Traditional Ruler (District Head/Hakimi) of Nyanya, a densely populated community in Abuja Municipal Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory. He is versed with the customs and traditions of the Nigerian people, particularly the Gbagi people and has been instrumental to many peace initiatives in AMAC, Bwari, Abaji Municipal Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Chief John Bawa PYAPE is a member of Karu Chiefdom Council of Chiefs and Gbagi Traditional Council of Chiefs. He has served as the Lead Business Volunteer with International Noble Initiative Club, a non-governmental organization working in the area of poverty alleviation.
Chief Bawa has attended a number of capacity building training in the field of HIV/AIDS including a training on HIV Counseling and Testing, Business Management Techniques, Home Based Care, Food and Nutrition, Gender and Human Rights, etc.
Assumpta Reginald Ngozika
Asumpta Reginald Ngozika is currently the Regional Director of International Community of Women Living with HIV (ICW West Africa). She hail from Anambra State, South Eastern Nigeria, studied public administration at Institute of Management and Technology Enugu and Business administration from Federal polytechnic Mubi Adamawa State North Eastern Nigeria. Assumpta started her humanitarian work in the area of HIV/AIDS and Poverty as a Volunteer in June 2002 with non-governmental organization known as Unique Aid Foundation for People Living with AIDS.
In recognition of her work particularly at the community level, Assumpta was declared Winner of the Prestigious Journalist against AIDS (JAAIDS) Red Ribbon Award 2006 and in 2007. She received a brown bag award on her work on PMTCT and adherence support from FHI 360 in Arlington Washington DC. Also, on 15th October 2010 she received an award from Women World Summit Foundation Switzerland for empowering and impacting on the lives of rural Women in Nigeria. Assumpta has successfully implemented various projects Across West and Central African Region, Empowerment of Women living with HIV and disabilities and also Global Fund project and MDGs. She is a member of Board of Trustees of Unique Aid Foundation for People Living with AIDS. She is happily married with Children.
Dr. Pat. O. Matemilola
Dr. Pat. O. Matemilola, medical doctor, researcher and former National Coordinator, Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN), is a member of Board of Trustees of Unique Aid Foundation for People Living with AIDS (UAF).
An inspiring leader and scientist, Dr. Pat has contributed immensely to HIV mitigation interventions both nationally and internationally. As National Coordinator of NEPWHAN for nine years, Dr. Pat was actively involved in building the organization through program development and advocacy at various levels. While in NEPWHAN, he also managed several funds and projects such as; Nigerian Organizations Response to AIDS (NORA) project, World Bank Assisted HIV and AIDS Fund (HAFI), Ford Foundation grant for PLWHA mobilization at Community level.
Prior to his stint at NEPWHAN, Dr. Matemilola, a Paediatrician, worked for over 20 years in the Nigerian Army Medical Corps in several capacities such as Commander Garrison, Headquarters Medical Centre and Deputy Commandant/Acting Commandant of Nigerian Army Medical Corps Training School. Dr. Pat has to his credit several awards including, "Outstanding Leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria" by UNAIDS.
Gloria Blessing Ogodo
Gloria Blessing Ogodo is a vibrant gender and women's rights advocate. She has devoted her time helping adolescent and young people, particularly those living with HIV and making them realize that being HIV positive is not the end of life.
Gloria is in the foregoing front of the fight against HIV/AIDS in Nigeria and Africa giving hope to thousands of adolescent and young women who are living with HIV and advocating for their access to sexual and reproductive health and rights. She is a trained counselor and one of the ICW West Africa Champions that engages the different stakeholders on HIV/AIDS including the Country Coordinating Mechanism of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Nigeria Task Team on Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT). She has participated in several research efforts including the documentation of stories of women living with HIV, a tool for advocacy for access to sexual reproductive health and rights services.
Gloria Blessing Ogodo currently work with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS (NACA). She has helped hundreds of adolescent girls and young women whose fundamental human rights were violated. She is a public speaker and has built and equipped over 1000 adolescent and young women with skills to negotiate safe sex both in and out of school youths.
Mr. Edward Ogenyi
Mr. Edward Ogenyi, a scientist, an administrator and human right activist, is the Director/CEO of Unique Aid Foundation for People Living with AIDS. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degrees (B.Sc.) in Sociology and Master of Science Degree (M. Sc ) in Social Work. He has over 15 years of extensive work experience with people living with HIV and key population and his advocacy efforts led to the first “Public Hearing on HIV/AIDS” in Nigeria in 2000. At the national level, Mr. Ogenyi has served as the National Coordinator of the Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (NEPWHAN) for 6 years.
He is credited for leading the Civil Society efforts in the passage of Anti-HIV Discrimination Bill into Law in 2014 and successful conduct of Nigeria Stigma Index, Criminalization Scan, GIPA Report Card and Advancing SRHR of People Living with HIV among others. He has served in several national and international committees including the Country Coordinating Mechanism of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Civil Society Think Tank on HIV/AIDS, FCT Agency for the Control of AIDS (FACA) and WHO Regional Validation Team on e-MTCT & Syphilis among others. At the Regional Level, he has served as the Secretary-General of African Network of People Living with HIV (NAP+ West Africa). Mr. Ogenyi has received several awards, including the National Minority AIDS Council - NMAC Award in Florida, USA in 2006.
He has managed several projects including the Global Fund, NEPWHAN/NORA Project, a USAID funded project through MSH, NACA/World Bank HIV Project, Commonwealth Foundation, Collaborative Fund for HIV Treatment, ActionAid Nigeria, ChristianAid Nigeria and Family Health International (now FHI-360). He is happily married with children.
Mrs. Esther O. James
Mrs. Esther O. James - an educationist and women’s rights and gender-activist is a member of Board of Trustees of Unique Aid Foundation for People Living with AIDS. She is currently the Program Manager at Association of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria (ASWHAN). She holds a High National Diploma in Business Administration and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education. Esther is a creative, self-motivated and goal-oriented person who has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS in the last 12 years and a member of Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria. She has a strong skills and competency in program design and management and has managed a number of HIV/AIDS projects including the Community Care in Nigeria (CCN Project), a USAID funded project through Christian Aid Nigeria. She has served ASWHAN, the umbrella body of women living with HIV/AIDS in Nigeria in the capacity of National Secretary for four years.
Esther James has been instrumental to the different initiative aimed at building the capacity of women living with HIV in the country with special focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights. She has facilitated a number of training workshop including Good governance initiative for Women, Lobbying and advocacy for access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Fundamental Human Rights, Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention, Anti-Discrimination Act, Home Based Care, Adherence and Psychosocial Support, Food and Nutrition Support for OVC, Project Management Techniques, monitoring, evaluation and learning among others. She has strong IT skills including online networking, excel and power point presentation. She has worked with diverse stakeholders in Nigeria including community leaders, government, the donor community and people living with HIV and key populations.
OCHIBA PETER – a computer scientist and technologist - is a member of Board of Trustees of Unique Aid Foundation for People Living with AIDS. He is currently the CEO at TRICOMM NETWORKING SOLUTION.He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science. Peter is a creative, self-motivated and goal-oriented person who has worked in the field of HIV/AIDS as a peer educator trainer (PET). He has a strong skills and competency in program design and management and has managed a number of ICT projects such as web-development of Benjamite Outreach website, compovine Technology, Tunsol Hotels and recently Unique Aid Foundation organization website .
Peter has worked in the IT industry in Nigeria since 2012. His experience includes working in the financial sector, supporting customers as well designing IT security infrastructure for organizations.
He joined compovine Tecnologist as sales engineer in 2012. During this period, he acquired numerous professional certificates i.e. CCNA, comptia A+, Network+ among others.
Having worked closely with McAfee, Compovine technologies for over 5 years he has an unrivaled experience in understanding the strategic direction of OEM’s in the region, alignment with partner strengths, elicitation of customer needs and delivery of best fit web base solutions.
Currently as CEO of Tricomm Networking Solution, he is responsible for strategic management of Tricomm Networking Solution, and is leading the company into new territories.