Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship

 

The Sexuality Leadership Development Fellowship addresses historical and contemporary sexuality issues and emerging best practice in policy and programming for sexual well-being in Africa. The curriculum focuses on sexuality, sexual health and rights, sexual diversity, pleasure, HIV/AIDS and vulnerabilities, gender and violence against women.
 

Fellows Class of 2017

 

Lorence Kabasele Birungi

 

Lorence Kabasele Birungi is Congolese and a youth advocate. She has a Diploma in Commercial Administration from Notre Dame d’Afrique College, Congo. She is involved in the Youth Forum on ICPD and SDGs (Youthfim), a  youth  organization  that  has  the  mission  to  inform,  inspire and involve  young  people  in  the  process  of  development, education  on   SRHR  and  on  child  marriage  advocacy. She is the President of the UNFPA DRC Youth Advisory Panel where she advises UNFPA DRC on young girls matters.

Musafiri Kahodi Evariste

 

Musafiri Kahodi Evariste is Congolese and a medical doctor who specializes on epidemics and outbreaks disaster management. He holds a MBBS degree. He has worked as a general practitioner in The UA’s ASEOWA Mission. He is currently the national coordinator of a local Youth NGO named “LES AILES DU COEUR”. He has training in Reproductive Health and works as supervisor of several Youth and Adolescents Reproductive Health activities, one of which is Tam Tam FP with the UNFPA/DRC across the country..

Issa OKENDE LOKUSHE

 

Issa OKENDE LOKUSHE is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and has a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Lorraine University in France. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering but his passion for improving young people’s health motivated him to pursue a career in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health. He is currently the Program Officer in charge of Youth and Adolescent Programs at the United Nations Population Fund’s Office in DRC.

COCO MUKOKA NSOKOTSHI

 

COCO MUKOKA NSOKOTSHI is Congolese; he holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commercial and Financial Sciences. He has a Master’s degree in Accounting from the Higher Institute of Commerce of Kinshasa. He is currently the National Coordinator of the Congolese Youth and Adolescent Network in Population and Development which is working on issues of Population and Development in general and Sexual Health in particular. He is passionate about creating awareness on issues related to Sexual and Reproductive Health.

Benjamin Buyemere  

Benjamin Buyemere is Congolese and the Programme Coordinator of the Youth Forum on ICPD and SDGs. He is a graduate of International Law from the University of Kinshasa, DRC. He has done a lot of work around youth advocacy and SDGs. He currently works on prioritizing of youth issues in the National Development strategies. He is the focal person for Central Africa and DRC on the Pan African Youth Leaders Network of the United Nations on SDGs. He is the founder of the Youth Change Maker Academy (YCMA) and Talk for Inspiring (T4i) Show.


Angela Naa Kailebi Odoi

 

Angela Naa Kailebi Odoi is Ghanian and a Public Health Officer. She is a graduate of Psychology and holds a Masters of Public Health in Population Family and Reproductive Health. She works with the Ghana Health Services as the Assistant Programme Officer on the National Adolescent Health and Development Programme. She has a great interest in Adolescent Health and Development with emphasis on Sexual and Reproductve Health. She has done a lot of work around Policy and Advocacy for Adolescent Health Programs.

Johnson Tekay Hinneh  

Johnson Tekay Hinneh is Liberian and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Post Graduate Diploma in Science and Technology Education and a Masters of Education Degree in Research and Evaluation. He has worked with several NGOs in different capacities working with young people across Liberia. He works with the Ministry of Education, Liberia as the Director for School Health with responsibility to ensure the well-being of all students in Liberia through evidence based policy and program development.

Ernree Bee Neeplo

 

Ernree Bee Neeplo is Liberian and a graduate of Sociology. She has a Master’s degree in Public Health. She works as a Program Manager for the Planned Parenthood Association of Liberia (PPAL). She has volunteered and worked with several community based organizations making contributions aimed at increasing adolescents and women access to sexual and reproductive services and other positive health outcomes. She is also into public health policy management and health care delivery through community-based organizations.

Ann Buchanan Cooper

 

Ann Buchanan Cooper is Liberian and a student at the United Methodist University. She works with the Lesbian and Gay Coalition in Liberia as an outreach coordinator for Central Monrovia. Her major role is HIV/AIDS prevention awareness among the lesbian women, girls and other vulnerable groups like sex workers and female drug users. Presently the organization is operating in three counties and over time they have trained over 185 people on Human Rights, Advocacy and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights.

Reuben D. Sayweah

 

Reuben D. Sayweah is Liberian. She is the peer educator supervisor of the Transgender Network in Liberia. Her daily work is around promoting the Sexual and Reproductive Health rights of transgender people. She advocates for the right of the SOGIE and her goal is to close the gap of fragmentation within the SOGIE movement. She is also passionate about Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health with her main focus on the adolescent transgendered people.

Tolulope Kotey

 

Tolulope Kotey is Nigerian and a Public Health Physician. She holds a MBBS (Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery) degree from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, and also a MPH (Masters of Public Health) from the same institution. Currently, she is a Resident Doctor in the Department of Community Health, Lagos University Teaching Hospital. She has special interest in Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (RMNCH) and has ongoing research work in these areas.

Igbinedion Omosefe Tina

 

Igbinedion Omosefe Tina is Nigerian and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Science and Advance Diploma in Public Health Nursing. She is a member of the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Nigeria, Nigeria Non Communicable Disease Alliance (Nigerian NCD Alliance) and also a member of International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC). She currently works as a Programme Associate on ending Female Genital Mutilation and currently oversees Action Health Incorporated Youth Friendly Clinic Unit.

Christian Ngomenzey Musuyi

 

Khalil Assumpta Laju is Nigerian and holds a National Diploma in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. She is a volunteer at the Centre for Citizens With Disability in Lagos State Nigeria. Having been involved in a fatal accident which left her disabled, she is passionate about advocating for the rights of people living with disability most especially women. She hopes to start a Not for Profit Organization whose main aim would be to advocate for the rights of Women Living with Disability.

Abiola Fakile

 

Abiola Fakile is an American of Nigerian descent. She is currently undergoing a Master’s of Public Health program at Mercer University. She also recently completed an internship programme at Action Health Incorporated. After receiving her MPH, she intends on studying Physiotherapy and subsequently combining the knowledge of the two studies to further go on to become a travelling Physiotherapist. She is also into Photography and puts this skill to use in documenting programming events.

Salamatu Kemokai

 

Salamatu Kemokai is Sierra Leonean and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Geography, a Master’s degree in Conflict, Security and Development, Post Graduate Diplomas in Population Studies and Environmental Journalism. She works as a Programme Analyst, Advocacy and Behavior Change Communications specialist at UNFPA Sierra Leone. She has over fifteen years’ experience on issues on population dynamics, communications, security, sexual reproductive health and other human rights programmes.

Essendi Louisa

 

Essendi Louisa is Kenyan and has a Diploma in Social Sciences; she is an advocate for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Expression (SOGIE) rights in Kenya. She works at the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) and Minority Women in Action. She is driven to contribute to a change in every form and platform she can. She believes that the fight for equality is a global fight that needs to start from the people affected most from the grassroots going all the way up to the people who can influence the required change.

Georgina Obonyo

 

Georgina Obonyo is Kenyan and has a Diploma in Community Development. She is the Programs Coordinator at Dance4Life Kenya. She implements programs around ASRH with a bias on access to Comprehensive Sexuality Education. Having been affected by some Reproductive Health issues, she is very passionate about women’s rights, including access to safe abortion. She was recognized by the African Union (AU) for her valuable contribution to young people’s health and development.