experience in the Nigerian media industry.
SADAP Africa is a platform that is built to identify outstanding African philanthropists and charity organizations to recognize and honour them for their good gestures, good values and positive contributions to the development of humanity in Africa as a way of encouraging them to do more and to inspire others to do same. The platform also aims to bring African philanthropists together for better collaboration and greater success, to help African philanthropists to become more structured and strategic in their giving and to seek strategies to make their giving more impactful—be it on an individual or corporate body.
It is also a platform that will enable the philanthropists to learn from one another’s work and to share insights for the purpose of strengthening individual and collective efforts to transform Africa. Background Information on the Concept of Philanthropy Definition According to Wikipedia, Philanthropy is “the voluntary giving of time, assistance, or money for the public good”. The term is derived from the Latin word, ‘philanthropia’, meaning “love of man”. In modern days, philanthropy is associated with the disbursement of time, talent, and financial aid by individuals for a wide variety of causes and charities. Some scholars have argued that ‘philanthropy is distinct from the concept of charity, which originated as part of the Judeo-Christian tradition which denotes unselfish direct assistance. All the great religions of the world today, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Judaism, recognize and encourage a duty to aid the less fortunate in the society.
Historical Origin of Philanthropy
According scholars, “the philanthropic impulse is as old as recorded history”. In many ancient societies, including those of Greece and Rome, the breakup of self-supporting kinship groups caused by urbanization led to the institution of state-sanctioned measures to aid the infirm (not strong), the poor, and the disadvantaged. During the Middle Ages in Europe, an elaborate network of almshouses, hospitals, and orphanages were supported by donations from the rich and by church collections. One of the earliest and best-known philanthropists was the Scottish-born American industrialist and founder of the iron and steel industry in the United States, Andrew Carnegie (1835 – 1919), who devoted the latter part of his life to giving away most of the huge fortune he had earned in the steel industry to charity.
According to Carnegie, wealthy people should take it as a responsibility to use the fortunes they have earned to provide greater opportunity for all and to increase the knowledge of humankind and of the universe. In his Essay, “The Gospel of Wealth,” first published in the North American Review in June 1899, Carnegie said to himself, “Beyond this never earn, make no effort to increase fortune, but spend the surplus each year for benevolent purposes”, referring to his earnings of $50,000 a year at that time. Following this principles Carnegie was said to have given over $300 million back to society through philanthropic gestures during his lifetime. Other important philanthropic foundations were also established in the 20th century by Henry Ford and John D. Rockefeller, among others. And in recent times, Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffet, Mac Arthur and a host of others also established foundations to bring succor to the less privileged peoples around the world. The Impact of Philanthropy in Modern Day Society. In 2012, the world’s renowned philanthropists of our time, Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet, founded “The Giving Pledge” in an effort to help address society’s most pressing problems by inviting the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to commit more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes either during their lifetime or in their will. This is because philanthropy has now become the alternative tool to move the world forward, to transform the society and has opened opportunities for millions of the less fortunate. Recent research indicates that despite the challenges in procuring funding, social change is taking place across the world through philanthropic actions. In the last few years in Africa for instance, philanthropic action has contributed not only to making Africa better, but has also enabled innovation and change that we may never have witnessed on the continent. Since the establishment of the Giving Pledge in 2012, a good number of African wealthy individuals and families have been proactive in the pledge to give certain percentages of their wealth to support the poor. In January 2016 for instance, it was reported that African entrepreneurs and philanthropists, give away an estimated US$7 billion every year for charitable purposes, although, little is known about these individuals and families. However, despite this achievement, Africa is still lagging behind in all human development indices among the continents of the world. The gap between the elite and the ordinary citizens, the rich and poor, and between the haves and the have-nots, is still dangerously wide. African nations cannot rise to the challenges of the 21st century without a healthy, educated and empowered citizens. The human development challenge facing Africa is still enormous. Therefore, the need for more people to be involved in philanthropic actions to bridge the human development gap cannot be overemphasized. At SADAP Africa, we believe that Philanthropy is in the best position to take the bold step to drive the transformational change for children and for the economies of African nations to strive: Philanthropy has the potential to bring the private and public sectors together to pool the needed resources to bring the needed transformation: and to achieve this, we need to partner together to streamline the giving processes, to know who give what, to whom and for what purpose. We need to create a robust system that will push for greater transparency, traceability and accountability in what we do not to ensure that African philanthropists are not just funding ideologies. SADAP Africa will advocate for and promote philanthropic programmes that are targeted towards poverty and crime reduction, women and youth empowerment, economic and social development, environmental safety and crisis prevention throughout Africa in collaboration with the philanthropists themselves. The organization shall work with other philanthropists from outside Africa to help achieve their goal of reaching out to the needy in Africa.
To use philanthropy as a platform to drive the desired transformational change for the economies of African nations, women and children, and our teaming unemployed youths.
To build a long term working relationships with the African philanthropists and to serve as mediators between the philanthropists and the people in need.
Our Core values•
We believe in transparency, traceability and accountability and we integrate honesty, integrity and business ethics into all aspects of our transactions.
To promote and expand African philanthropy to the global top and to develop a synergy and operational relationship between the philanthropists and the people in need. To increase awareness on the activities of the philanthropists and increase accessibility of the philanthropic opportunities for the needy.
Organization’s Information and Contact Details
- • Name: Society for the Advancement of African Society (a.k.a SADAP AFRICA).
- • Contact Office Address: Suite C204, (2nd floor), Gray Plaza, No. 11,
Dunokofia Street, Area 11, Garki, Abuja, FCT, Nigeria.
- • Telephone: +234 703 8589378, +234 815 3649126
- • Website: www.sadapafrica.org
- • Contact person: Musa A. Otigba (President/CEO)
- • Branch Office: No. 45, Talabi Street, off
Adeniyi Jones Avenue, Ikeja Lagos, Nigeria
- • Contact person: Mr. Yakubu Mohammed
- • Year of Registration: 2017 with registration number 98150
- • Country of Registration: Nigeria
- i. To promote philanthropy and philanthropic activities in Africa.
- ii. To identify outstanding African charity organizations and give them awards and recognition as a way of encouragement.
- iii. To recognize, honour and celebrate outstanding African philanthropists who donate generously for charitable purposes and for advancing the course of humanity in Africa with a view to encouraging them to do more and to inspire others to do even more.
- iv. To reward, recognize and honour African private entrepreneurs who started small and have greatly excelled in their businesses and creating employment opportunities and wealth for thousands of others.
- v. To recognize and honour Africa’s family business leaders who took over family businesses and have turned around the fortunes of such business through prudent management of available human and material resources and thereby creating wealth for others outside their families.
- vi. To partner with other reputable organizations where necessary to organize programmes and events that will promote African philanthropists and their philanthropic activities.
- vii. To act as intercessor between the philanthropists and the people in need, or the haves and have-not.
- viii. To solicit for financial/materials support from individual philanthropist and other charitable organizations from within and outside Africa and apply same for promoting philanthropic activities on the continent.
- ix. To conduct sensitization/public awareness programmes on the specific areas of philanthropic programmes of each philanthropist and how to access them or the requirement for accessing them.
- x. To liaise with the philanthropists on how to increase accessibility of the philanthropic opportunities for the needy.
- xi. To organize programmes that will facilitate experience sharing among the African philanthropists and promote their philanthropic activities to the next level.
- xii. To recognize and honour African leaders who provide responsible political leadership while in office
- xiii. To recognize and honour African leaders who contributes immensely their personal efforts and resources to the advancement of democracy and democratic governance on the continent.
- xiv. To keep and maintain periodic database of notable philanthropists, entrepreneurs and investors in Africa and release periodically a documentary/magazine on their activities.
xv. To accord African philanthropists with specific recognition that will make philanthropy more attractive and encouraging.
Founding Members of Board of Trustees
- • Mr. Yakubu Mohammed - Board chairman.
- • Hon. Ismail Inah Hussain- Member
- • Prof. Mohammed Bello Yunusa- Member
- • Dr. Isah Haladu- Member
- • The Late Dr. Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba- Member
- • Dr. Louis Nonye Obode- Member
- • Mr. Yusuf Shabayan Sankey - Member and Director-General
- • Mr. Silas Ezeugwu- Member
- • Miss Faith Eleojo Samson- Member
- • Clement Gbadamosi Esq.- Secretary/Legal Adviser
- • Comrade Musa A. Otigba- Founder and President/CEO
OUR FOCUS AREAS
SADAP Africa is positioned to become one of the leading advocates of philanthropy and philanthropic actions in Africa. The organization is projecting a new approach to philanthropy- a Philanthropy that is based on its core value- voluntary giving of time, assistance, or money for the public good. We also want to ensure that Philanthropy is as beneficial to the donor as to the recipient – one that gives the donor more pride than anything else he has done. And to achieve this, the target audience, the people in need, must be made to have access to the opportunity created by the philanthropists. SADAP Africa is ready to collaborate with individual philanthropist in their various fields of endeavours to achieve the desired result in this regard. THE FOUNDERS/REGISTERED TRUSTEES OF SADAP AFRICA. MR. YAKUBU MOHAMMED-BOARD CHAIRMAN Yakubu Mohammed is a frontline Nigerian journalist, writer, editor, media and public relations consultant and an administrator. He maintained a regular column in National Concord Newspaper and continued in the same vein at Newswatch Magazine for 28 years. He co-edited Nigeria’s Business and Trade Fair Journal with Ray Ekpu and has also contributed to various publications including Newswatch Best, Jogging in the Jungle: The Newswatch Story, Ojukwu and Moving in Circles, published by May Five Media Ltd. Born in Dekina, Kogi State of Nigeria on April 4, 1950, Yakubu Mohammed holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mass Communication of the University of Lagos, Lagos State, graduating in 1975 with second class honours upper division. He obtained his post-graduate diploma in Management and Public Administration from Glasgow College of Technology, Scotland in 1979. He was, at various times, associate editor, managing editor and acting editor of New Nigeria Newspapers between 1976 and December 1980 when he left for National Concord as deputy editor. He became the editor of National Concord in 1982 and resigned in 1984 to co-found Newswatch, where he served in various editorial and administrative capacities. Apart from the media, Yakubu Mohammed has had varied experiences in politics and public service. He was a gubernatorial aspirant in Kogi State in 2015, and in public service he served as Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, (2005-2007) and currently the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Governing Council, Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, Nigeria. He is presently an executive director with MayFive Media, a foremost book publishing and media relations company he co-founded with his long-time friends and business associates; Ray Ekpu, Dan Agbese and Soji Akinrinade upon their retirement from Newswatch in 2011. Mr. Yakubu Mohammed is a Fellow, Commonwealth Foundation, member of the International Press Institute (IPI), Newspaper Proprietors Association of Nigeria (NPAN), Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA) and Commonwealth Press Union (CPU). He has travelled extensively to more than 25 countries covering virtually all continents in the world, and has had the opportunity to study first-hand, the socio-political and economic development programmes as well as philanthropic activities in the respective countries. His admiration for African philanthropists made him to instantly accept to be the chairman of the board of trustees of the Society for the Advancement of African Philanthropists when the founder, Comrade Musa Otigba, sold the idea to him. He is expected to bring his vast experience to bear in the running of the organization. HON. ISMAIL INAH HUSSAIN- MEMBER, BOT. Hon. Ismail Inah Hussain was born on 3rd January 1960 in Ajaka, Kogi state of Nigeria. After obtaining his Senior Secondary School Certificate from St. Peter’s College Idah, Kogi State in 1979, Ismail Inah Hussain proceeded to Kogi State Polytechnic where he bagged the National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) in Business Administration between 1985 and 1989. He went further to obtain his Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Business Administration from Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Enugu, Nigeria in 2002 and a Master’s degree in Public Personnel Management from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in 2005. Hon. Hussain is a man of diverse honors with excellent and outstanding portfolio who has held various positions and served in the Nigerian public service in different capacities. He was Principal Catering Officer with the Federal Ministry of Education between 1994 and 2003, Director General, Koki State Liaison Office, Abuja, 2003-2004 and Director General (DG) Protocol, Government House, Lokoja, Kogi State, 2004-2007. He was elected member, Kogi State House of Assembly in 2007 and became the Deputy Speaker of the assembly from 2008-2011. He was elected Member, Federal House of Representative, representing Idah/Ofu/Ibaji/Igalmela-Odolu federal constituency at the National Assembly from 2011-2015. As a member of Kogi State House Assembly, Hon. Hussain served as the chairman finance and appropriation committee and member, works and housing committee, public petition and human rights committee as well as women affairs committee. And in the House of Representative, he was Deputy Chairman, Disaster and Emergency Management Committee, and as member of committees on defense, agriculture, federal roads management agency (FERMA), rural development, constituency outreach and FCT area councils. After leaving the House of Reps in 2015, Hon. Hussain founded the Inah Capital Investment Company, an investment management and car hiring services company with its headquarters in Abuja where is currently the chairman/CEO. Hon Hussain’s interest on the need to recognize and celebrate African philanthropists actually began during his time as deputy chairman of Nigeria’s House of Representative Committee on Emergency Management, where he was privileged to see the details of philanthropic actions in Africa by Africans. This was why, when the founder of the Society for the Advancement of African Philanthropists, Comrade Musa Otigba, came to sell the idea to Hon. Hussain, he did only support the idea but also instantly accepted to be a member of the board trustees of the organization. For his service to humanity, Hon. Hussain has received several honours and awards among which are the chieftaincy titles as “Agenyi Etemahi of Igalamela with the salutation-Kolooo, and as the Obakolujo of Obajana, Kogi State. He was conferred with Honorary Doctorate Degree in Public Administration by the University of Applied Science and Management, Port-Novo, Republic of Benin on the 5 th of December, 2009. Chief honorable Hussain Ismail is a Muslim and he is married with children. PROF. MUHAMMED BELLO YUNUSA Prof. M. B. Yunusa was born to the family of Alhaji Isah and Hajia Rukayat Yunusa in Dekina, Dekina local government area of Kogi State on 16 January 1965. He attained the height of the academia starting from native authority primary school (1962-1969) to government secondary school (1970-1974) from where he proceeded to the School of Basic Studies, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1975. Prof. Yunusa holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology, M.Sc. in Urban and Regional Planning, PhD in Geography and Proficiency Certificate in Computer Applications. He rose through the ranks from Graduate Assistant in 1980 to the current rank of Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria since 2004. Prof. Yunusa is a trained and seasoned educator and researcher, with vast academic and professional networks within and outside Nigeria. He is an author of several book chapters and journal articles on issues of urban and regional planning, and development and livelihoods. He is the author of “Understanding the Almajiri”. As an academic, Prof Yunusa, has research links with different organizations among which are the Nordic Africa Institute, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development in Geneva, Africa Studies Center in Leiden, Council for Development of Social Research in Africa in Dakar, the International Forum for Rural Transport Development in London and the Department of Human Geography, University of Stockholm, Sweden. He was a laureate at the CODESRIA Governance Institute in Dakar and has been a Director of Child and Youth Studies Institute of the CODESRIA. Within the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof M. B. Yunusa has served as the Head of Department of Urban and Regional Planning, member of both Post Graduate School Board and Senate of the University; Assistant and Deputy Dean as well as the Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Design. He was later appointed as the Managing Director of the Ahmadu Bello University Consultancy Services Ltd. All these were in addition to his primary academic responsibility of teaching, research and publication. Because of his love for humanitarian service, Prof. Yunusa accepted to serve on the board of the Society for the Advancement of African Philanthropists where he is expected to bring his long years of public service experience to bear towards the success of the organization. The Late Dr. ADINOYI ONUKABA OJO Dr. Adinoyi Onukaba Ojo, was until his tragic and untimely death on Sunday 5th March, 2017 a member of the board of trustees of SADAP Africa. The late veteran journalist was killed by gunmen at a village near Akure the Ondo State capital while on his way back to Abuja from Abeokuta, Ogun State, where he had joined other dignitaries to attend the inauguration of Obasanjo Presidential Library. Adinoyi Ojo Onukaba is a seasoned journalist, playwright and publisher of high repute who has published so many books and journals including: “In the Eye of Time”- a biography of former President Olusegun Obasanjo. “Atiku Abubakar”- a biography of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar. “Born to Run” – a biography of Late Dele Giwa, co-authored by him and Dele Olojede. Some of his plays include, Her Majesty’s Visit, A Resting Place, Tower of Burden, The Virginity Flee, The Lone Ranger, Bargain Hunting, and Soommalliyya. His play, “The Killing Swamp” was one of the three finalists for the 2010 NLNG Literature Award. Rest in peace Born on March 9, 1960 in Oboroke-Ihima, Okehi Local Government Area of Kogi State to the family of Mallam Shuaibu Onukaba and Hajia Aisha Onukaba. Onukaba obtained his first degree in 1982 in Theatre Arts from University of Ibadan. After completing his national service at Radio Nigeria, Ikoyi –Lagos in 1982/83, he joined The Guardian newspaper as one of its pioneer reporters in 1983. He rose to the position of News Editor before travelling out in 1989 for graduate studies. He bagged a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from New York University, New York, USA and worked as a Research Officer at the African Leadership Forum, New York. Onukaba also served as the Information officer, Division of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations Operation in Somalia (UNOSOM) between 1994 and 1995. He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1996 from New York University. Dr. Onukaba became Adjunct Professor of Mass Communication at the School of New Resources. College of New Rochelle, New York in 1997. Between 1997 and 1998, he worked as Press Officer, Department of Public Information, United Nations (New York). In June 1998, he was sent to Iraq as an Information Officer, United Nations Office of the Humanitarian Coordinator. Upon his return to Nigeria in 1999 to participate in the present democratic dispensation, his sterling qualities and ability to succeed caught the attention of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who appointed him as Special Assistant on Media Relations. Onukaba got to the peak of his journalistic career in August 1999 when he was appointed Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the then ailing Daily Times of Nigeria Plc. He worked tirelessly to reposition the Daily Times and made it attractive to investors. The company was privatized in 2004. Onukaba returned to the presidency as Senior Special Assistant to the former Vice president Atiku Abubakar on Public Communications between July 2003 and April 2005. In December 2005, the Okun Youth Solidarity Forum (OYSF) led by Hon. Adeniyi Sunday Bello, honoured him with the “Pillar of Youth Award” in recognition of his services to the State. Earlier in 2001, the then Governor Abubakar Audu of Kogi State honoured him as one of the distinguished citizens of the state. Onukaba has received numerous other awards for his decency, integrity, creativity and kindness. May his soul rest in peace. DR LOUIS NONYE OBODO Born on 22 April 1970 in Oguta local government area of Imo State of Nigeria, Dr. Louis Nonye Obodo is an active and intelligent personality. He is a Doctor of Optometry who graduated from Abia State University, Nigeria in 1996. He also bagged a Diploma Certificate in Renewable Energy from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate in 2007. He was the president, national association of Optometry Students, Abia State University Chapter from 1993-1995. Dr. Obodo began his civil service career as a medical officer II with the Federal Medical Centre, Gusau, Zamfara State of Nigeria from February 1999 where he worked until March, 2002 when he ventured into politics and private practice. He became the Managing Director of Nuns Resources Ltd, a Renewable Energy company providing Solar, Wind and Biomass Electricity to private and public institutions and homes since 2008 till date. He is also the Chairman and Medical Director of Nuns Medical & Eye Centre Ltd since 2009. Dr. Louis Obodo was Transition Committee Chairman of Oguta Local Government Council from February-August 2014, and from February-June, 2015. His intellectual works and medical research includes: -The Ocular effects of baked cassava (Garri) consumption on humans (1994). -Bank and the eye (the ocular hazards of working in the bank) (1996). -Improving the management of self as a tool to managing others (2003) -Development of youth engagement enterprises with low capital in developing countries (2008), among others. Dr. Obodo is married with children and he is a member of the board of trustees of SAAP. YUSUF SHABANYAN SANKEY Mr. Yusuf Shabanyan Sankey is a professional insurance broker trained by the Malaysian Insurance Institute. He retired as Managing Director/CEO of Northlink Insurance Brokers Plc, a subsidiary of Unity Bank PLC. He was on 22 January 164 born in Zango-Kataf Local Government Area, Kaduana State of Nigeria. He attended the famous Barewa College, Zaria, between 1975-1980 after which he proceeded to Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria where he obtained Advanced Diploma in Public Administration. He also holds Diploma in Production Management and Purchasing and Supply respectively from Kaduna Polytechnic. Yusuf Sankey is also a guru in marketing. He received an award of excellence at International Standard Insurance where he started his insurance career in 1982 as a Trainee Officer. Afterwards, he worked with Industrial and General Insurance Co. Ltd as an Executive Assistant Branch Manager in Kaduna office between 1998 and 2000. He was the Regional Director (North) of Guardian Trust Insurance Ltd. (Now Insurance KBL), 2000-2006, where he bagged the overall “Best Staff” prize for his outstanding performance. He has attended various training and works both locally and internationally among which are: Oil and Gas training on captives in Toronto, Canada; Executive Professional Development training in Melbourne and Sidney, Australia and CEO Strategic training in Johannesburg, South Africa, to mention few. As MD/CEO of Northlink Insurance Brokers Plc, Yusuf Sankey was able with his management team to turn around the company within a period of five years to the biggest brokerage company in northern Nigeria. He is currently the Executive Vice Chairman, Whitesands Insurance Brokers Ltd and Ahara Oil & Gas Ltd. He also chairs the boards of Shansey International Ltd, Brangel Nigeria Ltd. And Brangel Hotels & Resorts Ltd, Kaduna. SILAS EZEORA EZEUGWU Mr. Silas Ezeora Ezeugwu is a seasoned Nigerian journalist, production editor and book/script editor with the Leadership Newspapers Ltd. Born on 19 March 1979, Silas Ezeugwu attended the Central School Orba, Enugu State (1981-1986) and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where be bagged a BA Hons degree in English (2nd Class Upper) between 1995-1999. After a stint with Community Secondary School, Asokoro, Abuja as a Senior English Language Teacher, Silas began his journalism career with Daily Trust Newspapers as a Senior Proof Reader in 2006. In 2008, he joined the Sheworld Magazine as a Senior Staff Writer until 2011 he joined the Leadership Newspapers. He became the Deputy Editor in Leadership in 2013, Managing Editor, Standards (2015-2016) and currently the General Editor. Silas Ezeugwu has a penchant for philanthropy. He has been following the philanthropic activities of African leaders for years and has been an advocate for improved and sustainable philanthropy in Africa. No wonder he sees the Society for the Advancement of African Philanthropy as a better platform to actualize his dream. FAITH ELEOJO SAMSON Miss Faith Eleojo Samson was born on 11th November, 1990 to a humble family of Mr. and Mrs. Samson Shaibu from Olamaboro local government area of Kogi State. After receiving her Senior Secondary Certificate from Benviato Secondary School, Rumuokoro, Port Harcourt, Rivers State in the year 2000, Faith Samson proceeded to Kogi State University, Ayingba, from where she obtained the Ordinary National Diploma (OND) in Law and a Bachelor of Science Degree (B.Sc.) in Philosophy respectively between 2011 and 2016. She also bagged a Diploma Certificate in Catering Services from Perfect Touch Catering School, Nigeria Defence Academy (NDA), Mammy Ribadu Cantonment, Kaduna, Kaduna State in 2011. Young miss Faith Samson has a career objective to work in a challenging environment that demands all her skills and efforts that will enable her to develop herself and contribute her quota to the development of humanity, her country Nigeria, Africa and the world at large. The philanthropic gesture in Faith was discovered during her early days in the University. Even as a student then, Faith will combine studies with petty businesses like rendering catering services for small events, and whatever proceeds she realized from there, Faith will give it to her fellow students who she sees having difficulties in paying their school fees or having no food to eat. As a dynamic young lady with an unflinching passion for charity, Faith Samson accepted to be a founding member of the board of trustees of Society for the Advancement of African Philanthropists, an organization she saw as a better platform to realize her dream of doing the work that gives her joy- the service of humanity. COMRADE MUSA ALI OTIGBA-PRESIDENT/FOUNDER Comrade M. A. Otigba is a young Nigerian author, businessman and politician. His first book, “101 Reasons Why APC Should Form the Next National Government”, was published in 2014 shortly after the All Progressives Congress (APC) was formed and before the 2015 general elections in the country. And like the 16th century French Seer, Michael de Nostrademe, otherwise known as Nostradamus, (the man who saw tomorrow), Comrade Otigba’s prophesy of APC forming the next national government came to pass as the APC defeated the ruling party and incumbent president for the first time in a presidential election in Nigeria. He published his second book titled “365 Days of Political Change In Nigeria”, in June 2016, to commemorate the one year administration of the Buhari/Osinbajo-led APC government. Born on 28 December, 1979, Comrade Musa Otigba, hails from Ofu local government area, Kogi State of Nigeria. He attended St. Peter’s College, Idah and Federal Government College, Ugwolawo respectively between 1991 and 1997. After obtaining a Diploma in Public Administration and a Proficiency Diploma Certificate in Computer Operations, Comrade Musa Otigba is currently at the University of Abuja where he is studying for his Bachelor of Science degree in the Department of Political Science and International Relations. As a selfless and diligent personality with exceptional skills, Comrade Otigba has worked with various organizations within Nigeria. He was the Administrative Secretary/Special Assistant to the Chairman/CEO of the Oil Resources Development Company (TORDCO) Nig. Ltd. Trans Amadi, Port- Harcourt, Rivers State from 1998-2008, Administrative Secretary/Special Assistant to MD/CEO, Sally-Mac International Company Ltd. Port-Harcourt, (2008-2009), and Operations Manager, Timatech Nigeria Limited, Port Harcourt, from 2009 -2011 when he became the President, Youth Mission & Initiative for Africa Development (YOMAD), an organization he co-founded to work with the various stakeholders in the health sector to reduce the alarming child and maternal mortality rates in Nigeria at that time. He is also the current president, Igala Youth Organization for Social & Economic Development (IYOSED), an organization dedicated to continued advocacy for the development of Igala land and people. He is also the chairman and chief executive officer, Musrand Farms & Agro-Products Limited, Musrand Consults Nig. Ltd. and Musrand Cleanse & Clean Nigeria Limited among others. Comrade Otigba has always expressed his strong desire to give his time, energy and resources to help others. This burning passion for philanthropy and the need to promote philanthropic activities in Africa by Africans, led him to the dream of founding an organization that will be dedicated to identifying and celebrating outstanding philanthropists on the continent and that was what gave birth to the Society for the Advancement of African Philanthropists (SADAP) Africa in the year 2016. He is currently the President/Founder of the organization.