Board Members


Dr Oki Waheed Olabodunrin is a graduate of University of Lagos with Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery. He is a successful private medical practitioner as the medical director of Ola-Oki Medical Centre, Iberepo, Badagry. He is the President of Association of Lagos Island indigene, Badagry branch, life patron of association of association of Nigeria Theatre Art Practitioners.  He is also the editor of the family physician journal and author of the book titled : DISABILITY - Types, Causes and Management. Dr Oki Waheed Olabodunrin had received many awards including achiever of the year 2000 by handicapped affairs association of Nigeria, grand award for productivity in Africa in the year 2009, most distinguished philanthropist and healthcare provider in Badagry and fellow of the general practitioners in 2015.

Mrs Joyce Onafowokan is a Certified Early Intervention professional and a passionate advocate for children living with disabilities. She started her career in Nigeria as a Public Relations Officer at the Delta Steel Company before leaving for the United States of America where she rendered 26 meritorious years She served as Service Coordinator at the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation and the Program Supervisor for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children in Massachusetts. More of her services were recorded at the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children and Healthy Families - a program for pregnant teens and teen parents. Due to her passion for helping children and the disadvantaged, she volunteered her services with families and worked as an Early Intervention Specialist during this period. She was educated at the Federal Government College Warri and obtained her first degree from the University of Ife before receiving a Master's degree from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts, in Education and Child Study. Mrs Onafowokan has received various awards for her contribution to her profession and is married with two sons and a daughter who have between them, attended London School of Economics, Amherst College, Harvard and Columbia University. She is an avid reader and loves to travel and dance. She is presently the Special Adviser on Social Development to His Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State.

Hakeem Muri-Okunola is an alumni of the Lagos State University and Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, England from where he acquired LLB (Hons) and LLM (Merit) in Law. He is a member the Nigerian Bar Association and the International Bar Association. His professional career started as an Associate Solicitor in the Law Firm of Adepetun Caxton-Martins and Agbor between 1996 – 2000. Thereafter, he joined Ibile Holdings Limited (The Investment Company for Lagos State Government) as Company Secretary/Legal Adviser between 2000 and 2003. In March 2003, he was appointed as Personal Assistant to the Executive Governor of Lagos State. He served in this capacity till February, 2005 when he was appointed Executive Secretary, Lands Use and Allocation Committee and a Senior Special Assistant to the Governor. Appointed Permanent Secretary in February 2011 he was deployed to the Lands Bureau where he served meritoriously until 3rd august 2015 when he was re-deployed to the Ministry of Youth and Social Development as Permanent Secretary, a position he currently holds. Hakeem Muri–Okunola, a member of Ikoyi Club 1938, Lagos Motor Boat Club, Lagos Polo Club and F’S Club is married with children.

Dr. Awelenje Babatunde was born in 1969. He is an indigene of Lagos Island Local Government of Lagos State and a graduate of Lagos State University with Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery. He also posses ordinary and advanced diploma in Electrical engineering of City and Guilds of London.

He has served as the Vice President of Southwest zone of Paralympics Committee of Nigeria, Governing Board member of Para-athletic Federation of Nigeria, Chairman of Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities [JONAPWD], Lagos State Chapter and till date, Chairman of Lagos State Special Sports Association[a voluntary service].His medical education and adequate knowledge of Paralympics sports coupled with the fact that he himself, is living with disability, made him a resourceful person on disability issues. He believes in diligence and fairness.

Mrs Abiola Adetutu Liasi was born on 26th April, 1963 in Ijebu-Ode, O gun State. She has her primary School Education at Lubo Primary Scholl ffrom 1969-1972 amd Mayflower Primary School, Ikenne Ogun State from 1972-1974. She has her Secondary School Education at Methodist Girls High School, Lagos from 1974-1979. She graduated with a Higher National Diploma in Accountancy in 1985 from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos and later obtained a master of Banking and Finance in 2005 from Delta State University, Abraka.

Mrs Liadi was employed at the Lagos State Waste disposal Board Ijora in 1987 as Higher Executive GL 08. She rose through the rank to the position of the Financial Controller before she was transferred into the main service in 1999 as a Chief Accountant GL14. She rose through the ranks to her present position as Director of Accounts in the Ministry of Works & Infrastructure. As Director Accounts, she oversees all the financial activities of the Ministry. She has also participated in numerous local and foreign professional and managerial courses, workshops and conferences. She is an active member of the following Accounting Association.

  • Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria
  • Associate of Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria

She is a member of Ikoyi Club and Lagos Country Club. Her hobby is singing, travelling.

She is happily married with children.

Mr. Bada Emmanuel Oladipupo was born on the 22nd of June 1967. He is an indigene of Ikorodu West Local Council Development Area of Lagos State. He is a Law graduate of Ogun State University, Ogun State and presently Assistant Chief State Counsel of office of Administrator General and Public Trustee, Lagos State Ministry of Justice.

He is a man that believes in equity and social inclusion as rights for any PWD.

A British trained business administrator and a mother of four, was born on 13th January 1948. She is the founder and President of Down Syndrome Foundation Nigeria, an NGO that caters for children/adults with Down syndrome in Nigeria and other West African countries in four core areas: educational, vocational, medical and social integration. Her passion to affect lives positively led her to founding the Down syndrome Association of Nigeria (DSAN) in 2001, which later evolved into a Foundation in 2010. As a parent of a daughter with this condition, she felt the need to help other families get the right information to help their children live a better life. She left the engineering company she and her husband started to answer the call of service to humanity. The Foundation has recorded great achievements under her leadership: sponsoring many children overseas for medical procedures, organized seminars locally and internationally, participated in Special Olympics international games, awareness creation and advocacy. She co-initiated the save-a-life project (SALP), a charity ancillary with Down Syndrome Foundation. Mrs Rose Ekaete Mordi is a spokesperson and advocate for people with intellectual disability and a member of trustee in various charities/clubs, she has received several awards, locally and internationally.

She is the current Chairperson of Joint National Association of Persons Living With Disability, Lagos State Chapter, National President of Deaf Women Association of Nigeria, Vice Chairman of Disability Policy Advocacy Initiative, Deputy National Women Leader of All Progressives Congress for Persons Living With Disabilities. She is a strong member of Lagos State Association of the Deaf.

Abdulwahab Matepo retired from the Nigerian Postal Service in 2013 as an Assistant Postmaster-General, after 35 years of service. He is a graduate of French language from the University of Maiduguri. Mr. Matepo also holds a Masters' degree in Adult education from the University of Lagos and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Ikeja Lagos. Since becoming a member of the Disability Community in September 2000 as a result of a road traffic accident, he has been playing active and leading roles at the Cluster, State, and National levels. He was a member of the National Election Committee of the Joint National Association of Persons With Disability (JONAPWD) 2013/2014 elections held in Abuja and Lokoja respectively. He was elected the Chairman of the Spinal Cord Injuries Association of Nigeria (SCIAN) Lagos State Chapter in February 2016. He is also the Vice Chairman of the Lagos State branch of the umbrella body of all Disability organisations in Nigeria - the Joint National Association of Persons With Disability, JONAPWD.

Dr. Adebayo Adebukola Shehu : a graduate of University of Lagos with BSc. In Political Science and MSc. In Election Management and Public Policy Management. He is an alumni of mobility international USA and presently represents PWDs on the Lagos State Committee on inclusive education, Lagos State Technical Working Group on Social Protection Policy and the National Drafting Committee on National Policy on Inclusive Education. He is currently the General Secretary of JONAPWD, Lagos State Chapter and a strong member of Nigerian Association of the Blind, Lagos State Chapter. He is the Chief Executive Officer of Human and Organisational Resource Centre, Lagos.

Ms. Leila Omawumi Atake hails from Warri North LGA of Delta State. She graduated from the University of Lagos in 1990 and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy - B.A (Hons) Philosophy. She thereafter proceeded to the United Kingdom to further her education and obtained various Certificates in Administrative Procedures, Teaching and Advanced Floristry.

She has worked in various administrative roles both in Nigeria (Shell British Petroleum, Port Harcourt  and Warri Refining & Petrochemical Co. Ltd) and the U.K. While in London, she worked with Hammersmith and Fulham Action for Disability as its Housing and Advocacy Officer, between 1993 and 2000. Her job function in this capacity included, but was not limited to ensuring that disabled people got suitable housing, tailored to meet their needs and to enlighten them of their rights to receive Community Care Services. Thus, she had to interface with the appropriate Governmental Agencies and Private Sectors to achieve this goal. 

Having contracted Polio as a baby, she has a lived experience of disability. Thus, she is very passionate about the rights of people living with one form of disability or the other.  She strongly believes that a person should be seen for their ability and not their disability or difference.

In 2001, she set up her business as an Event Planner, Florist and Landscape Gardener, a business she is passionate about, having come from a background where her Mother, of Blessed Memory was a Florist and Landscape Gardener. In 2002, she won the prestigious Award as 'Florist of the Year' for Outstanding Performance and Commitment to the African Carribbean Wedding Industry. In 2005, she was presented a Special Award for 'Excellence in Ministry'  and in 2007, she was awarded the 'International Women's Award as a Florist/Entrepreneur'.  She also has her own label of Evening Bags.

She has attended several courses, Seminars, Conferences and Workshops  on Disability issues , Counselling, Advocacy, Housing Laws, Benefits and Independent Living.

She is blessed with three wonderful daughters.

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