Joseph Osuigwe Chidiebere

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Joseph Osuigwe Chidiebere
Born 26 June 1985
Aba South, Abia State, Nigeria
Residence Abuja, Nigeria
Nationality Nigeria
Alma mater University of Nigeria Nsukka
Occupation Founder and Executive Director, Devatop Centre for Africa Development
Known for Anti-human trafficking advocacy, educational supports to vulnerable children, and volunteerism
Notable work The Academy for Prevention of Human Trafficking and Other Related Matters(TAPHOM), Board of Volunteers against human trafficking, Project Donate2School, and Maximizing Your Brain Power.
Website www.devatop.org

Joseph Osuigwe Chidiebere (born 26 June 1985) is an Igbo Nigerian anti-human trafficking advocate, educator, and social entrepreneur.[1] He is the executive director of Devatop Centre for Africa Development,[2] a nonprofit organization with focus on combating human trafficking, gender-based violence, providing educational supports to vulnerable children and empowering women and youth.[3]

Early life and family[edit]

Joseph Osuigwe was born in Aba, Abia on 26 June 1985. From ages 9 to 14 he suffered child abuse under different homes. He is the first son of the family of two boys. He hails from Umuzeala Ogwara, Ehime Mbano in Imo State, Nigeria.

Educational background[edit]

Osuigwe attended primary school in Aba South and secondary school in Ehime Mbano area, before obtaining bachelor of education in mathematics from University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 2011. While at the university, he was the general course leader of mathematics, computer science, physics, and chemistry departments from 2008 to 2011. He also served as the president of Lifeline campus. In 2015, he obtained a certificate in Media and Information Literacy from Africa Centre for Media and Information Literacy (AFRICMIL) and United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

National Youth Service[edit]

During his National Youth Service in 2013 at women rehabilitation centre operated by Society Against Prostitution and Child Labour (SAP-CLN) in Abuja, he published and donated his book titled: Maximizing Your Brain Power…a pathway to becoming an intellectual giant” to more than 90 schools in 85 communities.[4] When he interacted with survivors of sex trafficking at women rehabilitation centre,[5] he was aggrieved by the rate at which young people fall victims to human trafficking. This propelled him to initiate a community project through which he trained 1900 young people to eradicate human trafficking in Abuja. He received an award by National Youth Service Corps for his community projects on education and anti-human trafficking.[6]

Career[edit]

Osuigwe is the founder of The Academy for Prevention of Human Trafficking and Other Related Matters (TAPHOM), a platform that uses training, research, advocacy, publication and media to prevent human trafficking in Nigeria.[7] Through his TV show, publications, training, and community awareness, he has educated millions of Nigerians, especially young people, on how to combat and prevent human trafficking.[8]

Advocacy[edit]

In September 2016, Osuigwe made an online research presentation on "Anti-Human Trafficking Advocacy Training as a Tool for Equipping Young People for Advocacy and Social Action in Nigeria" at the University of Toledo International Human Trafficking Conference.[9][10] Joseph Osuigwe is leading one of the greatest movements of young people against human trafficking in Nigeria.

In September 2017, he also presented another research paper titled: "Voluntary Community Development Project as a Platform for Social Justice and Advocacy" at 14th International Human Trafficking and Social Justice Conference, University of Toledo, Ohio, USA[11]

In 2017, he initiated End Female Genital Mutilation(FGM)[12] Advocacy in Nigeria, with the aim of raising End FGM Advocates[13] to build a nation where there is zero tolerance to the practice. Through the End FGM Advocacy, more than 210 advocates[14] from different local communities have been trained to take action to end FGM.[15]

Awards and Honours[edit]

  • National Unity Merit Award
  • Hero of Humanity[16]
  • Pollination Project Award[17]
  • Humanitarian Award 2017

Books authored by Joseph Osuigwe Chidiebere[edit]

  • Maximizing Your Brain Power...a pathway to becoming an intellectual giant[18]
  • End Female Genital Mutilation Advocacy Booklet[19]
  • Becoming An Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate[20]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Akuboh, Vanessa (Jul 16, 2015). "Academy For Human Trafficking Prevention Inaugurated In Abuja". Leadership Newspaper. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Devatop, Develop. "Our Team". www.devatop.org. Develop Centre for African Development. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  3. ^ Obiejesi, Kingsley (20 October 2016). "Almost 900,000 Nigerians Trafficked Overtime". International Centre for Investigative Reporting. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  4. ^ "Joseph Osuigwe Changemakers". www.changemakers.com. change makers. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  5. ^ Maduka, Godsmercy (1 November 2016). "Committed to combating human trafficking". Writing. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  6. ^ Maduka, Godsmercy (1 November 2016). "Committed to Combating Human Trafficking". Writing.com. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  7. ^ Akuboh, Vanessa (Jul 16, 2015). "Academy For Human Trafficking Prevention Inaugurated In Abuja". Leadership Newspaper. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  8. ^ News24. "Academy For Human Trafficking Prevention Inaugurated In Abuja". www.new24.com.ng. News24. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  9. ^ Oak Tv. "Research presentation for International Human Trafficking Conference at University of Toledo, USA". www.youtube.com. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  10. ^ Human Trafficking & Social Justice Institute. "Human Trafficking & Social Justice Institute Power Points". www.traffickingconference.com. Human Trafficking & Social Justice Institute. Retrieved 15 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Joseph Osuigwe Represented Nigeria At International Human Trafficking Conference, United States Of America". Modern Ghana. Modern Ghana. Retrieved 3 December 2017. 
  12. ^ "Joseph Osuigwe Chidiebere, Project End FGM | The Pollination Project". The Pollination Project. The Pollination Project. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  13. ^ "Group Gets Grant To End Female Genital Mutilation In Nigeria | International Centre for Investigative Reporting". International Centre for Investigative Reporting. International Centre for Investigative Reporting. 17 April 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  14. ^ "Group Trains 102 Advocates For Ending Female Genital Mutilation | International Centre for Investigative Reporting". International Centre for Investigative Reporting. International Centre for Investigative Reporting. 2 May 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  15. ^ "115 advocates trained to end FGM in Imo | International Centre for Investigative Reporting". International Centre for Investigative Reporting. 11 July 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  16. ^ "Joseph Osuigwe Receives Heroes Of Humanity Award - GlobalNoticeHub". www.globalnoticehub.com. Global Notice Hub. 19 June 2017. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  17. ^ "Joseph Osuigwe Chidiebere, Project End FGM | The Pollination Project". The Pollination Project. Pollination Project. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  18. ^ "Maximizing Your Brain...a pathway to becoming an intellectual giant | Cerebrum | Intelligence". Scribd. SCRIB. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  19. ^ "End FGM Advocacy Booklet Female Genital Mutilation | Sexual Anatomy". Scribd. Scribd. Retrieved 13 August 2017. 
  20. ^ Osuigwe, Joseph C (19 November 2017). Becoming An Anti-Human Trafficking Advocate. Devatop. Retrieved 3 December 2017. 

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