Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin

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Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin
Born (1966-07-04) July 4, 1966 (age 49)
Zaria, Kaduna, Nigeria
Nationality Nigerian
Occupation Women's rights activist

Josephine "Joe" Obiajulu Okei-Odumakin is a Nigerian women's rights activist. She is the president of the rights groups Women Arise for Change Initiative and the Campaign for Democracy.


Odumakin was born in Zaria, Kaduna on 4 July 1966 and grew up in a Roman Catholic household.[1] She received a bachelor's degree in English Education in 1987, followed by a master's in Guidance and Counseling and doctorate in History and Policy of Education from the University of Ilorin. She has frequently been arrested for her activism, especially during the military rule of Ibrahim Babangida, and she met her future husband, Yinka Odumakin, while in prison.[1]

In 2013, Odumakin was presented an International Women of Courage Award from the United States Department of State.[2]


  1. ^ a b Dapo Akinrefon; Charles Kumolo (April 13, 2013). "17 times in detention, Joe Okei-Odumakin opens up: I met my husband in prison". Vanguard. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "2013 International Women of Courage Award Winners". U.S. Department of State. Retrieved 9 February 2014.