Bashir Alumbugu is a lawyer with a proven passion for human rights, corporate practice and social justice. He graduated with honours from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (Nigeria) in 2015, and the Nigerian Law School in 2016 and got called to the Nigerian Bar the same year. He is currently studying masters in peace and conflict management in his Alma-Mater. Aside from being a lawyer, Alumbugu writes on diverse issues ranging from governance, human rights, luxury and lifestyle.
Eseosa Cole was Born June 4th, 1987 in Nigeria. She attended Benson Idahosa University where she acquired her LLB in law and proceeded to Nigeria law school Abuja where she acquired her LLM and is a certified practising lawyer in Nigeria. She is a member of FIDA (International Female Lawyers). She was trained in Kenya as a human right defender by Action Aid.
Her passion for activism and human rights related issues is a result of her greatest gift which is to empathize. She took up a job as the director for human right and advocacy for access to healthcare and right development initiative where she has been actively involved in fighting for rights of minorities in Nigeria. The minority group consisting of women, children and LGBT persons. She has succeeded in securing several bails for vulnerable people and instituting actions in courts of competent jurisdiction of Nigeria.
Chukwuma Martin Chiaha was born in Enugu State Nigeria in 1988. He obtained a degree in law from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State in 2012. After graduating from the Nigerian Law School in 2013, he was called to the Nigerian Bar. He developed strong passion in defending the rights of the LGBTI persons in Nigeria while serving as Corp member in the Benue State Ministry of Justice in 2014. He became a full-time LGBTI Rights Activist in 2015 when he joined a Pro-LGBTI organisation based in Abuja. He provides pro-bono legal services for the LGBTI persons facing challenges as a result of their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), most importantly, legal representations in courts of law, securing bail, and through other alternative dispute resolution mechanisms. He has recorded remarkable victories in a number of SOGI related cases in FCT, Kaduna, Gombe and other northern States in Nigeria. Martin attended both local and international conferences and training on LGBTI Human Rights issues as well as on Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights. He has written many articles and one of his abstract: “The role of NGOs in confronting anti-gay legislation: a panacea to combating the spread of HIV/AIDS among MSM in Nigeria” was presented at the 21st IAS Conference held in Durban South Africa in 2016. Martin is currently part of the strategic legal team working on the on-going litigation challenging the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition Act 2013.
Ufuoma Omimi-Okoro is a lawyer, a human rights activist, a senior partner at Omimi-Afua Legal Home. She has partnered and worked with various non-governmental organisations, in the fostering of equal rights for internally displaced persons, victims of domestic abuse. She is passionate about child rights, has done varying pro-bono services, she mediates, arbitrate, for parties whose rights have been violated. Ufuoma speaks four different languages, Urhobo her native dialect, Yoruba, Hausa, and Nigerian creole; popularly known as pidgin and American Sign Language, so she can interpret and communicate fluently with those that have a hearing impairment.
Oluremilekun Makinde is a trained lawyer, a sexual rights activist and a human development enthusiast. Her background in law and passion for human rights come in handy in providing legal aid, representation and support in the fight for human rights.
As a human development enthusiast, she has participated in grassroots development such as the recruitment of Niger Delta Amnesty youths in providing internship/job placement and support services for 30 (thirty) Niger Delta youths, under the presidential amnesty programme.
She partners with organizations and individuals to increase legal support and representation for LGBT+ persons living in Nigeria.