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Efemena Ozugha
Programme Officer, Governance and Development
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Efemena has over 5 years’ experience working in democracy, governance, youth and women political inclusion and development, community organizing and civic engagement with a keen interest in advancing human rights, building youth leadership particularly from an early age and advocating for gender equity and equal opportunity.

At Yiaga Africa, Efemena has been involved in training, mentoring and exposing youths to leadership, democracy, human rights and community organizing in Nigeria, Ghana, Ethiopia and Rwanda amongst other countries. Efemena’s work contributes to consolidating the gains of the NotTooYoungTooRun Law and the numerous successes of the #Powerof18 campaign which mobilizes and inspires first time voters to register and vote peacefully.

Prior to joining the development sector, she worked as the head of the legal department of the National Biosafety Management Agency (NBMA).

Efemena was born in Lagos, Nigeria but has lived in Abuja since her childhood. She holds a Bachelor of Laws (BL) degree from the Abia State University, Uturu, and an LLB from the Nigerian Law School, Abuja. She is a certified organizer from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a Human Rights Expert from the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Institute. 


Yiaga Africa is a non-profit civic hub of change makers committed to the promotion of democratic governance, human rights and civic engagement. With its operational base in Abuja, Nigeria, Yiaga Africa focuses on in-depth research, providing critical analysis on key democratic and governance issues, crafting practical solutions, training and empowering citizens to lead change in their community. Yiaga Africa implements several innovative programs aimed at stimulating active citizenship, protecting human rights and deepening democratic governance. We invest in building networks and social movements to drive social change and transformation. Yiaga Africa has leadership structures and members in all 36 states and 774 Local Government Areas (LGA) of Nigeria.