Board of Trustees

‘Fisayo Soyombo a graduate from the University of Ibadan, was Editor of TheCable between April 2014 and January 2017. An opinion contributor to Al Jazeera, his writings have been translated into German, French and Arabic. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Onelife Initiative for Human Development.

For his brand of investigative journalism, Soyombo’s most recent honours include: Winner, Maritime Economy category, African Media Initiative awards, Kenya (December 2016); Winner, Online category, Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting, Nigeria (December 2016); Winner, Nigerian Investigative Reporter of the Year, Wole Soyinka Award for Investigative Reporting (December 2016); Winner, Hans Verploeg Newcomer of the Year category, Free Press Awards, Netherlands (October 2016) and several others.

Ummi Bukar works as the Project Officer of Media, Information and Narrative Development. She has a background in Mass Communication and an advanced degree in Development Communication. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of OneLife Initiative where she supports with reviews and insights into the work of the organisation. Ummi is a gender specialist with sound understanding of deploying media as a tool for gender themed development.

Rotimi Olawale is a member of the Board of Trustees of Onelife Initiative for Human Development. He is also the chairperson of the African Youth Panel and founder of For over 12 years he has been involved in leading youth advocacy efforts mainly around the Millennium Development Goals and policies/programs that affect youth. Rotimi is currently involved in shaping local, national and global policies to benefit youth and also leverage opportunities for young people.

He currently chairs the African Youth Panel as well as the Africa Youth for Results Network. Rotimi is consulted by many National and International Agencies including The World Bank, The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Africa Development Bank (AfDB), The International Republican Institute (IRI), the European Union and the African Union Youth Division among others on various issues related to youth policies, youth programming and youth development.

‘Sola Fagorusi is the Programmes and Media Manager of Onelife Initiative for Human Development. He is a social entrepreneur and freelance writer with a Master’s degree in Development Communication. He has worked in various development projects with a number of NGOs and INGOs. ‘Sola is one of ICRA’s Trainer-Mentors in Nigeria and also consults on The Guardian UK Global Media Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation in Nigeria. He is the secretary to the Board of Trustees of Onelife Initiative.



Onelife Initiative for Human Development is a youth-led organisation with full-time staff with years of work experience and exposure. We are also supported by part-time staff on regular basis, some in form of interns and volunteers. 70% of our staff and support team are women; a reflection of our commitment to our gender programming.

As part of our in-house quality control measure, we have an advisory board of comprising professionals from various fields who provide oversight to our work at Onelife Initiative for Human Development.