Richard Ikiebe, PhD
As a peace builder and activist, pastor, and a faith-based organiser, in the last several years, Richard Ikiebe has helped to establish a number of indigenous language churches to cater for internal migrants from the north into the metropolis of Lagos. Part of the objectives was to help the young and vulnerable internal migrants find a productive life in their new abode. Ikiebe has also served as a national coordinator for a non-denominational, faith-based coalition of pastors – Church for Change. The group works to engage politicians and church leaders on the platforms of peace, ethnic reconciliation, and ethical politics.
An accomplished Media and Management Consultant, Ikiebe is the Chairman of the Board of BusinessDay Newspaper, the leading daily business newspaper in Nigeria. He has also recently been appointed Chairman of Techpoint.ng, Nigeria’s leading online technology media. As a communicator, Ikiebe has rich and varied experience in public communication and the media – print as well as broadcast. For over three decades, he has worked to design and manage effective communications strategies for private and public sector organisations.
Currently, Dr. Ikiebe is a member of faculty, School of Media and Communication, SMC, of the Pan-Atlantic University, Lagos, Nigeria, where he is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Centre for Leadership in Journalism (CLeJ). He has worked, at different periods, as Special Adviser to the Chief of General Staff and as Special Assistant to Minister of Information.
Prof. Yusufu Turaki
Yusufu Turaki is a Distinguished Professor of Theology and Social Ethics. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Ethics (Boston University, USA) and is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Yale Divinity School, Yale University, USA; Double Masters in Theology and Ethics (Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, USA). Currently Professor Turaki teaches and researches at Jos ECWA Theological Seminary (JETS), Jos, Nigeria. He is the Director, Centre for Study of Religion, Church and Society, and also an ordained Minister. A member, National Conference 2014, he was formerly Provost of JETS; General Secretary of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA); National Vice-President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN); Language and Translation Consultant, International Bible Society (IBS, Nigeria and Kenya); Executive Secretary of Ethics, Peace and Justice Commission of the Association of the Evangelicals of Africa (AEA), Kenya, and Associate Research Fellow National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS, Kuru).
Prof. Turaki is an author of several books, book chapters, articles, papers and manuscripts, in ethics, theology, human rights, social history and philosophy, philosophy, political theory, culture and worldview, missions, development, colonialism, Islam, African contemporary socio-political issues, and African Traditional Religion. Some of his works are: Theory and Practice of Christian Missions in Africa: A Century of SIM/ECWA History and Legacy in Nigeria: 1893-1993; Islam, Colonialism and Slavery in Northern Nigeria; Historical Roots of Ethno-Religious Crises and Conflicts in Northern Nigeria.
Bishop Benjamin Kwashi, OON
The Most Rev. Dr. Benjamin Argak Kwashi is the bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jos and archbishop of the Ecclesiastical Province of Jos in the Church of Nigeria. He was ordained in 1982 and 10 years later became the bishop of Jos. In January 2008, he was presented as the archbishop of Jos Province in the Church of Nigeria.
His pastoral experience is wide and varied; he has worked in rural and urban churches, as well as at a theological college. Kwashi has held many positions on boards and trusts, both within Nigeria and internationally; he is the international board chairman of Sharing of Ministries Abroad. In 2003, he was conferred with the national honour of Officer of the Order of the Niger.
Bishop Kwashi is engaged in mediation and peacebuilding in the Middle Belt, a region that has been marked by ethnic and religious tensions. He is married to Gloria and they have six children, one of them is also a priest. They have 54 orphans living with them in Jos, Northern Nigeria.
Major Abdallah Baikie, Rtd.
An indigene of Kano State, Abdallah Joseph Mohammed Baikie was born on the 18th of June 1962. He graduated from the Nigerian Military School, Zaria in 1980 after which he proceeded to the University of Benin where he studied Engineering.
On graduation from the University of Benin, being an Army-sponsored student, he returned to the Army where he was commissioned into the officer corp of the Nigerian Army Engineers. He holds several professional registrations with different engineering regulatory and professional bodies. He retired voluntarily in 2001 from the services of the Nigerian Army in the rank of Major.
He is married with children.
Hon. Emmanuel Ibeshi
Hon Emmanuel Awhan Ibeshi is a Faculty of the Haggai Institute in Hawaii USA, where he teaches leadership. He is a distinguished Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria.
During his National Youth Service Year in 1984 at the University of Lagos, he served as stage manager at the Center for Cultural Studies where he co-founds Theatre 15, a foremost workshop in the Center that has metamorphosed into a full-fledged Department of Creative Arts in the University. He was the first National Treasurer of the International Christian Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) headquartered in Sweden.
He had a brief stint in the Banking industry where he worked with the Federal Mortgage Bank as corporate affairs manager. His zeal for quality leadership and ethical values led him into the murky waters of politics in 1992 when he was elected into the Nigerian Federal House of Representatives. He served as the Chairman of the House Committee on Banking and Currency until the military coup of 1993 that scuttled the Third Republic.
He is the President of CELANDY PROJECTS CONSULTS. A consultancy group that has midwifed many projects for the federal government and private organizations on how best to attract high skilled Nigerians in Diaspora and within to engage in meaningful collaboration for corporate Nigeria as well as evolving a new social contract for Nigeria in the 21st century. He is the president of the NGO INITIATIVE FOR THE PREVENTION OF MALARIA whose sole aim is to advocate for the prevention of malaria in Africa instead of the cure or management of malaria.
Hon. Ibeshi holds a Theatre Arts degree from the University of Calabar and a Masters in Communication Arts from Wayne State University, Detroit Michigan. He was born on August 14th, 1961, in Obudu Local Government, Northern Senatorial District of Cross River State Nigeria.