Rev. Chris A. Obio
Director of Security and Public Safety
Dr. Samuel’s devotion to women’s empowerment and education is supported by her monthly health columns in Journal of American
family Practice, where she is a contributing editor. She has led medical missions in Africa, America and the Caribbean while serving as a
career advisor for students interested in careers in medicine and sciences. A native of Nyack, New York, Samuel studied Biology at
Hampton university where she graduated with honors. She received her medical training from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of
New Jerseyobert Wood Johnson Medical School and completed her residency in primary care medicine at Columbia University Medical
Center in New York. She will not receive any compensation for her service.
U. Sam Elumelu
Secretary and Director
He comes from a family of academicians, his late father who attended the prestigious University of Cambridge England, and a
distinguished Professor of Clinical Psychology, and his mother a Professor of English. Dr. Ed Ilechukwu also has a very strong banking and Finance background both here in the United States and Africa.
As a civil rights leader, Dr. Ilechukwu has also been involved in Civil Rights having worked with the department of international affairs and public relations of The Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), a non-profit organization in New York City. As a project coordinator at CORE, he piloted and directed a medical project on cardiovascular diseases with the Cabrini Medical Center, in New York City, and also served in his undergraduate days as the Education task force Secretary of the National student’s body, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) in Nigeria, West Africa.
He has a keen interest in helping those children in Africa who are disadvantaged due to no or low income, cannot obtain education, but specifically those school children who are threatened by the insurgents in West Africa who stand against women education. He will work around the clock to help move the organization forward and promote its mission around the world. He will also be in charge and oversee both the construction and operations of the schools in Africa, and as the Founder and Chief Executive officer, he will pilot the affairs of fund raising and everything the organization needs to succeed.
He is married and has four girls who are also part of his inspiration in founding this organization.
Professor Patrick Okedinachi Utomi
Chairman, Advisory Board
Global Initiative For The EDucation and Literacy of African Girls
Rev. Obio is currently the Senior Pastor at The LifeHouse Church in Dallas TX.He is an international speaker in various conferences
around the world. He is also involved in project management as a Project Manager in the IT and Software Network Solution
Industry, and also has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. As an IT professional, Rev. Obio is a huge asset to the organization, especially in the area of internet security, project management. He will also be in charge of security cameras, security of both staff and students in the organization.He has a keen interest in the security and safety of all volunteer staff of the organization both locally and internationally. He will volunteer approximately 6 hours of his time per week and will not receive any compensation for his service.
Mr. Chris Obio (Rev.) is a volunteer director.He will hold the position of Director of Security and Public Safety for the Non-profit. His duties will include attending the meeting of the Board of Directors and shall also vote on all decisions of the Nonprofit, and participate in fundraising for the organization.
Dr. Lena S. Samuel (M.D.)
Director of Health and Human Services
Our first & most important project is to provide free education by building schools in Africa for African Girls.
Our second mission is to develop passion for education in African girls who are scared of being humiliated, maimed, or even killed for choosing to go to school.
Our third mission is to offer educational scholarships to African girls who cannot afford to go to school.
Our fourth mission is to inspire the global community to support education in African girls.
Your Support Enables Us To Continue With Our Mission
Mrs. Folecia Ilechukwu is a Volunteer Director. She will hold the Treasurer position for the organization. She will also act as the Education Director for the Organization She has worked in the field of Education in a variety of settings; both as a head teacher, a child care specialist, and a computer lab smart coordinator. She comes with over 10 years experience in working with kids and will be a great asset to the non-profit.
Mrs Folecia Levonne Ilechukwu
Treasurer and Education Director
Dr. Ed Ilechukwu is the founder, and currently holds the position of President and CEO of the nonprofit. His duties are spelled out in our By-Laws, and include leading out meetings of our board of directors, voting on board decisions, and organizing fundraisers. He shall preside at all the meetings of the board.
Dr. Ed Ilechukwu comes with a lot of management experience with corporate America, having worked as a licensed Banker with JP Morgan Chase in New York, Manager of Operations at the Empire State Building, and other highly recognized corporate organizations both in the United States and Africa, and also in the telecommunications industry both here in the United States and West Africa.
Ava L. zelenetsky, Esq is the attorney and Legal Counsel for the Non-Profit. Ava has her own law practice in Westchester County,
with a primary focus on representing accident victims, including automobile cases, construction (labor law) cases, slip/trip and
fall, and premises liability. Ms. Zelenetsky handles cases in all New York venues, including the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan,
Queens, Westchester, Dutchess, Orange, and Putnam Counties. She gives each case her individual and personal attention to ensure
the maximum results for her clients. Prior to opening her firm, Ms. Zelenetsky worked for various law firms primarily in the field of
insurance defence for many years. This Invaluable experience has provided Ms. Zelenetsky with not only the legal experience upon
which she built her practice and reputation as an attorney, but also with the insight into how defence firms and insurance companies evaluate and defend cases. Ms. Zelenetsky believes strongly in the motto "know your enemy" and she uses her familiarity with the insurance industry to obtain the top results for her clients in the shortest amount of time possible. She has tried cases, argued appeals, and successfully mediated numerous cases. Ms Zelenetsky was raised in New York, studied at Herbert H. Lehman High School, then to Queens College, where she majored in English, and graduated magna cum laude as well as also receiving the highest honors in her field of study;English, and was the recipient of a merit scholarship from Pace Law School where she graduated in 1999. She passed the New York state bar exam on the first try and was admitted to the bar in 2000. She has been practicing law ever since.
Attorney &Legal Counsel
Professor Patrick Utomi currently holds the position of Chairman of the Advisory Board for the Non-profit. Patrick Okedinachi Utomi (born
February 6, 1956) is a Nigerian professor of political economy and management expert, He is a Fellow of the Institute of Management
Consultants of Nigeria and a former presidential candidate, with a passion for the dignity of the human person and the spirit
of enterprise. He is the founder of Centre for Value in Leadership (CVL) and the African Democratic Congress party. He is a
professor at Lagos Business School, He has served in senior positions in government, as an adviser to the president of Nigeria, the
private sector, as Chief Operating Officer for Volkswagen of Nigeria and in academia.
A spokesperson for the group said such attacks would continue as long as the Nigerian government continued to interfere with traditional Islamic education. Over 1,000,000 children have been unable to attend school in Northern Nigeria as a result of the activities by Boko Haram according to a survey conducted by UNICEF. Boko Haram has also been known to kidnap girls, who it believes should not be educated, and use them as cooks or sex slaves.
There is an ongoing global outcry against the kidnap of these girls all over the world, and G.I.F.T.E.D will source for funding from everyone who wants to see these girls get quality education in Africa; by helping these females who want to pursue academic learning. G.I.F.T.E.D, will also offer educational scholarships, health and human services including but not limited to healthcare, clean water, and security.
Patrick Utomi was born in Kaduna he hails from Ibussa in Oshimili North Local Government Area of Delta State. He had his primary education at St. Thomas, Kano 1960-62; Our Lady of Fatima, Gusau 1962-1966; Christ the King College, Onitsha and Loyola College, Ibadan, finishing his secondary education at the age of 15. The entry age for university education was 17, so he enrolled at the Federal School of Arts and Science in the interim. He later got admission into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in 1973 to study Mass Communication. Patrick utomi graduated from university of Nigeria Nsukka in 1977, He attended Bloomington, USA, where he got his Ph.D. MPA, MA. Appointed professor of the Social and Political Economy Environment of Business and Pioneer Entrepreneurship Teacher at Lagos Business School in 2003. he has been a scholar-in-residence at the Harvard Business School and the American University in Washington, D.C.
Within a few months of his return to Nigeria from Bloomington, United States, where he did graduate work, Pat got enlisted by the former vice-president Alex Ekwueme to provide consultancy on some public policy papers. Soon after, he was appointed Special Assistant by former president Shehu Shagari a position he lost following the military coup of December 1983, which terminated the Second Republic . Following the demise of the Second Republic, he became chairman/chief executive officer, Utomapp Holdings Limited, 1984–86,and assistant general manager, corporate affairs, Volkswagen of Nigeria Limited, Lagos, 1983-93.
He was scholar-in-residence, American University, Washington DC, USA, 1996 and research associate, the Harvard Business School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 1996. (Lagos Business school started operating in 1991.) He also belongs to many professional bodies. He is a member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, Institute of Directors, IOD, Nigeria Economic Summit Group and Nigeria Economic Society. He coordinated the establishment of several civil society groups on good governance and accountability such as Transparency in Nigeria, the Centre for Values in Leadership, the Concerned Professionals, and the Restoration Group. In the business sphere, Utomi was the vice-chairman, Platinum–Habib Bank. He is a columnist, and chairman, BusinessDay Media Limited and creator of Patito’s Gang, a television talk show. He has served on the key apex private sector associations including the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), the National Council of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, and the Nigeria Employers Consultative Association (NECA). He is active on the international speaking circuit, especially on the subjects of growth economics, comparative development, leadership, oil and China’s economic surge and growing influence in Africa. He has collaborated frequently with the center for strategic and international studies (CSIS) in Washington, and Chatham House, in the UK. He has also written commissioned papers for the UKs DFID including the latest collaboration with Colleagues from Oxford on the Political Economy of growth in Nigeria. (2006).
Ambassador Professor U. Joy Ogwu
Member Advisory Board
Joy Uche Angela Ogwu (born August 22, 1946) is a former FOREIGN MINISTER of Nigeria and has been the PERMANENT REP. of
Nigeria to the United Nations in New York since 2008-2016. She is the first woman to hold the post of Permanent Representative to the
United Nations in the history of Nigeria. Prior to her ministerial career, Ogwu, who is from Delta State, served as Director–General of the
Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA). Ogwu has advised the United Nations on disarmament issues and has published books promoting more African ties to Latin America. She is the former Chair of the Board of Trustees of the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). She was appointed Foreign Minister by Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on August 30, 2006. In 2008, Ogwu became the Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN in New York. Ogwu was the President of the UN Security Council in July 2010 and in October 2011. She was the former President of the Executive Board of the UN Women Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. Ogwu obtained her BA and MA in Political Science from Rutgers University. She later received her Ph.D. from the University of Lagos in Nigeria. While obtaining her Ph.D. in 1977, she joined the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Lagos. Ogwu started her career as an assistant lecturer at the Nigerian National War College and the Nigerian Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS). She subsequently joined the NIIA as a lecturer, obtaining a research fellowship during which she authored her first book, Nigerian Foreign Policy: Alternative Futures (Macmillan, 1986). She eventually headed the research department in International Politics, leading on to her role as the first female Director General. Professor Ogwu's career has been distinct in its additional focus on the developing countries of Latin America enabling an investigation into the possibilities of a proficient South-South relationship between Sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America. In this capacity she held a visiting fellowship at the University of London's Institute of Latin American Studies and has been published extensively in Portuguese, Spanish, French and Croatian. As an expert on security issues, she serves on the United Nations Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. As a woman in a foremost position in her distinguished career specialization, Ogwu has become a voice for women's development and human rights. In this subject, her perspective spans Asia Pacific, Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa with prolific publications on regional aspects of the subject. Her participation in the government under the auspices of NIIA and the Presidential Advisory Council on International Relations enabled positive contribution to practical government policy such as the construct of the Nigeria-South America relationship on a macro level and the United Nations Educational Social and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) funded program for teaching human rights in Nigerian Schools on a micro level. Furthermore, her continual role on the Nigerian National Delegation to UN General Assembly exhibits her contribution as an influential figure in the formation of Nigeria's relationship with the rest of the world.
Mr. Sam U Elumelu is a volunteer director. He will hold the position of Secretary for the organization. His duties are outlined in the
bylaws and include attending meetings of our board of directors, voting on board decisions and participating in fundraisers. As the
secretary he will be responsible for taking minutes in meetings.Sam is currently the business account Manager of Urban Upbound,
non-profit organization in New York, whose mission is to provide residents of public housing neighborhoods, the tools and
resources needed to acieve economic mobility and self sufficiency, and to break the cycle of poverty. In his current role as business
account manager, he oversees a portfolio of employment strategies leading to the attainment of job placement, retention, and career advancement milestones. He joined Urban Upbound in January of 2014.
Prior to joining Urban Upbound, Sam served a real estate Associate from 2003 through 2013. He has developed an expertise in sales and operations in his business career. His previous experiences with Corporate America include working with 85 valet Services, Inc where he increased revenue by 50% by attracting corporate accounts, to a business model originally designed to cater to individuals; he worked asa Sales Manager with Showtime Pictures, an internationally renowned photography concession, and he collaborated with the management team to make the Empire State Building location the most profitable in the company. He worked with Axia Partners LLC, an investment advisory company where he engaged in research, business development and investor fundraising efforts. Sam's background as the son of an accomplished diplomat who served at several posts in Africa and Europe puts him in a very strong position to collaborate with professionals on a global initiative. He speaks fluent French and Spanish. His transition to the non-profit world is a natural consequence of the work that he has been involved with for over the past two decades.He brings his expertise in youth mentoring, education and a strong passion for social justice to the table. Sam holds a Bachelor's degree in Pharmacology He will volunteer his time as needed. He does not receive compensation for his services.
Dr. Ed Ilechukwu
President and CEO
She has an Associate degree in Therapeutic Recreation (A.A.S), and has a bachelor’s degree (B.A) in Social Work. She is
also pursuing a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She also has a Credential as a Child Development Associate. (CDA)
Ms. Ilechukwu has a keen interest in the development of the "whole person". As the treasurer, her duties which are spelled out in the By-laws, include depositing said funds in such bank or trust company, co-signing contracts, checks, notes, etc. and exhibiting her books and accounts when deemed necessary.
As the Educational Director, she will develop the schools educational curriculum, and also coordinate and provide adequate training for the academic staff. She will also work with educational communities and advisory groups within the community to come up with the most appropriate curricula to meet the needs of the students.She will mentor new teachers, teaching workshops or seminars and also observe teachers in the classroom, and provide constructive feedback based on teacher evaluations. She will volunteer her time weekly as needed (approximately 15 hours per week). She does not receive compensation for her services.
This organization : Global Initiative For The Education And Literacy Of African Girls (G.I.F.T.E.D) was born on the night of 14–15 April 2014, after 276 African female students were kidnapped from the Government Secondary School in the town of Chibok in Borno State, Nigeria.
The kidnappings were claimed by “Boko Haram”, an Islamic Jihadist and terrorist organization based in northeast Nigeria. The insurgent group Boko Haram which means "Western Education is Forbidden", is opposed to the Westernization of Nigeria through quality education, which they maintain is the root cause of criminal behavior in the country. Since then Boko Haram has launched several other attacks killing thousands and kidnapping hundreds of innocent school children.
This organization GIFTED is an international platform that will afford individuals, governments, organizations, and anybody the opportunity to help donate/contribute in every way they can, to reverse this ideology which is slowly creeping into the African continent, by helping to fund the building of schools, institutions of learning that will offer FREE EDUCATION to any female who has passion for education, but are scared of being kidnapped, sold, humiliated, maimed, or even lose their lives for choosing to go to school. Since 2010, Boko Haram has targeted schools, killing hundreds of students.
Mr. Kelechi K. Agbugba
Public Relations and Liaison for Africa
Mr. Agbugba is the Public Relations Liaison for the African continent for the non profit. He is currently the Managing Directorat
Technologies Platform Business Resources Limited; an IT Software and Consulting Services Company with specialist focus on
emerging technologies and services. He is also the Senior vice president [Africa National Cyber Initiatives], center for strategic
cyberspace+security science [CSCSS] - a UK based non-profit organization. He is a dynamic business manager with impressive
technology background. He has a very successful IT Management and Sales career spanning over fifteen years, ten of those
years in senior enterprise Sales & Account Management. Also in the Financial services and telecommunications sectors of the
Nigerian economy. He has shown verifiable profitability in the management of multimillion dollar projects in the financial services and telecommunications sectors of the Nigerian economy.
He is very vast with strong results in business strategies, planning and forcasting for oil and gas projects and executing these plans with positive results. A very strong knowledge of global, regional and local IT trends, market dynamics and potentials as it relates to business in west African sub-region, especially in the financial services and telecommunications sector.He performs best as part of a team and not afraid to take initiatives as the need arises. He has a very strong knowledge of Global Regional and local IT, instrumentation and control trends, and market dynamics and potentials as it relates to business in the west African sub-region, especially in the Financial services sector and telecommunications market. He comes with a strong knowledge of customer focused technology solutions, he has been involved in closing, managing and delivering the big deals in the industry.
Management and Board of Directors
Dr. Lena S. Samuel, M.D. is a volunteer director. She will serve as the Director of Health and Human Services for the non-profit.
Dr. Samuel is an internationally renowned expert in the field of women’s health and director of Samuel Medical Consulting.