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Board of Trustees

ZODML Board of Trustees

ZODML’s board of trustees is committed to the organisation’s goal of spreading self-development and a love of reading across Nigeria. The board is made up of individuals from diverse backgrounds who bring valuable insight to our strategic vision and planning.

Arinze Agbim

Dr. Arinze Agbim is a UCL-trained chemical engineer with in-depth knowledge of the oil and gas industry both within and outside Nigeria.

He retired from Mobil Producing Nigeria (ExxonMobil’s Nigerian upstream affiliate) in 1996 as an Executive Director after twenty-five years of service. Between 1996 and 2001 he worked as an energy specialist and consultant for the World Bank in Washington, DC. Since returning to Nigeria in 2001, he has consulted on energy issues for several companies and governmental agencies. He currently teaches petroleum economics on a part-time basis at the University of Lagos.

Dr. Agbim strongly believes in education and knowledge acquisition as a means of alleviating poverty and has contributed to several public discussions on the subject.

Ifeoma Esiri

Mrs. Ifeoma Esiri is a co-founder and executive co-chair of ZODML. She holds bachelors and masters degrees in law from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1978 and is presently the managing partner of Lilian Esiri and Co., a law firm she established in 1983. She is a notary public, a life trustee of the Capital Markets Solicitors’ Association, and a non-executive director of Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc (a subsidiary of South Africa’s Standard Bank).

She is a member of the International Bar Association, the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, and the Institute of Directors.

Dorothy Ngozi Onyekwe

Dr. Onyekwe grew up surrounded by books and is hardly ever found without one in hand. She believes that every child must be presented with the opportunity to develop and build on a love for reading as a vital part of acquiring a truly educated mind.

 Dr Onyekwe practised medicine for fifteen years after her studies at the Universities of London and Lagos. Over the last eight years she has fulfilled a long-held desire to teach children by delivering science education at all levels of the secondary school system. She is currently teaching at a unit for disadvantaged children with special education needs.

Ayo Obe

Ayo Obe (nee Ogunsola) is a legal practitioner and partner with Chief Olasupo Shonibare in Ogunsola Shonibare, a Lagos-based law firm.

She chairs the Gorée Institute’s Board of Trustees in Senegal, and in Nigeria she is a trustee of the Centre for Law Enforcement Education and the Ajegunle Community Project, in addition to ZODML.

She writes a Sunday column for the Guardian newspaper and has delivered several lectures and papers on a variety of human rights, democracy, and election-related subjects at home and abroad, as well as contributing to publications such as The Right to Know on freedom of information.

Shamsudeen Usman

Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Ahmadu Bello University. Following his undergraduate studies, he won a national scholarship to pursue his masters and doctoral degrees at the London School of Economics and Political Science between 1977 and 1980.

He has served in a number of public roles, including as Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Minister of Finance, and Minister of National Planning. 

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