Meet the Board of the Initiative for Inclusive Dialogue in Nigeria 

  Chiamaka Mogo, Founder/President of the Board of Directors   A Nigerian and Canadian citizen, Chiamaka has been working towards developing more inclusive societies, from a very young age. At age 15, she co-founded the St. Albans Social Actions Committee in Ottawa, Canada. Chiamaka is a candidate for the University of British Columbia's, Master's in Public Policy & Global Affairs program. She is the operator of the social justice blog - Blurred Creations. An impassioned humanitarian, she has volunteered and also worked for organizations that serve vulnerable communities both in sub-Saharan Africa and Canada, as well as organizations that advance other forms of community development. Some of her past and current affiliations include: AFMESI, Engage Africa Foundation, Enactus uOttawa, Democracy Watch, the Canadian Red Cross, the Excellency in Literacy Foundation, the Association of African Business Schools. In 2016, Chiamaka was named by CIBWE, as one of the 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada. When she is not working, Chiamaka takes pride in being an enthusiast of good TV shows and Nigerian music/dance.

Chiamaka Mogo,
Founder/President of the Board of Directors

A Nigerian and Canadian citizen, Chiamaka has been working towards developing more inclusive societies, from a very young age. At age 15, she co-founded the St. Albans Social Actions Committee in Ottawa, Canada. Chiamaka is a candidate for the University of British Columbia's, Master's in Public Policy & Global Affairs program. She is the operator of the social justice blog - Blurred Creations. An impassioned humanitarian, she has volunteered and also worked for organizations that serve vulnerable communities both in sub-Saharan Africa and Canada, as well as organizations that advance other forms of community development. Some of her past and current affiliations include: AFMESI, Engage Africa Foundation, Enactus uOttawa, Democracy Watch, the Canadian Red Cross, the Excellency in Literacy Foundation, the Association of African Business Schools. In 2016, Chiamaka was named by CIBWE, as one of the 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada. When she is not working, Chiamaka takes pride in being an enthusiast of good TV shows and Nigerian music/dance.

  May-Marie Duwai-Sowa, Vice President of the Board   Born and raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa, May-Marie immigrated to the United States in 1999, after surviving a brutal civil war and has continued to tirelessly promote social change and equity in both her personal and professional endeavors. In 2003, May- Marie immigrated to Canada, where she currently resides with her family in Hamilton, Ontario. May-Marie is a dedicated public servant, community developer and social activist with over 10 years of successful executive, operational and research experience across various sectors including Not-for-Profit, Municipal and Provincial Governments. She is also the Founder and Publisher of Illuminessence e- Magazine, a distinctive e-magazine dedicated to showcasing exemplary young fem- leaders and their remarkable accomplishments. May-Marie is currently pursuing her PhD in Public Policy and Administration with a specialization in Public Management and Leadership, at Walden University.   May-Marie is a recipient of various academic, professional and community awards in Sierra Leone, United States and Canada.

May-Marie Duwai-Sowa,
Vice President of the Board

Born and raised in Sierra Leone, West Africa, May-Marie immigrated to the United States in 1999, after surviving a brutal civil war and has continued to tirelessly promote social change and equity in both her personal and professional endeavors. In 2003, May- Marie immigrated to Canada, where she currently resides with her family in Hamilton, Ontario. May-Marie is a dedicated public servant, community developer and social activist with over 10 years of successful executive, operational and research experience across various sectors including Not-for-Profit, Municipal and Provincial Governments. She is also the Founder and Publisher of Illuminessence e- Magazine, a distinctive e-magazine dedicated to showcasing exemplary young fem- leaders and their remarkable accomplishments. May-Marie is currently pursuing her PhD in Public Policy and Administration with a specialization in Public Management and Leadership, at Walden University.

 May-Marie is a recipient of various academic, professional and community awards in Sierra Leone, United States and Canada.

  Emily Edet, Public Relations Officer of the Board   Ellen Edet is a graduate of the University of Ottawa where she majored in Biology and minored in Psychology. With an interest in healthcare and community building, Ellen spent the majority of her time volunteering at the Ottawa Hospital and at local shelters, where she witnessed the benefits of the presence and proper functioning of such organizations. This inspired her desire to invest both time and education into the building of and contributing to educating individuals at home in Nigeria about the importance and benefits of a system that functions properly. To Ellen, the functionality of a country's system does not only depend on those in positions of power. It is greatly influenced by members of the community - those who have a voice, but not necessarily the resources - who want better, to demand better, both personally and publicly. Being a part of IIDN is a means by which Ellen intends to contribute to the growth and upliftment of her country both at home and abroad. She plans to further her healthcare education to be better equipped with the necessary information, skills, and knowledge, to contribute to the healthcare system in Nigeria. This is her intended area of focus in the future.

Emily Edet,
Public Relations Officer of the Board

Ellen Edet is a graduate of the University of Ottawa where she majored in Biology and minored in Psychology. With an interest in healthcare and community building, Ellen spent the majority of her time volunteering at the Ottawa Hospital and at local shelters, where she witnessed the benefits of the presence and proper functioning of such organizations. This inspired her desire to invest both time and education into the building of and contributing to educating individuals at home in Nigeria about the importance and benefits of a system that functions properly. To Ellen, the functionality of a country's system does not only depend on those in positions of power. It is greatly influenced by members of the community - those who have a voice, but not necessarily the resources - who want better, to demand better, both personally and publicly. Being a part of IIDN is a means by which Ellen intends to contribute to the growth and upliftment of her country both at home and abroad. She plans to further her healthcare education to be better equipped with the necessary information, skills, and knowledge, to contribute to the healthcare system in Nigeria. This is her intended area of focus in the future.

  Timmy Guo, Development Officer of the Board   Timmy is experienced in the areas of financial and project management. He is active in the community, and was most recently involved with an organization called Enactus uOttawa to create innovative projects that better the community. Timmy holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa (Canada).

Timmy Guo,
Development Officer of the Board

Timmy is experienced in the areas of financial and project management. He is active in the community, and was most recently involved with an organization called Enactus uOttawa to create innovative projects that better the community. Timmy holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Ottawa (Canada).