Tuesday, 4 July 2017

HAPPY 51ST BIRTHDAY, DR. JOE OKEI-ODUMAKIN (JOSEPHINE OBIAJULU OKEI-ODUMAKIN)

Dr Joe with Dr. Raphael

Born in Zaria on July 4, 1966. She grew up in Ilorin, where she attended St. Barnabas Primary School, Ilorin, she obtained the First School Leaving Certificate. She thereafter moved to Queen Elizabeth Secondary School, Ilorin where she passed her West Africa School Certificate. She pursued her A’ levels at the School of Basic Studies, Kwara State Polytechnic.


Dr Joe with Michelle Obama

She later proceeded to the University of Ilorin where she got a BA.ED English and Education in 1987. She returned to the same school and bagged her M.Ed in Guidance and Counselling and her Ph.D (History and Policy of Education) in 1996.


Dr. Joe with John Forbes Kerry American Secretary of State

She has about 29years experience in human rights work in Nigeria. She has been involved in over 2,000 cases of woman's rights violations, including extrajudicial killings of women or their husbands by the police. Her activism career commenced as the Secretary of Women in Nigeria (WIN), Kwara State from 1988 – 1991 and later the Coordinator of Women in Nigeria (WIN), Kwara State branch 1991 – 1996; Chairperson, Rethink Nigeria (1987 – 1992) and Chairperson, Committee for the Defense of Human Rights, Kwara State branch (1990 – 1996). Her foray into human rights activism was during the President Babangida Military administration. She was arrested and detained for not less than seventeen times at different locations: Division B Police Station Ilorin; Police Headquarters Ilorin; SSS Headquarters Ilorin; SSS HQ Maitama Abuja; Panti Police Station Lagos; Kirikiri Prisons in Lagos; and Alagbon Close in Lagos. But her spirit was never daunted. She later became the Assistant General Secretary of Campaign For Democracy (CD) in 1994 at a time the battle against the annulment of June 12 was very fierce.


Dr. Joe with Chief Gani Fawehinmi - social critic, seasoned human and civil rights lawyer

Dr Joe with Billionaire Industrialist & Chairman Eleganza Group, Chief Razak Akanni Okoya.

She served as the General Secretary of the body from March 1996 – July 29, 2006 (10 years) before she became the President on July 29, 2006. She is also the Executive Director of the Institute of Human Rights and Democratic Studies, the President of Women Arise for Change Initiative; Chairman, Task Force of the Citizen Forum, Spokesperson, Coalition of Civil Society Organizations and President, Centre for Change in Community Development and Public Awareness(CDP).


Dr Joe with Abike Kafayat Oluwatoyin Dabiri-Erewa SSA to the president

Pro Wole Soyinka & Dr Joe, addressing the press

She has received over 100 awards at the national and international levels, including: “Hero of Democracy and Good Governance”; “Icon of Democracy”;  “The Hero of Democracy”;
“The Defender of Women’s Rights”; “Advocate for Good Governance Award”; “Role Model of the Year award”; “Champion of Women Empowerment”; “Beacon of Hope Award”; "Amazon of Democracy"; “Ambassador of Goodwill”; "Kwame Nkrumah Leadership Award on Humanitarian Services/Icon of Hope"; "Excellence in Activism Award". On January 3, 2013 she won the "Eminent International Gold Award" presented to her by First Eminent Associates for her Activism and Heroism. She also won the International Women of Courage Award from the United States Department of State, presented by Michelle Obama and John Kerry at the US State Department's Dean Acheson Auditorium in celebration of International Women's Day, 2013



Dr. Raphael with Comrade Yinka Odunmakin (Dr. Joe's husband)

She is happily married to Comrade Yinka Odunmakin.

Dr Joe with former, NBA, Dame Priscilia Kuye

Dr. Joe feeding her Ostriches


As she celebrate today July 4th, We at the CRIMMD FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY in Idimu honours her with a surprise lecture titled: "Women in activism in Nigeria" celebrating Dr. Joe Odumaikin @ 51. July 4th, 2017 time 10 am, with a cake cutting ceremony.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my darling sister, one I am proud of - DR JOSEPHINE!!!

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