Dr Newton Jibunoh, Founder

Dr. Jibunoh, PhD holder from the Nnamdi Azikiwe Universty Awka and University of Benin, has successfully driven across the Sahara Desert three times based on his undying thirst to bring attention to the ravaging effects of the Sahara and resultant impact on neighboring communities. His background is in Engineering with a specialization in Soil Mechanics.  He worked for the Costain Group where he rose to Chairman/CEO, a position he held for 16 years. He is a fellow of the Nigerian institute of builders (NIOB), with over thirty-five (35) years experience in the building and construction industry. He has also acquired over forty (40) years of relevant experience in Environment, where he has carried out various research themed visits and survey works on desertification, including a 3-month study visit to the Ben-Gurion University at Negev Israel where he acquired training on “desertology” and went on a study tour to the Cold and Arid Regions Environment and Engineering Research Institute in China. He was also part of a team that was sponsored by the United States Consular Office in Abuja for a 2-week course at the University of Arizona. He is a member of the federal government’s delegate to Climate change conferences haven taken part in conferences held in Bangkok, Copenhagen and more recently Cancun. He is an Emeritus Ambassador of Environment for Lagos state. Some of his research work and findings have been documented in his books, “Me, My Desert and I” and “Bridging The Sahara Desert”.


Onuorah Aligbe, Programme Director

He has an MSc in Geology and PGD Petroleum Engineering. A consultant with experience in hydrogeology, construction, and environmental management, Mr Aligbe is an Engineer and the former Deputy Managing Director of Costain West Africa, a position he held for 7yrs. He has over 20 years of experience in the building and development industry as well as consultancy in Nigeria. He is also a Consultant to FADE on issues of Geophysical surveys and general environmental development. He is an excellent team player and a good manager of people. He is also computer savvy and works very well with most operating software.


Bunmi Obanawu, Technical Assistant to the Founder/Programme Manager

Bunmi has an M.A in International Journalism from Brunel University, London and a B.Sc in Mass Communiction from Covenant University. She has consulted for environmental organizations like Eco Nigeria and formerly worked with TVC News Africa where she served as the producer of A Woman's World and Green Angle (an environmental awareness programme). She is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). At FADE, Bunmi is responsible for the development and management of programmes, including coordination and framework implementation, with the mandate to oversee all field operations for nation-wide tree planting and adaptation projects, ensuring sustainability. She works closely with the founder in overseeing the business re-engineering process of the organization with the aim to ensure FADE remains a key resource organization in all thematic areas concerning environment particularly in the Sub-saharan region. Bunmi is also responsibe for She liaising with the organization’s corporate sponsors, United Nations specialized agencies to which FADE is accredited (UNEP and UNCCD) and managing stakeholder relationships with MDAs of the Federal and State Governments as well as Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).  

Abdul-Azeez Abba, Project Coordinator (North)

He has a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria and a master’s degree in Crop Protection from the same institution. He has garnered over thirty-five years of experience in agriculture and environmental issues. His previous work experience spans the Agricultural Supply Company Limited where he was the first indigenous managing director. He was the Chairman of Kano state consultative committee/task force on pest control and was able to secure assistance from the Food and Agriculture (FAO) and the British Overseas Development Administration now DFID to control periodic outbreaks of crop pests. He was permanent secretary in various ministries with Kano State Government from 1993 to 2010 and secretary of the Northern States Committee on Desert Control. He acts as the principal consultant at ASCAS Integrated Agricultural Concept Limited. At FADE, he is responsible for coordinating the northern projects of the organization and providing technical input into the desert-fighting strategy employed by FADE in the species of trees to be planted which will simultaneously provide economic sustenance.


Imrana Daura, Environmental Field Officer

He has a degree in Geography from the Bayero University Kano. At FADE he is responsible for routine monitoring of the schools' greening project and handles all administrative requirements for FADE’s projects in the North reporting to the Programme Manager. He is the liaison officer between the officials at the Ministry of Environment, Kano Emirate Council, various school communities and FADE. He also serves as FADE’s Monitoring and Evaluation officer for the MDGs – DRG funded projects and programs for North – West Zone.

Chukwuemeka Jibunoh, Logistics Support Manager

He is a graduate of Mass Communications from Babcock University.  He is the expedition and logistics manager in charge of the renowned green reality show tagged “Dr Newton Jibunoh’s Desert Warriors Reality Show”, which is in partnership with Lagos state Government Ministry of The Environment. During the course of the last expedition in Agadez, Niger Republic, he coordinated the planting of thousands of trees in the space of a week.


Akin Olukiran, Fundraising Consultant

He holds an M.Sc degree in Voluntary Sector Organization from the London School of Economics (LSE) and a BSc Honours degree in Political Science from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife. Presently acts as FADE’s representative in the United Kingdom and coordinates the European activities of the Foundation, including strategic alliances, fundraising strategy and strategic change management. He has over 15 years’ senior management experience in the voluntary sector in the United Kingdom.  As the Chief Executive Officer of CAPS Nig Ltd (Complete Africa Philanthropy Solutions) with a passion for building the capacity of voluntary and community sector organizations (NGOs), he has a wealth of experience in the leadership and management of charities, fundraising and capacity building initiatives.  In the social welfare sector, he has held various executive level positions including the Chief Executive of Disability in Camden (DISC), CEO of CultureLink UK Ltd and he was at various times in the past, Head of Finance and IT of a large social housing provider (SHP) and in the late 90s as Executive Director (later as Chair of the Board) of Adzido Pan African Dance Ensemble, then the largest black arts group in Europe.


Adaure Achumba, Media Consultant

She studied Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is an internationally trained broadcast journalist and the CEO/Creative director for Five Cowrie Creek Media Ltd, a Media Solutions, Public Relations and new media production and consulting firm.  She is a freelance journalist for international news agencies like Reuters and Franc 5 TV and is presently the media consultant for FADE Africa where she is responsible for coordinating the production of the documentary and acts as the intermediary between media organizations and FADE Africa. She is best known for her work as a former morning news anchor, breakfast show presenter, news reporter and producer at Silverbird TV. Before being recruited to work in Nigeria with the Silverbird Group, she interned with CNN's Los Angeles Bureau. She has also been a presenter/reporter on the popular lifestyle and travel show on MNET, Studio 53.


FADE also works with ad-hoc field officers who are familiar with the terrain and assist in ensuring our objectives are effectively communicated to the residents of the community during the entire project phase from initiation to execution.


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