Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin

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2013 International Women of Courage Award Winners. Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin is seated in the front row, second from the left, in a green jacket.

Josephine "Joe" Obiajulu Okei-Odumakin is a Nigerian women's rights activist. She is the president of the rights groups Women Arise for Change Initiative and the Campaign for Democracy.

Life[change | change source]

Odumakin was born in Zaria, Kaduna on 4 July 1966. She grew up in a Roman Catholic household.[1]

Work[change | change source]

In 1987, Odumakin received a bachelor's degree in English Education. Then she received a master's degree in Guidance and Counseling and a doctorate in History and Policy of Education from the University of Ilorin. She was arrested often for her activism, especially during the military rule of Ibrahim Babangida. She met her future husband, Yinka Odumakin, in prison.[1]

Awards[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Dapo Akinrefon; Charles Kumolo (April 13, 2013). "17 times in detention, Joe Okei-Odumakin opens up: I met my husband in prison". Vanguard. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  2. "2013 International Women of Courage Award Winners".
  3. "2013 International Women of Courage Award Winners - HumanRights.gov is the official United States Government website for international human rights related information".
  4. "2013 International Women of Courage Award Winners - International Women of Courage Celebration".

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