For our #BellaNaijaWCW feature this week, we’ll be shining the spotlight on a woman who has devoted her entire life in the fight for social justice across the world.
Serah Makka-Ugbabe, the current country director (Nigeria) for The ONE Campaign, “a campaigning and advocacy organisation of more than 9 million people around the world taking action to end extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa.”
Serah began her career at FSG Social Impact Advisors in the U.S as an associate consultant which helped in supporting Fate Foundation, the first Nigerian non-profit focused on entrepreneurship training for employment.
Her passion saw her travel to Kabul, Afghanistan with AidAfghanistan to teach girls English.
She later joined Grand Circle Foundation and helped in implementing various development programs in 28 countries.
Serah returned to Nigeria and joined Tony Elumelu Foundation, providing technical support to the presidency.
She moved on to Enhancing Financial Innovation & Access (EFInA), a DFID and Gates Foundation funded Nigerian nonprofit focused on deepening financial inclusion among the low-income population in Nigeria.
Serah then joined The ONE Campaign in 2017.
She was nominated by the Young People in International Affairs as one of the top 35 Under 35 Young African Leaders in International Affairs. She is also a Trainer at the Africa Institute for Public Policy based in Nigeria.
She is a 2018 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow, holds a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and a BA in Economics and International Studies from the University of North Florida.