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Our Team

Meet the Team that makes it all happen


Henry Jacob Uche, (Nigeria) – Regional Director for West Africa

Mr Henry Jacob is a Conflict Management expert; trained at the Peace Operations Training Institute, New York (USA) and a renowned Human Rights campaigner with many years of experience. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Relations from Nottingham Trent University, United Kingdom and currently pursuing a PhD in Politics & International Studies at the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom. Henry is also a successful entrepreneur with a great passion for helping the less-privileged in the society through formal & informal education. He has held so many leadership positions in the past including the Director of the New Nigeria Council, an organization that focuses on advocacy for equal representation in politics & promotes patriotism.


Mrs. Agnes Akwanga, (USA) – Executive Director

Mrs. Agnes Akwanga, wife of the honoree is a long-time human rights campaigner. She joined Amnesty International in 1992 and served in the local divisional board of the Human Rights Defense Group (HRDG), founded by the indefatigable African human rights crusader, the late Albert Womah Mukong. Mrs. Akwanga also served as the Board Secretary of Friends of Freedom Internationaland volunteer with Women in Alternative Action, a woman-oriented development organization that operates mostly in the Central African region. In 1997 she was held incommunicado for 48 hours, deprive of food, water and sleep following the arrest of her husband.

Mrs. Akwanga refused financial payment if she joins the Cameroon National Election Observatory during the legislative election and instead opted to serve freely as an election observer with the Catholic Church through the Archdiocese of Mamfe. However, her exposure of massive fraud by the ruling party on the voters register with hundreds of names of deceased person’s angered the Cameroonian authorities who threatened to jail her alongside her husband.


Dr. Jonathan H. Levy, PhD, (USA) – Legal Counsel

Jonathan Levy, PhD is a member of the International Criminal Court ICC Bar and Chief Administrative Officer of the Organization of Emerging African States OEAS. His international law practice focuses on human rights and national self-determination and he has been involved in several high profile legal cases. Dr. Levy< is also adjunct university faculty at the graduate school level instructing international law and public administration.


Dr. Ayo Whetho, PhD, (USA). – Director of Programs

Ayo Whetho holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) degree in International Relations from the Obafemi Awolowo University (formerly University of Ife), Nigeria. He also holds a Master of Arts (cum laude) and a PhD. in Political Science from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He was a lecturer and co-ordinator of the community service programme in the School of Social Sciences at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Dr. Whetho was a member of a team of academics that analyzed the African Peer Review Mechanism’s field data for South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal Province. His research in terests are in international political economy, natural resource governance, and conflict transformation, religiosity in Africa’s public sphere and African politics and development.


Ms. Djeneba Bagayoko (UK). – Regional Director for the Sahel

Djeneba Bagayoko is an Italian-born Malian, a women rights campaigner and Pan-Africanist with the vision of uniting all Africans and people of African descent throughout the world. Born in April 1993, Djeneba’s maturity in her public speaking engagements and her knowledge and understanding of the problems affecting the African Girl-Child from lack of the provision of adequate education to child-arranged marriages is exciting. She has put her services to the use of the “Council for the Malian Youth in Italy”, “Black and Ethnic Minority Association” and “African Development Forum” both in Birmingham. Djeneba hopes to use her time in the EAHRHI in the development of Africa with emphasis on the rights and protection of the continent’s Girl-Child. And to this end, she intends to live in Bamako, Mali where she will head the Sahel Regional Office of the Institute.


Mr. Solomon Amabo Atanga (South Africa). – Director of Communications

Solomon Amabo Atanga is a seasoned journalist of his own right with more than 10 years of experience reporting on in-depth topical African issues for print, radio and television. He has specialties in developing sources and breaking national and international hard news stories for different outlets. Solomon is a rights activist and has reported on human rights and other topics for a variety of news outlets, including many English-language general interest newspapers in Cameroon including the private Cameroon-based Equinox Radio and Television where he rose to the rank of Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the English news service.

Earlier in 2011, he found Eyewitness Newspaper, a publication that covered corruption and human rights, and gave voice to the Cameroonian political opposition-in-exile. He also corresponds for the US-based CNE RI-TV, where he delivers news brief called “Week in Brief from Douala-Cameroon and now from Johannesburg, South Africa.” He does communication consultancy for several companies in Cameroon, Nigeria and South Africa. He is also a Guest Blogger for the Committee to Protect Journalist, CPJ.

He is currently a member of the Africa Diaspora Forum (ADF) a Federation of Migrant Organisations in Southern Africa after he survived the 2015 xenophobic attacks in South Africa. Solomon also holds a BA in English and French from the University of Buea, Cameroon and also a trainee of the Institute of Security Studies, ISS of the African Union, Ethiopia. His energetic and resourceful nature and his personal interest in the life and struggle of Dr. Ebenezer Akwanga made him to join the EAHRHI as the Director of Communications and head of the Southern Africa Regional Office.


Amadu Joseph Wisdom (Ghana). – Country Representative

Mr. Amadu Joseph Wisdom, Ghana’s Country Representative of the ebenezer akwanga human rights and humanitarian institute (eahrhi) was born at Garu Upper East on September 17, 1985 and speaks three languages, English, Twi and Kusase. Wisdom did his Primary and Secondary High school at Obo Presbyterian and his university studies at Presbyterian University, Kwahu Abetifi in the Eastern Region of Ghana between 2005 and 2009.  He holds a Bachelor of Science degree First Class Honors in Business Administration (Banking and Finance). He is single, a fervent Christian and a dedicated human rights campaigner.


Anye Hillary. – Board Member

Mr. Anye Hillary as Director of Tort for Torture Victims Centre (TT-VC) Cameroon, a partner NGO to the eahrhi is a co-opted Board Member of the Institute. Hillary is a holder of a post-graduate diploma (Law) from the University of Yaoundé II at Soa, a Diploma from the International Training Centre in Italy (ILO) where he focused on: “Towards an inclusive society: How to tackle discrimination in the world of work”. His zeal for justice and the respect for human rights led his creation of Tort for Torture Victims Centre (TT-VC) in 1998, a non-governmental organization. TT-VC has organized and successfully carried out several field and on-spot intervention to several cases of human torture, deprivation of liberty and inhumane and degrading treatment of suspects or persons in prison.

For over 18 years, Hillary has traveled extensively engaging in speaking, training and facilitating of several national and international seminars and workshops on diverse social, humanitarian and cultural issues affecting humanity. He has acquired both outstanding legal experience in human rights issues especially on issues of freedom, liberty, detention proceedings and judgments. He has overtime developed considerable pro-bono and paid legal interventions in civil and criminal matters that touch the above rights and concepts. Hillary is a fast leaner and communicates fluently in the English and French languages. He is married with three children.