Associate Director of Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa’s (CAPPA), Aderonke Ige, has been awarded the prestigious Chevening Scholarship by the British Government to pursue a Master of Science in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Aderonke, a humanitarian lawyer and development practitioner, promotes the cause of good governance, participatory development, inclusion and human rights.
Before joining CAPPA, she had championed legislative advocacies that catalyzed the enactment of the Community Service Law in Oyo State, a pivotal criminal justice reform intervention, alongside other public interest legislation between 2015 and 2017 during her years of working at Justice Development and Peace Commission.
A statement made available to journalists by Policy and Research Officer of CAPPA, Zikora Ibeh, revealed that at Corporate Accountability and Public Participation Africa, Ige carries out policy advocacy, while being a team player in organising, movement building, community engagements and campaigns for environmental justice, human rights and resistance building against oppressive government policies.
Aderonke, who is widely travelled, works directly on CAPPA’s Water Campaign, Climate Justice and Gender Justice programmes, among others.
Reacting to the development, Executive Director of CAPPA, Akinbode Oluwafemi, said: “We celebrate Ms. Ige on this milestone, which will further sharpen her prowess in advocating social justice, equity and a transformative world.
“She is a wonderful team player, extremely hardworking and I am convinced the Chevening Scholarship will enhance her capacity for future roles in development and nation-building.”
Born amid the oppressive military regimes in Nigeria, Aderonke Ige experienced firsthand the stark realities of oppression, exclusion and brazen violations of human rights. These formative experiences fueled her resolve to actively fight in defense of human rights and public interests.
In the past 13 years, Aderonke has actively engaged as a development practitioner and social impact crusader, carving out an identity for herself as a staunch advocate for transformative change.