Executive Members

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Efosa Etomi (Mrs.)

President (AWLA NIG)

Efosa Etomi is the current President of the African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA). She is a seasoned civil litigator with over 30years post call experience. Her areas of interest and expertise include Family Law, Arbitration, Divorce and Domestic Abuse/ Child Abuse issues amongst many others.

She is a partner at Chief Rotimi Williams’ Chambers, a fellow and a member of the Board of Governors, Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC), a member of the National Judicial Council (NJC) and has been a contributor to the Thomas Reuters Practical law guide where she co-authored the section on Family Law in Nigeria. She is a member of Terralex, NBA, IBA as well as a member of the NBA section on Business Law



Ibas Theresa (Mrs.)

Vice President (AWLA NIG)



Bibian Aloba (Mrs.)

General Secretary (AWLA NIG)

Aloba, Bibian Kanayo was called to the Bar in 2004. She has been a member of AWLA since 2015 Lagos chapter and is Presently the General Secretary, AWLA Nigeria.
She holds a LL.B and BL and is a student of ICSAN, she is also a Word Bank Assessor on The Ease of Doing Business.
A principal partner in the law firm of Saphire Chambers with it’s office strategically located in Lagos, Nigeria



Yvonne Ugochi Adonai-Achalu (Mrs.)

Assistant General Secretary (AWLA NIG)

Yvonne Ugochi Adonai-Achalu called to the bar in November 2013. She is currently working with National Broadcasting Commission Abuja. She joined Awla in 2015, having served as the financial secretary of the branch and is currently the Assistant Secretary National. She is a member of the NBA, unity branch (Abuja).



Felicitas Nwobi

Financial secretary (AWLA NIG)

Felicitas Nwaobi was called to the Bar in 2011. She has a Diploma in Law and worked with the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies before proceeding to obtain her LLB IN 2002. She is an astute member of NBA Ikeja and was the electoral chairman of the Young Lawyers Forum first ever election. She joined AWLA IN 2013 and has twice been the chairman of the commitee that organised our new year party.



Falilat Orire (Mrs.)

Treasurer (AWLA NIG)

Falilat Oluwatoyin Orire was called to the Bar in OCTOBER, 2000 . She currently works with The Court of Appeal Ilorin division as the head of Litigation. She has been a member of AWLA since 2012 in Abuja and is presently in the AWLA Kwara State Coordinator and National Treasurer of AWLA Nigeria. She holds a BL and has an LLM in Sharia and Civil Law.



Abiodun Kolawole (Mrs.)

Welfare 1 (AWLA NIG)

Abiodun Kolawole Esq. is a seasoned media/legal practitioner with B.L, LL.B and LL.M qualifications. She is an associate at Crown Canaan Attorney Chambers and has served in different capacities in AWLA, Nigeria. She is presently the Welfare Officer 1.


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Olanrewaju Lanre Oluremi

Welfare 2 (AWLA NIG)

Remi had her first professional qualification in Nursing before obtaining her LLB and BL Qualifications. She qualified as a Nigerian Registered Midwife in 1980, attended the University of Greenwich, London from 2004-2006 where she obtained a Diploma in Health and Social Care in 2006. She further obtained an LL.B in 2013 from the University of East London and was called to the Nigerian Bar in July 2016. She got her legal work experience with Fred Isoh and Associate, Lagos from 2016-September 2020. Also worked briefly with Oyefeso & Co. Abeokuta and is presently President (Legal) of an Grade one Customary Court in Ogun State.  year party.



Mulikat Thomas

Chairperson, Programs



Ifeoma Ben

Co-chairperson, Programs



Josephine Bode



Board of Trustees

Hon. Justice Ayotunde Philips


Priscilla Kuye, San

Hon. Justice Lati Folami

Funmi Falana

Mandy Asagba



Nihinlolawa Aluko-Olokun

Zonal Coordinators

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Bola Animashaun

South-West Zonal Coordinator AWLA, Nigeria

Animashaun Bolatumi Olabunso has a B.A. (English & Education)1979, Master of Public Administration (MPA)1997 and a LLB 2006 all from the University of Lagos. She has a BL 2007 from the Nigerian Law School. She is a Certified Mediator CEDR (UK) which she obtained in 2011. She also has an Online Dispute Resolution (ODReurope Certification 2021) certificate.

She is presently the Managing Partner, Bolatumi Animashaun & Co ‘BLOSSOM CHAMBER.’ She specializes in this area of practice; Family Law, Business / Commercial Law, Mediation (LMSDC, ADR Fast Track – Lagos and Ikeja judiciary).

She is the South West Zonal Coordinator and member of African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA) Nigeria.


Adepeju Quadri

Adepeju Quadri (Mrs.)

North-East Zonal Coordinator AWLA, Nigeria

Sakinah Adepeju Oluwaseun Oduye-Quadri is a lawyer, Certified mediator, tax consultant, women and children advocate. She became a member of the African Women Lawyers Association, Nigeria in 2003 and has since been an active member of the Association. She was the past Vice President and Acting President of the Association, easy going and unassuming. She has attended several trainings, courses and seminars on women and children. She is the current General Secretary of AWLA.



Cordelia U. Eke (Mrs.)

South-South Zonal Coordinator AWLA, Nigeria.

Former AWLAN Rivers State Coordinator (2016-2020).
She holds an LLM in Public International Law from the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, after an LLB from the Rivers State, University, Nigeria. She’s a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators (ICMC) Nigeria and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) UK.
Currently an Assistant Director Public Prosecutions at the Rivers State Ministry of Justice, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
She’s also a Writer, Certified Mediation Trainer and Public Speaker


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Nnenna Uko (Mrs.) (FcArb)

South-East Zonal Coordinator AWLA, Nigeria

Nnenna Nwaku Uko  who was called to the Nigerian bar in 1987 is the Managing Partner in Ikechi & Nnenna Uko LP. She is a Notary Public and a Fellow of the Nigeria Institute of  Chartered Arbitrators (FCArb). She is also  a member of the Panel of Neutrals in the Enugu State Multidoor Courthouse.

Nnenna was the chairman of Nigerian Bar Association Enugu Bar 2010-2012 and has remained a member of the National Executive Council of the NBA for more than a decade.  She is a seasoned litigator, arbitrator,  mediator,  and a very  efficient  project manager who has helped organize several large scale conferences. She has been a member as well as  chaired several committees.

Mrs. Uko  is  the legal adviser and  Communique Chair  for the Enugu Women Anglican Diocese. She has been a secretary to the board of an orphanage and continues to fight passionately for the vulnerable in the society. Nnenna Uko is currently the South East Coordinator  of the African Women Lawyers Association(AWLA).


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Grace Perpetual Dafiel (Mrs.)

North-West Zonal Coordinator AWLA, Nigeria

Barr. Grace Perpetual Dafiel PhD, LLM, BL, LLB, ACIS, FCALM, FCIFC, FCIIM is an excellent director, Team leader, advocate for children and women, researcher and problem solver, a teacher, an arbitrator & conciliator, an effective organisational development specialist, program coordinator, designer, evaluator, manager, facilitator, trainer, with over 23 years cumulative practical experience in social and humanitarian work and over 17 years legal and protection services for women and children in Nigeria. A certified project manager (PMD Pro 1&2) by PM4NGO/APMG

She is the National Coordinator/ founder of Association for OVC NGOs in Nigeria (AONN) the only network for OVC focused NGOs and CBOs in Nigeria which she has coordinated for the past 16 years. She is also the National Coordinator/Secretary to the board of New Hope Agency. Executive Director/Vice President, Touch A Heart Social and Economic Right Initiative- NGO, Principal Partner/Consultant: Peplat Consults/Grace Perpetual Dafiel and Associate-A research and training firm/ legal firm for litigation, mediation and arbitration matters.

She joined the AWLA Team this year and is presently the North West Coordinator of the Association.

Core Staff

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Mrs. Felicitas Nwaobi

Head of Administration

Felicitas Nwaobi was called to the Bar in 2011. She has a Diploma in Law and worked with the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies before proceeding to obtain her LLB IN 2002. She is an astute member of NBA Ikeja and was the electoral chairman of the Young Lawyers Forum first ever election. She joined AWLA IN 2013 and has twice been the chairman of the committee that organized our new year party.


Miss Adeola Makinde

Miss Adeola Makinde

 In-house Counsel



 Mr. Akorede Lukman

 Office Assistant


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