MAWA


Media Advocacy West Africa Foundation (MAWA-Foundation) is a nonprofit organization based in Abuja with a vision to give voice to the less privileged and disadvantaged communities and ensures public accountability through citizens’ empowerment.

MAWA works to promote accountability, good governance, human rights, peace and security, democracy, free speech, through capacity building.

Founders of the organization believe that in all democratic societies, access to information and accountability is key and that is achievable through citizens’ empowerment.

MAWA, founded in January 2016, believes that the time has come for West Africa to embrace access to information and open data which will pave way for accountability.

Board Of Trustees

Chairman: Polycarp Auta

Mr. Polycarp Auta studied Political Science at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 2009. Because of his flair for writing, in 2012 he joined the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Nigeria’s news leading agency as a reporter, and in 2015, he became a senior correspondent/Editor in NAN.

Auta is a public affairs analyst and commentator with so many articles, features stories and radio commentaries on various national issues credited to him.

He is the Public Relations Officer (PRO), the national body of the Nasarawa State University Alumni Association.

Contact: azgaku@gmail.com

Secretary: Ogala Idoko Samuel

Ogala Samuel holds a Bachelor of Law from the Kogi State University, Ayangba. He is a Barrister and Solicitor with more than nine years’ experience in the bar.

He is currently a practicing Lawyer with Femi Falana Chambers.

Contact: legaminds@006@yahoo.co.uk

Treasurer: Onuh Mary

Mary is a human rights and gender activist, she is currently leading rural women participation in politics across communities in Benue state.

Contact marrymary@yahoo.com

Member: Audu Liberty Oseni

Audu Liberty Oseni is a communication strategist who works and partners with NGOs, the media, companies, and individuals to grow their organizational and professional brands by helping them to understand communication objectives; identify and know their target audience, and to deliver the appropriate message. After spending close to a decade working in different NGOs as a communication officer and media outfits as a journalist, Liberty knows what truly drives conversations, and has strategically engaged the respective audience in communications and campaigns.

Liberty has featured in both print and electronic media, including Premium Times, BBC, Daily Trust etc. His articles have been featured in the Global Research, Rockefeller Foundation, Premium Times, Daily Trust, Sahara Reporters, in addition to his communication experience, Liberty trains many on media and effective communication. Liberty studied political science from the Nasarawa State University, Keffi. He currently serves as a consultant editor to about three online media and several NGOs.

Contact libertydgreat@gmail.com

OUR TEAM

Audu Liberty Oseni – COORDINATOR

Audu Liberty Oseni is a communication strategist who works and partners with NGOs, the media, companies and individuals to grow their organizational and professional brands by helping them to understand communication objectives; identify and know their target audience; and to deliver the appropriate message. After spending close to a decade working in different NGOs as a communication officer and media outfits as a journalist, Liberty knows what truly drives conversations, and has strategically engaged the respective audience in communications and campaigns.

Liberty has featured in both print and electronic media, including Premium Times, BBC, Daily Trust, etc. His articles have been featured in the Global Research, Rockefeller Foundation, Premium Times, Daily Trust, Sahara Reporters, in addition to his communication experience, Liberty trains many on media and effective communication. Liberty studied political science from the Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Masters in Strategic Communication-Ahmadu University, Zaria. He currently serves as a communication consultant to NGOs and media organizations.

George Kumar/Editor 

Mr. George Kumar is a Ghanaian with over 7 years of experience in the practice of professional journalism. He serves as a consultant editor to many newspaper organizations. He has trained over 400 journalists across Africa.

Audu Alhassan/EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Audu Alhassan is a deep-rooted media personality with several years’ experience in professional journalism. His flair for journalism makes him outstanding among his colleagues.

Our Editorial Philosophy

Our Editorial Philosophy is to defend the principle of press freedom, the right of the citizens to speak out whenever they choose. Citizens must have free and equal access to information without hindrance.

We promote public accountability among citizens as well as networking among community residents, community leaders, change agents, civic organizations, government agencies, media, and non-governmental organizations.

Our editors allow contributors’ opinions, even when they do not agree with such opinions.

Our editors will never allow censorship, and this is so central for us being an advocate of public accountability without interference.

Our editors and reporters must demonstrate an understanding of fact and balancing all stories. We believe that, if you are in doubt of any story you leave and don’t publish. And, to do this effectively, our editors and reporters are giving training regularly.

Our editorial standards must be respected and upheld to the best of our abilities.

Our mission and vision guide our stories and publications, and these are done with a clear understanding of diverse audiences who are our readers.

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