Management Team


Sabina Idowu-Osehobo

Sabina Idowu-Osehobo is Executive Director, Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO). She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from the then Edo State University, Ekpoma (1991-1997) and a Diploma in Mass Communication. Before joining LAPO in 1999 as a Programme Officer, she worked with various media organizations including The Nigerian Observer and Here and There magazine as editor.

Sabina is skilful in the design and implementation of social and health programmes. A highly experienced trainer, she has attended several courses in Project Management, Community Home-Based Care and Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV/AIDS (CHBC/ PMTCT) and HIV Counselling and Testing (HCT) organized by USAID/Pathfinders International in Abuja in 2004. She has certificates in HIV/AIDS mainstreaming in the workplace, organisational development and management, information and communications, project management, people management, proposal development method and financial management for non-financial managers amongst others. Sabina is arrow head of the LAPO advocacy programme. She is a member of the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) and National Consultative Forum on Women and AIDS.

Tessa Obiageli Anota-Aizebeokhai

Mrs. Tessa Anota-Aizebeokhai is Asistant General Manager with the organisation and heads the Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (PM&E) department. She holds a Master's degree in Public Health Education (MPHE) from the University of Benin in 2011, B.Sc. (Ed.) and diploma in Physical & Health Education from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos (1996, 1991); Certificate in Health Social Sciences Implementation Research from the School of Public Health, University of Ghana, Legon, Ghana (2005); Certificate in Research Methodology from the Centre for Management Development, Shangisha, Lagos in 2008 and Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation of Donor-Funded projects in 2011.

She was trained by the British Department for International Development under the Capacity Building for Decentralised Development programme facilitated by the University of Reading, UK on Organisational development and management, Information and Communications, Project management, People management, Proposal development and financial management for non-financial managers. She also attended a training of trainers' workshop for NGO's on managing HIV/AIDS in the workplace organised by Academy for Educational Development USA, (Nigeria Office) and also on NGO management organised by Development Resource Foundation, a Ford Foundation/British Council Initiative. She worked with the Women's Health and Action Research Centre (WHARC) as Programme Officer, Research and later Programme Officer, Media and Advocacy. She also worked with the Committee on Vital Environmental Resources (COVER) as Programme Coordinator as well as with the Development Communications Network (DEVCOMS), a Public Health Journalism NGO, as the Project Administrator before Joining LAPO in 2006 as Senior Manager, Monitoring and Evaluation. She has attended several training programme on Monitoring, Evaluation and Research with interest in conducting social sciences research. She is a seasoned trainer and has facilitated in many capacity building sessions in the area of proposal development, logical framework, NGO development, Monitoring and Evaluation etc, for NGOs/CBOs.

Honestus Ayobami Obadiora

Obadiora is a development professional with trainings in correctional recreation, sports for development, health psychology and project management. He holdsMA and BA Education degreesin physical and health education of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. He is a certified project manager with a Level 6 Certificate in Project Management (QCF) of the Awards for Training and Higher Education (ATHE), United Kingdom.

He is an associate member of the Institute of Development Administration of Nigeria (IDAN) and Member of the International Sustainable Development Research Society (ISDRS). He has attended several trainings inhealth and development management including the Entrepreneurship Development programme of the Small-scale Enterprises Department of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE), Abuja- Nigeria; Human Resource Management for USAID Implementing Partners, US PEPFAR/ Management Sciences for Health (MSH) Abuja, Nigeria; Intensive Reproductive and Family Health Course of the Department of Community Medicine, University of Ibadan and the Primary Health Care Management Course of the Administrative Staff College of Nigeria (ASCON). His published research reports in 2016include the “Comparative influence of health locus of control on medication adherence among tuberculosis and HIV-positive outpatients in Edo State, Nigeria” in the International Journal of Psychology and Counselling (IJPC) and “The influence of sport participation on quality of life perceptions among inmates in Nigerian prisons” in the Journal of Sport for Development (JSFD). Obadiora has over 10 years leadership experience managing community-based health projects in Nigeria. His hobbies includetourism, reading, listening to news and current affairs and sports.

Philomena Irowa Elijah

Mrs. Philomena Irowa Elijah holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education from the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State and a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Secretarial Administration from the Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State.  

Before she joined LAPO in year 2000 as a Programme Officer, she worked in various capacities at Okungbowa and Sons, Benin City, Elf Oil Nigeria Ltd and Abia State Sports Council, Umuahia, amongst other engagements. Mrs. Elijah who has vast experience in programme conception, design and implementation has attended several training on Programme Implementation, Gender Mainstreaming,  Enterprise and Skills Development in partnership with DFID, Illori (2004), Management of NGOs at the Centre for Management Development (CMD), Lagos (2007), Strategy to Execution at Phillip Business School West Africa (2009),  Capacity Building for Local Empowerment organized by the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives, Warri (2012), study visit to BRAC, Bangladesh in year 2012 and many other numerous in-house training programmes. Mrs. Elijah has risen to the rank of Asistant General Manager and heads Social Development Department.


James-Wisdom Abhulimen

James-Wisdom A. Abhulimen is Manager, Advocacy and Communications Unit of LAPO. He holds a Master's degree in Communication Management from the Delta State University, Abraka (2010), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Public Administration (PGDPA) from the University of Benin (2006), Higher National Diploma in Mass Communication from the Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu (1998) as well as a National Diploma in Mass Communication from the Federal Auchi, Polytechnic (1994) with academic research/interest focusing on the role of the print media in the control of HIV/AIDS among youths in Nigeria.

Prior to joining LAPO in 2002 as Media and Publication Officer, Abhulimen functioned as The Nation newspaper's Airport/Aviation Correspondent attached to the Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos State, as well as served at different times as editor and editorial board member of The Evangelist, a monthly newspaper published by the Catholic Archdiocese of Benin City. He was one time Corporate Affairs Officer in DAAR Communications Limited, (Operators of African Independent Television (AIT) and Raypower 100 FM) as well as coordinator of an international network, the Civil Society Action Coalition on Education for All (CSACEFA), Edo State chapter between 2006 and 2007. He has attended several professional development and exposure workshops organized by the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), policy advocacy skill development training organized by CSACEFA in Abuja, Restorative Justice workshop organized by the Justice, Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) in Benin City as well as several in-house proposal development, management and leadership training programmes. 

A prolific writer with vast experience in Journalism, Public Relations, Development Communication, Newspaper and Magazine Production and Social Change Advocacy, Abhulimen has authored and edited several articles on microfinance, poverty and development. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Corporate Administration of Nigeria, member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) and the Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Edo State Chapter, where he has held several executive positions. 

James E. Igbinovia (ACA) 

James E. Igbinovia (ACA) is Manager, Finance and Accounts of Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO), a leading Nigerian Non-governmental organization. Prior to his appointment, he was Head of Finance and Accounts, LAPO Microfinance Bank Ltd (Mid-West Zone) where he oversaw Finance and Accounts operations in Ondo, Edo and Delta States. He has about ten years working experience in the finance and accounts department of the Bank.
Igbinovia is an Associate member of the institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN). He also holds a B.Sc. Degree in Accounting from the University of Benin and awaits his M Sc. Degree in Accounting from the University of Lagos. He has taken several courses and attended various programmes in top-rated business schools including Frankfurt School of Finance and Management. He is still undergoing continuous learning and professional development.
Igbinovia is happily married with children. His interests include research, listening to Christian inspirational songs and playing football.


Vera Asenoguan

She functions as the company secretary as well as Head of Legal and Administrative Department of the Organization. Asenoquan holds Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and Barrister-at-law (BL) degrees from the Edo State University (now Ambrose Ali University), Ekpoma and the Nigerian Law School, Bwari, Abuja, respectively. She was called to the Nigerian Bar as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 2001.
After her call to the Bar, she was engaged in active legal practice before joining the organization in 2007. She is an active member of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), member of the Society for Corporate Governance of Nigeria and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Corporate Administration (FCIA). She sits as secretary of several committees of the LAPO Board of Directors.
Asenoquan has attended several professional training and conferences in arbitration, mediation and reconciliation as well as corporate governance and administration.


Omofomwan Florence

Omofomwan Florence holds a Master degree in Public Administration from the University of Benin, Benin City.

A certified banker, she has a Microfinance Banking Certificate from the Chartered instituted of Bankers of Nigeria (CIBN). She is a Senior Member of the Charted institute of Risk Management of Nigeria, Senior Member, Charted institute of Public Management and an Associate Member of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria

Omofomwan joined Lift Above Poverty Organization (LAPO) in July 2001 as a Client Support Officer and has worked in different capacities even within the LAPO Microfinance Bank. In 2013, she was appointed Manager of theLAPO Agricultural Rural Development initiative (LARDI).

She has attended several capacity training programmes locally and internationally including international training on Financial Service Officer (FSO) jointly organised by Small Enterprise Development Agency and International Network of Alternative Institution in Arusha, Tanzania between April 11th and 19th, 2005, Microfinance Winter Academy held between November 18th and 23rd 2012 in Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Andrew Udah

Mr. Udah Andrew holds a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Extension, a Post-Graduate Diploma (PGDBM) in Business Management and Higher National Diploma (HND) in Agricultural Extension and Management. He joined LAPO in 2007 and currently heads the Social Marketing Unit ofthe organisation. Mr. Udah is a specialist in Community/Rural Development and has been involved in several rural development initiatives in LAPO which include value chain analysis of various crops and its implementation, Nigerian Agricultural Enterprise Curriculum Trainings for crop farmers and fishers, needs assessment of LAPO Microfinance(farmer) clients, assessment of marketing prospects of locally produce rice in Edo State and rural/agricultural financing.