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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is responsible and accountable to the members of ICOMOS-Nigeria on everything that ICOMOS-Nigeria does. Its members are  legally responsible for handling of assets held in trust, regulatory obligations of the trust which could include tax filings. It ensures that its contribution to promoting the interests of the cultural heritage sector in Nigeria is as efficient and effective as possible. It agrees and monitors the achievement  of ICOMOS-Nigeria’s mission, vision, strategy and plans. It takes decisions in the best interests of ICOMOS-Nigeria as a whole. It works in partnership  with the ICOMOS-Nigeria Executive Committee and the entire Membership.

Prof. Abba Isa Tijani

Professor of Museology and Anthropology and Director General of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM) of Nigeria and former Acting Director of the Centre for the Study and Promotion of Cultural Sustainability, University of Maiduguri.

Dr. Dike Paul

Dr. Paul Chike Dike is a distinguished ethnographic, anthropological and sociology researcher. He has held several positions in the cultural sector in Nigeria, including: ethnographer, Director of Research and Training, Director General of the National Gallery of Art; Board member of the Institute of African Studies. University of Nigeria Nsukka. He has also published a number of top papers for universities and public institutes.

Prof. Joseph Mangut

Professor Joseph Mangut is a novelist, archaeologist and historian. He was Head of Department of History and Archaeology at Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University, Lapai in its formative years and became the founding head of the Archaeology Department in the University of Jos, Nigeria. He was also the Secretary of the Archaeological Association of Nigeria (AAN), and is the current President of AAN.

Arch. Theophilus Abiodun Lawson

Arch Lawson is a Fellow of the Nigerian institute of Architects and on the advisory board of many Arts foundations. He is CEO of Total Consult, a design and build practice, and worked on many commercial and residential projects. He led the conception and the realisation of Freedom Park Lagos, now Lagos’s most engaging Arts space. He has also worked on other Public Space projects that include; The Motherlan’ performance centre, University of Lagos Anniversary Park, Lekki Conservation Centre (Family Park), Kalakuta Museum, Chimedie Museum Onitsha, Kuti Heritage Museum, and the KAP Hub.

Mr. Kayode Olaniyi Olagesin

Mr Olagesin is a marketing communications professional with 30 years’ experience from three of the leading IMC Groups in Nigeria, with 20 in executive management capacity. He has developed bespoke brand propagation solutions on Radio and Television for various brands including content for various brands. He is currently a Director with Cosse Limited and Managing Director of Towncriers Limited. Was the first President of the Experiential Marketers Association of Nigeria and Board Member of the Lagos Advertising and Ideas Festival (LAIF), the creative awards organized annually by the Association of Advertising Agencies of Nigeria. He is a registered Member of the Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria.

Dr. Patrick-Jude Oteh

Dr. Oteh is Artistic Director of the Jos Repertory Theatre. As head of the organization, he liaises with the Board to ensure the implementation of Board policies and day to day running of the organization. He is a Fellow, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC focusing on cross-cultural connections with the Ford Foundation providing institutionalization grants for the organization. He has produced and directed several stage plays, including Wole Soyinka’s The Lion and the Jewel.

Prof. Oledinma Phoebe Nwanna-Nzewunwa

Prof. Nwanna-Nzewunwa is a Professor of Education at teh University of Port Harcourt. She has several publications on education, including those that address widowhood practices in Igboland (1997), teaching of cultural heritage in the Nigerian school system (1999), and socio-cultural factors associated with low enrolment of females in science and technology disciplines (2000). She has written several books and contributed chapters to at least 15 books.

Dr. Ishanlosen Odiaua

Ishanlosen ODIAUA holds a PhD in Art History from the Université de Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) - her doctoral thesis focused on the issues associated with the heritagization of the traditional architectures of Mali and Nigeria, looking at the case studies of Sukur, Kano, Ushafa and Djenne. A former university lecturer, and Program Manager for Immovable Heritage at the Centre for Heritage Development in Africa (CHDA) in Kenya. She has worked extensively with UNESCO in the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention: including as a program specialist with the Africa Unit of the World Heritage Centre. She was involved in the preparation of the second periodic report for Africa, organizing a Conference on Safeguarding African World Heritage as a driver of sustainable development, which resulted in the Ngorongoro Declaration in 2016, and the UNESCO-Africa-China Forum on World Heritage Capacity Building and Cooperation in 2019, and serving as an expert on critical sites in several African countries. She led the preparation of the Third Periodic Report on the Implementation of the World Heritage Convention in Africa, under the aegis of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), which was presented to the World Heritage Committee at its 44th session in 2021.