CHIEF MRS AINO TERNSTEDT ONI-OKPAKU, Founder and Chairperson (Volunteer)
Aino was born in Sweden. In 1962, she got her first degree in textile arts from the School of Arts and Crafts, Goteborg. That same year, she opened her own studio in Stockholm where she worked as a textile and design artist. Five years later, Aino received a grant from the Association of Swedish Arts and Crafts to study in England. In 1968, she left for the United States of America, with a Fellowship from the American-Scandinavian Association and a Fullbright grant, where she completed a Masters degree in Fine Arts with a major in textile arts at the California College of Arts and Crafts. In 1971 she was awarded a scholarship from the California College of Arts and Crafts, and also received a grant for research from World Crafts Council and the King Gustaf VI Adolf’s Foundation for Swedish Culture.
Aino met her Nigerian husband in the United States. In 1973 they moved to Nigeria where, after a two-year stint with Godwin Hopwood Architectural firm, she opened the Quintessence shop in Lagos. Her goal with this endeavour was to develop her own art as well as to support arts and crafts in Nigeria.
Aino was on the board of the Lagos State Motherless Babies Home for 20 years. Through this experience she learned of the problems and prospects of abandoned children in Nigeria. Gradually, her dedication to these very vulnerable children bloomed into the Ebunoluwa Foundation as it exists today.
Moses Ohiomokhare, Programme Coordinator
Moses grew up in Kafanchan and Zaria in northern Nigeria. In 1979 he studied sociology and anthropology at the University of Benin. After his Youth Service in 1983, he joined Quintessence as a young graduate and management trainee.
Over the years, Moses has curated more than 50 art exhibitions of Nigerian artists at Quintessence, as well as co-curating exhibitions in England, Zimbabwe, and France. He received a prestigious award by the Society of Nigerian Artists for his outstanding contribution to the development of visual Arts in Nigeria.
It is his passion for children which led Moses to get involved in the founding of the Ebunoluwa Foundation. Moses currently dedicates approximately 60% of his time to managing and coordinating the Foundation’s activities, defending the rights and interests of vulnerable children in Nigeria.
Hakeem Babatunde Ariori, Senior Social Worker
Hakeem is originally from Abeokuta in Ogun State. After secondary school, Hakeem worked at Quintessence for 10 years where he was twice awarded recognition as best salesperson. He left Quintessence to continue his education. He graduated from the Yaba College of Technology in Business Administration and then from the Lagos State University with a postgraduate diploma in social work. He obtained his masters degree in Social Work in Ladoke Akintola University in Ogbomoso in 2008.
Hakeem is the Foundation’s first line ‘eyes, ears and heart’ for vulnerable children in Nigeria. He is effective in his goal to offer hope to those who are less privileged than himself. Hakeem visits orphanages and homes in Nigeria, keeps an eye on the orphans who have been adopted overseas, and defends the rights and interests of vulnerable children throughout Nigeria’s social service network.
Twenty years ago, Hakeem fostered a 3 year-old deaf and dumb boy and raised him along with his own 5 children. Today, this young man has graduated from the College of Education, Oyo in business education (teacher trainer) and now plans to do a computer science degree at the University of Ilorin, next session. He gives sign language lessons to the children at Eruobodo House.
- Alaba Odunlami, Lawyer who donates his professional time to the Foundation
- Adebayo Cole, Auditor who donates his professional time to the Foundation
- Robin and Hugh Campbell, Volunteers, organisational strategy and fund-raising
- Chevonne Hendricks, Volunteer fund-raiser
- Diane Lemieux, Volunteer writer for the website
- Longinus Iheanatu - Administrative Officer I
- Assim Bassey - Programme Officer - (Calabar) Cross River State
- Fatima Musa - Programme Officer - Akure Ondo State.