Nigeria’s Gbenga Oyebode Appointed As Board Chair African Philanthropy Forum

Gbenga Oyebode African Philanthropy Forum APF

Gbenga Oyebode has been chosen by the African Philanthropy Forum (APF) to serve as its new board chair.

One of the biggest integrated law companies in Nigeria, Aluko & Oyebode (Barristers & Solicitors), was founded by Gbenga Oyebode, who also serves as Of Counsel.

He holds various important positions in the social sector and is a philanthropist who is passionate about education and the arts.

As well as serving as a trustee for the Ford Foundation, Gbenga is the chairman of Teach for All.

He is a representative on the boards of the Cleveland Museum of Art International Collectors Council and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAFA).

Gbenga holds a master’s degree in law from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Ife. In addition to the American Bar Association and the International Bar Association, he is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association (IBA).

He also holds Fellow status with the UK’s Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). Being a member of the Order of the Federal Republic and a recipient of the Belgian Royal Honor of Knight of the Order of Leopold, he has one of Nigeria’s highest distinctions.

“I am deeply honored to be appointed the Board Chair of APF after serving as a pioneer board member. Tsitsi’s leadership has been phenomenal, and strides have been made by the pioneer board members, transforming APF into a well sought-after organization on the Continent. APF’s convening power has uniquely positioned us to bring leading and influential philanthropists and foundations together. I look forward to leveraging our network to drive homegrown philanthropy and move the needle on development in Africa. I also look forward to working closely with our dedicated Board of Directors and Executive Director, Mosun Layode.” said Gbenga Oyebode.

Tsitsi Masiyiwa, who is terming out of the role as the pioneer Board Chair at APF led the organization through its establishment and growth as an independent entity in Africa.

“It has been an honor to servas Chair of APF. I am incredibly proud of our accomplishments over the past 6 years. APF is a significantly different organization from what it was at inception. We have a strong presence on the Continent with footprints in 14 countries, reaching over 3,000 stakeholders in the philanthropic community. I am confident in APF’s future and in Gbenga’s leadership as we continue to grow and expand our impact on the Continent, said Tsitsi Masiyiwa.


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