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THE BLIND NIGERIAN WHO EDITS A NATIONAL MAGAZINE

In INTERVIEW on September 7, 2012 at 12:59 pm

He’s blind. He isn’t a beggar. He reads and edits works of other people. Who is he? Find out…

Gbenga Ogundare is Deputy Editor and Head of Development/Human Rights and Politics desk for National Standard Magazine in Lagos, Nigeria. He has a decade of robust experience that cuts across both Journalism and Development advocacy, having worked as a researcher, reporter, editor, creative writer, human rights activist, campaigner, and public affairs analyst.

He was  a Transparency Specialist at the Independent Advocacy Project (IAP), a leading good governance agency in Lagos.

As Head of Programmes/Editor, Governance Today, he coordinated IAP’s Anti-Corruption projects on the use of the media to promote transparency and accountability in the governance processes in Nigeria.

He also served as Project Director in the Cost of Democracy Project, COD. The project which was supported by the National Endowment for Democracy [NED] highlights the pervasive role of corruption in governance by underlying the real cost of democracy in Nigeria.

In addition, he had once served as Project Director in the Promoting Accountability and Transparency in the management of funds for HIV/AIDS [PATH] project. Investigations revealed that a huge percentage of funds allocated to fight HIV is being misappropriated at various levels and this programme examines the sources of ‘leakages’, its working with relevant governmental and non-governmental establishments to improve transparency and accountability in this sector.

Gbenga Ogundare is blind and is a co-founder of Disabled Rights Advocacy and Accountability Group [DRAAG], a development agency which promotes respect for the rights and inclusion of physically challenged persons in decision-making as well as removing opaqueness from the processes of government in Nigeria.

He has researched and written extensively on social justice for women and vulnerable groups, access to justice, transparency in HIV/AIDs funding as well as political and economic corruption and its linkages with poverty.

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