Osai Ojigho

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Born1976 (age 46–47)
Lagos, Nigeria
  • LLB
  • LLM
  • Diploma in International Human Rights
Alma mater
  • Lagos State University
  • University of Wolverhampton
  • College of Law of England and Wales
  • Human rights expert
  • Lawyer
  • Gender equality advocate
Years active2017-present
OrganizationAmnesty International Nigeria
Known forLaw, Human Rights, Advocacy, Gender
  • Chief Mark (father)
  • Theresa Obu (mother)

Osai Ojigho (born 1976) is a Nigerian Human rights expert, lawyer and gender equality advocate.[1] who is currently the director of Amnesty International's national office in Nigeria. She serves on the Global advisory council of Institute for African Women in Law (IAWL) and sits on the board of Alliances for Africa.[2][3][4]

Early life and education

Osai was born in Lagos State to the family of Chief Mark and Mrs.Theresa Obu.[5] She obtained her (LLB) Law degree at Lagos State University and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.[6] She was called to the Nigerian Bar in 2000 and obtained a practice Diploma in International Human Rights from the College of Law of England and Wales in 2010[7].


in 2017, Osai was appointed Country director of Amnesty International in Nigeria[8] where she has overseen and participated in advocacy and social change campaigns including the Bring Back Our Girls and End SARS[9][10][11] movement as well as lending the organization's voice to various struggles for human rights violations and responsibilities[12][13], social injustice, housing rights and sexual and gender based violence[14][15][16][17]


In 2015, Osai Ojigho was listed as one 18 phenomenal African feminists to know and celebrate.[18]

Osai Ojigho in the media



  1. "PressReader.com - Your favorite newspapers and magazines". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 2020-06-23.
  2. "Nigeria: Osai Ojigho joins Amnesty International Nigeria as new Country Director". www.amnesty.org. Retrieved 2020-06-23.
  3. "Osai Ojigho | The Mantle". www.themantle.com. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  4. "Boardmembers". AFA. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  5. "PressReader.com - Your favorite newspapers and magazines". www.pressreader.com. Retrieved 2020-06-23.
  6. "Amnesty appoints Osai Ojigho as Country Director for Nigeria". Financial Nigeria International Limited. Retrieved 2020-06-23.
  7. Woman.NG (2017-04-27). "Osai Ojigho Becomes Country Director Of Amnesty International In Nigeria". Woman.NG. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  8. "Amnesty International announces Osai Ojigho as new Country Director". P.M. News. 2017-04-26. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  9. "Nigerian forces killed 12 peaceful protesters, Amnesty says". AP NEWS. 2020-10-21. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  10. AfricaNews (2020-10-22). "#EndSARSNow: NGO Says Justice "Needs to Be Served" in Nigeria". Africanews. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  11. Presse, AFP-Agence France. "Nigeria's Ban On Police Unit Is 'Lame': Amnesty". www.barrons.com. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  12. "Amnesty Sets Agenda to Address Nigeria's Human Rights Violations". Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  13. "Rights Group Calls for War Crimes Probe Against Nigeria's Military | Voice of America - English". www.voanews.com. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  14. "Nigeria: 30K Evicted, Defying Court". hlrn.org. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  15. ""They betrayed us" : Women who survived Boko Haram raped, starved and detained in Nigeria - Nigeria". ReliefWeb. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  16. "The NBA should have a sexual harassment policy". Legal Business. 2020-06-26. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  17. Services, Compiled from Wire (2018-05-25). "Boko Haram victims face abuse by Nigerian army". Daily Sabah. Retrieved 2020-10-26.
  18. "18 Phenomenal African Feminists to Know and Celebrate » African Feminist Forum". African Feminist Forum. 2015-05-04. Retrieved 2020-10-27.

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