The rank of the N2Africa team continues to swell following recent recruitments in the West African Hub. Since November 2010, three staff have joined the project in Nigeria and one in Ghana.
The staff from Nigeria are Fatima Hussein, Esther Chinedu and Joseph Abikoye. Mrs Fatima Hussein is the Administrative Assistant for the West Africa Hub in Nigeria. She holds a postgraduate diploma in Public Administration from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and is an Associate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management. She had previously served as Confidential Secretary with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and as the Personal Assistant to the Managing Director/CEO, Kaduna Investment Company. Fatima is married with children and her hobby includes reading and writing. Mrs Esther Chinedu joins the project as the Farm Liaison Officer for Nigeria. She holds a diploma in Agricultural Technology from the Plateau State College of Agriculture and comes with a 12-year experience as a research technician with IITA, working in cowpea breeding, and carrying out farm liaison activities under different projects. Esther is married with children. Mr Joseph Abikoye joins the project as a Research Supervisor and comes with over 15 years of experience. He holds a postgraduate diploma in Agriculture from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, and has been in the services of IITA since 1993 where he worked as research technician in the Grain Legume Improvement programme and soybean breeding.
Mr. Joseph is married with children.Mr Akley Korbla Edwin is Ghana’s Farm Liaison Officer and is based at the Savannah Agricultural Research Institute (SARI) in Nyankpala, Tamale. He holds a bachelors degree in Agricultural Technology from the University for Development Studies, Tamale, Ghana. He had previously worked as an Agricultural Extension Officer with the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), as a sales customer advisor at Barclays Bank (Ghana) Limited, Accra, and as Agriculture Science Tutor at Pentecost Senior High School Koforidua, Ghana. Edwin is married.