Akinbode, Matthew Oluwafemi
Position: Executive Director
Akinbode Matthew Oluwafemi, CAPPA has over two decades of experience in grassroots organizing, policy advocacy, and building strong coalitions. He was the Deputy Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth, Nigeria (ERA) — Nigeria’s foremost environmental rights advocacy group. Oluwafemi heads ERA/FoENs Tobacco Control and Water Campaign.
Oluwafemi has been involved at various capacities in tobacco control initiatives in the African region. He heads Our Water, Our Right coalition which has been campaigning to prevent the privatization of water in Lagos and helps build the movement for public water in Africa He is a winner of the Bloomberg Award for Global Tobacco Control. Before joining ERA/FoEN, he was a journalist with The Guardian, Nigeria & a leading national newspaper. As a journalist, he participated actively in the press freedom struggles during the despotic rule of the late General Sani Abacha.
Oluwafemi is on the board of several national and international non-profit organisations.