Association Agaisnt Women Export


AAWE executive members are the “voices” of the voiceless young women and children we serve. They raise awareness about the trafficking and exploitation of our women and children. These are courageous women who have passion for what they believe in. They are:

Rosaline Osemetiti Okosun
President and Founder

Sandra Frempong

Joy Guobadia

Cynthia Omo-Osagie
Public Relations Officer

Rosaline Etiti Okosun, Ph.D, President/Founder: Rosaline Okosun is the president and Founder of the Association Against Women Export. An educator, human rights advocate and a sought after speaker. She encourages and informs youth and women helping them to realize their potential and has taken her message to many countries. Rosaline is involved in grass root campaigns against the Exploitation of women and children and liaise with other organizations with similar objectives to fight this twenty-first century slave trade. She believes that the education of women is the only way to empower them. She also encourages and informs youth and women by helping them to realize their potential. Through AAWE; she assists indigent, young, girls by providing them with scholarships and/or Micro-Credit loans to set up cottage industries in Edo State, Nigeria. She holds a B. Ed and M. Ed degrees from the University of Missouri, Columbia, USA, and a PhD in Education from The Flinders University of South Australia. She lives in London, Ontario, Canada.

Mrs. Sandra Frempong, MBA - Treasurer : She is an accountant in private practice, she also teaches accounting courses at various universities. Prior to self employment, she worked for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance as Senior Tax Auditor and as Advanced Accountant for the Maryland State Department of Education.

Mrs. Joy Guobadia, Secretary: She holds a bachelor in Sociology and Anthropology from University of Benin and a Masters in Social Work from Fordham in New York. She is a social worker employed with the New York City Children's Services.

Mrs. Cynthia Omo-Osagie, Public Relations Officer: She holds a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Accounting with minor in Business Management and Master of Science in Public Administration. She works in the Social Services with the City of New York. Cynthia is bilingual – (English & French) and she has passion to work with Nigerian Orphaned children.

Board of Trustees

AAWE could not have had an efficient organization without the tireless efforts of our Board of trustees. They are outstanding women who co-ordinate all of our programs on the ground in Nigeria. Their commitment and dedication to the women and girls we serve make our work very easy. They are:

Mrs. Philipa Akpata

Sr. Pauline

Mrs. Regina Aghenta

Mrs. Tessy Abu

(Dr.) Patrick E. Ekpu (Grand Patron)


(Dr.) Patrick E. Ekpu (Grand Patron)


Lady (Mrs). Philippa U. Akpata: is a Chemist. She holds a Bachelor Science (B.Sc. Hons) from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Science from the University of Benin, Benin-City, Nigeria. She has been a Director (since 1998) at the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Edo state Civil Service, Benin-City, Edo State. She is happily married with three children, two girls and one son. She enjoys reading, cooking and volunteering her time for charities.

Sr. Pauline Ohakwe: She holds a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) from the University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. She is a seasoned educator. She belongs to the order of the Daughters of Mary Mother of Mercy (DMMM) and Co-ordinator of the Committee for the Support of the Dignity of Women (COUSDOW).

Mrs. Regina Aghenta: is a Pharmacist. She holds a Bachelor of Pharmacy from the University of Benin, Benin-City, Nigeria. She is the Chair Managing Director of Aguan Daisee Pharmacy and stores in Ugbowo, Benin-City Nigeria. She belongs to so many professional organizations which include: Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Association of Lady Pharmacist (ALPS), and Nigerian Association of women in Science, technology and Mathematics (treasurer) and Edo State Co-operative Pharmacy Ltd. She has been on the St. Albert’s Laity Council since 2006 and the current treasurer of the Catholic Women Organisation of her parish. Regina is happily married and has six children, four boys and two girls. She enjoys cooking, gardening and music.

Mrs. Tessy Abu: is a caterer by profession. She is a police officer and works with the Nigeria Police in Benin-City, Nigeria. She also caters for weddings, burials and other social engagements. She is a mother and a grand-mother. She enjoys singing, dancing and cooking.


Mrs. Faith Ajewole: is the secretary at the Committee for the Support of Dignity of Women (COSUDOW) and Association Against women Export (AAWE) office in Benin-City, Nigeria. She also helps to monitor the micro-credit beneficiaries.

Advisory Board

At AAWE, members of our Advisory Board brings with them knowledge and experience that has contributed to the advancement of our organization. With the advice and expertise of our dynamic Advisory Board members, we are able to achieve our aims and objectives and provide for our young girls, women and children. Our Board of Advisors are:

Prof. James Ebose

Prof. (Mrs). Helen Asemota

Mrs. Angela Jide Jones

Mrs. Fatima Madus

Mrs. Bernice Okosun

Mr. Julius Agenmomwen

Mrs. Barbara Emode

Mrs. Izilen Bernice Okosun: A lawyer and chartered Insurer. She works for the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Abuja as Manager Insurance Oil and Aviation. She worked with National Insurance Corporation of Nigeria (NICON) for 14 years before joining NNPC in 2005. Her job entails providing insurance and risk management services to the entire NNPC Group. She is also engaged in other charitable causes primarily through her local church in Abuja. She enjoys reading, sports and travelling. She is happily married with three sons.

Mrs. Angela Jide Jones: Angela hails from Oriohmwon local government area in Edo State. She is a graduate of Economics & Statistics from the University of Benin. She also has an MBA in marketing and an M.Sc in finance (investment management) from ESUT business school in Nigeria and CASS business school (City University) in the UK respectively. Her working career spans over 18years in the financial services (Banking) industry in Nigeria from operations to consumer and commercial banking as well as wealth management.She is a member of Nigeria Institute of Bankers and Nigeria Institute of Marketing. Her hobbies are charity work, cooking and watching movies.

Professor Helen Asemota: She is an academician with some 30 years experience. She started her academic career at Ahmadu Bello University (Nigeria) in 1979, moved to UNIBEN in 1983 and from the 1990s to the University of the West Indies. From the 2000s, she is a Professor (of Biochemistry and Molecular Biotechnology) at both the University of the West Indies and at Shaw University, USA on joint appointment arrangement. She served the EU briefly from 1993-94. She also works for the United Nations on periodic basis as International Consultant for Biotechnology with the FAO. At this point in time, she is in the USA directing Biotechnology infusion program and the Nan biology Division of the Shaw University Nanotechnology Initiative, as well as Chairing the IMADE ASEMOTA FOUNDATION for Sickle Cell Research and Patients' Welfare.

Mr. Julius Agenmonmen:He retired from Unilever Nigeria in 2007, where he spent over 20 years working in the marketing and sales functions. He is one of the most respected and trusted marketing professional in Nigeria today. Julius worked in different product categories and markets in the Netherlands, Zimbabwe and Ghana. On leaving Unilever, he started a company called Brandlife Ltd. Brandlife is a marketing services company, specializing in brand activation, field marketing services, market intelligence and Digital Signage Network. Julius is married and blessed with three children. He is a fellow of the Nigeria Institute of Marketing.

Mrs. Barbara Emode is a Human Resources Practitioner with over 15 years work experience. She came to Canada in 1988 and started her career life with the Ontario Provincial Government in 1990. She has worked in different ministries and spent 9 years at the Ontario Legislative Assembly. Barbara is presently working with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities as an employment and Training Consultant. She enjoys listening to music, traveling and cooking. She is happily married, blessed with a daughter and lives in Toronto, Canada.


Prof. Esokpan James Ebose: He has been in the field of Laboratory Medicine for over 30 years. He joined St. Alexis Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio as a Staff Medical Technologist in 1978, a position he held for several years were he received an outstanding service award. He later joined Wilmington Medical Center, Wilmington, Delaware , as the Section Chief, Stat Laboratories, a position he held until 1983. He returned to Nigeria 1983 and was appointed as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Medical Laboratory Sciences, University of Benin Teaching Hospital. He returned to the US in 1989, joined the New York Blood Center, first as the Supervisor of the Infectious Disease laboratories and later as the Senior Manager of the Central Testing Facility.  He also worked for the Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services in the capacity of “Expert” “Clinical Laboratory Survey and Inspection CLIA Program”, Region II, Health Standards & Quality.  He was most recently, a faculty at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where he taught Immunohematology and Clinical Chemistry. He is currently Director, Core Laboratories, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center and Associate Director, (A), Department of Pathology and Laboratory Services, Harlem Hospital Center & Columbia University Medical Center, New York, New York. Dr. Ebose holds B.S. in Medical Technology; M.S. in Chemistry, and an earned Ph.D. in Biochemistry. He is certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology and licensed in the State of New York.  He is a member of many professional organizations, including American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC), New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), and American Association of Blood Banks (AABB). He is a Knight of the Knights of Columbus. He is married with children and grandchildren.

Fatima E. Yakubu-Madus: She holds a batchelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics and a Masters degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences (Pharmacology). She is the President and Founder of Wecare Missions, Inc. She has twenty years experience working with a major pharmaceutical company in the area of diabetes, Obesity and cardiovascular diseases. Fatima is a board member of The Mercy Foundation and she belongs to the International Pharmaceutical Excipients council of the Americas (Executive member from 2000 to date) and the American Diabetes Association. She is a Christian and very involved different ministries in her church. A mother of two daughters, she enjoys cooking, singing and traveling.