Toyin Adesola

Ms Oluwatoyin Adesola is the Founding Executive Director of Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management, a wellness and impact strategist, social entrepreneur,  author, speaker, sickle cell warrior and advocate.

She who holds a Bsc degree in Economics from Lagos State University has a certification in Emotional intelligence and is a certified health coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, New York.

Born in 1965 she started her primary education at University of Lagos Staff school, then had a stint in Lady of Apostles Secondary School, where she had to pull out due to health reasons where she had to battle dealing with sickle cell disorder.

She has also founded THE MARAMATU IMPACT NETWORK, to help individuals become, healthy, resilient and purposeful so they can, in turn, inspire others to impact their worlds with their own story. Toyin  is the host of the Touch a Cell with Toyin and the gang and edutainment talk show on sickle cell disorder and  is the current Chairperson Coalition of Sickle Cell NGOs in Nigeria

The author of two books Still Standing and The Misadventures Of Oga an Madam AS, she is an alumnus of Enterprise Development Centre, Pan Atlantic University and a Vital Voices Fellow, a US-based social entrepreneurial fellowship for women.

Toyin has been on various television shows including Seriously speaking with Adesuwa Onyeuke, Channels TV Book Club, Moments with Mo, as well as radio programmes and the print media, telling her story and spreading the issues of Sickle Cell Anaemia Disorder.

Toyin, having won several awards including the UNESCO Runway Jazz, Humanitarian award, though limited physically is a very energetic and dogged woman. Her love for God and determination has strengthened her to what she has become. She has inspired many youths through her story at many speaking engagements


Lanre Olayokun

Lanre Khullfaze Olayokun is the Programs Manager (Event and Communications) of the organisation. An event and media production expert, he has been active within the Nigerian events and media industry for over a decade. Popularly referred to as the “unseen eye” within the showbiz cycle he started his career as a project supervisor with Impromptu Media before joining 1908 Connect as operations manager and project lead, he was to later on, join coded tunes entertainment as events and talent manager.

Lanre first stint in the nonprofit space was in 2010 when as the creative director of Greenwich Media he was assigned the media coordinator for Celebrity Read Africa. This not-for-profit initiative was to encourage reading among teenagers in Africa while working on the project; he led several collaborative events with several NGOs.

He joined SAMI as a project coordinator in 2014 where he then graduated to his current position.

Lanre holds a degree in mass communication as well as a diploma in


Maureen Nwachi

Maureen Nwachi is the Administrative and HR Manager at Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative (SAMI). Maureen who has been with the organisation since 2014 holds a B.Sc in Biotechnology and has certifications in Anger Management and Emotional Intelligence. She is a trained genetic counsellor, socialpreneur, sickle cell advocate and is trained in using first aid methods to handle drug addiction and mental health.

She is the first and current Executive Secretary to the Coalition of Sickle Cell NGOs in Nigeria and the National Coordinator to Nigeria on the African Congress on Sickle Cell Disease.  She has over ten years’ experience spanning across Operations, Marketing, Human resources and Customer service as she has worked with multinationals such as MTN, Airtel, Dana etc. before following her lifelong dream of being a voice in the sickle cell community.

Her greatest passion is seeing that people living with sickle cell lead healthy lives as they find a healthy perception of themselves.

She is dedicated, knowledgeable and committed to contributing and creating solutions to global challenges.


Bolaji Ibrahim

Bolaji Ibrahim serves as the Administrative Assistant of SAMI, partnering with the Admin Manager, she functions to ensure that the administrative and operational process of the organisation is running effectively.

Joining SAMI in 2015, she holds a B.A in English as well as a Diploma in  On-Air Presenter and Catering.

She believes in looking for ways in doing things better, as being successful motivates me.


Deborah Onuh

Deborah Onuh is currently the personal assistant to the Executive Director, and also works to support projects run by the organisation.

She has a National Diploma in Office Technology & Management from Benue State Polytechnic, Ugbokolo and a Professional Certification in Secretarial Mgt in sites. She joined SAMI in 2018, bringing support to the EDs and organisation’s role.  Her life’s vision is to have a life of meaning for myself and others, and it’s essential to live in a way that shows care, kindness and concern for strangers family and even friends and to have  a life and career that allows continuous learning and personal improvement

In her words, “One of my greatest accomplishments so far is putting a smile on the face of other people. Working as a personal assistant and caregiver has given me a wider and broad knowledge of how to be compassionate about people.  I am proud of the way I helped out in organising the school project and also the outreaches because I know that with this we could even do more and touch more life’s, am proud to be part of the volunteers. Most of all am so proud of being part of sickle cell advocacy and management initiative.”


Peter Osikoya

Peter Osikoya is the Project Coordinator (Support) and Social Media Coordinator at Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative (SAMI).

He holds a B.Sc. in Accounting from National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).

Peter is a certified digital marketer.

The genetic counsellor is a passionate sickle cell advocate and educator.

He runs an online support platform called Sickle Cell Matters where he help persons living sickle cell disorder know and understand that there is life outside been a warrior.

For more than five years, he held the position of the Public Relations Officer for LUTH/Surulere Sickle Cell Club.

Hobbies: Networking and growing a productive circle, Engaging people that can positively improve my growth.


Abayomi Oyelami

Abayomi Oyelami is a creative who does everything writing – books, memoirs, articles, online blogs, newspaper columns, social media contents, and a bit of poetry.

He is currently content curator for the website and social media for Sickle Cell Advocacy and Management Initiative (SAMI), and the author of a children’s classic, Finding Purpose for Kids.

The graduate of Chemistry from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, Nigeria runs a personal blog, which is a pot pourri of interesting and educating content that will drive you to significance.

The fellow of Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) believes now is the time for Africa to take her pride of place and Africans should brace up for the task.

‘Yomi is black to the bone!


Tobi Olaitan

Tobi Olaitan is the Programmes Manager II (Xtra Care, CSS, SEP & SSEP) and Fundraising Coordinator at SAMI.

As a Social Innovation, Organizational Management and Advocacy Development specialist, he is constructively committed to the fields of Quality Education, Productive Youth Development, Strategic Human Resource Management and Pragmatic Health Advancement.

Tobi has over a decade of professional working experience spanning both the For-Profit and Not-For-Profit Sectors being a certified Microsoft Innovative Educator with an M.Sc. in Applied Microbiology. As a Professional Mentor and Coach, he is passionate about helping Youth and Young Enterprises to purposefully grow their lives and initiatives for great influence, income and impact. Being one of the 2017 GOTNI Ambassadors/NYSC Leadership Speakers, he was able to facilitate the GOTNI/NYSC Leadership Development Programme for over 2000 corps members; and also over the years, he has been able to manage/facilitate key impact driven projects and capacity building training programs for different organizations, some of which are BICCO Agro Products (West Africa) Ltd; Thessy Isemede Foundation; Accelerate Lab (by The Future Project & Microsoft); UNESCO-FCTA YouthMobile Project; FWG Africa Ltd, etc.

He is the 2016 Winner of the Mike Omotosho Social Innovation Challenge, a 2020 TeachSDGs Ambassador and a 2020 ACTiN Ambassador.