Iheoma Obibi is an African feminist, writer and human rights activist with extensive experience providing training to rural and urban poor communities in Africa and to marginalised communities in London. She is presently the Executive Director of Alliances for Africa (www.alliancesforafrica.org) an international non-governmental organisation that is engaged in human rights training, legislative advocacy, public policy and community development.
Iheoma has a BA in Third World Studies and African Women from the University of East London and an MA with Distinction in Communications Policy Studies from City University, London. She is yet to complete an MA in Creative Writing from Manchester Metropolitan University.
Iheoma is a life experienced Counsellor and retraining as a Sex Therapist.
She regularly acts as a Trainer and Facilitator on various topics such as institution building and organisational development for partner CSOs; Gender analysis, planning, mainstreaming and training; Facilitation and third-party mediation in peace building; Developing a strategic plan and resource mobilisation.
Briefly, over the years she has worked as a consultant for several international agencies including Nigerian Stability and Reconciliation Programme (NSRP), UN Women, British Council, OECD, DfID, African Women’s Development Fund and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
In 2005, Iheoma was elected onto the ASHOKA Fellows network (www.ashoka.org) serving for three years.
Most recently, Iheoma sits on the Board of the United Nations Women Civil Society Advisory Group (CSAG Nigeria); the Steering Committees of the African Feminist Forum (AFF) and Nigerian Feminist Forum (NFF).
In 2010, Iheoma after several years of working in the non-profit sector launched her business Intimate Pleasures Desires of the Heart catering to knowledge sharing on health, well-being and sexual rights education in Nigeria for women and their partners. The website www.myintimatepleasureshop.com is a sex-positive online adult provider of sexual intimate knowledge and advise for women all over Nigeria, running several campaigns around adult sex education whilst offering counselling for those in need.
Iheoma has published short stories in several online e-zines and anthologies including “African Women Writing Resistance: An Anthology of Contemporary Voices” (www.amazon.co.uk ) and “Pastor Saul Bottomsup” in the publication “An Anthology of Great Writing Volume 1” (www.greatwriting.co.uk)
She is presently the Vice-Chairperson for Women Writers of Nigeria (WRITA) Lagos chapter and formerly the PTA representative on the board of management for St Saviour’s Primary school, Ikoyi.