Nigerian philanthropist Gbenga Oyebode has been appointed Board chair of the African Philanthropy Forum. Oyebode succeeds Tsitsi Masiyiwa, APF’s pioneer Board Chair, who led the organisation through its establishment and growth as an independent entity in Africa.
‘I am deeply honoured to be appointed the Board Chair of APF after serving as a pioneer board member. Tsitsi’s leadership has been phenomenal, and strides have been made by the pioneer board members, transforming APF into a well-sought-after organization on the Continent. APF’s convening power has uniquely positioned us to bring leading and influential philanthropists and foundations together. I look forward to leveraging our network to drive homegrown philanthropy and move the needle on development in Africa,’ Oyebode said.
Oyebode is the founder and counsel Aluko & Oyebode (Barristers & Solicitors), one of the largest integrated law firms in Nigeria. He is a philanthropist passionate about education and the arts and holds several key positions within the social sector. Oyebode is the Chairman of Teach for All and is a trustee of the Ford Foundation. He is a member of the Board of the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAFA) and the Cleveland Museum of Arts International Collectors Council.
The African Philanthropy Forum was established in 2014 to build a learning community of strategic African philanthropists and social investors committed to inclusive and sustainable development throughout the Continent.