The Academy for Prevention of Human Trafficking

The Academy for Prevention of Human Trafficking: Raising advocates to end human trafficking and ensure gender equality

Abuja, NigeriaAbuja, Nigeria
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$50,000 - $100,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The Academy for Prevention of Human Trafficking and other Related Matters (TAPHOM) is a 21st century knowledge based centre with the aim of combating and preventing human trafficking and gender inequality. We provide our solutions through training, advocacy, research, consultancy, and publication.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if women, girls, and youth are trained, empowered and equipped with prerequisite skills to build a world without human trafficking, gender inequality and gender-based violence?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Human trafficking, gender inequality and gender-based violence are the major issues in Africa. Nigeria is the source, transit and destination country for trafficked women and children. There is hardly a family in Nigeria that is not touched by the effect of human trafficking, gender inequality or gender-based violence. There are 701, 00 human trafficking victims in Nigeria. Our academy is committed to addressing the above issues.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

TAPHOM’s solutions include: a. Training women, girls, youth, legal practitioners, journalists and interested individuals as advocates and trainers, to be in the forefront of anti-human trafficking advocacy, promoting gender equality, and strengthening relevant policies. They are also equipped to observe and report cases of gender discrimination, human trafficking and other human rights abuse. b. Advocacy on human trafficking and gender inequality c. Research on unseen causes of gender inequality and human trafficking and strategize possible solutions. d. Publication of booklets and toolkits on human trafficking and gender equality. e. Provision of emergency shelter, job opportunities for victims, and social support for victims.


2nd Category Award by FCT National Youth Service Corps for anti-human trafficking projects
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

We have worked with women rehabilitation centre in Abuja to rehabilitate and empower 170 victims of forced prostitution with entrepreneurial skills. 60% of them are currently self-employed, and 5% are enrolled in tertiary institutions. 61% of 105 women and youth, who participated in our anti-human trafficking and gender equality training, have carried out awareness in their communities and sphere of influence. One of the interesting aspects of the difference our solution is making is that for every 100 women and youth we train, 2000 people will be directly impacted by them. Consequently, more people are advocating for elimination of all harmful practices, such as child early and forced marriage, female genital mutilation, etc.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

We have been consistent and persistent in building a world without human trafficking and gender inequality. We have trained 4000 girls and youth from 15 communities on how to combat human trafficking and gender inequality. We have assisted two female victims of domestic violence in Abuja. Our academy has trained over 112 anti-human trafficking and gender equality advocates and trainers who are creating awareness on the need for women to be engaged in policy making, leadership and other occupations dominated by men. In 2015, 50% of our trainees carried out a step-down training in communities and schools. We have donated educational materials to vulnerable students, especially girls in 85 schools in 30 communities.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Collaborate with technology company, especially information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women. Do a yearly national conference to ensure/promote women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life. Within the next 10, we project to replicate our academy in 6 regions of Nigeria, and in Congo, Niger, and Kenya. With this, at least 15, 000 will be trained to impact over 1, 000 000 people in Africa. We would launch a national human trafficking hotline.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

1. Tuition fees and sales of booklets: Individuals, organizations, government institutions and faith-based communities offer scholarship to our trainees by paying a subsidized fee for them. 2. Board of Supporters: Our boards of supporters give monthly financial and material support for our projects. 3. Alumnus: In 2016, we shall establish Alumni Association to give our alumnus platform to contribute in the sustainability of the academy.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Some of the organizations addressing the problems include: Women Trafficking and Child Labour Eradication Foundation. Nigeria. Society Against Prostitution and Child Labour in Nigeria. International Human Rights Initiative. Project Alert. Nigeria. We are distinguished from others, because we train trainers and groom advocates using 21st century approaches. Apart from our strategic training, we use advocacy, research, and publications to address human trafficking and gender inequality.

Founding Story

The founder, Mr. Joseph Osuigwe was inspired to start this initiative when he realized that gender inequality was among the major issues that limit African women and girls from exploiting their potentials. Following this discovery, he encountered and interviewed a survivor of forced prostitution while teaching repented commercial sex workers in Abuja, Nigeria. Joseph felt persuaded to address gender inequality and human trafficking, hence he started coaching the young girls on how to speak out, prevent human trafficking and be change makers. He organized series of workshops to train more girls and youths on how to eliminate human trafficking and other forms of human rights abuses.


Some of our team members and board include: Mr. Victor Oide, the accountant with more than 5 years working experience. Ms. Shelly Chinwe, the financial coordinator. Ms. Nelly Amaka Ossai , the secretary. Ms. Chinonyerem Anyanso Mobilization Coordinator. Bar. Mayuwa Oluwaseun the legal coordinator. Mr. Runcie Chidebe C. W, the Coordinator of Strategy and content Development. Ms. Jenna Treen, a measurement and evaluation expert is our Program Director. Mr. Joseph Inemesit, our ICT coordinator. My team members are passionate with prerequisite s Our board members include: Mr. Joseph Osuigwe Chidiebere (President). Dr. Nwachukwu Chibuike U. (Patron). Mrs. Pauline Iwuji C. (Secretary). As the project grows, our team will be trained on how to handle different aspects of the projects, and more people, especially women shall be recruited. We will equip our team with more skills to amplify the impact of our academy.
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Which of the 8 UN Global Goals (Sustainable Development Goals) pre-selected for this competition does your solution relate most closely to? [select all that apply]

Gender Equality.

Leadership and the Unilever Awards
Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.

Convener: Day of Advocacy Against Human Trafficking: a period to raise awareness of the plight of human trafficking victims, support victims, honour survivors, and strengthen policies against human trafficking.
Organizer: 2015 World Day Against Child Labour for Dutse Market Women, Abuja.
Project initiator: Read2Win initiative, a program that engages young people to read books on human trafficking, gender equality, and self-development.
Programme coordinator, 2015 World Cancer Day by Project Pink Blue
Participant: 2015 Media and Information Literacy Training by UNESCO and African Centre for Media and Information Literacy.
Organizer: Commemoration of 2013 International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women for schools in Abuja; in collaboration with United Nations Office for Drug and Crime (UNODC).
Participant: Democracy Series for Participatory Learning and Actions By Youth (an initiative of Youngstars Foundation Abuja and National Endowment for Democracy, Washington DC USA)
Campaign Coordinator: Blue Red Campaign against human trafficking
Participant: 2014 Emerging Leaders Conference by Guardians of the Nation International (GOTNI).
Participant: One Week Intensive Training on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 2013.

From my previous experiences, I have:
Proven leadership qualities with networking and financial management skills.
Proven project management skills.
Ability to work effectively in a team with strategic planning skills.
Practical problem solving skills, strong analytic, judgement, and organizational skills.
Effective communication skill.

Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?

Apart from our team, we are working together or partnership with:
National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
National Human Rights Commission.
Studio 24.
African Centre for Media and Information Literacy.
Project Pink Blue.
De Royal Food and Mills.
Marvelous Mike Press Ltd.
Mova Industrial Design.
Geonita initiative for Women and Child Development.

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