Our Leadership/Management Team

The Leadership/Management Team of ISJ plays an important role as both leaders and decision-makers. They ensure that everything ISJ does supports its vision, purpose and aims. They establish the fundamental values, the ethical principles and strategic direction for the activities of ISJ. They monitor the activities of the organization to ensure they are in line with the principles for which ISJ was founded. 

Prof. Peter P. Ekeh is a sociologist who teaches as a professor of African-American studies at the University of Buffalo and became internationally known for his contributions to sociological exchange theory.

Ekeh received his bachelor's degree in 1964 from the University of London, master's degree in 1967 from Stanford University, and was awarded a Ph.D. at the University of California in Berkeley in 1970. He has been a professor at Buffalo University since 1989.

Peter Ekeh has held several fellowships in Europe, United States, and Japan. He was a Fellow of the WoodrowWilsonCenter for International Scholars, Washington, D.C. (1988-89). Dr. Ekeh has received various research and scholarship awards in Nigeria and the United States. He was a Rockefeller Foundation Scholar for his graduate studies. He has received and supervised research grants from Rockefeller Foundation, Ford Foundation, and United States Institute of Peace, Washington, D.C.

Peter Ekeh is the founder of ISJ. He was also the founder of Urhobo Historical Society and the Nigerian Scholars for Dialogue. He is active in the campaign for the protection of the endangered environment of Nigeria’s Niger delta.

Prof. Igho Natufe is a co-founder of ISJ. Dr. Natufe is an alumnus of the People's Friendship University, a former university professor of Political Science (University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana, 1978-1980, and the University of Benin, Benin City, Nigeria, 1980-1989) and senior advisor to the Government of Canada (1970-1978, 1989-2011). He is the author of several scientific research, including “Soviet policy in Africa: from Lenin to Brezhnev”. 

He is currently a Research Professor at the Institute for African Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, where he is conducting research on his next book tentatively entitled: RUSSIAN FOREIGN POLICY IN SEARCH OF INFLUENCE. He has authored several articles on international politics, governance, and corporate social responsibility in learned journals. He is the President/CEO of Stratepol Consultants Inc., a public policy consultancy firm based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Kelvin Smith is the chief executive officer of ISJ. Smith holds a degree in marketing from the University of Ghana and a Post Graduate Diploma in Leading Innovation and Change from York St John University, United Kingdom.  He is an alumnus of both the Lagos Business School (through the Owner Manager Programme) and IESE Business School, Spain (through the International Faculty Programme). He has certifications in Customer Experience Management and Information Technology Business Management (ITBMC) from the W.P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University, USA and Belmont University, USA respectively. Smith has also attended the Design Thinking Workshop at Harvard Business School.

Clara Cooper handles metadata and heads DOI assignment at ISJ. Prior to ISJ, she has worked previously as Library Assistant at the Delta State University Library where she focused mainly on electronic resources acquisitions and management. She has experience in different aspects of librarianship, and these experiences have exposed her to the breadth of science and humanities disciplines. Now she is set to explore what life is like on the other side.

Clara holds Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Library, Archival and Information Studies s from the University of Ibadan.

Rebecca Philips was amongst the first set of employees that were recruited when ISJ was launched in 2002. She has his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees in Library and information science from Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria. He is responsible for all of ISJ editorial activity. 

Niyi Rufai is a digital marketer and social entrepreneur. He has had a career in the application of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) – for individuals and institutions.

Mr Niyi Rufai had his Higher National Diploma in Marketing from Federal Polytechnic, Offa and went further to complete Executive Education programs at Lagos Business School. He is the head of marketing at ISJ, and does desk and field research on market trends and competition.

Ejiro Etaghene is a lawyer, journalist, author, publisher and human rights activist. He has been involved with several human rights organizations and projects.

He graduated with an LLB degree from the University of Benin and proceeded to the Nigerian Law School in 2004. He is the legal adviser of ISJ.

Oghale Egbabor is an open access enthusiast and the head of Business Development at ISJ. She attended the International High School, Sapele, Delta state before moving to the United States where she studied at the University of Texas, Arlington and graduated in 2009. Oghale joined ISJ in December 2009. 

Christopher Usiemure is a poet, freelance writer, content creator and a self published Author. He is currently dedicated to helping ISJ increased and monetize its social media presence using smart online marketing strategies. Mr Usiemure has a bachelor's degree in history from Delta State University and an MSc in English literature from the University of Ibadan.

Remi Davies is an avid reader, proof-reader, writer and open access advocate. She oversees publication ethics at ISJ and she is responsible for appointing and replacing editors and Editorial Board members. Davies is an alumnus of Middlesex University where she graduated with a psychology degree.

Kingsley Mukolu is the Chief Financial Officer, overseeing the financial and accounting functions at ISJ. He has over 10 years of financial management experience in the Nigeria banking sector. Mr Mukolu attended St Gregory's College, Ikoyi and the University of Lagos.

Norman Osaruyi is a Computer Scientist and web developer who is responsible for the management and maintenance of ISJ website. He also guides and supports ISJ in the event of a publishing ethics allegation as well as acts as primary point of contact. He holds a bachelor and master's degree in Computer Science from the University of Benin.

Annie Etaghene holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from West London College. She thereafter obtained a Certificate in Media Enterprise from the School of Media and Communications, Pan-Atlantic University, Nigeria.

Annie Etaghene is the editorial manager at ISJ and is responsible for ensuring articles are typeset, corrected, and published in a timely fashion as well as provides authors with support throughout the production process. She also interacts with authors, editors and reviewers, and is the single point of contact for their respective journal portfolios during the entire end-to-end process.

Larry Williams is the head of human resources at ISJ. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Jos, an MBA from the University of Calabar and a Doctorate degree in Business Administration from Apollos University, Great Falls, Montana, USA. Mr Williams was trained in strategic thinking and management at Wharton Business School, Pennsylvania, USA and also holds a Certificate in Management from Harvard Business School, Boston, USA.

Godspower Michael-Eyakwaire helps private individuals and corporate organizations create and execute compelling branding and marketing communications content. For him, the box is forever shattered and creativity must always lead.

Prior to working at ISJ, Godspower worked at Mindworks Media where he was responsible for creating and managing the company’s web content for optimal page performance in relation to page views, quality reports and reader engagement.

Godspower manages and provides direction for all operations of ISJ as well as perform the direct role of a business development officer in the team. He holds a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Mass Communication/Media Studies from Delta State University, Nigeria in 2004.