By JOHN ONAH, Abuja –
The Albino Foundation (TAF) Africa, the leading advocate for disability inclusion in Nigeria, has officially announced significant rebranding effort to better reflect its mission, vision, and core values as well as the new addition to board of trustees for gender balance.
The new identity highlights its commitment to promoting disability rights and equality, with a focus on creating a more accessible and inclusive environment for persons with disabilities.
The Chairman, TAF Africa, Prof. Vincent Anigbogu, in a statement on Friday in Abuja, said the Board of Trustees rebranding initiative includes a new logo, website, social media presence, and updated messaging and outreach strategies that aimed to increase awareness about the organization’s work and impact beyond the community of persons with albinism (PWA), which its previous brand identity captured.
According to him, the new logo features a simple, yet powerful design that incorporates the organization’s name and a visual representation of the various disability clusters with the map of Africa which symbolizes unity without boundaries, independence, mobility, and the importance of accessibility.
“We believe that everyone should have an opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of society irrespective of their disability status, and we are committed to advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities and creating more accessible and inclusive environments where PWDs can thrive.We are excited about this launch of our new brand identity, and we look forward to continuing our work to ensure that persons with disabilities have equal access to education, employment, healthcare, transportation, and all other aspects of life”
“The rebranding initiative is part of our efforts to increase awareness and understanding of disability rights and inclusion. We will continue to work with policymakers and other stakeholders to promote disability inclusion.We are also pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to our board of trustees”.
“These individuals bring a wealth of experience, expertise, and gender balance to our organization, and we are excited to have them join our team. As a civil society organization that promotes equal access to opportunities and resources for persons who might otherwise be excluded, we are committed to creating a society that is more inclusive and equitable for all”, he said.
“Our new board members share this commitment and will help us to advance our mission and vision.
“Our first new board member, Dr. Toyin Aderemi- Balogun is the first indigenous Country Representative of CBM Nigeria. She is an experienced disability-inclusive development practitioner and researcher, working to influence government and development policies for social inclusion. She has a background in public health, with expertise in disability-inclusive sexual and reproductive health and rights, and a Ph.D. in Behavioural Medicine.
“Our second new board member is Hajiya Amina Zakari, a disability rights advocate and a certified pharmacist which saw her working on various projects. Former President Goodluck Jonathan appointed her as one of the then National Electoral Commissioners at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Her mandate at INEC included political parties’ supervision via the Political Parties Monitoring Committee. She also chaired the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC) with responsibility for party system consolidation. Until she was appointed Acting Chairman, Hajiya Zakari was chairman of the INEC Planning Monitoring and Strategy Committee effective November 2014. She was also the former Acting Chairman of INEC appointed on 30 June 2015”.
“Our third new board member is Hajiya Zainab Suleiman Usman, a business leader with extensive experience in Agric business development and strategic planning. She has 13 years of professional experience addressing rural development challenges and technical expertise in cluster farming, community-based natural resource management, and gender mainstreaming in vulnerable groups. Hajiya Zainab has a Hands-on experience in project implementation, coupled with proven expertise in coordinating a community of practice in agric business.We are confident that these new board members will help us to build on the strong foundation we have already established and take TAF Africa to the next level. We look forward to working with them to create a more inclusive and equitable society for all”, he add.