Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah is the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Nigeria. He is also the funder of the Kukah Centre. Bishop Kukah was ordained a Catholic Priest on December 19, 1976. He received the Bachelor of Divinity at the Pontifical Urban University, Rome in 1976, followed by a Master’s degree in Peace Studies, at the University of Bradford, United Kingdom in 1980. Kukah’s academic pursuits culminated with a PhD from University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in 1990.

Between 1999 and 2001 he served as a member of the Nigerian Investigation Commission of Human Rights Violations. In addition to his work as a parish priest of Saint Andrews’s parish in Kakuri, Kaduna from 2004 until his nomination as bishop, he was secretary of the National Political Reform Conference (2005) and from 2005 onwards he has been serving as the chairman of the Ogoni-Shell Reconciliation. Additionally, between 2007 and 2009 he worked also in the committee for Electoral Reform set up by the Nigerian government. He is the Convener of National Peace Committee that assisted in peaceful election and transition of power during the 2015 general elections in Nigeria. Among many other positions, Bishop Kukah is the  Chairman, Committee on Inter-religious Dialogue, Catholic Bishops’ Conference, Nigeria. He is also a Member, Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, Vatican City. He has also been serving as Chairman, Committee on Inter-religious Dialogue, Regional Episcopal Conference of West African, RECOWA.

Fr. Atta Barkindo

Fr. Atta Barkindo, Ph.D. is the Director of The Kukah Centre: Faith, Leadership and Public Policy Research, Abuja-Nigeria. He is a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Yola, Northeast Nigeria. He was educated in Egypt and Italy on Arabic, Political Islam and Inter-Faith Dialogue. He had his MSc in African Politics in 2012 and he also completed his PhD at the School of Oriental and African Studies, SOAS, University of London in 2016. His PhD research project, titled ‘‘History, Memory and Resistance in Northern Nigeria: The Transformation of Boko Haram,’’ was awarded the Horowitz Foundation grant for Social Policy. In 2015, Fr. Atta specialised in Deradicalisation, Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Violent Extremists, at the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research, Singapore.

From 2014 to 2016, Fr. Atta consulted for the European Union Technical Assistance to Nigeria’s Evolving Security Challenges. In May 2016, he was selected as a member of the United Nations Group of Experts to review the UN Handbook on Countering Violent Extremism in Africa. Currently, he consults for the European Union Support to Nigeria’s Prison-Based Deradicalisation Programme. He is Research Fellow for Open Doors International, Netherlands, the World Watch Monitor, UK and Global Initiative on Civil Society and Conflict, University of South Florida. Fr. Atta is also a member of the Board of Trustees (BoT), Africa Research Institute, London. He has authored the following reports: Internal Migration, Citizenship and Conflict in the Middle Belt Region of Nigeria; Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the Context of the Boko Haram Conflict and Boko Haram’s Exploitation of History and Memory. He has also written a substantial number of articles and opinion pieces. His forth-coming book: Boko Haram: History, Dispossession and Resistance will be out in November 2018.

Mobile: +2349031149816, Twitter: @atta_kindo, Facebook: Atta Barkindo

Duke Peter Anoemuah

Duke Peter Anoemuah, is the Deputy Director (Administration) TKC, former Deputy Registrar, University of Ibadan. Holds a Bachelor of Arts (1986) UI, fellow Institute of Development Administration, member Association of Professional University Administrators among other professional bodies and Postgraduate Training courses. He joined the senior administrative cadre at the Registry of the University of Ibadan in 1992 and rose to the rank of Deputy Registrar. Between 2012 and 2014, Deputy Registrar, Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, Delta State; 2014-2017, VERITAS University (The Catholic University of Nigeria) Abuja, before joining The Team of TKC in 2018. Currently handles administrative matters at The KUKAH Centre

Gloria Christian

Gloria Christian is the Admin Assistant and Logistics Officer of Kukah Centre. She is a Communication Expert who is conversant withthe use of precise and concise approach to communication in conveying the needed message to her audience. She is also a Writer, an Editor and a Researcher who has conducted several studies on Maternal Mortality and Conflicts Resolution within the country. Gloria bagged her degrees from the Department of Mass Communication, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. 

Tel: +2348069165296,Email: gloriachristian80@yahoo.comFacebook: Gloria ChristianInstagram:gloriachristian80


Philip Ademola Olayoku

PHILIP ADEMOLA OLAYOKU, has a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies (University of Ibadan). He is the Research and Programs Coordinator at the Kukah Centre, Abuja, Nigeria. He taught as an adjunct in the Institute for Peace and Strategic Studies and the Institute of African Studies of the University of Ibadan. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the French Institute for Research in Africa (IFRA-Nigeria); and his research interests include media and ethnicity, transitional Justice, ethnoreligious conflicts, transnational relations and Afro-Asia relations.  +2348077242363  Twitter: @pademmyreloaded     Skype: Pademmy1


Benjamin Tyavkase Gudaku

Benjamin Tyavkase Gudaku is the Deputy Director (Communications) and programme manager of The Kukah Centre, Abuja. Benjamin Holds M.A in Religious Ethics from the Benue State University, Makurdi. He is a researcher on drivers of conflict in northern Nigeria. He specialises in strategic communications and development journalism. He has been actively engaged in citizen empowerment and community engagement as well as peace-building. Benjamin has authored books and written scholarly articles that are published locally and internationally, including co-authoring research works such Migration and Violent-Conflict in Divided Societies: Non-Boko Haram Violence against Christians in the Middle Belt Region of Nigeria; Our Bodies, Their Battle Ground: Boko Haram and Gender-Based Violence against Christian Women and Children in North-Eastern Nigeria since 1999.

Other scholarly works include Nigeria: Investigating common narratives of violent conflict in Nasarawa State: An Examination of the hostilities against Christians in the period of January 2013 – May 2016. Benjamin was the National Coordinator of a project called Atmospheric Gathering in Nigeria between 2014 and 2015, organized by a USA based firm: Phasezerosolutions; that targeted gathering and analysing socio-economic and security concerns in public domain. At different times, Benjamin freelance for ABC News in USA and the Toronto Stars Newspaper in Canada. His career in the media started with Nasarawa Broadcasting Service (NBS), Lafia, where he worked as Senior Reporter and later left for Nigerian Press Council as Senior Research Officer (NPC).

Phone contact: +2348065507560, Email: or, Facebook Benjamin Gudaku, Instagram: benjamint.gudaku, Twitter: @BGudaku.

Mathew Shom Yari

Mathew Shom Yari is the accountant of Kukah Centre. He holds Bsc. Accounting from Ahmadu Bello University, Kongo Campus, Zaria kaduna State, Nigeria. He is a member of Association of National Accountants of Nigeria (ANAN). Nigerian College of Accountancy, Jos Plateau State, Nigeria. Matthew likes working within the financial environment.

E-mail address:,, Social media: facebook- Mathew Yari Shom, WhatsApp – Mathew Yari Shom and Instagram – mathew.shom


Eucharia Ezeugwu

Eucharia Nnenna Ezugwu is the Administrative Assistant of the Kukah Centre. She has a B.SC degree in Mass Communication from Anambra State University. She is an energetic, ambitious young lady who has developed a mature and responsible approach to any task that she undertakes. She is excellent in working with others to achieve a certain objective on time and with excellence. She is open to learning.

Phone: 08162653135, Email:, Facebook: Eucharia Ezugwu, Instagram: Favoured_1_one


Samuel Terseer Orbiam

SAMUEL TERSEER ORBIAM, is the Front Desk Officer/ Office Assistant at the Kukah Centre. He is an ICT and Networking expert with a professional certificate. Sam holds General Computing and Information Technology certificate from Atraphigreat Institute of technology, Abuja. He seeks to attain professional distinction and proficiency in his career.

Tel: +234(0)8051546206, Email: or, Facebook: samuel orbiam, Instagram: samuelorbiam, Twitter: @t_orbiam, Linkedin: Samuel Orbiam


Miss Anne Makama

Miss Anne Makama LLB, LLM, BL, DRS, ChMC, MCIARB, is the Secretary of The Kukah Centre. As part of the team of The Kukah Centre and alongside her duties as the Secretary, she heads the Gender and Monitoring and Evaluation Department. She is also a Lawyer and a Dispute Resolution Specialist with experience in Nigeria and the United Kingdom. She has a Master’s degree in Comparative and International Dispute Resolution from Queen Mary, University of London. She is a Member of Nigerian Bar Association, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, and an Associate Member of Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators.

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Miss Anne Makama

Eno-Obong Samuel Iyere has a degree in Accounting (Ed) from Imo state University. She is the Assistant Accountant in The Kukah Centre.

Email address and contact number are & 08064015464 respectively.