Dr. Beatrice Onoja is an esteemed scholar and dedicated professional with a profound commitment to empowering young individuals and promoting gender equality. With a Ph.D. in Literature from Benue State University, she exemplifies excellence across various domains. Dr. Onoja serves as the Executive Director of Glorious Teens Ministry (GTM), a faith-based non-governmental organisation headquartered in Makurdi, where she orchestrates transformative initiatives for youth empowerment.
Educational Attainment and Scholarly Pursuits
Dr. Onoja’s academic journey is marked by notable achievements. She earned her PhD in Literature from Benue State University in 2023, solidifying her expertise in the field. Complementing her doctoral degree, she holds a Master of Arts in English Literature from Bayero University Kano (2011) and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria (2004). Dr. Onoja’s scholarly pursuits extend beyond her degrees, as evidenced by her role as a part-time lecturer at J.S. Tarka University, Makurdi. Her commitment to education has deepened her connection to research, enabling her to contribute significantly to the academic landscape.
Advocacy and Empowerment Leadership
With over 15 years of professional experience, Dr. Onoja’s contributions span a diverse range of fields. She is a recognised expert in programme management, gender advocacy, and conflict resolution. As the Executive Director of Glorious Teens Ministry (GTM), she champions the holistic development of young individuals, imparting life skills and values essential for their growth. Her skills extend to being a certified trainer in Gender and Nonviolence/Peacebuilding, where she actively contributes to building more inclusive and peaceful communities.
Championing Gender Equality and Empowerment
Dr. Onoja’s advocacy for gender equality and empowerment is exceptional. Her roles extend to being the focal person of the Association Against Child and Sexual Gender-Based Violence (AACSGBV) Benue Chapter, where she spearheads efforts to combat gender-based violence. As Chairperson of the Civil Society on Healthcare for All and Focal Person of the Benue Family Planning Advocacy Working Group, she has played a pivotal role in shaping policy changes that address critical healthcare and reproductive rights issues.
Unwavering Advocate Against Gender-Based Violence
A relentless advocate for addressing Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), especially among children and young individuals, Dr. Onoja leaves an indelible impact. Her involvement in sensitisation programmes for secondary school students on SGBV in Benue State speaks volumes about her dedication. Through rallies, radio broadcasts, and television programs, she addresses gender issues head-on. Dr. Onoja’s expertise extends to providing psychosocial support for victims of rape and skillfully managing gender-based violence cases. She actively promotes self-defence, prevents Intimate Partner Violence, and establishes vital reporting channels.
Exemplary Leadership and Recognition
Dr. Onoja’s contributions have garnered widespread recognition and acclaim. Her accolades include the Woman of the Year award from the King David Socapa Awards (November 2022), the North Central Leadership Award (October 2022), and the Association Against Child Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Leadership Award (November 2020), among others. Her commitment to excellence is underscored by her involvement in key initiatives, such as the Youth Summit Steering Committee established by the State Government in 2020.
Prolific Scholar and Author
Dr. Onoja’s scholarly prowess is evident in her extensive body of work. Her publications, which delve into critical social issues, have been featured in esteemed journals. Notable publications include “Social Realism as Portrayed in Ahmed Yerima’s Plays” and “Sit-Tight Syndrome in Nigerian Politics.” Her contributions extend to impactful research such as the “Impact Assessment on Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Response in Nigeria.”
Empowering Through Education and Expertise
In addition to her advocacy and leadership roles, Dr Onoja is a skilful part-time lecturer and educator. Her proficiency in English Literature is coupled with a diverse skill set encompassing research, critical thinking, and problem-solving. She is well-versed in tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Internet access, ensuring her adaptability in an ever-evolving landscape.
A Legacy of Empowerment
Dr. Beatrice Onoja’s legacy is one of empowerment, advocacy, and tireless commitment to fostering positive change. Through her roles as an educator, advocate, and leader, she has touched the lives of countless individuals, leaving an indelible mark on the fields of gender equality, youth empowerment, and academic excellence. Her multifaceted contributions continue to inspire and uplift those fortunate enough to experience her work firsthand.