We train one to influence & impact many

Our vision is to see Nigerian youths economically empowered and financially independent.
While Nigeria has been described as blessed with a plethora of natural resources, we choose to invest in its most important resource: human beings!

We believe that practically influencing one person’s life, can have
an immense impact on one family, and in turn transform an entire
community. Essentially, we believe in the power of ONE.

Our Vision & Mission

The mission of The City of Light and Liberation Foundation (CoL) is to create and support programs that directly improve the mental, emotional and financial wellbeing of girls and young adults; especially women.

We thus focus especially on young persons within rural communities seeking education, vocational training, and financial stability. We focus on individuals, especially girls and young women, who are oftentimes easy targets for human traffickers. We strive to be part of the solution in improving the lives of young persons and their families, providing vocational training and start-up assistance that strengthen individuals and their families.

In order to do this, we focus on 3 strategic priorities

  1. EXPANSION: Expanding our reach by both creating and growing existing programs – including tailoring, hair-making, IT and solar energy schemes.
  2. STRENGTH: Strengthening our network through staff development and education and ensuring the financial sustainability of or programs and projects.
  3. MOBILIZATION: Mobilizing support to increase the understanding of human trafficking, thereby allowing us to support more young adults and their families in Nigeria.

Our Company

The City of Light and Liberation Foundation is one such organization aimed at raising awareness of human trafficking on the one hand, and doing its part to eliminate it on the other hand through the creation of economic opportunities.

While the organization recognizes the need to reintegrate and empower previous victims of human trafficking, it strongly believes that “prevention is better than cure” and the solution rests on offering vocational training programs with the focus on equipping individuals to become economic agents and financially independent.
 
Key areas the project will be focusing on are human trafficking, unemployment and dependency. The project specifically seeks to raise awareness around human trafficking and tackles presumptions of a ‘greener pasture’ in the West as well as explores
potential related dangers.

City of Light has been forming a network of both international and local organizations involved in trafficking work in Nigeria since 2000. The organization has met with the International Office on Migration and government social workers in order to discuss a partnership in the delivery of services to repatriated victims.

In the past, City of Light’s training programs were registered and supervised by the Ondo State Ministry of Education. Discussions are in progress to ensure this program will also be officially registered.

Pastor Mrs Margaret Funmilayo Makinwa

Co-Founder

Mrs Makinwa is founder and General Overseer of LPEM, The Lord’s Pentecostal Evangelistic Ministry. The ministry is based in Vienna, Austria, and since 2009 a member of the FCGÖ (Freichristliche Gemeinde Österreich). She has done tremendous work within the African (predominantly Nigerian) community in Vienna, helping in the fight against prostitution and human trafficking. Mrs Makinwa is especially passionate about not merely tackling the symptoms but indeed the root-causes at the centre of this struggle..

Pastor Mr Alexander Makinwa

Co-Founder

Mr Makinwa is Project Director and a retired employee of the United Nation’s IAEA in Vienna, Austria. He holds academic backgrounds in accountancy, is a member of the British Institute of Purchasing and Supply, as well as holder of an LLB(Hons.) degree. He is particularly passionate about education and empowerment, as well as seeing the nation he left almost half a century ago transformed

Mr Ehiosu Chris Ekhator

Administrator Assistant

Mr Ekhator-Chris-Ehiosu has an extensive background in community engagement, fundraising, administration, and project management. He is the principal Project Manager overseeing the building project of LPEM Linz (Austria) and continues to use his numerous skills to manage and lead teams.

Mr Odion Samuel
Egho

Financial Secretary

Mr Egho has a background in finance and accounting, particularly
strengthened through his volunteering activities as Accountant for LPEM
Vienna.

Ms Olayinka Makinwa

Administrator

Mr Akinyemi Tomiwa

Mr Tomiwa is a Law lecturer at the AJASI University in Ondo State.

Mr Vincent Ikuomola

Project Supervisor

Mr Ikuomola is an Accountant for the Ondo State Government in Akure, Ondo State.