Helen is a member of the chartered institute of bankers, a chartered administrator, and a chartered marketer in Nigeria, where she worked in various banks in different supervisory capacities for about fifteen years.
Her connection to social justice and peacebuilding started while she was in her teens, as a member of a Teens club in Yaba, Lagos; an Interactor and Rotaractor. She was awarded the Most dutiful in her early adulthood for her passion for community service with the Rotaract club of Ado Ekiti.
She was a pioneer founder and Vice President of a nonprofit organization in Nigeria. She acts in advisory capacity to other nonprofit organizations in Nigeria, especially on sexual violence/trauma, and the gender voices’ rights and health of the marginalized.
Helen has two adorable children, husband and extended family back in Nigeria. They empowered her with the values of radical love and human dignity that enshrines her passion for healing justice, social justice and Peacebuilding. When she is not researching, attending seminars and workshops, she is in church, or busy house cleaning, hanging out, and watching Nigerian movies with her family. She enjoys Nigeria home-made dishes, music and loves to make friends.
Currently a peacebuilding entrepreneur, she continues engaging with peacebuilding actors and processes; and attending many online trainings, seminars and workshops such as: Challenging anti-immigrant Bias in schools and society; Storytelling and communication; Non-violence communication; International seminar on Restorative Justice and persons with disabilities; Online free masterclass with Thomas Hubl, the Future of collective healing; Global summit on the coalition to end sexual exploitation 2020 & 2021; The wisdom of trauma 2021; Trauma Stewardship Workshop with Laura van Dernoot Lipsky December 2021; and the Trauma Super Conference 2021.
Helen did her practicum placement (2021) with Church World Service (CWS) and Safer Together. At Safer Together, a department within the Student Life division of Eastern Mennonite University that provides sexual and relationship violence prevention education and resources to the EMU campus community, she designed and facilitated trainings relating to trauma-informed practices and sexual trauma. Also, she reviewed programs and developed recommendations for incorporating trauma-informed practices into service delivery, built and maintained strategic partnerships and collaborative relationships, engaged in data analysis and strategic visioning around campus climate related to sexual and relationship violence and cultural competency, and integrated theory into practice to improve trauma-informed awareness, education, and prevention services.