Mrs. Nkeiruka Obi

Program Director, West and Central Africa

Mrs. Nkeiruka Augusta Obi (Nee- Nzeribe), fondly called NK graduated with honors from the University of Calabar, with a BSc in Physics, obtained an MBA and is presently pursuing a PhD in Health Psychology. She is a FELLOW of the Nigerian Institute of Management (Chartered) and has membership of many reputable organizations including International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse & Neglect (ISPCAN), Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), American Psychological Association (APA), Golden Key International Honor Society, Rotary International and the Bible Society of Nigeria (Special Member). She is a certified Global Professional of Human Resources (GPHR), and an alumnus of Pan- Atlantic University, Lagos, the Africa America Institute and the Haggai Institute of Advanced Leadership, Hawaii, USA.

NK earned the NYSC Meritorious Award and a Letter of Commendation from UNDP for single-handedly designing a statewide monitoring system of all donated equipment during her NYSC (one year compulsory service to the nation) with UNICEF and UNDP projects in Kwara State.

Of her two-decade long professional career, she spent over fourteen years as an accomplished banker functioning in various senior managerial positions in Treasury as the Chief Dealer, COO/Head, Relationship Management, Head, Human Capital Management (HR Business partnership) and Head, Prestige Banking. She consistently maintained the ROLE MODEL Performance Appraisal rating and Most Valuable Performer (MVP).  

Having achieved so much in corporate Nigeria, NK set out with great passion, commitment, and strong character to influence and provide alternative interventions to change the negative mind set and societal ills that abound. She embarked on humanitarian causes focused on giving hope to abused children and founded “Sisters Unite for Children”, a group of professional Christian women promoting and restoring the dignity of vulnerable street children. She also serves on a number of boards including Theophile Global Resources Limited and offers her time to activities advancing children and women total well-being.

She is an author and community philanthropist, with proceeds from her award winning books –“A Cold World & Termites of the Cradle” going into the sponsorship and education of indigent children and orphans. NK is a recipient of various awards for her volunteer and charitable works over the years including Female Ambassador for Orphans and Vulnerable Children by the Association of OVCs NGOs in Nigeria, 2011 Nigerian Women Achievers Award (BUSINESS DAY Newspaper), 2013 WISE WOMEN International Award on Community Service.

She joined Smile Train in 2011 and under her leadership and direction, the West and Central African regional programs have grown tremendously in scale and numbers and the impact phenomenal, increasing access to cleft care in the poorest of the poor in 21 countries.  NK has engaged and persuaded key governments, health policy makers and community influencers including First Ladies to help spread awareness and improve the quality of life of the patients with rippling positive effect on the economies of the communities.

With a heart of compassion, a determination to succeed as an individual and collectively with her community, NK keeps spreading the message of hope and pressing forward to make a positive change in the world, serving God and touching lives. She is happily married with many children including triplets and grandchildren.