Born in Jamaica, Claudette is married with three adult children and two grandchildren. Claudette has developed an interest in healthcare and is now a retired nurse manager and work part-time in a developmental capacity in the NHS. During her Christian journey, she has been privileged to serve the church in a variety of ways including work on the local and national Boards of Administration in secretarial, financial and advisory capacities, as a Street Pastor involved in ministry overseas as well as locally, giving leadership to smaller groups. All have helped her to appreciate the correlation between responsibility and accountability.
As a graduate from London School of Theology Claudette is also a trained counsellor who has had several speaking engagements throughout the UK. From her experiences and core values of justice mercy and integrity, Claudette can bring to this role, leadership, managerial, counselling skills, as well as being a significant other in the development of others.
Fikelephi is an author, a mentor and a speaker. She has many years of business experience gained through the banking sector. As an extension of her life and career coaching experience, Fikelephi has also trained as a victim of crime advocate, specialising in sexual and domestic gender based violence and abuses. She has written her most sought-after book, ‘Against All Odds I Survived!’ which has touched the lives and hearts of many women all around the world. ‘Against All Odds, I Survived’ carries a message of hope, restoration, and forgiveness.
Sibongile Maphosa (Sibby)
Director for Health
Florence Caesar wide experience within the health and other sectors will help served the AOS operations in benefiting the communities. Florence is a Specialist Practitioner Occupational Health Nurse and is registered as a General Nurse, Midwife, Community nurse, and Psychiatric nurse. She is currently working at Public Health England in Occupational health. Previously worked in various NHS trusts including Royal Free and Bart Hospital.
She has worked as a volunteer with community development projects in South Africa such as We Care Project and NOMSA women’s movement. Also experienced in setting up community clinic single-handedly working with local community members and leaders providing free healthcare to rural communities. Also, she has managed HIV AIDS and primary health care services to local communities in SA as part of the community program of Good Shepherd International Church.
Director of Education
After having watched AOS works for some time, Violah Mafuba decided to come on board to help develop the educational operations. Violah was born and raised in Zambia, South of Africa. She went to a boarding school at the age of 11 years; however, she recalls walking more than 10km every day to go to school as a child for her preliminary education and would like to spare this hardship on other children. Violah is currently based in London and works in a healthcare setting. Violah Mafuba is married and has four lovely Children.
For the past 22 years she has been sponsoring orphans and disadvantaged children of different backgrounds to go to school and has seen some of the children achieve University education, having worked for UNICEF for several years and being a Christian, Violah developed a passion to break the chains of poverty and giving hope to disadvantaged children through education and is now a director of Moyo academy in Malawi. Violah is a very committed and dedicated Christian who saves in protocol team at Newwine Church.
Dr Nkem Ezeilo MBBS, Dip. Performance Coaching, MRCGP, MCFP aka Dr Kem
We acknowledged the late Dr Kem who passed away in 2016. Dr Kem was appointed to the Board as a Director. She had brought her valuable experience and expertise to benefit AOS’s beneficiaries on projects and programmes, which had positively impacted our operations to date. Dr Kem was a Multi-Award Winning Family Doctor, Keynote Speaker, Healthy Lifestyle, Coach and Author who was passionate about teaching people how to prevent and reverse chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, and High Blood Pressure, using Healthy Lifestyle habits, and helping them implement the Lifestyle changes.
Dr. Kem previously worked part-time as an NHS GP (General Practitioner) and worked as a Self-employed GP in various locations across the UK. Dr Kem was also passionate about Empowering Women and has authored the ‘Inspirational Blueprints for Personal Success for Women’ that has transform women’s life for the better. Dr. Kem is survived by her son.
The Management Committee
Colin Jackson MCMI, AMBCS, CITP. BA, Pg. Cert.
Colin as co-founder of AOS has supported the organisation from its inception. He brings a flare of stability that sustains its operations to date. Colin holds a degree in African and Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). He also studied Development, Administration and Planning, at a Post Graduate level at the University College London (UCL). Also, an associate member of the British Computer Society (AMBCS), and for the BCS Chartered Institute for IT Professionals (CITP). As well as being a full member of the Chartered Management Institute (MCMI), incorporated by royal charter.
He has worked on African based development projects and has development workshop knowledge with the consultancy of the Bartlett Development Planning Unit (DPU), part of UCL’s global faculty of the built environment at London, UK. Colin also works with a Healthcare NHS Trust in the disbursement of Health & Local Authority budgets and data management. He was also elected for a Credit Union; where he briefly performed duties as a member of the Credit Committee.
An avid reader and writer, Colin also is a dedicated husband and a loving father of seven purpose driven children. As well as a keen member of his church.
Business Support Manager
Vivian background is in marketing. Her roles within Against All Odds include Business Support/PA and Protocol. By divine connection, Vivian has been mentored by Fikelephi since late 2013 and her wonderful program with her personal touch methods has impacted positively. It made her decide to become a part of this awesome organisation.
She is an Ambassador of Against All Odds Still Standing, UK and also a member of the management team. Vivian is married with four children and a homemaker. Also, she serves as one of a leader in her local church.
Protocol & Partner’s Manager
Sukaena is head of Protocol team, which encompasses her role of Ambassadors and recruiting Partners for Against All Odds Still Standing. In addition, she is an active member within Team AOS for events consisting of MC, Stage management and Ushering.
Her work background was within the Education sector. However, she has been a stay at home mum caring for five champions, Josiah, Isaac, Micah, Zachariah and recently baby Emmanuella, also not forgetting her loving husband Shane.
Sukaena is very pleased to be mentored by Fikelephi Jackson and was inspired to join the team.
South African Operations
Malawi Management Team
Brenda Chombo Banda
Brenda is a holder of a Certificate in Design and Tailoring. She is currently combining Christian Ministry with Wedding Planning and Events Management. Brenda has also worked as Project Officer at the Musicians Association of Malawi, as Administrative Assistant for the Southern Bottlers Malawi and also had a stint of one year as Anti-Domestic Violence Interventions. Brenda is also a popular gospel musician in Malawi. She is Administrator for the Against All Odds Malawi.
Winston Mwale is a London School of Journalism-trained Malawian award-winning journalist, who has covered stories in his native country as well as abroad. Although he covers various beats, Winston is passionate about human rights, education, and water, sanitation and hygiene beats.
Ian Carter Phiri
aka MC CATERPILLAR
As an Ambassador is the main area of contribution is to ensure that all upcoming events for the Against All Odds Still Standing are put across to the social media through either Press Releases or article publications.
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Zizo Boco is an Executive Coach, Leadership Consultant, Inspirational Speaker, Life Coach, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Leadership Mentor. She has spent the last five years travelling across the country, ministering the word of God, training leaders in schools, tertiary institutions, leadership camps, business, government, and other organisations. She delivers her message of personal and professional development to hundreds of people weekly through her various Media platforms.
Deputy Operations Manager
Bonga Dlali is a Potential Unlocker, Leadership Mentor, Transformational Speaker, Life Coach, Social Entrepreneur, Human Rights and Youth Advocate. He has spent the past ten years researching and studying the fields of Personal and Leadership Development. He is passionate about God’s Transforming Kingdom and continues to mentor and inspire a growing number of young leaders to evolve into Change Makers with deeper spirituality, integrity and compassion. Through his organization and other media platforms, he reaches hundreds of people addressing the following fundamental areas of life: Identity, Purpose, Potential and Destiny.
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