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Dr. Nkoyo Rapu

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Dr. Nkoyo Rapu

Co-chair and Trustee

Nkoyo Rapu is a lawyer, an author, a pastor and a woman of diverse interests and skills. A passion for education and a desire to support the less privileged led to her establishing the Bethesda Child Support Agency in 2001. The primary focus of the agency is to address generational poverty by providing free education through the Bethesda Nursery and Primary schools that were set up in places such as Ikota, Ijaiye-Ojokoro, Bariga and Matogun in Lagos and Ogun states.

In 16 years of existence, Bethesda has been able to offer free Educational Support to over 5000 indigent children mainly through the 4 schools that the agency had set up in poor communities. The Scholarship program at both the secondary school and university levels ensures the continuity of the education of these children.

The success of the Bethesda Model culminated in an invitation in 2015 to Harvard University to speak at The Institute of African Studies on “Social Entrepreneurship in Africa: citing The Bethesda Model” .

Bethesda is part of the Freedom Foundation, an umbrella organization of four non-governmental agencies involved in social reformation and rehabilitation. Mrs. Rapu sits on the board of Freedom Foundation and the House of Freedom, an evangelical movement made up of distinct churches such as This Present House, the Waterbrook Church and the Holy Trinity Church.

Nkoyo Rapu is also involved with the strategic planning and decision making of the Springfield International School, a 33 year old school founded in Port Harcourt by her family. She is an Executive member of the Justice P.O.E Bassey Foundation established for the purpose of promoting the advancement of legal studies and education in honour of her late father who was the first indigenous judge of the then South Eastern state of Nigeria in 1968.

Mrs. Rapu was the visionary and founder of the notable Redeemer’s International Primary School and Redeemer’s International Secondary School. She is also the author of three inspirational books.

In recognition of her efforts in community development, she was named the ‘‘Island News’’ Personality of the Year in 2003 and received a Genevieve Magazine Award for outstanding women in 2008. In further recognition of her service to mankind, she was presented the “Humanitarian & Selfless Award” by Topgrade International School in 2017.

Nkoyo lives in Lagos with her husband Dr Tony Rapu, a medical doctor and pastor and their 3 children, Dr Uju Rapu, the founder of Belfiore Medical Aesthetic Practise, Kene Rapu founder of Kene Rapu a leading footwear brand that champions local production and their son, Tobe who is in University.

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