Our Founders

Dr. Josephine Ngozi Ogazi (Founder/Executive Director)
Dr. Ogazi is a Nigerian development professional with more than 22 years of experience in international development related to Quality Improvement methodologies, HIV/AIDS OVC programming, prevention, capacity building of local NGOs, agricultural development, and volunteer technical assistance programs.

She possesses over 15 years of direct senior management experience overseeing USAID development in Nigeria. She has worked for several USG implementing partners such as University Research Co. LLC (URC) and Winrock International. Other donors she has worked for include DFiD, ECOWAS, and CIDA. Her wealth of expertise and experience extends to the areas of Agriculture, Gender, and Public Private Partnerships.

Dr. Ogazi possesses a Ph.D. Agronomy 2003, M.Sc. Agronomy, 1994 and B.Sc. (Hon.) Chemistry, 1990 all from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria.


Joseph C. Egwuonwu (Founder/Executive Director)

Mr. Egwuonwu is a Nigerian/American. He is the founder of WEWE. He has 16 years of working experience in International Security and Development in the United State Army and as a Chief of Party EUCORD/WEWE (Children of Hope (CH) Project) funded by USAID and PEPFAR in Abuja.    He was honorably discharged from the US army in 2009 and he then relocated to Nigeria to pursue his passion for helping orphans and vulnerable children in Nigeria.

Joseph has a Bachelor degree in Sociology from Methodist College, North Carolina, US. He also has Associate degree in Social Science from Essex County College, Newark New Jersey, US and a Diploma in Patient Administration from Academy of Health and Science, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

He has 12 years of experience as a trained United States Department of Defense (USDOD) military soldier that has carried out assignments in over 15 countries. In the US Army Joseph gained relevant experience in providing safety and security for women and children particularly in the countries with the highest level of security threatens such as Iraq & Afghanistan.

Mr. Egwuonwu was one of the soldiers that were assigned for occupation freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan. During these operations, he was responsible for a platoon of 55 soldiers and had to ensure the safety and security of both US civilian medical teams and Iraqi medical teams. Joseph oversaw the establishment of rural clinics for vulnerable groups such as Iraqi war amputees, orphans and vulnerable children, and women.

He served as a US military soldier in the following countries: Nigeria, America, Germany, Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Sweden, France, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa.

Mr. Egwuonwu was a Chief of Party for the Children of Hope project which was implemented by European Cooperative for Rural Development (EUCORD), a Brussels based organization. This PEPFAR funded Vulnerable Children (VC) project was valued at about USD$6.99m.

As the COP for Children of Hope (CH) project, he successfully reached 11,626 vulnerable Nigerian children (4974 males, 6652 female) and 4009 caregivers with Household Economic Strengthening (HES) in 3 years.