Omano Edigheji

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Visionary and Accomplished Global Senior Executive and Thought Leader with over 20 years



As an Astute Leader and Multicultural Builder who understands the precepts of innovative and ethical leadership to lead diverse workforces and forge strategic partnerships with stakeholders for organizational, national, and continental transformation, as well as promote social dialogue among stakeholders.

Policy Design & Implementation

Created effective policies and strategies that address specific issues and achieve desired outcomes. This includes understanding the problem, analyzing data, developing solutions, and implementing policies successfully.

Executive Level Engagement

Interacted and collaborated with high-level executives and decision-makers within organizations. This involves effectively communicating ideas, building relationships, and aligning organizational goals with executive priorities.

Operational Service Delivery

Focused on managing and delivering services efficiently and effectively. This includes overseeing processes, optimizing resource allocation, and ensuring that services meet the needs and expectations of customers or clients.

Value Proposition & Enhancement

Identified and improved the unique value of a product, service, or organization. This includes understanding customer needs, market trends, and competitive advantages to enhance the value proposition and differentiate the offering in the marketplace.


Secured financial resources through various means such as grants, donations, sponsorships, or partnerships. This includes developing fundraising strategies, building relationships with donors, and effectively communicating the organization’s mission and impact.

Government Advisory Communications

Effectively communicated and provided advice to government entities. This includes understanding policy contexts, crafting clear and persuasive messages, and influencing decision-making processes through strategic communication.

In New York with former Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka of South Africa

Delegation of the South African Public Service Commission to China

Prof Tade Aina, center, Former President of Botswana Festus Mogae, and I

From the left, member of KD House of Assembly, Zillaini (subsequent Speaker), Governor El-Rufai, 14th Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido, and I

With former Secretary General of the UN, Mr Kofi Annan at the first ever African Higher Education Summit held in Dakar, Senegal in March 2015.

At the Centre, Minister of Higher Education, Senegal in 2015 after a Preparatory meeting for the African Higher Education Summit

With the late Prime Minister of Ethiopia (in 2010) Meles Zenawi

With the Minister of Education of Ghana Prof. Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang

Delegation of the South African Public Service Commission to Malaysia



A Visionary and Accomplished Global Senior Executive and Thought Leader with over 20 years of successfully conducting responsive and innovative Education, Economics and Democratic Governance reforms across Africa; leading Economic, Development and Development Research; and convening capacity for Reforms. Function as a Subject Matter Expert Consultant and Advisor on Public Policy for national governments and regional institutions, civil society organizations, the private sector, and bilateral and multilateral development agencies. Demonstrated experience leading a cluster of cross-functional teams to achieve organizational aims and objectives, steer continued transformation, and proffer solutions to Africa’s development challenges. Possess a broad understanding of the social, economic, environmental, and political facing South Africa and the African continent, as well as global issues. 

About Me


  • Founder and CEO, Zeezi Oasis Leadership Inspiration Limited with headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria. 
  • Successfully led reforms and processes to build a professional, career, and capable public service in South Africa as the Chief Technical Adviser of the Public Service Reform.
  • Served as the Research Director in the Policy Analysis Unit of the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), South Africa, and headed the Council’s research and policy program on State and Economic Development. 
  • Advised the African National Congress (ANC) on its strategy for the 2004 general election and also coordinated several policy initiatives for the party. 
  • Worked in a Research Manager capacity at the Johannesburg-based policy think-tank, Centre for Policy Studies.
  • Led a high-level delegation of South African Government Officials to China, Brazil, Malaysia, and Mauritius to explore best-practice in economic and public reforms. 
  • Served as Consultant to the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), United Nations Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ), African Development Bank, International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IIDEA). 
  • Directed the first-ever continental summit on African Higher Education in Dakar, Senegal in March 2015. 
  • Wrote and published books on emerging issues in Africa, including (1) Nigeria: Democracy Without Development. How to Fix It. (2020); (2) The Future and Relevance of Nigerian Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions (co-editor. September 2016); (3) Constructing a Democratic Developmental State in South Africa: Potentials and Challenges (editor, HSRC Press, 2010)”, and (4) Governance in the New South Africa: The Challenges of Globalization (co-editor, University of Cape Town Press, 2003)”.

Professional Experience

Book Launch

Nigeria Democracy without Development How to fix it

Former Governor El-Rufai at my book launch

Senator Uba Sani at my book launch

Former Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Bala Bantex and Senator Uba Sani at the launch of my book

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