African Province Leadership Team
Sr. Helen Ebede is from Agulu in Anambra State, Nigeria. She was admitted into the Candidacy programme of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in 2001. She professed her first Vows in July 2004 and her perpetual Vows in August 2009. In August 2017 she was appointed a member of the 2017 – 2020 African Province Leadership Team (PLT) of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, the role she effectively combined with her lecturing job at Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, Anambra State, Nigeria. She was the Head of Department of Physics in the College when she was appointed the Province Leader of the African Province for 2020 – 2023 tenure of office.
Helen has PhD in Physics and Industrial Physics. She is specialized in Electronics.
Sr. Gifty Atampoka Abane is from Bolgatanga, the Upper East Region, Ghana. Gifty joined the Society in 2002 and had her first vows in 2005. Her first community was Wallembelle from 2005 – 2009, and Takoradi from 2009 – 2011. She professed her final vows in 2010 and in 2011 she was missioned to the Newton Street Community in Washington DC while ministering in Washington School for Girls for two years. From 2013 to 2016, Gifty was studying in Rosemont College for her Bachelor’s degree Biology and continue to Villanova University for her Master’s degree in Biology in the USA. Gifty returned home in 2018 and had been teaching at Holy Child Senior Secondary, Cape Coast, Ghana until her appointment as a member of the African leadership team (2020 – 2023). Currently she is a panelist on Global Sisters Report’s The Life for the year 2023.
Sr. Stella Awukun Envulu entered the Society in 2002 and made her First Vows in 2005. She was missioned to Saint François Clinique D’Amchilga, Extrême Nord, Cameroun from 2005 – 2007 where she served at the clinic pharmacy and shop. She was missioned to Our Lady of Nigeria Nursery and Primary School, Oghara, Delta State, Nigeria from 2007 – 2009 as a founding member; teaching French, English Studies and Catechesis.
Stella proceeded to the Catholic University of Eastern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya from 2009 – 2013 for her Bachelor’s degree in English/Literature in English Education. She made her Perpetual Vows in 2013 and was missioned to Holy Child Model Nursery and Primary School, Otukpo, Nigeria where she served as assistant Headteacher and English Studies teacher from 2013 – 2016. Stella was appointed Director of Vocations and served between 2014 and 2019. She has also served as the Community Leader and Contact Person of two communities.
Between 2016 and 2019, Stella, a founding member of Holy Child College, Asa, Otukpo served as the Vice Principal; Academics, (Principal – for a short time) and English Studies Teacher. During this time, Stella also served as the president of the Nigerian Conference of Women Religious, Otukpo Diocese and Secretary of the Formators Association of Nigeria, Northern Zone. The end of this ministry saw Stella at the Veritas University of Nigeria, Abuja where she bagged a master’s degree in English between 2019 – 2022.
After her studies in 2022, Stella was missioned to Our Lady of Nigeria Secondary School, Oghara where she now serves as both Vice Principal; Academics and English Studies Teacher to date. Recently, she was appointed a member of the African Province Leadership Team 2023 – 2026. Stella feels privileged to be called to serve in this capacity.
Sr. Elizabeth Okwori is from Otukpa in Benue State of Nigeria. She joined the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in 2001 after her National Diploma in Science Laboratory Technology from Benue State Polytechnic. She had her first profession in July, 2004 and her first community was Amchilga in Cameroun. From there she moved to Takoradi community in Ghana for 3 years where she worked in the hospital. Her final profession was in August 2009, after which she was missioned to Cornelian Hospital, Gidan Mangoro, Abuja.
Elizabeth had her Higher National Diploma in Microbiology in 2014 . In 2017, she proceeded to University of Calabar and graduated with a degree in Medical Laboratory sciences in 2022. She was rounding up her one-year internship program at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital in May 2023 when she was appointment into the leadership team.
Sr. Abahi Juliana Omudu is from Ohimini in Benue State, Nigeria. She was admitted into the Candidacy Programme of the Society of the Holy Child Jesus in 2007; she made her first profession of vows on September 14, 2010 and her perpetual profession of vows on August 13, 2016.
She worked at the National Catholic Secretariat, Accra, Ghana from September 2011 – March 2022 as a Ticketing Officer and the Manageress of Raptim Office. She served as a Community Leader from September 2017 to August 2022 in Accra Community and Contact person from 2013 -2022. She is currently the Administrator of Cornelian Jubilee Hospital, Jikwoyi, Abuja.
Abahi studied at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration where she graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Human Resource Management. She also has a Diploma in Travel and Tourism Management. She was appointed a member of the African PLT in 2023.