About US

Adara Empowerment Foundation focuses on empowering women and youth to actively contribute to the socio-economic development of Africa. We provide education and training for women and youth; support the development of SMEs, and enable the promotion of African arts and culture.

Investing in the economic empowerment of women is the core pillar of our work as we aim to reduce women’s vulnerabilities while boosting their skills and ability to participate in key economic sectors in Africa, including fashion, technology, energy, agriculture, arts and culture.

Our vision

To contribute to the development of Africa by catalyzing innovative development and transformation of women, the arts and education.

What we do

Adara Foundation aims to help drive the continent towards a future of greater inclusion, innovation, prosperity, and global prominence. This means empowering and equipping Africans, particularly women and youth , to be independent economic agents and effective members of society.

It also means celebrating Africa’s rich cultural heritage and creating new narratives that can replace outdated global perceptions about the continent. We seek to help provide education solutions  that support  socio-economic development. We continue to work with a wide variety of local and international partners to create scalable, sustainable, and impactful initiatives.

How We Work

We adopt a service orientated and holistic and approach in programme design, development and implementation.

We focus on excellent programme delivery by leveraging or creating support services and working closely with communities in the constituencies in which we serve. The Foundation develops programme concepts with the goal of replicating and scaling successful models across Nigeria and Africa. We will work with proven, ethical partners to deliver on all aspects of our mission.

Our Impact


Total Beneficiaries


Skills Development, Training & SME support


Community Health Programmes


Financial Literacy and Inclusion Training


Education investments


Humanitarian relief


With a passionate team at the helm

Mrs Yvonne Fasinro

Founder, Yvonne Ike is a Managing Director and Head of Sub Saharan Africa at Bank of America. Yvonne sits  as a trustee of Christopher Kolade Foundation and The Dangote Foundation. She is passionate about actively contributing to Africa’s development and set up Adara Foundation in 2016 to help Africa’s socio-economic development by catalyzing the transformation in women and youth.

Kavita Chellaram

An avid art collector, researcher, art promoter and the founder of Arthouse Contemporary Ltd. She is a trustee of the Prince's School of Traditional Arts, a director of the Murli T. Chellaram Foundation and a member of the African Acquisition Committee of the Tate Modern.

Chief Mrs Nike Okundaye

A renowned textile designer, artist, painter, philanthropist and Managing Director/CEO of Nike Center for Art and Culture which is the most famous art gallery in Nigeria and a training centre for Nigerians in various forms of arts.

Beatrice Kolade

The chairman board of trustees of Christopher Kolade Foundation, a Foundation that aims to make contributions to the development of Nigeria through its work promoting girl-child education, youth leadership & governance education and Christian and theological education.

Honourable Habeeb Fasinro

The proprietor of Smooth 98.1 FM, a hit urban radio station.  He is a former member of the House of Representatives representing Eti-Osa Federal Constituency in Lagos State.

Strategic Adviser

Omobola Lana

Omobola is a development practitioner with many years of experience in non-profit organizational, program and board development. She facilitates and supports connections of local philanthropic resources to people and communities in need; and is very passionate about the idea of doing good well. Omobola holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in International Relations and Business from Obafemi Awolowo University in Osun State and Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western University in Ohio.


Chidozie Godwin Chukwugbo

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Our values

This is how we conduct our initiatives. How we engage our beneficiaries, staff, partners, supporters, and the community at large.


We strive to operate and deliver both programmes and products at the highest standards


We are committed to pursuing measurable impact and to monitoring our programme effectiveness


We recognize that we can not achieve our goals alone and work with partners who can deepen or expand our impact

Market Driven

From utilizing technology to responding efficiently to global trends, we adaptively align our interventions and objectives with the market


We seek to build trust-based relationships and will be proactive about communicating openly with both internal and external stakeholders


We aim to develop a revenue-generating model that is self-sustaining

Ethics & Discipline

We will work hard to achieve our goals and to uphold and exemplify world class professional and ethical standards of conduct

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