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Tokunbo Olaniyan


As a sophomore at the Glenelg Country School in Howard County Maryland, Tokunbo Olaniyan founded the Hope for Sickle Cell organization in 2014. Her passion for spreading awareness about this disease stems from her mother, Omolara Olaniyan, who was committed to finding a cure for sickle cell while she was a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Due to the loss of her mother and other family members to sickle cell, Tokunbo is determined to carry on her mother’s work.

Recognizing Tokunbo’s commitment to promoting sickle cell awareness, Professor Tina Cheng PhD encouraged her to give a testimonial about how sickle cell has affected her life. This was before a congressional committee, located in the U.S. Capitol building, deliberating on funding for Johns Hopkins medical research. She made this presentation in December 2014, and consequently received a service grant from the Glenelg Country School to establish her website for spreading sickle cell awareness and for doing what she can to give a better quality of life for individuals struggling with this disease. Tokunbo’s grateful to have been given the opportunity to carry on her mother’s mission to relieve sickle cell suffering and to eventually eradicate this disease.


Olajumoke Oyewole


Olajumoke Oyewole is a marketing professional who works for a reputed FMCG in Nigeria with a passion for creative problem-solving. She holds a B.A. degree from Vassar College in Political Science and a M.Sc. in Integrated Marketing from New York University. Due to the loss of a loved one from sickle cell disease, Ms. Oyewole is passionate about finding a cure and helping sickle cell patients in need.


Moses Alade


Moses Alade & Associates was founded by Moses Alade, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), with more than 28 years of experience helping clients achieve their financial goals. Moses Alade & Associates is a Maryland based CPA firm that has been serving clients since 1985, offering top quality services and consultancy in accounting, tax and business planning. Moses Alade helps his clients establish and achieve their financial goals in order for his clients to preserve their financial security that they work hard to attain. Mr. Alade is also a strong advocate for supporting and funding Sickle Cell patients in need.


David Weeks, Public Relations

Board of Director

David Weeks is the Civic Leadership director of Glenelg Country School. He holds a B.A. in Social Relations from Harvard College, a M.Ed. in Language Development, and an M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Loyola College. He has also contributed towards the independent study and support of a doctoral program in contemplative education, curriculum design, and executive functioning from Union College, Cincinnati, OH. Having done humanitarian work in Ghana, Kenya, and Haiti he is aware of the profound impact disease can have on families. As a Board member, he is committed to doing what he can to support Tokunbo’s effort to spread awareness of sickle cell and to improve the lives of children with this disease.

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Dr. Egbe Osifo-Dawodu MD MBA MSc MRCP

Board of Director

Dr. Osifo-Dawodu has over  2 decades of  experience in global  healthcare,  covering policy, provision and financing in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and  the  Americas.   She is  a founding partner of  Anadach  Group , a  global healthcare strategic firm focusing on transforming healthcare systems in developing economies.  Formally a healthcare executive  at the World Bank  Institute,  she now belongs to several professional organizations including the Healthcare Business Women’s Association, American College of Physician Executives, and the Association of Nigerian Physicians in the Americas.

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Dr. Tina L. Cheng MD, MPH

Board of Director

Dr. Cheng is a Professor of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and also has an appointment in the Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health, at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.  She is Chair of Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins  Bayview  Medical Center, Vice Chair of Johns Hopkins Department of Pediatrics,  and Division Chief of General Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine at Johns Hopkins. Dr. Cheng serves as a principal investigator of the NIH-funded DC Baltimore Research Center on Child Health Disparities with Howard University and with the Children’s National Medical Center.

She also co-founded Centro SOL: Johns Hopkins Center for  Salud/(Health) and Opportunity for Latinos.  Her clinical work, teaching, and research focuses on child health disparities, violence prevention and primary care models to promote positive youth development and family health.

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Mr. Valentine Obi

Board of Director

Mr. Valentine Obi ’s the founder and Group CEO of  ETranzact,  a global technology and payment processing company, headquartered out of Lagos, Nigeria.  He has  extensive experience in  the  Information Technology industry and has  served in various capacities both locally and internationally.  ETranzact  is Nigeria’s first award winning multi-application and multi-channel electronic transaction switching and payment processing platform.  ETranzact  has operations in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire, and the UK. Mr.  Obi is also passionate about improving the life of  children with sickle cell disease  in Nigeria.

Toyin Opesanmi, Medical Director - Hope for Sickle Cell

Toyin Opesanmi

Medical Director

Toyin Opesanmi, M.D. is the founder of Gennesaret Medical Center. She is also board certified in Family Practice, HIV Medicine, and Addictions Medicine. She has practiced in Maryland for about 9 years providing comprehensive health care services in a private practice setting, HMO and a local community health center. She has served as the Chief of Adult Medicine, overseeing three internal medicine clinics, as well as providing clinical oversight for the HIV and addiction program. She enjoys serving underprivileged and underserved communities and works diligently to improve their health outcomes.

webmaster-Muyiwa Olaniyan

Muyiwa Olaniyan HSC


Muyiwa Olaniyan is currently a student who attends the University of Maryland College Park. He is also the Founder and President of Sreaker Enterprises LLC, a cellphone repair company. Muyiwa has extensive experience with programming and web design, which he has studied for many years. His assistance was key in building and maintaining the HSC website.

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Engr. Femi Olaniyan


Engr. Femi Olaniyan is an Electrical Engineer as well as the founding pastor of Corner Stone Parish of the Redeemed Church in Lagos, Nigeria. He is also a professional photographer and the founder of Collageo Media.