About Us

TGI is run by a Team  of Young Advocates in 8 Countries of Africa (Botswana, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Nigeria, Zimbabwe) 


Our Story

The Graciella Initiative (TGI) is a registered youth-led not for profit initiative for girls, established in 8 countries of Africa. With a team of 75 core members, TGI focuses on the 5th sustainable development goal of the United Nations (Gender Equality).

In 2016, some youths who were serving under the National Youth Service Corps in a community within Edo state, Nigeria observed a trend among young females in the community. It had to do with gender based violence among young females which led to a lot of challenges in the education of many of them. The high level of classical patriarchy, controlled female sexuality, son preference, social inequality in favour of the male child were too obvious to be ignored. Many of the female pupils who were close to these youth corp members complained bitterly about these issues.
This prompted a grassroot mobilization activity and community participation with respect to bringing to the notice of stakeholders the dangers of these issues.

Team TGI provides educational and vocational opportunities for girls in under-served communities by leveraging on partnerships (SDG 5) and so far, we have reached over 1,500 girls since we kick-started in 2016.
We also rescue abused girls by partnering with relevant Non governmental organizations.


To give the African girl a voice.


• To empower girls vocationally and financially. (SDG 1 and 2)
• To build girls into empowered women who will contribute to national development (SDG 5, 1 and 2) and develop more girls.
• To partner with relevant stakeholders for effective achievement of intervention programs. (SDG 17).
• To enhance girls’ self esteem and promote gender equality by helping girls understand their human rights (SDG 5)
• To adopt dialogue with Non-Governmental Organizations with similar objectives in order to link stranded and abused girls.
• To maximize team work in providing a sane continent for the Girl to thrive.

“Giving a girl child the same rights as a boy child does not necessarily mean treating girls the same way you treat boys. It is just giving them the same opportunity at Education, Politics, Economy and every other sphere of life”

Mathabelag Nthomeng Mokhali

TGI, Lesotho


The Executive Team

Grace Anuforo


Aminat Ishola

Director of Special Initiatives 

Kayode Alabi

Vice President

Funmilayo Olonosakin

Programs Manager, Nigeria

Oluwatomi Mohammed

Secretary General

Susan Penlope

Programs Manager, Uganda

Austin Umele

Chief Editor

Promise Onyemachi

Director of Programs

Victor Oga

Director, Graphics Department 


Our partners so far

Over the years, we have had the privilege to work with various organizations. 


We embarked on a project to empower young women and adolescent girls by setting them up in businesses. Help us raise capital.