Great ideas come out of new perspectives. Helen Obiageli Oshikoya dreamt of a glamorous future as an actress on the world stage but one day something happened; she came across children being consigned to a future without hope simply because they were born different to other children. By this time she was already pursuing a legal career. She used her savings to ensure that she obtained high value certifications in mental health and without fear she started up Nobelova Grandani (Noble Citizen) from the onset she was determined that each child would receive only the best of care and treatment. In her words “every child has a right to education in spite of their disability.” Starting out was difficult – there were very few trained professionals and lack of knowledge can create powerful vested interests. Through a mixture of co-opting, resisting and collaboration she was able to lay new frameworks for mental healthcare.
Today Nobelova Gradani has 104 children in its Early Intervention program, it is providing screening for 6 private and one public hospital and has 85 schools practicing school health. Nobelova Gradani is not stopping. It intends to train over 100 Neurodevelopmental at a cost of $1,000,000. At the moment it already has 85 trainees in residence with 25 IBCCES licenced Autism Specialist.

It is creating new career lines in mental health and through its advocacy program AdvoHealth it is creating a just and caring society.

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Nobelova Gradani Psycho-Educational Services is dedicated to making sure that individual with Mental Health problems get the best Mental Healthcare possible. Our area of expertise is in the detection, assessment, diagnosing as well as the management of individuals who are psychologically challenged.

Every child deserves to make his or her mark. Each should have every opportunity to reach his or her full potential and we can help you make this possible by providing developmentally screening for your child to address early childhood situation before they become a lifelong problem; so give your child a chance to succeed in life.

Early detection of mental health challenges is necessary for early intervention and this is what we aim to provide. Early detection of mental health challenges that are treated can enable one live a potentially full productive live.


Breaking Boundaries in Mental Healthcare in Africa, to take care of those that cannot take care of themselves by providing comprehensive mental health services that are efficient, effective, affordable and acceptable using qualified manpower; evidence based practical ideas and strategies that work in the areas of detection, diagnosing, assessments, interventions, counseling and medical related issues.


Delivering a unique and affordable Mental Healthcare service that universally embraces the psychologically challenged regardless of status with a view to positive integration into mainstream society.

Credit to Mrs Helen Oshikoya

I nominate Helen Oshikoya for this award on account of her genuine and unwavering passion in the field of Mental Heathcare in Nigeria.

l have found Helen’s efforts highly beneficial to improving the psychological wellbeing of the average Nigerian.

Helen has contributed effectively to raising the awareness about the importance of early intervention through her school health programmes and school intervention services, her speeches to graduating teachers, discussions on the radio and television about the benefits of realizing early enough , the challenges of special needs disabilities and helping to progress those children; thereby giving that child a better chance of having as near better quality of life and giving hope for a brighter future to thousands of children and their parents.

Helen has undertaken the following activities School Health Screening , Educational Assessments, Training in Inclusive Education, Development Surveillance and Early Intervention Services , significance of these activities to the overall goal of making a real difference to the lives of children with special educational needs.

The long term impact of this is that special needs is at the fore front of all educational concerns and discussions. Helen has certainly made sure of that and continues to do so as she never loses an opportunity to remind people of the importance of taking the needs of special needs children into consideration.

Helen lives and breathes her work- constantly wondering how best she can help those who seek her counsel and services; and in many cases, providing ‘pro bono’ services in a bid to help every child who needs it.

I should know as her enthusiasm inspires everyone fortunate enough to meet her. I had the pleasure of meeting Helen several years ago as she sought to advise me of the benefits of providing early intervention school health services in my school- school health services that went beyond the regular or standard vision, dental and hearing checks provided at the time- checks which she would also provide - but more importantly, provide screening services that would ‘flag ‘ parents and schools to potential challenges that could be addressed in its early stage.

l and countless other parents have never looked back since as we are all better informed/ more enlightened and grateful beneficiaries of her services.

Helen’s passion is such that despite having access a ‘world class’ team of specialists , she is physically present at every screening which takes her to schools across the length and breadth of the country. In her constant quest to provide countless children with the opportunity for a better life , . Helen is extremely hard working and constantly upgrades her already impressive legal and child psychology qualifications in her bid to ensure that she fails’ no child on account of her ‘failure’ to be qualified and being abreast of the latest developments in her field.

Numerous testimonials from schools , clients teachers and media houses . also attest to the difference Helen has made to the lives of their children and themselves- offering them a light at a time when there did not seem to be any.

Helen is a versatile , distinguished and effective leader in her field making her a most deserving nominee of this award.

Doreen Lambo
Bettys School

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