Meet the francophone africa Team
Dr Chabi Eteka is the LCI coordinator in Francophone Africa, based in Benin where he lives with his wife and four teenage children. He has a long association with IFES, extending back to his own student days. In his first year he noticed a few students who lived visibly different lives and shared their faith. When he joined one of them to church one day, he was really impressed by their Bible studies. There he came to faith and soon became involved with GBU Benin, eventually becoming a student leader. He remained involved throughout his undergraduate and PhD studies in Agronomy in Benin and Nigeria, and his ongoing research with international scholars in the area of water and sanitation. He is delighted to serve with the LCI and see the Gospel impacting the University.
Idriss Djoukang is a computer systems and network engineer, living in his home country of Cameroon. He is currently a member of the National Computer Department and works as a computer engineer. Idriss has held several positions of responsibility in his local IFES movement, including President of the student group in Douala, and Coordinator of the student committee in Yaoundé. Within the framework of the Logos and Cosmos Initiative, he works as Technology Facilitator for catalysts in Francophone Africa.
Monnelle Hounzandji Laté is the Administrative and Financial Assistant for the LCI in Francophone Africa. Monnelle lives in Benin with her husband and young son. She has a degree in psychology and business management, having studied in Morocco. She has held administrative positions for financial, telecommunications and industrial companies.
Innocent Niyongabo is the Tier One coordinator for the Logos and Cosmos Initiative in Francophone Africa. He is of Burundian nationality and lived for several years in a refugee camp in Tanzania during the 1993 political crisis in Burundi. He is the second and the last born of a family that has been living in Burundi since its repatriation in 2004. He is an English teacher and is passionate about education. Within the IFES national movement in Burundi, he has held several positions including: leader of a university bible group, board member, volunteer and then staff team member of the national movement. Science and faith are his passions and he looks forward to serving the Lord Jesus Christ in academic settings.
Dr Augustin Ahoga is a consultant for the LCI and leads the mentoring program for Catalysts in Francophone Africa.
From 2007 until 2019, Dr Ahoga served as the Regional Secretary of GBUAF, the IFES’ Francophone Africa region, which includes 19 countries. Prior to that he served as the first General Secretary of GBEEB, the IFES national movement in Benin, and as the Itinerant Secretary of GBUAF. He also spent 12 years as the Director of the IFES-affiliated publisher, Presses Bibliques Africaines (PBA).
Dr Ahoga holds a PhD in theology from South African Theological Seminary (SATS). He has also earned three master’s degrees, in economics, theology and biblical studies from universities in Benin, France and the UK. His notable publications include commentaries on the books of Jonah and Nahum. He was the editor of the first reference book published by PBA, From the temple to the city: when the African church thinks about development, published in 2019. His dissertation is being published at Langham Publishing in England.
Dr Ahoga is married to Jocelyne, and has three children and five grandchildren.
Roland Cubahiro is the Tier Two Training Coordinator for the Logos and Cosmos Initiative in Francophone Africa. Born and raised in Burundi, he holds a bachelor’s degree from Burundi National University. Roland served six years on the staff team of the IFES national movement in Burundi (UGBB) as a member of the scripture engagement department.
After taking IFES’ e-learning course, Engaging the University, he felt called to pursue a career in academia. He moved to the Republic of Korea and earned a master’s degree in computer engineering from Dong-Eui University. Roland currently works as a researcher for that institution and lives in Busan on the south coast of the Korean peninsula.