Restorative Justice ChampionsWe work to bring justice closer to the people.
Learn MoreAbout Our Vision
The African Forum for Restorative Justice is a Research-Active and Practice-based charitable organisation that thrives to heal the wounds of crimes and conflicts in Africa and connects the disconnected. It is a membership based organisation that brings together Africans and Africans in Diaspora and international experts who are active in the academia and practice in the fields of Restorative Justice, Mediation and Conflict Resolution to advance the practices in African Criminal Justice System, Peace Processes and Community Mediation. We thrive to be the “go-to” organisation for African experts in Restorative Justice, Mediation, Conflict Resolution and Peace Building.
Our MissionTo develop, promote and stimulate Restorative Justice knowledge and policy in Africa through research, training, practice and legislative advocacy.
Our VisionAdvancement of Restorative Justice Principles, Values and Practices in Africa and to bring Peace and Justice closer to the people.
Our ValuesTruth, Accountability for harms, Equity and Social Justice, the creation of a 'safe and respectful' environment, a positive commitment to 'repair' and 'voluntary' participation.
A New LevelUnlike anything you’ve ever seen.
We Are Open to MembershipMembership is open to Africans, Africans in Diaspora and non-Africans who are active in the fields of Restorative Justice Research and Practice.
We Bring HealingA trained Restorative Justice facilitator meets both parties before arranging a meeting. Alternatively, the participants may prefer to communicate indirectly, or not to go ahead with the process at all.
When both parties decide to go ahead with the process, we do our best to bring the healing.
See HowWe’ve Grown
Regular Training ProgramsWe run various accredited Restorative Justice programs tailored to meet the needs of various practitioners.
Over 20 VolunteersWe have over 20 volunteers working around local communities to ensure justice is served.
Professor Don John O. Omale
Don John O.Omale PhD is the Founder of African Forum for Restorative Justice (AFRJ).
He is an UNODC Expert on Restorative Justice;a British Chevening Scholar of Criminology; and Professor of Criminology at the Federal University Wukari Taraba State, Nigeria.
He holds BSc Psychology (University of Nigeria, Nsukka), MSc Criminology (University of Leicester, UK) and PhD Criminology with specialism in Restorative Justice & Victimology at the Centre for Community and Criminal Justice, De-Montfort University Leicester, England, UK.
He is an alumnus of the Rotary Foundation International “Group Study Exchange Programme” to California, District 5230 USA (2002).; an Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Delegate to the Model United Nations Congress in New York, USA (2003) funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London.
He voluntarily disengaged from the Nigerian Prisons Service as Assistant Controller of Prisons (ACP), and has directed Research and Training at the Prisons Staff College Kaduna, and the Nigerian Defence Academy Kaduna respectively.
He is internationally published, and has presented academic papers in Restorative Justice, Counter Violent Extremism and Victimology at international conferences in the UK, USA, Canada, The Hague; Bangkok, Valletta-Malta, South Africa, Mozambique, Addis Ababa, Morocco, Cairo, Egyptand Dakar, Senegal.
He is an International Advisory Board member to the Restorative Justice Initiative Midland, UK, the Community of Restorative Researchers, UK and Restorative Justice International, USA respectively.
He is also the “Africa Book Review Correspondent” to the International Journal of Restorative Justice at the Catholic University, Leuven, Belgium.
He is a member of the World Society of Victimology and Fellow of the Institute of Criminology and Penology, Lagos, Nigeria.
He is the author of a best seller book titled ‘Restorative Justice and Victimology: Euro-Africa Perspectives’ published in The Hague, Netherlands by Wolf Legal Publishers.
Dr Denis Tanfa
Dr Denis Yomi Tanfa is the Co-founder of African Forum for Restorative Justice (AFRJ).
He is also the Chair & Founder of Restorative Justice Initiative Midlands UK.
He obtained his master’s and Doctorate degree in Criminology from University of South Africa in 2004 and 2006 respectively.
He is an Associate Lecturer in Criminology and working with Universities to develop Restorative Justice module at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is a Restorative Justice Practitioner and trainer.
He is a part-time freelance researcher/consultant, assisting Master’s and Doctoral Social Sciences research students with proposal writing for research & research funding, Research Methodologies, Literature reviews, Questionnaire design, data capturing & analysis, integration of literature reviews & empirical findings, stakeholders analysis, interviewing techniques, use of SPSS, Research reporting etc.
He is a school Governor in Leicester UK. He is a community activist, helping community organisations and schools develop Community Crime prevention programmes as well as RJ in the community/school and criminal justice settings.
He has managed several Restorative Justice projects and assisted Leicestershire Police and Police and Crime Commissioner to set up Restorative Justice projects in Leicestershire UK.
He is a member of Restorative Justice Council and a Member of the British Society of Criminology.
He was the Research Manager with Khulisa Crime Prevention Initiative in Johannesburg South Africa between 2006 and 2008.
Dr Tanfa has presented criminological papers at national and international conferences and has won awards from the Policing Association of Southern Africa and the Centre for Social Sciences Research in Africa based in Senegal.
He was very instrumental in the establishment of Justice and Restoration Project (PhoenixJarp) in Phoenix near Durban – South Africa in 2006.
Stephanie Emebo, Esq.
Stephanie Emebo is a Legal Practitioner, and a Restorative Justice advocate based in Lagos, Nigeria.
She studied Law at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Nigeria, after which she proceeded to the Nigerian Law school to fulfil her dream of becoming a Legal Practitioner.
In her final year at the university, she picked interest in Restorative Justice after reading an article on its application and success, and she subsequently wrote her final year project on the Prospects and Challenges of Restorative Justice in Nigeria.
After her call to the Nigerian Bar, she worked at the Law Office of T.P.O Odudu & Co, where she experienced firsthand the current challenges faced by the Nigerian criminal justice system and by extension Africa as a whole.
She sees the need for the provision of innovative solutions to these challenges ranging from overcrowding of correctional centres to delay in justice delivery, to Victims alienation in the legal process and excess workloads in courts.
She is a member of the African Forum for Restorative Justice and currently serves as the Web Content Administrator/ Secretary of the organisation.
She also works with the Restorative Justice for Africa Initiative to champion the cause of Restorative Justice in Nigeria.
She believes Restorative Justice has a huge role to play in reforming the Criminal Justice system of African nations and through Restorative Justice, she intends to birth a new legal profession that gives room for a law practice beyond the 'normal'.