Restorative Justice ChampionsWe work to bring justice closer to the people.

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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 Mission

To develop, promote and stimulate Restorative Justice knowledge and policy in Africa through research, training, practice and legislative advocacy.

Our Vision

Advancement of Restorative Justice Principles, Values and Practices in Africa and to bring Peace and Justice closer to the people.

Our Values

Truth, Accountability for harms, Equity and Social Justice, the creation of a 'safe and respectful' environment, a positive commitment to 'repair' and 'voluntary' participation.

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We Are Open to Membership

Membership is open to Africans, Africans in Diaspora and non-Africans who are active in the fields of Restorative Justice Research and Practice.
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We Bring Healing

A 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.

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Regular Training Programs

We run various accredited Restorative Justice programs tailored to meet the needs of various practitioners.

Over 20 Volunteers

We 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.

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Denese Clarke

Denese Clarke is a Legal Practitioner who studied Law at London University and post-graduate studies in Legal Practice at DeMontfort University. She is also a Restorative Justice Practitioner for Restorative Justice Initiative Midlands UK.

She has worked in International Development in Southern Africa to address the increasing Attrition rate of sexual offence against the girl-child and gender-based violence to strengthen the existing structure instituted for protecting vulnerable children and women.

She has worked with the UK Government on Policy Research into the disparity on students from ethnic minority background and those from low income background accessing top UK university places, to influence change in policies and promote equal opportunity for all students.

She has been a Project Manager for a HIV Charity working with partnership organisations in developing and delivering projects to challenge negative perceptions of those with challenging health issues to reduce the stigma surrounding these health issues.

She has held several Directorship, namely Board Director on Community Development and Regeneration Project, Board Director for Health and Social Care and also is an Advocate for Community Social Care, Board Director for Social Inclusion Project that supports vulnerable people within the community, Director for her own Craft company. She has also actively engaged with community organisations by becoming involved as Board Member on College Board of Governors, Chair of School Education Appeal Panel, Community Funding Panel.

She is also a Trainer in Education providing training to young ex-offenders, young people and the unemployed within the community and also assist young entrepreneurs with developing business plans.

She is the recipient of Leicestershire Black Police Association Commendation for Service Excellence 2022

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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'.

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