Lawyer / Author / Pastor
Nkoyo Rapu is a lawyer, author, pastor and a woman of diverse interests and skills. Her passion for education and a desire to support the less privileged led to her establishing the Bethesda Child Support Agency in 2001.
In 16 years of existence, Bethesda has been able to offer free Educational Support to over 3000 indigent children mainly through the 4 schools that the agency has set up in poor communities in Lagos.
In 2015, she was invited to Harvard University by The Institute of African Studies to speak on “Social Entrepreneurship in Africa: The Bethesda Model”.
Bethesda is part of the Freedom Foundation, an umbrella organization of four non-governmental agencies involved in social reformation and rehabilitation among the disadvantaged, particularly in Lagos.
Mrs. Rapu sits on the board of Freedom Foundation and the House of Freedom (an evangelical movement made up of distinct churches such as; This Present House, God Bless Nigeria, The Water Brook Church, The Holy Trinity Church, Ikoyi).
In recognition of her efforts in community development, she was named the ‘‘Island News’’ Personality of the Year in 2003 and received a Genevieve Magazine Award for outstanding women in 2008.
Nkoyo is married to Tony Rapu, a Medical doctor and pastor. Together they have two daughters; Uju, who is a medical doctor and Kene, a lawyer. Their son, Tobe, is in the University.