Martha is a development writer and researcher with over 10 years of experience in the Nigerian social development sector. She is also a communication strategist and has helped companies and non-profit organizations strategize, plan, and implement their internal and external communications goals. 

Currently, Martha works as an editor for SOGI Campaigns, where she supports the translation and analysis of campaigns that centre around sexual orientation and gender identity. She is also currently involved in the research and archival process of queer language in Nigeria. 

Martha has worked as the Consulting Researcher for the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Migration and Integration. She led the data collection process for migration research in Nigeria and developed working papers based on the findings. She also served as the Development Editor for the media and public strategy group, Gatefield, where she created documentary scripts, supported the communication strategy efforts for The Conversation Africa, and aided the advocacy and communication effort across various projects. 

Her previous experiences also include serving as the Chief of the Ambassador’s Bureau at the Embassy of Israel in Abuja, Nigeria, and the Special Assistant to the President of the American University of Nigeria. Her work has been featured in Stears Business, where she was the Development Columnist before joining The ScoopNg as an Editor. Her work has also been featured in The Election Network and Clue.  

Alongside two others, Martha is a recipient of the 2019 grant from the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). Their work attempts to assess the contributions of Nigerien migrants within the receiving community of Benin City in Edo State. A forthcoming paper, “The migration and informal market nexus: A study of Nigerien forex traders in Benin City”, is forthcoming from CODESRIA.

Martha is fascinated by and interested in documenting African Traditional Religions. This makes up her ongoing research interest. She writes periodically on various topics in African Religions and publishes them via www.afrireligions.com.

A trained economist, Martha has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the American University of Nigeria, Yola, and a Master’s Degree in Development Economics and International Cooperation from the University of Rome, Tor Vergata. She has also earned a Certificate in Economic Policy from the American University, Washington DC.

Martha is a student of the mystic arts, astrology, and tarot. She enjoys thinking about and practising mindfulness. Martha is also a doting aunt and an intersectional feminist.

Selected Works

Awareness to Accountability; 30 years of 16 Days of Activism


By Martha Sambe for African Women’s Development Fund

Gangs of Naija


Documentary script by Martha Sambe

We Move


Documentary script by Martha Sambe

Left Behind


Documentary script & narration by Martha Sambe

African Traditional Religions


Periodic analysis on various topics in African Religions.