About Us

Mission Africa was started when Phoenix resident, Victor Jakpor, returned to his native Nigeria and his hometown of Sapele for a visit. He wanted to make a difference in the lives of the people in a city from which he had been absent for almost twenty years.

U.S. Team

Victor Jakpor

Founder / Executive Director

E-mail: Victor@missionafrica.org


Victor was born and raised in Sapele, Nigeria. Victor moved to the United States to attend Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in Finance. Victor started Mission Africa in 2006 as a ministry of Mountain View Lutheran Church in Phoenix, AZ. Victor’s passion for helping the children in his home town is what drives Mission Africa.

Star Heilman


E-mail: Star@missionafrica.org


Star moved from the Midwest to Arizona in 1979. She has a passion for helping children, the homeless, and the elderly and believes education is the key to sustainability. With a degree in Horticulture Science from Oregon State University and a career background in technology and business management she works with non-profits to define and efficiently implement organizational strategies.

Colin Noonan

Board of Directors

E-mail: Colin@missionafrica.org


Colin joined the Mission Africa team shortly after beginning his new role as the Director of Communications at Mountain View Lutheran Church. After working with youth for 10 years and studying youth ministry, his passions began to change to see the Church communicate and share it's story clearly and effectively. Although a long-time resident of Phoenix, he's still proud of his Ohio roots! 

Steven Fritz

Board of Directors

E-mail: Steve@missionafrica.org


Steven has over 12 years of experience working in international development. He has worked on projects across Africa and has lived in Namibia, Kenya and South Africa. Steven has a B.S from Arizona State University and a MBA from the University of Northern Iowa.

Nigeria Team

Mrs. Mary Diotanuru Ogbimi

Headmistress Merit Grade; Ethiope Primary School


Mrs. Ogbimi is a life long resident of the Sapele region. Mrs. Ogbimi has over 30 years of teaching experience in the classroom, and as Headmistress.     Mrs. Ogbimi has a Bachelors of Education, that she received with honors, from the University of Port-Harcourt. Mrs. Ogbimi lends her expertise in education to projects and Mission Africa’s annual book drive, helping identify children in need and with the purchase of text books.

Reverand John

New Life Christian Church, Sapele Nigeria

Philip Irikefe

Project Manager, Sapele, Nigeria

E-mail:  Philip@missionafrica.org