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Ensign honoured for work with Boko Haran refugees

02 June 2015, 12:14

Lagos - The American University of Paris (AUP) has honoured Dr Margee Ensign, the American University of Nigeria President, with an honorary doctorate, for her work with refugees in northeast Nigeria.

President Ensign was cited for her leadership role in using education to promote peace, community development, and empowerment through a local platform, the Adamawa Peace Initiative (API), which she chairs.

At an event in Paris, France, Ensign was particularly acknowledged for undertaking humanitarian relief work in northeast Nigeria and for providing food aid to more than 270 000 internally displaced people sheltering with family members in Yola, the Adamawa State capital.

Also read: Boko Haram destroys public facilities in Yobe

AUP is a private, independent, and accredited liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1962, the university is one of the oldest American institutions of higher education in Europe.

Its honorees, says AUP, are distinguished individuals whose accomplishments are consistent with the university’s mission and core values, to recognize the recipient’s contributions to a specific field or to society in general.

Ensign’s many laurels include the African Business Roundtable’s Distinguished Leadership Award for Educational Excellence in 2011; the African Leading University of the Year Award by African Leadership magazine in 2012; the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship in 2012; the Adamawa State Peace Ambassador Award also in 2012; and the African Leadership Award from the World Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility in 2014.

In 2015, the women’s wing of the Jama’atul Nasril Islam in Nigeria recognized her contributions to leadership, philanthropy, and the education of women and girls in northeast Nigeria.

- CAJ News


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