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Ezekwesili awarded for dedication to Chibok girls

11 March 2016, 11:02Okoro Chinedu

Lagos – Former Education Minister, Obiageli Ezekwesili, World Bank executive, Arunma Oteh, and architect Olajumoke Adenowo have been honoured at the African Woman Awards for providing inspirational leadership.

At the awards just concluded in London, England, Ezekwesili, the face of the #Bringbackourgirls campaign has been rewarded with the 2016 New African Woman Award in Civil Society.

Organisers said her tenacity and zeal over the abduction of the Chibok girls had been exemplary.

“Despite the girls still being missing, she remains resolutely steadfast in the belief they will one day come home, and making sure they are not forgotten. Ultimately her fight is not only for the abducted girls but for the disenfranchised and for those groups who have often, through their circumstances, lacked a voice,” read a citation.

Ezekwesili, a former World Bank Vice President and co-founder of Transparency International, plays other roles in social activism and has been an opponent of social ills and human injustice.

She is also the economic advisor for the Open Society, where she advises African heads of state including Paul Kagame of Rwanda and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia.

Meanwhile, Oteh received the award for the 2016 New African Woman in Finance and Banking.

Also read: Senator says Chibok girls are alive

The former director general of the Securities Exchanges Commission of Nigeria was recently named Vice President and Treasurer at the World Bank.

As Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Nigeria she led the transformation of the country’s capital markets industry into a major global presence.

At the World Bank, she leads a large and diverse team responsible for managing more than $150 billion in assets.

Adenowo received the award for 2016 New African Woman in Business.

She is referred as the face of architecture in Nigeria.

Other winners included Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission (Woman in Politics & Public Office Award), Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, the Special Envoy on Gender at the African Development Bank (Woman of the Year), Education activist Zuriel Oduwole (Woman on the Rise Award) and Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg, Director of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development Programme (Woman in Education Award).


Ghana’s Winnifred Selby was honoured with 2016 New African Woman in Science, Technology and Innovation Award. 

- CAJ News


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