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