Wife of Ondo state governor, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu has said she was amazed to be recognised as the Championne of Humanity by the African Newspapers of Nigeria, ANN Plc, publisher of The Nigerian Tribune newspaper.
Mrs Akeredolu who received the award at the Platinum Awards ceremony to mark Tribune’s 70th anniversary at Muson centre, Onikan Lagos yesterday, stated that the honour was a tonic to render more service to humanity.
Being the only woman among the Platinum awardees, Mrs. Akeredolu described it as an indication that women’s voices were now being recognised and that Nigerians were ready to allow women on the decision table.
She spoke with her media crew shortly after the ceremony. “I’m quite sure that a number of us (Nigerian women) will be inspired and encouraged, that, regardless of who they are and where they are living, no matter the little corner they are, if you are doing something for humanity, or contributing to the socio-economic development of this nation, some people will recognize you.
“It is a tonic for me to do more. Breast cancer advocacy takes my money and energy, through BEMORE Summer Bootcamp for Girls Naija, I’m promoting technology in women, they already have a culture built in them that they CAN BE MORE. My father raised me as a child and not as a girl, and that’s why I can do anything”. She said.
In her comments, the Ondo State Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social development, Mrs. Titi Adeyemi described the award as a huge motivation, saying she was proud of the First Lady.
According to Adeyemi, the award was a pointer that she is indeed a mentor, humanitarian and woman of hope who has been impacting lives.
On her part, wife of the Chairman of Local Government Service Commission, Mrs. Mercy Femi-Idris noted that Mrs Akeredolu has done much to impact the lives of womenfolk in the state, saying the award was justifiable through her numerous initiatives.
Also speaking, the Wife of Olubaka of Oka-Akoko in Ondo State, Olori Adejumoke Adeleye stated that Mrs Akeredolu deserves more than the award considering her commitment to promoting the cause of women and girl child.
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