Winners Of 2018 African Child Foundation Awards

2018 African Child Laureate for Humanitarianism

Gamaliel & Susan Onosode Foundation (GAMSU) was named the 2018 African Child Foundation Laureate for Humanitarianism in Lagos, on June 15 2018.

The Award is in recognition of the activities of the Foundation in improving the standard of education in Nigeria, and contributing to the development of children in the society.

The Foundation was presented the prestigious African Child Prize Gold Medallion in commemoration of the achievement.

Receiving the award on behalf of the Foundation were the Secretary to the Board of Trustees, Mr. Spencer Onosode, and the Chief Operations Officer, Toyin Olanrewaju.

Mr. Onosode thanked the African Child Foundation for the Award, and expressed gratitude to the Board of Trustees of GAMSU for upholding Gamaliel Onosode’s legacy, and steering the Foundation towards tangible development of the Nigerian education system. He also expressed his appreciation to the Onosode Family for their consistent support, and reiterated the Foundation’s commitment to the collective development of children in Nigeria, and Africa as a whole.

The African Child Prize is awarded by the African Child Foundation to individuals and organisations who promote a positive attitude and an unyielding desire to enhance the quality of life in the community, striving to unite communities in collaborative efforts for Africa’s prosperity.

The African Integrity Prize for Integrity in Art

Michael Ugochukwu Stephen also known as Ruggedman has been honoured with the African Integrity Prize for Integrity in Art courtesy of the African Child Foundation.

African Integrity prize honours Africa’s best, noble men and women, companies and institutions with exceptional integrity.

CYIAC Wins 2018 UN SDGs Action Award In Innovative Category

The Creative Youth Initiative Against Corruption (CYIAC) has emerged the winner of the Innovative Category of the first United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action Awards.

Ms. Foluke Michael, the Project Director of CYIAC in a statement said the Innovative Category top award was presented to the group in Bonn, Germany by Mr. Markus Hipp, the Director, BMW Foundation

She said the campaign that led to the awards demonstrated the extraordinary momentum towards achieving the SDGs in different parts of the world.

At the event, the Global Director of the UN SDG Action Campaign, Mitchell Toomey disclosed that the Awards ceremony was held in tandem with the second edition of the Global Festival of Action for Sustainable Development in Bonn.

Toomey added that the awards ceremony honored initiatives in the categories of communicator, connector, includer, innovator, mobiliser, storyteller, and visualizer.

In the words of Mitchell Toomey:

“These are ‘Action’ Awards because we need more than words: our winners dared to believe and act for change.

They are perfect examples of the wonderful work that’s happening around the world led by thousands, if not millions, of people.”

The Awards span over private and public sectors, as well as civil society and grassroots movements.

The winning initiatives (CYIAC) included fighting corruption in Nigeria and mobilising Belgians to implement the SDGs in their daily lives. Others were empowering children through photography and digital skills in Bangladesh, promoting human rights education in Sri Lanka and much more.

Over 700 nominations from 125 countries in 7 continents were submitted.

An expert judging panel evaluated the submissions against the degree to which actions were deemed to be transformative, inclusive and impactful.

In addition, an open vote was held on the website of the UN SDG Action Campaign, where visitors could rate their favourite among the 38 finalists to win the People’s Choice Award.

Mitchell Toomey noted that:

“Great solutions for the world’s challenges can come from anywhere.

We hope everyone is inspired by these stories and consider submitting their nominations for future Awards.

These are the first winners of a community that will continue to grow”.

Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili Receives Crans Montana Forum Gold Medal Award [2018]

Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili, Senior Economic Adviser and Public Policy Analyst, Africa Economic Policy Development Initiative (AEDPI) and Former Vice President for Africa for the World Bank has been awarded a Golden Medal of the Crans Montana Forum.

The Golden Medal of the Crans Montana Forum was also received by Sun Xiansheng, Secretary-General of the International Energy Forum.

The official ceremony of international forum was held in Dakhla (March 15-20, 2018) and was chaired by Jean-Paul Carteron, Honorary President and Founder of the Crans Montana Forum.

The Speaker of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament, Moustapha Cissé Lo, received the 2018 Crans Montana Foundation Award.

Cissé Lo was presented with the award in recognition of his work as head of the parliamentary body which includes 16 member countries.

First Lady of the Republic of Palau and Michel Martelly, former President of the Republic of Haiti, were also honored during the ceremony.

During the ceremony, Carteron received the Global Leadership Award, which was presented by American civil rights activist Jesse Louis Jackson, President and Founder of the Rainbow Push Coalition.

At the same event, a distinction was received by Belgian State Minister Herman de Croo in celebration of 20 years of friendship with the Crans Montana Forum.

The Forum also appointed forty new future leaders in 2018, including thirteen from Morocco’s southern provinces.

The Crans Montana Forum is a Swiss Non-Governmental International Organization established in 1986 to build a more Humane World “Towards a more Humane World” and encourages international cooperation and overall growth. It also works to promote best practices and to ensure a permanent dialogue between all those who handle high-level responsibilities.

‘PositiveNaija Series 2017: Convocation of Green Eagles’ Published

Towards an objective, verifiable, refreshing and valuable sense of Nigerian patriotism, nation building and impactful scholarship, the PositiveNaija Series 2017: Convocation of Green Eagles has been published.

PositiveNaija Series 2017

Authored and published (in March 2018) by Toju Micheal Ogbe, the first of its kind book is a historic and educational resource, which reliably informs the world of the positive excellence of Nigeria and Nigerians globally for the year 2017. In addition, it features the best 9 essays of the 2017 PositiveNaija Essay Competition with the overall best essay of the Competition by Mr. Olawale Lekan Christopher being the Foreword of the Series.

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Itoro Eze-Anaba Wins Commonwealth Point of Light [2018]

Itoro Eze-Anaba has emerged the 4th Commonwealth Point of Light award recipient in honour of her support for victims of rape and sexual assault, recognised and honoured by the Queen of England, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Itoro Eze-Anaba founded Nigeria’s first sexual assault referral centre in 2013 and since then has helped over 3,100 victims of rape. ‘The Mirabel Centre’ has established itself as a key service provider for victims of sexual assault in Lagos State, with an increasing number of clients accessing the centre, indicating a growing awareness amongst members of the public of the existence of the centre and the crucial services it provides.

On receiving the Commonwealth Point of Light award, Itoro Eze-Anaba said:

“I am delighted that a Point of Light has been awarded to highlight the importance of tackling rape and sexual assault. Rape is evil, degrading and dehumanizing.

On behalf of the dedicated, tireless and resolute team that is determined to give voice to the voiceless, strength to the weak and hope to the hopeless, I am sure that this award marks the beginning of a joint effort to uproot this evil that relentlessly battles for our future. This award is a reiteration of our message of NO TO RAPE!”

Each Commonwealth Point of Light receives a personalised certificate signed by Her Majesty The Queen as Head of the Commonwealth.

According to the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Paul Arkwright:

“Itoro has shown impressive dedication to supporting victims of sexual assault and rape. She has provided a safe haven for over 2,800 survivors of this heinous crime and has encouraged thousands of others to break the silence on rape and seek prosecution of perpetrators, reducing their impunity.

The Mirabel Centre is a project of Partnership for Justice where rape and sexual assault victims can access free forensic medical and counselling services.”

In the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London on 19-20 April, volunteers across the 52 Commonwealth nations are celebrated for their inspirational acts of volunteering across the Commonwealth and help inspire others to make their own contribution to tackling some of the greatest social challenges of our time.