Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is one of the distinguished recipients honoured at an event in New York on December 1, 2015 for services to humanity and the fight against poverty and HIV/AIDS.
She received the award from two respected international advocacy groups, ONE and RED, alongside Bill & Melinda Gates, philanthropist Mo Ibrahim and former New York Mayor and media mogul, Michael Bloomberg.
Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and her co-honorees were recognized at a grand event marking the tenth anniversary of the advocacy groups.
Nigeria has emerged the most positive country on the African continent on the World’s Most Positive Countries 2015 index published by Daily Positive (D+).
Despite slow response to the rescue of the missing Chibok schoolgirls, Africa’s biggest economy Nigeria stood firm with new administrations and fresh approaches against terrorism in the country.
Nigeria signed a bill that criminalizes female genital mutilation in the country. In case these were not impressive enough in order for Nigeria to take the regional title from Africa, it is worth mentioning, the World Health Organization announced that polio is no longer endemic in Nigeria, bringing the country and the African region closer than ever to being certified polio-free.
Globally, Switzerland emerged the World’s Most Positive Country for 2015, according to the annual global index published by Daily Positive (D+). It is the first time Switzerland took the top spot in this annual positivity index.
The annual list of top ten most positive countries is compiled based on a positivity index comprised of a global expert panel rating, a D+ journalists rating, a global web poll and the number of positive news entries in 2015 on the D+ website.
According to Dr. Arif Jubaer, Founder of D+:
“D+ World’s Most Positive Countries is in its fifth year and this year it has been celebrated with more enthusiasm and excitement indicating global citizens are more eager than ever before to have access to positive news. It is one of the biggest wake-up calls for world media to give positive news a chance to spread.”
The Anambra State Government has renamed the Women Development Centre in the state capital, Awka, after the late Professor Dora Nkem Akunyili, OFR, who was at various times Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Minister of Information and Communications.
The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. (Mrs) Uju Nwogu, said in a public service announcement that the formal renaming ceremony holds on 5th of September 2015, as part of the memorial programmes in honor of the late Amazon, who hailed from the state.
Nikki Laoye has been awarded the Humanitarian Personality of the Year by World Hope Foundation at Oriental Hotel, Lekki, Lagos on August 19, 2015 (World Humanitarian Day).
The plaque is a gold plated ‘Hands of Love’ award and was presented to the actress by Mr. Fola Kudehinbu, MD Fountain Initiative for Social Development (FISD) and supported by the main speaker of the event, Mr. Oyebisi Oluseyi, Executive Director, Nigeria Network of NGOs and Mr. Oludotun Olugbemi (CEO/Founder, World Hope Foundation).