It has been going on for 17years and although 17years ago, I was probably in boarding school, I still wish I had known about such an event. It was a great pleasure being in the midst of so many names I grew up watching on the news for their positive activities and fights. I will do all my best to sit in a hall where people like Former President Bill Clinton of the United States, Wife of the Former Prime Minister of Great Britain and the Northern Ireland and Former Vice President of Nigeria, Gen Atiku Abubakar who fought for the Third term agenda as pursued by Former President Olusegun Obasanjo not to happen. It was a hall full of so many Nigerian heroes.

Bill Clinton started with an opening speech where I loved one of his quote “Three things are important in any society – Majority rights, Minority rights and Individual rights” According to him, what deepens democratic ethos is the recognition that people belong to different factions.

“Nigeria is not alone in its challenges. Even if you have economic successes, you will still fight for political freedom,” he said.

Pinpointing his source of concern for Nigeria, Clinton said, “I’m really worried about your security problems. I hope the president and the appropriate ministers can figure it out. But from my experience as a public servant, I know that it is almost impossible to cure a problem based on violence without giving people something to say yes to.”

In a veiled reference to the Boko Haram menace, he warned that the rampant poverty that is plaguing the country is felt most acutely in the Muslim north and is fueling the religious violence now tearing at the nation. You can’t just have this level of inequality persist. That’s what’s fueling all this stuff, it is almost impossible to cure a problem based on violence with violence, You also have to give people something to look forward to when they get up in the morning.”

He ended his submissions by insisting that Africa and the world needs Nigeria, stressing the fact that Nigeria contributes the fourth largest contingent of soldiers to UN peacekeeping operations around the world.

The former U.S. president, who had to be excused to proceed on his journey to Colombia Monday night, was persuaded to carry out the very important function of handing over the pristine trophies to the honorees, beginning with the Lifetime Achievement Awards and they were 25 of them in this category adjudged by THISDAY’s Board of Editors as having made gigantic contributions to the progress and development of Nigeria.

Full list of the Women of Distinction who in a world dominated by men have broken barriers, touched lives and made a difference were honored;

1. Khadijat Bukar Abba Ibrahim – honoured for leadership

2. Doyinsola Abiola – honoured for contributions to journalism and public policy.

3. Fati Lami Abubakar – honoured for contributions to judiciary and public policy.

4. Angela Adebayo – honoured for service to children

5. Pamela Olayinka Adedayo – honoured for entrepreneurship

6. Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufai – honoured for service to education

7. Mulikat Adeola-Akande – honoured for contributors to democracy

8. Toyosi Akerele – honoured for standing up for the youth

9. Dora Akunliyi – honoured for a life of service

10. Folorunsho Alakija – honoured for contributions to fashion and lifestyle

11. Ibidun Allison – honoured for contributions to the arts

12. Diezani Alison- Madueke – honoured for championing local participation in the oil industry

13. Chris Anyanwu – honoured for a life of service to journalism and democracy

14. Sefi Atta – honoured for contributions to the arts

15. Ibukun Awosika – honoured for contributions to enterprise

16. Amina Al-Zubair – honoured for contributions to advocacy, public service and policy

17. Hajai Maryam Inna Ciroma – honoured for service to journalism

18. Abike Dabiri-Erewa – honoured for service and democracy

19. Sola David-Borha – honoured for service and intergrity in financial sector

20. Oby Ezekwesili – honoured for being Nigeria’s global champion

21. Itunu Hotonu – honoured for shattering the glass ceiling

22. Saheela Ibraheem – honoured for being torch bearer for Generation Next

23. Uju Ifejika – honoured for contributions to oil, gas and enterprise

24. Eki Igbinedion – honoured for pioneering fight against human trafficking

25. Florence Ita-Giwa – honoured for service to democracy and public policy

26. Omobola Johnson – honored for life of service to good governance

27. Aderonke Kale – honored for shattering the glass ceiling

29. Ka’Amuna Ibrahim Khadi – honoured for service to democracy

30. Zainab Kure – honoured for service to democracy

31. Blessing Liman – honoured for shattering the glass ceiling

32. Olusola Obada – honoured for service to democracy and governance

33. Ayo Obe – honoured for life of service to human rights and democracy

34. Stella Oduah – honoured for service to enterprise and democracy

35. Stella Okoli – honoured for service to enterprise and industry

36. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala – honoured for being Nigeria’s global champion

37. Onyeka Onwenu – honoured for contributions to journalism and the arts

38. Funke Opeke – honoured for service to technology

39. Evelyn Oputu – honoured for service to industry and financial services

40. Ola Orekunrin – honoured for service to humanity

41. Funke Osibodu – honoured for contributions to banking and finance

42. Arunma Oteh – honoured for contributions to capital market reform

43. Saudatu A. Sani – honoured for service to democracy

44. Bola Shagaya – honoured for service to enterprise and industry

45. Muni Shonibare – honoured for contributions to enterprise

46. Faith Tuedor-Mathews – honoured for service to financial sector

47. Nkoyo Toyo – honoured for service to human rights and democracy

48. Sally Udoma – honoured for corporate excellence in oil and gas law

49. Nnnenna Ukeje – honoured for service to democracy

50. NenadiUsman – honoured for service to democracy and public policy

51. Mariam Uwais – honoured for service to vulnerable

52. Rose Chinyere Uzoma – honoured for shattering the ceiling

53. Bilkisu Yusuf – honoured for service to journalism and development

 

The LIFETIME ACHIEVERS in a lifetime of service to the nation and mankind, they made their mark;

1. Atiku Abubakar – Former Vice-President

2. Iya Abubakar – Scholar/Former Senator

3. Haroun Adamu – Veteran Journalist

4.  Adeyinka Adebayo – Elder Stateman

5. Sikiru Adetona – Traditional ruler

6.  Aduke Alakija – Former Ambassador

7. Domkat Bali – Accomplished soilder

8. Akporode Clark – Former ambassador to the UN

9. Abdulkair Dantata – Businessman (Posthumous award)

10. David Ejoor – Retired Soilder

11. Joseph Chike Edozien  – Educationist/traditional ruler

12. Rasheed Gbadamosi – Indrustrialist

13. Felix Ibru – Former Governor of Delta State

14. Mobolaji Johnson – Former Governor of Lagos State

15. Olujimi Jolaoso – Former ambassador

16. Sule Katagum – Seasoned Administrator

17. Priscilla Kuye – Legal Practitioner

18. Abba Kyari – Former Military Governor

19. Mohammed Magoro – Senator and businessman

20. Ali Monguno – Educationist/Politiican

21. Omotayo Ogunsulire – Former ambassador

22. Ignatius Olisemeka – Former ambassador

23. Sunmi Smart-cole – Ace Photo Journalist

24. Dalhatu Tafida – Medical Doctor/Politician

25. Ebitu Ukiwe – Former No. 2

 

 

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