Dr Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, former Minister of Finance and Director-General World Trade Organisation (WTO), won the Aminu Kano Award for Leadership. In a video broadcast from the United States, Dr Ngozi Okonji-Iweala expressed gratitude and said: “I am sorry I cannot be with you there, but I must say I am delighted.”
The Apostle Hayford Alile Humanitarian Award, in the Individual category, went to Safiya Ibn Garba, Founder of Empowering Women for Excellence Initiative (EWEI), a non-governmental organisation which provides multisectoral intervention for girls and women empowerment. “We will continue to work for the betterment of our communities and nation, and in doing so, model the values which this award represents,” an excited Ms Garba remarked.
Aisha Yesufu, a prominent figure in the EndSARS movement and Co-Founder of the Bring Back Our Girls Movement, won the Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti Human Rights Award for her relentless drive for the defence of human rights and justice in the country. ” This award makes me feel that there is so much more we need to do… I will never stop until we get a Nigeria where a child of nobody can become somebody without knowing anybody,” Yesufu said as she received her award.