UN Empower Women nominates 21 Nigerians as champions

Twenty-one Nigerians have been nominated as the United Nations Women Empower Champions in the 2016/2017 Champion for Change initiative.

According to the Founder, Lift Saxum, Nwanneka Okolo, was one of the nominees out of 170 persons that the UN Empower Women found worthy from over 4,000 applicants from across the world.

It stated that Lift Saxum, a non-profit organisation, which was established to transform the enterprise development landscape and the lives of youths and women in Nigeria, had sensitized and trained over 300 secondary school pupils in skills acquisition.

It added that the firm, which operates from Enugu State, had trained over 64 youths and women under its flagship programmes: ‘Start Your Own Business’ and ‘Enterprising Women’, and trained 80 rural women in the Songhai Integrated Farming techniques, home craft and life skills.

The statement listed other Nigerians who were nominated as champions as Adekemi Adeduntan, Adenike Adedeji, Aderemi Bamgboye and Ajibola Oladejo.

Others include Anuoluwapo Adelakun, Carol Ajie, Doreen Anene, Evelyn Ezeagu, Ezinne Ikejiani, Faith Ayegba, Immaculata Anudu, Kate Ekanem, Kelvin Chukwuemeka, Kemisola Ajide and Lilian Ifemuludike.

It added that other nominees are Lydia Oladapo, Maryann Egwuonwu, Oladimeji Abiodun, Oluwafunbi Alatise, Tinuola Aina and Uzoma Katchy.

According to punchng.com, the UN Empower Women said the nominees represented “a diverse group of dynamic and enthusiastic women and men from the private sector, civil society, academics and national and international organisations from both developing and developed countries.”


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