The African Peace Brand at an elaborate event in Abuja slated for November 11, 2021 will hold this year edition of its Awards ceremony.
For this event, 33 eminent personalities, among which are 21Nigerians have been nominated for different categories of awards.
Among those listed in the Special Award category include the President of Ghana, HE Nana Addo Dankwa- Akufo ,Dr Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank, two former Presidents of Nigerian, Chief. Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, Hon. Justice Suleiman Galadima, Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (rtd), Her Excellency, the First Lady of Namibia Madame Monica Geingos, the Vice President of Liberia, Dr. Jewel Taylor, Hon Justice Stella Anukam, Judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples Right, Prof. Abubakar Musa Kundri and Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazzu (rtd).
The Theme of the Award coming up on 11th November, 2021 at the Sheraton Hotels,Abuja is “Achieving Peace and Accelerated Recovery of Africa’s Economy Post Covid-19”
The African Peace Awards 2021 is put together by African Peace Brand, comprising African Peace Magazine, African Peace Television and African Peace Radio, in conjunction with her strategic partners; Centre for Peace and Conflict Management in Africa, Rethink Africa Foundation and African Right Watch.
This year’s event is in celebration of the unique AfCTA milestones, while driving attention to the task ahead and how AfCTA can be the key to unity and peace in the continent.
The African Peace Brand on Tuesday 21st September organised a pre – Award talk in which prominent guest speakers dwell on the Theme:”Recovering Better for an Equitable and Sustainable Peace in Africa”.
Guest Speakers are; Hon Justice Stella Anukam, Judge of the African Court on Human and Peoples Right, the First Lady of Namibia, Madame Monica Gringos and the Vice President, The Republic of Liberia, Dr. Jewel Taylor.
The virtual conference coincided with the Year 2021 International Peace Day.
Hon Justice Anukam who spoke on the topic”Economic Development and Peace post Covid: Human Rights Violations
as a Hindrance to Economic Recovery and Delayed Peace in Africa” said the issue of peace is persisting and ever dominant issue affecting mankind today.
She said the violation of human rights plays a major role in hindering economic recovery and has caused delayed peace in Africa as a continent.
Hon. Justice Anukam said the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights was established by African countries to ensure the protection of human and peoples’ rights in Africa with the mandate to complement and reinforce the functions of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
It is the judicial arm of the African Union and one of the three regional human rights courts together with the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human rights.
Hon Justice Stella Anukam said ” there are various types of rights that can be violated and they include civil, political, economic, cultural and social rights. Civil and political rights are regarded as the first generation rights.
“They include the right to life, safety, equality before the law, fair trial and the right to vote. On the other hand, economic, social and cultural rights include the right to work, the right to education and the right to physical and mental health.
“Having noted all of these, the logical deduction is that there can be no peace or economic growth in any society where these rights are constantly violated. The states bear the primary responsibility of protecting and encouraging human rights”.
In his presentation, Daphne Gabriel, African Peace Magazine UK, Co- Chair at the webinar said the African Peace Magazine is a very good product and a clear brand appeal which should always be a few steps ahead of its purpose.
He said “all forms of abuse must be documented and it’s necessary evidence of it’s occurrences”.
Speaking about the award, the Editor – in – Chief of African Magazine, Noah Ajare Esq said the event is designed to host business, political and diplomatic leaders. It is set to have in attendance, policy makers and think – tanks on Africa and Africa related issue.
African Peace Award has consistently honoured and rewarded great African Peace makers including political leaders, young peace living persons, captain of industries across the continent.
Highlights of the coming African Peace Magazine Award, he said, include;high level panels and keynote presentations; Interactive sessions, African CEOs Roundtable and unrivaled networking opportunities.
“The African Peace Magazine Award 2021, seeks to honour persons, institutions, organisations, governments and others whose notions, and efforts have in one way or other improved or contributed to peace keeping and conflict management in Africa as well as improving the lives of Africans.
“African Peace Brand has noted peace promotion and conflict management in any society alleviates uncertainty and risks which in turn promotes economic growth in any given community. It contributes to the economic growth of the community by increasing the productivity in capital and labour as well as good governance.
“The African Peace Brand introduces its awards in the hopes of promoting peace globally and specifically in Africa with the hope of effecting change in Africa first and then globally'”.
IWAA congratulates Ata Igala designate, Prince Mathew Opaluwa Oguche
The Igala Women Advancement Association (IWAA) has Congratulated Prince Mathew Opaluwa Oguche of the Aju Ameh Achor Royal Dynasty by his confirmation as the new Ata Igala, after 102 years of absence of the lineage from the throne.
In a statement made available to journalists in Lokoja on Monday by the President of the Association, Dr Maryam Ojochide Goodman Igala, she said Igala women are happy with his choice to occupy the exalted stool of his ancestors .
While IWAA president stressed that Prince Opaluwa is no doubt a credible person for that ancestral position, she noted that the Kingmakers have done well in such a sensitive assignment, adding that the selection of Prince Mathew Opaluwa is the best thing that has happened to the Igala kingdom.
“Prince Opaluwa is one person with high Intelligent quotient who graduated from the prestigious Amadu Bello University with high grade. Great ABUSITE!!
ABU is known to have produced good leaders.
About 50 percent of leaders in different positions in the country today, both political & traditional went through ABU. We, the alumnus of the institution will form a ring of support around the new Ata to make sure he succeeds.
“We pray that his reign will bring forth the needed unity among Igala people and usher in the needed rapid development”, she expressed.
Maryam urged women to throw their full weight behind the new Ata Igala designate in order to ensure quick transformation of the Kingdom.
She added that “I will advise the new Ata Igala designate to draw women closer, we are known to be promise keepers.We will not only talk, but walk the talk.
“As mothers, our love for the people is endless.The contribution of women in sustaining the Kingdom is legendary; taking into cognisance the role played by Princess Inikpi, Oma Odoko, Ogado, Omajale and others to safeguard the Kingdom from collapse, women of the Igala nation should be integrated into scheme of things to play their desired role.
“It was these women that paid the supreme price to save the Kingdom from annexation hundreds of years ago”.
Yusuf Maitama Sule University honors Humanitarian minister
The Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano state has conferred an award of merit in humanitarian work on the Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq.
The special Adviser to the minister on media Nneka Ikem Anibeze in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday indicated that the award was presented to her on Monday October 25, 2021 by the Faculty of Humanities at their 2nd International Conference themed “Nigeria in the 21st Century: Culture, State and Society.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Muktar Atiku Kurawa was quoted to have said that the award was in recognition of her meritorious contributions to humanitarian services and commitment to the advancement of the cause of the less privileged.
“The Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development Sadiya Umar Farouq has been in the forefront of humanitarian services in this country, including resettling people in distress due to insecurity, Internally Displaced Persons, the vulnerable as well as other Persons Of Concern.
“We appreciate her contributions and attention to the less privileged in the society”.
In her response, the Minister Umar Farouq thanked the Governing Council of the university for finding her worthy of an award.
The Minister expressed gratitude adding that the award will spur her to further serve humanity through the Federal Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development.
“I am honoured and humbled to be here today, alongside other eminent and deserving personalities, to be conferred with a prestigious award by the Faculty of Humanities and the Governing Council of Yusuf Maitama Sule University.
“It also gives me the opportunity to thank everyone that has worked steadfastly to create an enabling environment for us to support Persons of Concern.
“It must be noted that all interventions, policies and frameworks being fashioned by the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development have been created to support and improve the lives of Nigerians.
“Let me use this opportunity to urge Nigerians, especially the youths, to key into the NSIPs as they are strategically targeted to ensure that we invest in the vulnerable populations to reduce those at risk of poverty.
“I sincerely thank you for deeming me worthy of conferring on me, this prestigious award”.
Other awardees include the wife of the Kano state Governor H.E. Prof Hafsah Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, Distinguished Senator, Adamawa Central Senatorial District Aisha Dahiru Ahmad Binani, former Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Prof Shehu Ahmad Galadanci, CEO BUA Group of companies Alhaji Abdussamad Isyaka Rabi’u, Barrister Inuwa Ibrahim Waya and Alhaji Kabiru Balarabe Sardaunan Dan- Isa , the Secretary to Zamfara State Government.
NCFront Felicitates with Kwakwanso, Dokpesi at 65th and 70th Birthdays respectively.
The National Consultative Front (NCFront) has felicitated with Mallam Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso and Dr Raymond Dokpesi on the celebration of their 65th and 70th Birthdays respectively.
The Head, Public Affairs Bureau,
National Consultative Front, NCFront Dr Tanko Yunusa in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday said they are celebrating with the two leaders of conscience who have identified with, supported and contributed to the efforts of the National Consultative Front since its inception.
Describing the duo as some of Nigerian best at their prime age Tanko said NCFRONT recognizes their contributions to nation building for an egalitarian society.
“On the 21st of October Dr Raymond Dokpesi, the Chairman of the African Independent Television turned 70 and Mallam Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso turned 65.
“Both leaders have contributed immensely to nation building in our country over the course of their lives and the NCFront is glad to identify with them and celebrate them on their birthdays.
“Dr Raymond Dokpesi, a quintessential leader, media icon, employer of many and benefactor of many more, has contributed immensely to the emergence and consolidation of our democracy.
“Firstly to the return to civil rule from the military and thereafter, the sustenance of our democracy since the 4th republic began.
“Dr Dokpesi’s African Independent Television is a top rank media station that has consistently provided a strong backbone for the fourth realm of the estate, providing a voice for platforms like the National Consultative Front and in the process promoting serious and sometimes inconvenient national conversations that must be had.
“Mallam Rabiu Kwakwanso, who was former Governor of Kano State is a lover of his people, a benefactor of many indigenes and non indigenes of Kano.
“He has directly impacted the lives of so many. To exemplify his unity for Nigeria his chief details is fro Akwa Ibom state .
“Kwankwaso is without doubt a leader, an administrator and philosopher whose thoughts and actions symbolised an embodiment of a political cum leadership ideals that this country should be proud of.”
The NCFront wished both leaders happy birthday, long life, good health, great legacy and names that will be etched forever in the minds of the Nigerian people long after they have gone.
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