The selfless contributions of outstanding Nigerians to justice and inclusion were recognised at the second Community and Human Rights (CAHR) Awards, which held on Wednesday, 18 November, 2020.
Organised by CSR-in-Action, one of the foremost sustainability advocacy and consulting firms in the region, and backed by Ford Foundation and Global Rights, the CAHR Awards celebrates community and human rights heroes, from amongst organisations and individuals. And there are nine different award categories dedicated to historically prominent personalities.
According to Bekeme Masade-Olowola, CAHR Awards Chairperson and Chief Executive, CSR-in-Action. “Our aim is to recognise those individuals and businesses that are working not for clout but for legacy, those who seek to leave a legacy for generations unborn to emulate”.
Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Minister of Finance, World Trade Organisation (WTO) Director-General hopeful, won the Aminu Kano Award for Leadership. She was recently named Forbes’ Africa Person of the Year 2020.
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.
Aisha Yesufu, a prominent figure in the EndSARS protest 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, whilst the Ken Saro-Wiwa Environmental Management Award went to African Clean Up Initiative (ACI), a non-profit that has carried out numerous major clean-ups in different densely populated areas in Nigeria.
Nominees for the CAHR Awards were elected by members of the public through an online voting process that ended on the 4th of November, 2020. The finalists were voted online following a review by the CAHR Awards Committee and then winners were chosen by a jury made up of eminent personalities from diverse fields such as Michael Ugochukwu aka Ruggedman, Tokunboh George-Taylor and Sola ‘Schullzz’ Mogaji.
Rewarding excellence: Victory Wilson, event compere; Godman Akinlabi, Lead Pastor of The Elevation Church; Prince Onyema Okonjo, representing Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Dr Nechi Ezeako, Board Member, CSR-in-Action; Bekeme Masade-Olowola, Founder, CSR-in-Action/ Convener, SITEI Conference
Rewarding excellence: Godman Akinlabi, Lead Pastor of The Elevation Church; Bekeme Masade-Olowola, Founder, CSR-in-Action/ Convener, SITEI Conference; Prince Onyema Okonjo, representing Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Dr Nechi Ezeako, Board Member, CSR-in-Action.
Uche Brown, representing Safiya Ibn Garba; Godman Akinlabi, Lead Pastor of The Elevation Church; Victory Wilson, event compere
Adelanwa Olatunji, representing Child Shield Initiative; Michael Ugochukwu (Ruggedman); Victory Wilson, event compere
Eniola Walter, representing Zion Ibru, Michael Ugochukwu (Ruggedman); Victory Wilson, event compere
Bekeme Masade-Olowola, Founder, CSR-in-Action/ Convener, SITEI Conference; Alexander Akhigbe, FOUNDER/CEO African Clean-Up Initiative; Victory Wilson, event compere