The Voice Magazine has named the chairman of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF), Dr. Ngozi Olejeme, as Outstanding African Personality.
A statement made available by the magazine, on Friday, said Olejeme was being conferred with the award for transforming NSITF into world class institution, rebranding Nigeria through her style of politics and bringing succour to Nigerians at home and abroad.
The Voice Magazine Annual Award is one of the most prestigious and highly rated awards in Europe used to recognise and honour African achievers and friends of Africa who have distinguished themselves in their areas of calling for the advancement of their countries, Africa and humanity at large.
Announcing this year’s award in Netherlands, the head of the organisation, Elvis Iruh, described Dr. Olejeme as a living example for Africa and the rest of the world.
“Dr. Ojeleme, your academic and professional records are impressive and despite all the vast opportunities abound to you, you decided to offer yourself for service in Delta State and despite not momentarily given the chance, you have continued to help salvage Nigeria by developing her from within through your various charitable works to better the life of women, children and the public in general” Iruh said.
Continuing, he said “In a culture where many politicians fastidiously enrich themselves at the expense of the poor, Dr. Olejeme, you are widely known to rather spend a substantial amount of your personal wealth on charity. Your deep involvement and total commitment to women and the youth saw you being elected as National President of Igbo women forum, an NGO deeply rooted in charitable work aimed towards women and youth empowerment in 1998. Your various Widowhood Projects try to redress social – economic cum cultural challenges facing widows through empowerment and grants for trade. In a patriarchal society where women have less access to power, leadership positions and decision making process, your effort to empower women is highly commendable; a productive women’s group is tantamount to a progressive society”.
The Voice magazine is the first pan-African magazine published in the Netherlands and the entire Benelux region of Europe. It is dedicated to the advancement of Africans and has been in circulation since August 1999. The Voice magazine is published in English for ordinary readers of the language for clear understanding of African stories. It has become an essential tool of the people and institutions that want to be informed or inform others of their activities, businesses, social events and general news.
“In line with our commitment, we have inspired others and today there are many African newspapers, radio, television and magazines published in the Netherlands which were not there before our advent on the newsstand” Iruh added.
“To fear the world US has led for the better part of a century, abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe and refuse the obligations of international leadership… for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solving problems is unpatriotic. “
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