Wife of Ekiti State Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, has won the 2018 Zik Leadership Prize for humanitarian Leadership which is one of the prestigious award in Africa.

The Zik Prize in Leadership Awards was instituted 25 years ago in honour of the late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first President of Nigeria. 

 It was set up, to encourage and nurture leadership on the African Continent and in the Diaspora.

Her husband, Dr Kayode Fayemi had earlier in 2013 won the Zik Leadership Prize in the political leadership category.

Other winners of the 2018 Zik prize in leadership as announced by the organisers for this year, include former Ghanaian President, John Mahama, immediate past national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie- Oyegun, who won in the political leadership category.

Also the Governors of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel and his Niger State counterpart, Abubakar Sanni- Bello, emerged winners in the good governance award category, while billionaire businessman Femi Otedola also won the prize for business leadership category.

Announcing the winners at a news conference in Lagos, executive Secretary of the Public Policy Research and Analysis Centre (PPRAC), Prince Emeka Obasi and a member of the advisory board of the Centre, Prof Pat Utomi, disclosed that the winners were carefully selected after an exhaustive appraisal of nominees in the various award categories.

Prof Utomi described Erelu Bisi Adeleye-Fayemi as a reputable feminist activist, Gender Specialist, Social Entrepreneur, Policy Advocate and Writer, who has devoted her time, talent and resources to the promotion and defence of rights of women and the girl child.

“Erelu Fayemi co-founded the African Women Development Fund (AWDF) – the first Africa wide grant making foundation for women and chairs the program committee of the Global Fund for Women, USA, and has remained at the fore front of the economic empowerment of women as a platform for sustainable socio-economic development of the African continent.”

She is until recently, a UN Women Nigeria Senior Advisor, and is a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Africa Leadership Centre, King’s College, London.

She is Chair of the Advisory Council of the Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund, a member of the Advisory Board of the State Partnership for Agriculture (SPA) of the Synergos Institute;  member of the Advisory Board of the HID Awolowo Foundation and also serves on the Governing Council of Elizade University.

The Ekiti State First Lady is the author of ‘Speaking for Myself’: Perspectives on Social, Political and Feminist Activism in Africa (2013), ‘Speaking above a Whisper’, (2013) an autobiography and ‘Loud Whispers’ (2017). She also co-edited ‘Voice, Power and Soul’, with Jessica Horn (2008) a compilation of images and stories of African Feminists.

The Prize will be awarded at a ceremony scheduled for May.

Meanwhile, Ekiti State government has  felicitated with the Wife of the Governor, Erelu Bisi Fayemi as she wins the 2018 ZIK leadership Prize on humanitarian leadership.

In a statement Ado Ekiti,  Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Values Orientation, Aare Muyiwa Olumilua, described Erelu Fayemi as a worthy ambassador of the State, saying, the  award was another attestation to her great works in trying to make her society better.

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Aare Olumilua explained that Erelu Fayemi’s had always been an advocate of gender equality, good governance and philanthropy, adding that she co-founded the African Women Development Fund (AWDF) – the first Africa grant-making foundation for women, an organisation that has lifted African women in no small measures.

The Commissioner who showered encomiums on the Governor’s wife for her support in the drive to restoring Ekiti values stressed that Erelu Fayemi’s dogged fight against child abuse and domestic violence in the State had yielded tremendous results.