Obiageli Ezekwesili, Waje, Princess Funmi Tejuosho celebrate womanhood at The 100 Unsung Heroines Project launch in Lagos
The Unsung Heroine project dedicated to the celebration and appreciation of the achievements of women in our society; launched on 7 March, 2014 at Terra Kulture, Victoria Island.
The project will provide the opportunity for women in the society who have constantly been ignored and neglected to gain recognition for their achievements and strides. The project which is yearlong campaign will witness organizers visit various states of the Federation through villages and communities in search of women doing exceptional well in their various communities.
Visionary and project coordinator of the project; Bayo Omoboriowo said 'Nigeria women have exceptional stories. These women are fabric of society today, without whom we won't be seated here today. I was amazed when I met a woman whom from the little profits she makes from the sale of bottled drinks, has been able to train her kids in schools outside the country.'
'Somewhere down the road in the archives of history, the events of today will be referred to as one of the events of our time that shaped womanhood.' Dr Mrs Obiageli Ezekwesili speaking at the event said 'Quality education for the girl child is not just as a tool for transforming them into human capital, but as a means of making them very effective decision makers .When women are able to make decisions effectively it has a very high collateral positive effect in the society and community she belongs to'.
Guests at the event included Princess Funmi Tejuosho, Chairman Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Finance, Benni Uche, Public Affairs Unit US Embassy, Ace Photographer, Aisha Augie -Kuta, Waje, Wana Udoabang, Osayi Oruene- Chairperson WIMBIZ, Pamela Schwoll - Wife of the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Adebola Williams ,Founding Partner Red Media Africa- amongst many others.
Bayo Omoboriowo added 'Until we start celebrating these women who are doing great things we will be limiting the possibility of building other role models and upcoming heroines. We are doing this project to celebrate these women, let the world see and appreciate them. In doing so, we can thereby build more role models that will be contributing to National Development.'
The event also witnessed many of the unsung heroines in our society who have been neglected, part of whom was the popular Mama Makoko of the Makoko community in Lagos.
AISHA AUGIE KUTA (2)
BENNI UCHE , PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION US EMBASSY
DR MRS OBIAGELI EZEKWESILI
DR MRS OBY EZEKWESILI AND MAMA MAKOKO
MAMA MAKOKO AND CHILDREN
MANY OF THE HEROINES IN ATTENDANCE.
PAMELA SCHMOLL, WIFE OF THE US AMBASSADOR TO NIGERIA.
PRINCESS FUNMI TEJUOSHO , CHAIRMAN LAGOS STATE HOUSE O F ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON FINANCE.
PROJECT COORDINATOR, BAYO OMOBORIOWO