This is a very auspicious moment for me as we all have gathered to celebrate the International United Nations Day. It is a mark of honour to have been nominated for an Award for my contribution to humanity today, being the World Humanitarian Day. I will not continue my speech without recognizing the efforts of the late Kofi Annan of Kofi Annan Foundation, and former Secretary General of the United Nations and Nobel Peace Laureate who passed away peacefully on Saturday, 18th August, 2018 after a brief illness. He was indeed, a source of inspiration to me and I thank God for he lived a meaningful life. May his gentle soul rest in peace.
The success of some of the projects I have done wouldn’t have been possible without the help and contribution of good people like you. It’s a great honour for me to be given an Award for the execution of the most successful and highly important projects I have done for the widows, the orphans and on the topic of human trafficking. I am truly honoured for this recognition given to me by the Scientology Church Amsterdam. To be honest, the journey towards all this accomplishment was not an easy task; in fact it was very long.
My first contact with a poor widow was an eye opener, as it opened my eyes to a World of deprivation, poverty, neglect and stigmatization. Some of this Widows are erroneously accused of being the killers of their dead husbands. The urge to help a few widows around my village triggered this bigger project which was initiated later on and until today, a lot of work has been done with not less than 300 widows on our list. Transforming the idea to the real output required a good deal of efforts and various challenges came in the way. Heavy appreciation goes to the Dutch Government under the Netherlands Fellowship Program who offered me full scholarship to do my Master’s program in Maastricht School of Management-The Netherlands in 2010 through which I was able to gain international experience to pay back to the society and to make meaningful contribution to my Country.
I cannot go ahead without acknowledging my late father and mother who started the foundation of life for me, my children , my brothers and sisters, for their endurance. It’s not easy to stand by and watch while your family’s resources are being showered on others in the name of charity, I say, thank you for accommodating my passion. I so much appreciate my partner who has always provided unconditional support to me. Above all, I am thankful to the elders, all executive and all members of the Nigerian National Association -The Netherlands (NNA-NL) who stood by me come rain, come sun and who showed so much of trust and faith in me, which was a constant energy boost for me.
I was not alone though, I had the board members of Chevelyns Care Foundation-The Netherlands who walked along with me, Mr Tajudeen Olarenwaju Otubambo, Madam Joyce Ovunda, the President of the Liberian Community, Mr. Abraham Fofana, and His Royal Highness, Igwe C.I.C Nwangwu. I thank you so much for your support. Together, we overcame every problem and challenges which have now become the milestones for us. The last project was also very close to my heart because it’s about Women Empowerment with the Theme: “Widows Sustainability and Transformation” aimed at ameliorating the suffering of widows by focusing on such other alternatives like skill acquisition that has the potential of empowering Widows for poverty alleviation and self-sustainability.
The event which took place on Friday, 9th March, 2018 at Hard Breaks Hotels, New Haven Enugu was aimed at empowering widows in Nigeria by building Vocational Institutes in all the states of the federation where Widows will learn different Technical/Vocational skills to be able to sustain themselves, take care of their children and contribute meaningfully to their Community. The purpose is to create self-employment for the Widows as well as building a stronger economy, and achieving internationally agreed goals for development and sustainability.
I thank the Youths for Human Rights for their collaboration and the Scientology Church Amsterdam for selecting me for this Award. It will sure keep me on my feet daily knowing that the essence of why we are here on earth is to help each other, and to use our lives in service to one another.
Thank you and God Bless you.