Ugonma Cokey, Lagos
Newspaper publishers in Imo State, under the aegis of Imo Newspaper Publishers Association (INPA), are set to honor the First Lady of Ondo State, Her Excellency, Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu.
The proposed colourful event slated for Owerri, is aimed at celebrating the inestimable philanthropic contributions of Mrs Akeredolu, an indigene of Imo State.
Chairman of INPA, Mr Henry Ekpe, confirmed this in a briefing ahead of the programme, saying that the Ondo State’s First Lady would be recognized and presented with an award for her excellent strides through her initiatives.
According to the Organizing Committee Chairman, Dr George Nkworji, the outstanding humanitarian contributions of Chief Mrs Akeredolu to the society are worthy of mention in order to encourage her and other people in her shoes to do more.
On his part, the Publicity Secretary, Nwankpa Modestus, acknowledged that Mrs Akeredolu had transformed the lives of many young female Nigerians, given hope and had saved lives of many Nigerian women.”
Crème de la crème
The event, which will take place on the 20th of September 2019 at Rockview Hotel, Owerri by 10:00am, will be chaired by Chief Ford Ozumba, a former MD/CEO of Imo Newspapers, while Dr Sam Amadi, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Abuja, will be the guest lecturer.
Imo State Governor, Emeka Ihedioha and his wife, Lady Ebere Ihedioha would be the Chief Hosts of the event while the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Nigeria Nsukka, Professor Peter Ebigbo, are expected to be the Special Guest of Honor and Father of the day respectively.
The BRECAN and BEMORE initiatives
Mrs Akeredolu is the founder of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN) and BEMORE Empowered Foundation.
While BRECAN is committed to ending breast cancer as a life-threatening disease through Public Education, Advocacy, Patient Support and Research; BEMORE on its part is geared towards making young girls attain their maximum potentials through the promotion of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Solar Energy, ICT, and Other Life Changing Skills.
Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, a breast cancer survivor herself, founded BRECAN in 1997.
BRECAN is a leading non-governmental organisation galvanising action against breast cancer in Nigeria.
Edited by Eniola Ajayi