In recognition of her massive contribution towards women and children empowerment in the society, the wife of Ondo state governor, Mrs. Betty-Anyanwu Akeredolu among other meaningful Nigerians has been nominated by Nigerian Tribune Newspaper to be presented with Tribune ‘s Platinum award on Tuesday December 10th at MUSON Hall, Onikan, Lagos.
Nigerian Tribune Newspaper publishers has recognized the immense contributions of the first Lady of Ondo State towards societal development and thus has described her as follow;
“Mrs Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu is not a feminist, but a humanist. She is motivated by the desire to make life better for the other person irrespective of their gender. Having survived breast cancer, she resolved to help as many people as possible to survive the dreaded ailment. This led to the establishment of Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), a leading NGO that is galvanising action against breast cancer in Nigeria through public education, patient support, advocacy and research.
She also established the Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu Foundation (BAAF) through which she has been able to touch many lives and bring succor to many hurting souls. An ardent promoter of literacy, the wife of Ondo State governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has come up with programmes such as Reading is Fun, Essay Competition and Spelling Bee Competition to stimulate young people’s interest in education. She is also committed to advancing the economic status of women, nurturing the interest of young girls in ICT and solar energy technology in order to bridge the gender gap, developing talents in arts and sports, promotion of improved sanitation in schools and communities and inclusive quality education for the deaf.”
The conferment of the award is in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the African Newspapers of Nigeria (ANN). The award according to the publishers of Nigerian Tribune Newspaper is to reward and recognize some Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in public service and nation building.
Other nominees for the award include, Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Mr. Godwin Emefiele, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jr., Governors, Aminu Tambuwal, Ifeanyi Okowa, Godwin Obaseki, Samuel Ortom and Seyi Makinde. Prince Olasunsoye Oyinlola, Imam Abubakar Abdullahi, Senator Godswill Akpabio, Ibikunle Amosun and Abiola Ajimobi.