BETTY AKEREDOLU EMERGES PLATFORM MATRON AS HERO MAGAZINE HONOUR EMINENT ONDO STATE INDIGENES IN THIS YEAR EDITION OF ONDO STATE FEMALE ROLE MODEL AWARD.
This 5th edition of the prestigious Ondo state female Role model award yearly organized by the Hero Magazine Intl. took place at the Capital city of Ondo state ,Akure at the Akpabio Hall of Jojein Hotel and Resort ,Obaile Rd, Akure , on the 4th of march 2018 .
The event attracted dignitaries from within and outside Nigeria to felicitate with the awardees. The wife of the Governor of Ondo state, Arabinrin Betty Anyanwu Akeredolu, who also double as a Special Guest of Honour at the occasion was decorated and honoured as the Matron of the platform.
The chairman of the occasion is an astute lawyer and a human rights Activist, Dr Tunji Abayomi , the 2017 Ondo state Man of the year.
In her remark, Mrs. Akeredolu thanked the organizers of the programme for finding her worthy of the award while also acknowledging the need for women to rise up and be a part of decision making processes in the country.
Arabinrin Akeredolu who stressed that there is equality in gender charged parents to ensure that in the course of bringing up their children, chores are equally decided so that the boys will later in life appreciate the advancement of women.
“As women we must ask ourselves questions. We also need to change the mindset of the society about women. It is unfortunate that up till now, when a woman tries to take a lead, somebody will ask her to sit down”, she added while challenging women to rise up and be part of the processes of developing the nation.
The climax of the event was the award ceremony and the investiture of Mrs. Akeredolu as the matron of Ondo State female Role model Award platform.
Earlier, the guest lecturer, Prof Nireti Duyilemi of the dean , faculty of Education, AAUA, while lauding efforts of women in nation building affirmed that the time has come when Nigeria as a country should have a female president.
Applauding the numerous works embarked upon by the Arabinrin Akeredolu, she noted that such a position is well deserved by Ondo State First Lady.
She also used the opportunity to urge women to join politics so that they can lend their voice to the development of the country. Meanwhile, the Chairman, Board of Trustees of the platform, Dr Jeff- Agboola Yemisi, also appreciated the awardees especially her Excellency for finding time out of her busy schedule to honour the invitation.
She also promised to support the platform in promoting women internationally through scholarship grants from international donors . The major awardees at the event include ;
JUSTICE FOLASHADE AGUDA -TAIWO- President, Ondo state customary Court of Appeal was honoured as the most outstanding Woman of the Year in public sector ,while MRS OLAYINKA-LIKINYO MAKANJUOLA , an Administrator at Addax Petroleum Nigeria ltd , Lagos , received the Ondo state Woman of the year in Private sector
;Dr Adeola D Olubamiji, the Ist Ondo state female to bag PhD in Bio Chemical Engineering Technology and Ist African woman to to be honoured by Canadian Government for her outstanding achievement in Education and Pilot Olamide Akinfolarin, A lawyer and the Ist Ondo state female pilot, received outstanding female Role models awards as prides of Ondo state .
Other awardees that received the Female Role model award 2018 are : Erelu Oodua Tinu Onaneye,- A USA based woman of substance, and a philanthropist , DCN. LOLA Fagbemi, Commissioner for LG and chieftaincy Affairs, Ondo State Government, : COM. MRS ATERE MAGRET- Chairman, Akure South LG, : ACTRESS DUPE ADETUWO- A renowned Nollywood Actress and a political leader from Okitipupa LG : ,MRS MORENIKE ALAKA- Chairman, Okitipupa LG, ASP Janet Ovunda EHINDERO- A higher Police officer.,: Bar Toyin Aladegbami Gontor, A female legal luminary , a philanthropist and a successful female politician, ; Mrs Jumoke Abegunde- Wife of the Secretary to Ondo state Govt, A lover of youth and a philanthropist,: MRS Rachael Yemi MOYERO,- vice chairman, Moyero Football club.
Some of the important dignitaries present at the occasion include, Ondo state Government cabinet under the lead of the SSG , Hon Ifedayo Abegunde, the Special Guest Speaker at the occasion, Prof. Nireti Duyilemi , the Dean of Education, Adekunle Ajasin University , Akungba Akoko, the APC chairman, Engr. Ade Adetimehin and his party excos, over 12 past and present commissioners in ONDO state with Hon Omodeni , commissioner for Environment as a point of contact, Justice Aguda ( Rep, father of Justice Foshade Aguda- Taiwo) , over 10 other serving Justices from Ondo State with Justice Akintan Osademen as point of contact, over seven serving (7) LG government chairmen in Ondo state with the ALGON Chair , Hon Augustine Oloruntogbe, and Prince George Adenikinju as points of contact, Traditional Rulers from within and outside ONDO state, captain of industries with and outside the State with Engr Alaba Makanjuola as point of Contact, different Ondo state female groups , political leaders, former and present assistants and advisers to the State Governor, , friends of the awardees from, Abuja. Lagos , Port Harcourt , Canada, south Africa and America and others.