Ezekwesili wins Forbes Woman Africa social influencer award

Ezekwesili wins Forbes Woman Africa social influencer award

- Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili has been announced as Forbes Woman Africa social influencer

- The former minister of education and solid minerals, was honoured at the inaugural gala dinner held this March

- The award celebrates her efforts in launching the viral #BringBackOurGirls campaign on social media

A former Nigeria education minister and solid minerals, Dr Obiageli Ezekwesili has been announced as Forbes Woman Africa social influencer.

Ezekwesili, an anti-corruption activist and former presidential candidate, was honoured at the prestigious Forbes Woman Africa Awards inaugural gala dinner held this March in Durban, South Africa.

A former vice-president for Africa of the World Bank and co-founder of Transparency International, the award celebrates Ezekwesili's efforts in launching the viral #BringBackOurGirls campaign on social media.

The Forbes Woman awards event recognised a selection of Africa’s most influential women in business, sports, science, entertainment and leadership, including Nigerian-born Uche Pedro who won Forbes Woman Africa new media award.

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“The ceremony was the perfect conclusion to a highly constructive day of networking and concept sharing by Africa’s most dynamic women,” said Methil Renuka, managing editor of Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman Africa.

“I would like to congratulate every award recipient – the work they are doing is impacting the lives of millions of young women worldwide, creating a space for them to, in turn, make their mark in a meaningful way,” she added.

In 2018, Dr Ezekwesili was shortlisted for the Nobel Peace Prize for her work on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative.

She was later named one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People by Time Magazine based on her advocacy work.

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