- A Nigerian lady has earned herself the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation changemaker award for 2020
- Hauwa Ojeifo, who is a sexual and domestic abuse survivor, was honoured by the foundation for her contribution towards ensuring gender equality
- The young lady is a recipient of the Queen’s Young Leaders Award in recognition of her work against mental health stigmatisation
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A Nigerian lady identified as Hauwa Ojeifo has won the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation changemaker award for 2020.
Ojeifo, who is a gender and disability rights advocate, leads a platform that supports and counsels those living with mental health conditions.
Premium Times reports that the award the Nigerian lady received celebrates an individual who has inspired change using personal experience or from a position of leadership.
Legit.ng gathers that a statement by the foundation on Tuesday, September 22, said that the young lady was recognised for her work in promoting gender equality
Ojeifo, who is a sexual and domestic abuse survivor, had previously received the Queen’s Young Leaders Award in recognition of her work to overcome the stigma around mental health, becoming the first Nigerian woman to receive it.
In other news, a Nigerian physician identified as Tunji Funsho has been named one of Time's 100 Most Influential People in the world.
Time, which recently released its 2020 list of 100 most influential people in the world, recognises the activism, innovation and achievement of the world’s most influential individuals.
According to Africa Newsroom, Dr Funsho is a Lagos-based cardiologist and he is the first Rotary member to be honoured by Time.
The physician received the honour in recognition of the great work Rotary has done to eradicate polio in Africa.
The medical doctor said:
“I’m honored to be recognized by TIME for my part in ensuring that no child in Africa will ever again be paralyz*d by wild polio, a disease that once disabled 75,000 African children every single year."