It was a moment of glitz and glamour when members of the Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) across the 36 states of the federation and the FCT gathered at the nation’s capital to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Association.
At the ceremony, outstanding women who have used their positions of authority to better the lives of women, youths and children were honoured with Awards.
Wife of Akwa Ibom State Governor, Mrs. Martha Udom Emmanuel, her Ondo State counterpart, Mrs. Betty Akeredolu, Bauchi Governor’s wife, Dr. Aisha Bala Mohammed, Kebbi State first lady, Dr. Zainab Shinkaffi Bagudu and the wife of Niger State governor, Dr. Amina Abubakar Bello were honoured with NAWOJ Grand Amazon Awards 2019.
In her remarks, Mrs. Martha Emmanuel acknowledged women journalists as catalysts for positive change and urged journalists in Nigeria, especially the women to always abhor dissemination of fake news, which seems to be on the increase.
Mrs. Emmanuel further charged women journalists to be the voices that will amplify the cause of those who are vulnerables, especially in rural communities across the country.
She specifically appreciated NAWOJ in Akwa Ibom State for extending a willing hand of partnership to her pet project—–Family Empowerment and Youth Reorientation Path-initiative— which is interested in developing families across the state.
Another awardee from Akwa Ibom State was the founding member of NAWOJ in the state, Comrade Comfort Umana, who is the Director of Information in the state ministry of Information.
Earlier in her address, NAWOJ President, Comrade Ifeyinwa Omowole appreciated women journalists for standing tall in their different work places despite intimidation.
NAWOJ was established on 14th September, 1989 to serve as a rallying point for Nigerian female journalists and also serve as a non governmental organisation saddled with the responsibility of the welfare and interest of women and children in the society.