Nigerians at home and in the diaspora have voted wife of the former Rivers State governor, and renowned humanitarian, Dame Judith Amaechi, as Woman of the Year 2021.

In a 14-day Leadership Excellence Awards voting by Nigerians via online platforms, monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mrs Amaechi defeated three other nominees to emerge victorious.

Mrs Amaechi beat Folorunsho Alakija, the Group Managing Director of The Rose of Sharon Group, Genevieve Nnaji, veteran Nollywood Actress and Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

She emerged winner with 918,896 votes while the other nominees came in the following order: Genevieve Nnaji, 507,741 votes, Folorunsho Alakija, 87,855 votes, and Amina Mohammed, 70,887.


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Dame Amaechi, born December 24, 1970, is the wife of former Rivers State Governor and current Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

She is the head of the Empowerment Support Initiative (ESI) which campaigns against HIV/AIDS, advocates the rights of the women and children, and promotes gender equity and Girl Child education.

The prestigious award, organised by IgbereTV, is endorsed by the African Union and the African Film Institute.

It recognises and honours the outstanding impact of leaders both in the public and private sectors in Nigeria.

The 2021 edition award presentation is scheduled to hold on November 2 at Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja. (NAN)