Four Nigerian women who are members of Carrington Fellowship Alumni Network have been nominated for the inaugural Women Achievers’ Award of the United States Government Exchange Alumni Association.

Mr. Olusola Owonikoko, the President of Carrington Youth Fellowship Alumni Network (CYFAN), stated this in a statement on Saturday in Lagos.

The nominees  are: Raquel Daniel, Anu Adelakun, Francisca Chiedu and Rhoda Robinson.

Owonikoko said that the nomination was in recognition of CYFAN women’s contributions in terms of resources, influence and impact that they have had  on their communities.

“They promote the ideals of good governance, civil liberties, economic empowerment, inclusive education and accessible healthcare.

“The Carrington Fellowship Programme of the United States Consulate, Lagos, is now in its 10th year.

“In commemoration of the 2021 International Women’s Day (IWD), the United States Government Exchanges Alumni Association (USGEAA) launched the Women
Achievers’ Award.

“It is a prestigious initiative to celebrate USGEAA women achievers that have achieved great feats in their work,” he said.

Owonikoko added that the objective of the programme was to highlight and promote the laudable projects being executed by leading USGEAA female icons.


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“Over the years, the US Government has supported the personal and career development of numerous Nigerians, including women who are leading high-impact work and career across the country.

“This year’s International Women’s Day provides a veritable opportunity to celebrate such distinguished ladies and their gigantic strides in the society,” he said.

Also, Dr. Jude Ememe, the President of  USGEAA, noted that the nominees represent the ideals and  the visions of USGEAA for social transformation.

Ememe said that cumulatively, their selfless endeavours had indeed bolstered the delivery of essential services and development projects across the country, particularly, in underserved communities.

He also said, “These four women are among the 13 women across various exchange programmes of
the US government in Nigeria, nominated for the Women Achievers’ Award, 2021.”

NAN reports that Anu Adelakun, a journalist works with The Cable Newspaper; Francisca Chiedu-Otu is the Director of Charles Development Foundation.

Rhoda Robinson is the founder and Executive Director of HACEY Health Initiative and Raquel Daniel, is also the Founder of Beyond the Classroom Foundation (NGO).(NAN)