The National President, National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Mrs Ifeyinwa Omowole, was on Tuesday awarded African’s Patriotic Woman of the Year by the African Legacy International (ALI).
Mr Innocent Ogu, the Chief Executive Officer of ALI presented the award to Omowole at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) headquarters in Abuja.
Ogu said that Omowole deserved the award due to her hard work and dynamic nature, especially in the practice of journalism.
“She does her work with all sense of professionalism.’’
“The most phenomenal thing about our capable, dynamic and amiable recipient is her unequaled regards, reception, care and compassion for everyone who comes her way irrespective of social status.
“It is obvious to the entire members of NAWOJ that our recipient has demonstrated unequaled zeal, zest and dexterity through her immense contributions to fulfill the mandate of professional journalism.’’
Ogu said that Omowole had chosen a path that mitigates the adverse effect of gender imbalance by leading a life of benevolence.
He added that NAN and NAWOJ had prominently participated in establishing a strong professional journalism practice in the development of Africa.
He urged the nation and the continent at large to maximise the potential in her and utilise her wealth of knowledge in the profession.
He however seized the opportunity to condemn the gruesome acts of terrorists in the country and urged the government to engage every arsenal within its power to end insurgency.
“We join the rest of the world to condemn the dastardly, inhuman and nefarious acts of Boko Haram.
“We urged the Federal Government and the consortium of foreign armies to intensify efforts to see that insurgency is permanently eliminate,’’ he said.
Responding, Omowole attributed her success to the experience gained as a journalist in NAN.
“I did not lobby for the award as some dignitaries will; I believe my professionalism distinguished me for this award.
“I am grateful for this award and I pray that I don’t disappoint your organisation and the agency,’’ Omowole said.
The Editor-In-Chief of NAN, Mr Ado Lawal, who was represented by Mrs Nkechi Okoronkwo, a Deputy Editor-In-Chief, said he was not surprised at the award given to the NAWOJ president.
Lawal said that Omowole was someone who always did her job with passion and had extended the same passion to NAWOJ.
“This is the beginning of greater awards for you,’’ he said.
He however lauded ALI for identifying Omowole and NAN for such an award.
NAN reports that ALI is a media agency that renders media consultancy services to corporate bodies, government agencies, NGOs and individuals around the globe.
ALI also engages in projecting individuals and organisations who have distinguished themselves in their callings and professions.