Former Education Minister and presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Oby Ezekwesili has been crowned Forbes Woman Africa Social Influencer.
Ezekwesili received the award at the Forbes Woman Africa Awards inaugural gala dinner which was held in Durban, South Africa recently.
Ezekwesili was recognised for her effort in launching the viral #BringBackOurGirls campaign on social media after the kidnap of then Chibok girls.
The award night also had a panel discussions and talks by New Wealth creators from across Africa.
Methil Renuka, managing editor of Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman Africa in a statement on Tuesday said:
The ceremony was the perfect conclusion to a highly constructive day of networking and concept sharing by Africa’s most dynamic women,”
“I would like to congratulate every award recipient – the work they are doing is impacting the lives of millions of young women worldwide, creating a space for them to, in turn, make their mark in a meaningful way.”
The award also rewarded others for their efforts in business, sports, science, entertainment and leadership.
Recipients includes Divine Simbi-Ndhlukula (Forbes Woman Africa Businesswoman of the Year Award); Rachel Sibande (Forbes Woman Africa Gen Y Award) and Caster Semenya (Forbes Woman Africa Sports Award).
Others are Sho Madjozi (Forbes Woman Africa Entertainer Award), Uche Pedro (Forbes Woman Africa New Media Award), among others.