By Abdullahi Ahmed
A lecturer at the department of Mass Communication, University of Ilorin, Dr. Kehinde Khadijat Kadiri has been awarded as an outstanding impact personality of the year 2019 at the Gani Fawehinmi Impact and integrity awards held in Radisson Blu hotel in Lagos.
The award ceremony was organised in honour of Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN, by Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) in collaboration with the MacArthur Foundation to celebrate the exemplary personality of the late legal icon and human right activist. Those awarded this year were in three categories, namely the outstanding integrity award, outstanding impact award and whistleblower award.
Dr. Kadiri, a senior lecturer with the university of Ilorin, who was nominated in the outstanding impact category alongside Pastor Tony Rapu and Imam Abdullahi Abubakar, beat the other two to emerge the winner for this year award.
Kadiri, who is also the Executive Director of the Grassroots Aid initiative (TGAI) has, through her Non-Governmental Organisation, facilitated lots of intervention programmes for five states in Nigeria, specifically Kwara, Oyo, Ogun, Lagos and Osun respectively.
Dr. Kadiri’s NGO focuses on quality education, gender equality, drinkable water, access to quality health, digital skill training, women empowerment and provision of scholarship for students and inhabitants of underserved rural communities across Nigeria.
In her words, Dr. Kadiri said “I’m grateful to God for the opportunity given to me and a big thank you also goes to my team of volunteers without which I won’t be able to do anything. I will also like to greatly appreciate our donors and supporters of the brand TGAI for all their unflinching support for our various projects.”
She further appreciates the organisers of the event. “A big thank you also to the organisers of this laudable program and TGAI as a brand as always exemplifies the persona of Chief Gani Fawehinmi in the area of truth, honesty, impact and integrity in all of our programmes, we would continue to uphold that in subsequent programs,” she said.
At the event, issues of political and national interests were parts of the highpoint, with notable guests taking the time to retrospect and analyse germane issues during the lifetime of Chief Gani Fawehinmi; while also debating what would have been his likely reactions to current happenings in the country.
Other individuals who were honored in the other categories of the awards include a Nigerian Air force officer, Umar Bashir who won the integrity award and Murtala Aliyu Ibrahim who emerged the winner of the whistle blower award.
Notable guests who graced the occasion include the publisher of Premium Times, Mr. Dapo Olorunyomi, other corporate individuals and Senior Advocates of Nigeria, some whom were Chief Gani Fawehinmi’s contemporaries as well as those he mentored.