- A Nigerian anti-sexual assault campaigner has been awarded for her works
- She was presented with Point of Light award by Queen Elizabeth II of England
- She was honoured with the award for her efforts in helping victims of r*ape and other forms of sexual assault
Queen Elizabeth II of England has presented Point of Light Award to Itoro Eze-Anaba, a Lagos-based anti-r*ape campaigner and founder of Mirabel Centre, for her work in helping victims of sexual assault in the country.
According to a statement signed by Joe Abuku, a spokesperson for the UK High Commission in Abuja, the Queen on Tuesday, February 6, honoured Eze-Anaba with the Fourth Commonwealth Point of Light award, Premium Times reports.
The Point of Light frequently recognises outstanding volunteers, individuals whose service is making a difference in their communities and whose story can inspire others to create innovative solutions to social challenges in their own communities and beyond.
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NAIJ.com gathered the award is part of various activities marking the build-up to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.
The meeting is slated for 19-20 April in London and Windsor.
With the theme of ‘Towards a Common Future’, Commonwealth leaders plan to create a more prosperous and fair future for the Commonwealth’s 2.4 billion citizens, especially its youth.
The Queen, as Head of the Commonwealth, is thanking inspirational volunteers across the 52 Commonwealth nations for the difference they are making in their communities and beyond.
Acknowledging the honour, Anaba was quoted as saying: “I am delighted that a Point of Light has been awarded to highlight the importance of tackling r*ape and sexual assault.
“R*ape is evil, degrading and dehumanising.
“I am sure that this award marks the beginning of a joint effort to uproot this evil that relentlessly battles for our future.”
She dedicated the award to a “tireless and resolute team that is determined to give voice to the voiceless, strength to the weak and hope to the hopeless.”
In 2013, Eze-Anaba reportedly founded The Mirabel Centre, Nigeria’s alleged first reform centre for victims of sexual violence in Lagos, a facility that is said to have helped over 3,100 victims.
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The centre has received funding from the UK Department for International Development.
NAIJ.com previously reported that a British-Nigerian man identified as Kenneth Olisa was appointed as a knight by Queen Elizabeth II.
The man who recently became the new chairman of Interswitch was the first black Lord-Lieutenant of Greater London appointed by the queen in 2015.
It was gathered that Olisa was honoured with the knighthood for his services to business and philanthropy in the 2018 New Year’s Honours.
Olisa is a businessman with a career in technology for over 40 years. The 66-year-old man’s technology career began at International Business Machines (IBM).
He also founded and led the technology merchant bank, Interregnum. He is the current director of Thomson Reuters.
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