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Eyesorun of Ado Ekiti receives Newspaper Publishers Award, Marks 71 Years Birthday

By Dupson Collins, 15th January, 2023

It was a double celebration at the Palace of Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State on the 13th January, 2023 as the Eyesorun of Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Olori Bosede Adejugbe received the prestigious Award of the Association of Independent Newspaper Publishers of Nigeria ( AINPN), while also marking her 71st years birthday.

It was a gathering of who-is-who at the Palace Mini Hall where the presentation of the Role Model in Women Development Award was conferred on her. Earlier, families, friends and chiefs converged in the morning to celebrate the Philanthropist queen on her birthday.

Speaking, the President of Ondo State Chapter of the Association, Prince Adefemi Ojopagogo described the conferment of the Award on Eyesorun as recognition of her laudable contributions to women and children development in Ekiti State.

The President noted that, to further encourage her to continue to provide succour and assistance to the less privileged in the society, the South West Chapter of the Association nominated her for the prestigious honour.

In a separate lecture delivered by Mrs Akintola, a Deputy Registrar at the Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti and Hon Adu Moses, Publisher of the SouthWest Heralds harped on women empowerment across board.

Mrs Akintola in her lecture said, women should not be relegated to the background or see as inferior sex, saying they should be given equal opportunities like their male counterparts.

” if women are not empowered, it results to low self esteem, poverty and depression. One way to empower women is to boost their self esteem, encourage, support them in business and politics. The place of women are no longer in the kitchen and “other” rooms”.

The Deputy Registrar recommended gender equality, a stop to discrimination against girls child, equal right in politics, eradicate genital mutilation, empower women through technology among others.

In the same vein, Hon Adu Oluwatayo Moses who delivered lecture titled, Enhancing Women Empowerment: Panacea to Poverty Alleviation and Security in our Society noted that to reduce level of poverty in Nigeria, women need to be given real empowerment.

He added that for the security of the country to be guaranteed, women should be empowered, saying to have a responsive and responsible citizens, it begins from home where women are responsible for proper upbringing in the society.

He condemned the manner Nigerians political class have reduced empowerment of women to the sharing of grinding machines, hair dryers, sewing machines, generating sets, refrigerators, and sharing of meagre amount to the selected few.

He said: ” The embarrassing empowerment from our political class kill I can do it spirit among our women, reducing their self esteem and dignity if not properly managed”.

He reiterated the need for every body to become canvasser and ambassador for women empowerment, saying empowering women is the only catalyst to poverty and insecurity in the country.

Meanwhile, the Elemo of Ado Ekiti has described Olori Bosede Adejugbe as a mother of all, a Philanthropist and respecter of culture who has contributed immensely to the development of Ado Ekiti since the ascendant of her husband on the throne of his forefather.

However, in her response, Olori Adejugbe returned all glory to Almighty God for counting her worthy to be celebrated on her 71 years birthday and conferment of Award by the body of the Newspapers Publisher, South West Zone.

While thanking her beloved husband, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, she said after God who has been her Pillar in the last seven decades, her husband is one pillar that supports all her dreams, describing him as a loving husband, monarch and father of her children.

She added: ” My husband is my sustainability, a man that gives me every opportunity to perform, supporting me morally, financially and providing all necessary logistics whenever the need arises”.

She thanked God for His grace, charging people not to anticipate what is not in their hands, saying only God is the custodian of life.

Olori Adejugbe appreciated the Newspaper Publishers for the honour, noting that despite her technical rejection of the Award, the persistent of the Association to decorate her with Role Model in Women Development Award finally came to fulfilment which has no doubt added colour to her birthday.

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