Showing posts with label Soyinka. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Soyinka. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Nigeria Higher Education Foundation Presents Leadership Awards to Soyinka, Payne, Ezekwesili, and Whitaker

30 Jun 2009 15:53 Africa/Lagos

Nigeria Higher Education Foundation Presents Leadership Awards to Soyinka, Payne, Ezekwesili, and Whitaker

WASHINGTON, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nigeria Higher Education Foundation (NHEF), on June 24, 2009, honored four distinguished leaders for their commitment to sustainable development through education at an inaugural gala event in New York City. Honorees included Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka, World Bank Vice President for Africa Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, Congressman Donald M. Payne (D-NJ), and Rosa Whitaker, President and CEO of The Whitaker Group.


The event was attended by a distinguished audience of African Diplomats, the Nigerian Diaspora community and leaders of US Foundations, businesses and institutions committed to Nigeria's development.


"I was deeply honored to be recognized in this way by the NHEF," says Ms. Whitaker, who received the Business Leadership Award. "Knowledge is power and education is key to economic development. Indeed, we need only look at Southeast Asia to see how the availability of higher education can benefit a nation's economy." Accepting the Leadership in Education Award, former Nigerian Education Minister Dr. Oby Ezekwesili asserted, "We can't sit back and watch the intellectual capital of Africa, especially of Nigeria, to be denigrated; we must reconnect all the brain power in this room back to Nigeria.... It is in the context of intellectual capital that development happens."


The NHEF, launched in 2004 with support from the John and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, is an independent, not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that seeks to enhance the quality of education in Nigeria through direct support for five universities: Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria; Bayero University in Kano; University of Ibadan; University of Nigeria Nsukka; and University of Port Harcourt.


Source: The Whitaker Group

CONTACT: Meg Dallett of The Whitaker Group, +1-202-293-1453,
margaret@thewhitakergroup.us


Releases displayed in Africa/Lagos time
1 Jul 2009
09:00
Power Rental in Africa to Double by 2014, Reveals Frost & Sullivan
30 Jun 2009
15:53
Nigeria Higher Education Foundation Presents Leadership Awards to Soyinka, Payne, Ezekwesili, and Whitaker
15:00
MacArthur to Support Master's Programs Around the World Offering Professional Training for Future Sustainable Development Leaders
29 Jun 2009
22:00
Obama Rockets to Top of Poll on Global Leaders
16:29
Midbrook Partners With SupplyCore Middle East to Provide Water Bottling and Medical Decontamination Equipment to the Middle East and North Africa