13 July, 2013
Top female musician of all times from Nigeria now living in Ireland who to many in the past would otherwise be like what Whitney Houston was to USA launched a Women for Love organisation to put girls education at the centre of her legacy. Esse A Agasse is not a stranger to many Nigerians not only because of her music but because of what her life has become to many and just recently moving proactively to launch a prestigious award where her organisation brings together champions of those supporting girls education worldwide and honouring their commitment, hard work and dedication to girls who would otherwise failed to secure their future due to lack of education.
A dinner gala on 13 July, at the Women of Love Seminar/Fundraiser took place at The Ambassador Hotel with high profile guests ranging from high profile female politicians to members of the royal African families as well as mostly female leaders from the African communities across Europe. It turned out to be a seminar of thinkers, strategists and activists who feel something should be done to support girls education especially in Africa where most girls have dropped out of school due to harmful cultural practices, poverty, disease, gender based violence and war. If ever there is a high profile who sat around a table and like a small self-made UN for women this seminar came up with action plans at individual and organisational level.
Passionately known as Visionary Esse Agesse, founder of Women of Love announced winners of the prestigious award amongst who was Muzvare Betty Makon who received Overall ‘Women of Love’ Award for Excellence in Ireland from Melissa Moulane, Top Politician
Accepting the award Muzvare Betty Makoni said,` It is my first time to get an award I yearned for. One where Love is what matters in what we do. As a child I was never loved or appreciated. To think this happened tonight, makes me fill a huge gap of what I never got as a child has been filled. The award is exceptional in as far as it comes from women doing what they can to help with love. I am honoured and I congratulate my fellow awardees whose work touches and transforms lives.`
Amongst some top and global winners of the prestigious award was Princess Olayinka Dixon-Oludaiye who is one of the few African women who brave themselves to run for political office. She is popular amongst women with her Inspirational women stories and awards as well as the popular magazine called Becky.
Hon. Nasir Ingawa received the award on behalf of His Excellency, Gov. Shehu Shema who is the first male political leader in the whole world to defy traditions and set up a girls education initiative in his state in Katsina.
Catharina Twomey, Dr Ngozi Olejeme, Peter Oghina and Elsie Ijorugu are heroes of our era and each received women of love award for sterling work to save humanity.
Amongst top guests and dignitaries who graced the Dinner/ Gala awards was the internationally accomplished seasoned presenter, broadcaster and PR Guru, Princess Deun Adodyin- Solarin who spoke passionately about the work of Girl Child Network Worldwide founded by Muzvare Betty Makoni. Princess Deun is Chair of Trustees and Global Spokesperson for the charity and she set out a world plan on what should be done to support girls’ education at community level replicating the Girl Child Empowerment Model.
A powerful singer filled with wonderful messages of Love, Billy Gbadamosi performed live and moved the hearts of many.
Notable amongst some guests are Miss Nigeria Ireland past and present who announced projects ahead at some orphanages in Nigeria.
Women for Love is a growing movement of mostly African women and girls stepping out to make a change using love and in support of those organisations like Girl Child Network Worldwide trying to make a difference. Notable amongst guests were young women who were part of organising and mobilising communities to understand the urgent need to support girls education. The night was filled with young women who want to take immediate action to make education accessible to girls in a project that is growing to change ways girls are supported worldwide.