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    The 8th October 2016 will go down as the official beginning of winter. Cold, and consistent strong winds seem to be the theme of the day…that is unless you happened to be at the Dream Centre. Whilst the rest of London was feeling the harsh realities of winter, the borough of Haringey was feeling the essence of Igbotic comfort and edutainment that launched that night known to many now as the “Igbo Women Awards (IWA)”.

    Founder Nena Ubani set up the International Igbo Women Conference & Gala Award Dinner with the aim of recognising and appreciating Igbo women across the globe for their great achievement and work, plus also addressing the issues of equality, poverty and human rights. This year’s theme was domestic violence.

    The conference took place on the morning of Friday 7th October 2016, at the Wood Green Library Business Lounge.  The conference  chaired by Megan Clement the Founder & CEO of Nchekwa Oha Advocacy  Foundation, and was attended by the  Kate Anolue, Felicity Okolo, Chinazo Egwuata  to name a few.  It was an inspiring, thought provoking session consisting of women in politics, education, coming together to have an in-depth constructive discussion on this topic.

    Some of the areas touched consist of the following; what is the Nchekwa Oha Foundation? How domestic violence is perceived in Nigera v UK? Violence Against Persons Act 2015, The reason why women stay in these relationships, Engaging more men in these discussions, testimonies from victims, roles of Igbo town/state unions , the churches, and wider community, and the way forward

    The main event then followed the next day on Saturday 8th October.

    Various VIPs, and dignitaries came to support the award event; and they were not only embraced by the warm welcoming nature of the Igbo community, but also acknowledged by the hosts for the evening Toya A Washington (Celebrity Big Brother) , and Stepane Pierre Mitchel.


    Thanks to the various dignitaries for attending; Deputy Mayor of Haringey Stephan Mann, Pauline Long (Founder of BEFFTA’s), Chief Alex Onourah (President of Anambra State Union UK)  Kate Anolue (Former Mayor of Enfield), Chief Ubaka Alex Achebe (Vice President of CANUK), Jennifer Eliogu (Nollywood Actress) Godson Azu (Ring4Change), Femi Okutubo(CEO Trumpet Newspaper), Ada Udoji (Author), Ngozi Thompson-Igwebike (Actress/Model/TV Presenter), Dr Chidi Nwagba (UK’s Premier Lifestyle Doctor) Rebecca Omordia (Pianist), Amazin Ijeoma (Gospel Artist), to name a few


    • Congratulations to the award winners
    • Best Actress – Ngozi Thompson-Igwebike
    • Best Musical Artist – Splash
    • Best Gospel Artist – Sinach
    • Best Sports Personality – Marylin Okoro
    • Best Presenter – Princess Ifem Enwerem
    • Young Achiever – Ugonna Nwachukwu
    • Media – Remel London
    • Best Humanitarian – Princess Shalom Obinna
    • Best Promoter/PR – Theodora Oyebade
    • Inspirational Woman – Felicity Okolo
    • Women in Politics – Chinyelu Onwurah MP
    • Women in Education – Phinnah Ikeji
    • Business Woman – Dr Uchenna Okoye
    • Community Activist – Jenny Okafor
    • Mothers Mum of the Year – Ify Adenuga


    • All the awardees were truly proud and honoured to receive their awards, each one expressing their gratitude in their own way;
    • The mother of Marylin Okoro who accepted the sports personality award on behalf of her daughter gave a heartfelt speech emphasising how proud she is of her daughter
    • Ify Adenuga’s testimony on how she empowered her sons Junior ( aka Skepta), and Jamie (aka JME) from an early age to follow his God given path.
    • Splash one of Nigeria’s finest flew in from Nigeria to attend the award event and gave a very passionate accapella performance.
    • The beautiful SHiiKANE the afrobeat group, London born, Igbo at heart, blessed the attendees with a performance of their latest single “Loke”.
    • Theodora Oyebade, who not only showed her gratitude for winning the Best Promoter award, but also led in the honouring of the recently Dr Nkem Ezeilo (who recently passed away) which was then followed by a minutes silence.
    • The Okocha sisters (nieces of Jay-Jay Okocha) Renee 17, and Zara 12 both who are authors, gave a presentation on the non-governmental organization they formed in Nigeria. It is called ‘I Am the Future of Nigeria’, which aims to inspire Nigerian youth at home and in the Diaspora to work towards a better country.

    Each of the winners was presented with the most fitting, cultural, unique, and Igbotic award monument.

    All round it was a very joyous occasion, which really highlighted, and showcased the Igbo women in their true essence; Beautiful, Empowering, Hardworking, Humble, High Achievers, and lastly Masters of Multitasking.

    Thanks to the food caterers Delicasil for providing the Igbo dishes.

    Thanks to all of the media partners who supported the event

    AC Global Voices  /  African Dazzle / Fancy TV Channel /  Igbokwenu Radio / Duchess International Magazine / The Pauline Long Show / BEN Television  / Arise TV / Africa World News / Africana / Babylynn Entertainment / Feather Impulse / Okabol La Plateforme Africaine / Vox Africa / DJ A Media / Naija FM

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