Akran Of Badagry Honours Dr. Joe Odumakin With Africa’s Number One Human Rights Activist Award
The ancient coastal international boundary city and kingdom of Badagry, a town with rich African culture and heritage, was a host to Nigeria’s foremost Human Rights Activist and US International Woman of Courage Award Winner, 2013, Dr Joe Okei Odumakin.
In the spirit of celebrating indigenous greatness and landmark positive influencers who has, against all odds, stands tall where men fail to thread and continue to fight every element of injustice, oppression and impunity.
It’s said that “one should not relent in good doing, for we shall reap its reward in due season, if we faint not.”
It should be recalled that about a year ago, the Akran of Badagry awardee, Dr Joe, in collaboration with the Royal Kingdom, led a protest and march against 20 years of Black-Out in Badagry.
It is historically blissful to mention that the Aholu Menu- Toyon 2 of Mobee Kingdom, HRH Chief Patrick Yedenu Mobee(JP) was among the prominent personalities involved in the Black-Out road walk and protest.
Most satisfying was the immediate restoration of electricity to the ancient city within 24-hour of the public protest.
The White cap Chiefs in company of his Cabinet members paid glowing tributes to Dr Joe, saying that “God used you(Joe) to bring Badagry out of darkness that reigned for a long period of 20 years. Our community is highly indebted to your selfless service to humanity.”
In her remarks, Dr. Joe said “I felt very much fulfilled to see that our little positive contributions are yielding results”.
The International Women of Courage awards Winner’s convoy, thereafter proceeded to the Brazilian Barracoon(Slave museum), where about 40 slaves were kept in a 9″ by 9″ size of a room and are cruely exchanged for a mirror or kettle or an umbrella.
Slavery relics would make any sane mind decry such act of inhumanity.
Climax of the series of activities rolled out in honour of Dr Joe was the royal and warm reception of the Akran of Badagry, Aholu Menu-Toyi and his Baales.
The host kingdom was greatly elated to have Africa’s leading light in progressive causes, Dr Joe and her convoy as they gladly presented an award of “AFRICA’S NUMBER ONE FEMALE HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVIST,” as a signet in appreciation of her invaluable contribution to the Development and Advancement of Humanity.
Credit to Society for Youth Advancement Creativity Initiative (SHACO) ably led by AmbassadorMark Akande.
Speaking at Administrative Staff College of Nigeria(ASCON), on the theme: TOWARDS GREATER RESPONSIBILITY.
Dr Joe with her usual inspirational style of engaging the minds of her listeners, stimulated emotions and spurred hidden potentials in her audience as she made reference to some of her encounters while she pursued her path with tenacity and passion.
To the most high God be all the glory as lives were touched with her story of the life of Struggle. She then dedicated the award to the victims of Slavery, Brutality, Hostility and Degradation. The Struggle Continues!
By Dare Gbadebo