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We are pleased to announce the creation of the West Africa Youth International Hounour, called “West Africa Youth Legion of Honor”, designed to recognize outstanding individuals who have made positive contributions to the development of West Africa especially relating to youth inclusiveness in leadership, gender balance, and political participation. The maiden edition is focused on Women in commemoration of International Women’s Day with the theme; Engaging Women for Global Action. Recall that the United Nations have set aside every 8th of March as International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate women globally. The annual event often has its themes are drawn from gender equality, opportunity gap, and other gender-related matters tailored to a cause. The theme for this year’s event is  #ChoseToChallenge. 

In line with the United Nation’s theme for the 2021 International Women’s Day, we deem it necessary to decorate 10 selected Influential women in West Africa. 5 Women will be decorated with the “Order of West Africa Legion of Honor (OWYL)” while the other 5 will be Inducted into the West Africa Youth Legion Hall of Fame, decorated with “West Africa Youth Honour (WYH)”. The Nominees for the event consist of First Ladies of Nations, Women in Corporate Leadership,  Advocacy, Activism, and women pushing other gender-related causes across West Africa. 

Enclose below are selected women for the possible decoration and induction into the West Africa Legion of Honour on the 30th of March, 2021: 

Nominees for Order of West Africa Youth Legion of Honour:

  • Her Excellency, Mrs. Rebecca Akufo-addo, First Lady, Republic of Ghana – Ghana
  • Mrs. Graça Maria Sanches, Former Deputy, National Assembly, Cabo Verde 
  • Her Excellency, Mrs. Martha Udom, First Lady, Akwa Ibom State – Nigeria
  • Senator Stella Oduah, Rep. Anambra North – Nigeria
  • Her Excellency Dr. Nwanneka Ekewremmadu
  • Mrs. Elizabeth  Turay, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Sierra Leone

Nominees for Oder of West Africa Youth Honour

  • Ms. Linda Ifeoma Ikeji Ceo, Linda Ikeji’s Blog – Nigeria
  • Ms. Tonto Dikeh, Actress/Humanitarian – Nigeria
  • Ms. Petrider Paul, African Union Youth Envoy – Tanzania
  • Ms. Gonaya Monei Sethora, Founder, Business Woman Africa Foundation – Botswana

The event will adhere to #COVID19 principles with high restrictions, we urge the general public to participate via online live stream links that will be provided. The event is strictly by invitation. All nominees are considered Special Guests at the event and will be allowed entry to the Event Hall.  

Namonition is ongoing, individuals interested in being shortlisted can enter their details via https://waycouncil.org/wyl. The nomination is open until till 20th of March 2021. We will continue to maintain openness and transparency in the evaluation of nominees’ profiles.

Watch out, as top influential women across West Africa contend for one of the most coveted Hounour in west Africa, “Order of West Africa Youth Legion of Hounour (OWYL)”, “West Africa Youth Hounour (WYH)” and their subsequent induction into the West Africa Youth Hall of Firm.

For inquiries, sponsorship call: +2349025708872, or mail info@waycouncil.org

For nominations please visit: https://bit.ly/37C7FOy


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