Minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has described veteran Nollywood actress, Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde; renowned international author, Chimamanda Adichie, and Mo Abudu as great ambassadors of Nigeria. The three women were recently conferred with global awards.
In a statement issued in Abuja today, Sunday, said that the women they had brought great honour not only to themselves, their families and their industry, but also to the country.
He described as well deserved, the listing of Mo Abudu, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of EbonyLife TV and Omotola Jalade-Ekeinde among the top 50 women doing extraordinary things on the worldwide stage. They were listed by Variety magazine, a weekly American entertainment magazine.
Lai mohammed said that the already well-adorned cap of Chimamanda Adichie had been further festooned even as he noted that her novel, Americanah, was listed in the New York Times’ list of 15 remarkable books by women that are ”shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century.”
The minister said that the women were role models whose achievements would inspire a generation of young Nigerians to also do extraordinary things.
“Of more importance is the fact that these women’s achievements have transcended gender, nationality or race, placing them on the profound class of global, timeless achievers.”
He said that the great honours bestowed on the women would further focus world attention on the nation’s burgeoning creative industry, thus placing it on the right pedestal to take the world by storm. [myad]