New York, NY (PRWEB) November 11, 2011
President Cecilia Aqua Umoren, the Executive Committee and Board of the International Women’s Society (IWS) of Nigeria presented their Humanitarian of the Year Award to Africa.com Chairman and CEO Teresa Clarke on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.
Attorney Olayimika Phillips, a partner at Olaniwun Ajayi & Co, where she heads the enterprise practice as well as corporate affairs, planning and strategy, accepted the award on behalf of her long-time friend. Ms. Clarke had to be in South Africa for a meeting involving the education non-profit which she co-founded, the Student Sponsorship Programme (http://www.ssp.org.za/ ). However, she will be in Nigeria next week and plans to thank President Umoren in person.
In her prepared remarks, Ms. Clarke praised the 54-year old International Women’s Society of Nigeria for its long history and its commitment to child care for working mothers, library services, and assisting the unemployed attain skills to enter the workforce. She said that future demands on the organization will be significant, given major trends domestically as well as internationally.
Ms. Clarke cited the United Nations’ projection that by the end of this century, Nigeria will be one of the three largest countries in the world, based on current population and fertility rates.
Said Ms. Clarke: “It will be hard for the Nigerian government to keep up with the demands that this population growth will place on social services. Helping the Nigerian government serve the needs of women by providing day nurseries, homes for abandoned babies, library services, scholarships, skills training and the very important widow’s fund, will be essential as the Nigerian population grows, and the needs of Nigeria’s women increase accordingly.The work that IWS does for women in Nigeria will grow in its importance over the next 100 years.”
Ms. Clarke also reflected on the IWS’ increasingly important role in fostering relations across international borders, especially now that numerous global companies are “moving into Nigeria to serve Nigerians, not extract its natural resources.” She noted that multinational companies “want to sell their products and services to the increasingly wealthy, and ever growing large population in Nigeria. They want to sell Nigerians their burgers, their cars, their clothes, and provide Nigerians with their computers, entertainment, and communications.” She added: “ These new global companies moving into Nigeria must develop meaningful, long term relationships in Nigeria, with the Nigerian people, in order to achieve success. They must know who these people are, understand them, and befriend them. The human aspect of this type of business is essential for their success. All of this means that IWS’ role is that much more important as Nigeria integrates itself into the global economy. “
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