Miss Nigerian Railway Corporation who came fifth and emerged FOMI Miss Leadership in the just concluded Face Of Maritime International (FOMI) 2019, Ikeru Happiness has just been offered admission on merit at the foremost Maritime Academy in Nigeria, the Federal College of Fisheries and Marine Technology (FCFMT) to study Nautical Sciences.
In a press statement issued on Friday by the Founder and Project Director of Face Of Maritime International, Mr Obasi Sylvanus, he revealed that Miss Ikeru who won the Hajia Bola Muse Maritime Leadership Award/Prize at the FOMI 2019 Grand Finale developed interest in maritime career after being exposed to basic maritime knowledge during the FOMI contest. Hence, with her science background in SSCE she sought admission to study Nautical Sciences at FCFMT with a view of becoming seafarer and ship captain in the nearest future. With this admission, Happiness is set to resume school in January 2020.
According to Mr Obasi, “Happiness is the second FOMI contestant to gain admission to study maritime related courses after being exposed to the maritime world through the FOMI contest. The first was Miss NAGAFF and FOMI Miss Hilarious 2017, Francis Precious who also sought and gained admission to study Maritime Transportation and Business Studies at the same FCFMT. Precious is currently in her 200 level at the school and would be glad to welcome Happiness to FCFMT by January 2020”, he said.
Speaking further, the FOMI Founder called on maritime agencies, companies, organisations and good-spirited Individuals to support the two young ladies in their aspirations of becoming female maritime professionals, in a male-dominated terrain.
He maintained that this second admission by another FOMI contestant, and others still seeking admission is a confirmation that the Girls Go-To-Sea Campaign Project which Face Of Maritime International has been championing since the past 4 years has begun to yield expected results.
Obasi hinted that three other contestants of Face of Maritime International 2019 edition are also seeking admission in various maritime institutions as a result of the brief exposure they received during the short period of the contest. He added that FOMI would be glad to make the news public as soon they succeed in gaining admission.
Recall that Platform Reporters birthed Face Of Maritime International in 2016 with a view to use the brand to change the perception that maritime is not only for men by creating more awareness about career opportunities for women in the maritime sector. It does this through by championing a pet-project called, Girls Go-To-Sea Campaign.