FOMI HonoursTumaka, Jibola, Aniebonam, Obiageli Others With National Awards

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A public relations expert, motivational speaker and immediate past Director of Special Duties and External Relations in the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Hajia Lami Tumaka has been honoured with the Face Of Maritime International Role Model Ambassador Award 2020.

The Honour was conferred on Tumaka at the Season 5 Grand Finale of Face Of Maritime International (FOMI), tagged “A Night Of Beauty & Women Empowerment” which was held in her honour on Sunday in Lagos. 

(R-L): Immediate past President of WISTA Nigeria, Mrs Mary Hamman, presenting the Maritime Amazons Award to Engr Sarat Braimah, Area Manager, Lagos Area Office of NIWA, at FOMI 2020 Grand Finale held last Sunday in Lagos with Mr Sylvanus Obasi, FOMI Director standing by .

Speaking while making a Keynote Speech on the event’s theme entitled, “Zero To Shero”, immediate past Director General of the Nigerian Chamber of Shipping, Barr Obiageli Obi described Tumaka as a Shero who has risen to the top of her career and opened the door for many other women to rise from zero to sheroes. 

Obiageli encouraged women to strive for excellence and rise from bottom to top in their respective careers or fields of endeavors. 

She also admonished women who have risen to the top not to shut the doors behind them but keep the doors open for other women to walk in and rise to the top as well. 

Popular Nollywood Actor, Mr Jibola Dabo (Middle) pose for picture with his friends after receiving the Nigeria Heroes Award at the 2020 Grand Finale of FOMI held last Sunday in Lagos.

Earlier in his opening remarks, the Founder of FOMI, Mr Sylvanus Obasi said the occasion was put together to celebrate outstanding Women in the Nigerian maritime sector and use their Success stories to encourage younger women in the maritime career paths. 

Obasi stated that the purpose of FOMI is to change the perception that maritime is all for men, to champion Girls Go-To-Sea Campaign, to promote Nigeria maritime Tourism Potential and to mentor young women in maritime career path. 

Responding after receiving the Award, Tumaka thanked the organisers for finding her worthy of the Honour. She promised to continue to be a good role model ambassador to the young ones, especially young women in the maritime sector.

R-L: Deputy President-General, Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN), Com Oboh presenting Nigeria Heroes Award to Mr Dipo Olayoku, representative of Dr Boniface Aniebonam at the 2020 FOMI Grand Finale held last Sunday in Lagos, while another female member of MWUN stands by .

Meanwhile, in the Maritime Amazons  categories of Awards, Five other maritime women were equally honoured at the occasion. They are: Engr Sarat Braimah, Area Manager, Lagos Area Office of the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA); Mrs Anthonia Adara, Deputy Director, Admin/Human Resources of Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC); 

Others include: Barr Tosan Edodo-Emore, Convener of Lagos International Maritime Week, Hajia Bola Muse, President of Women in Maritime Africa (WIMA) Nigeria Chapter and Barr Obiageli Obi, Legal Practitioner, Business Strategist and Former Director-General, Nigerian Chamber of Shipping. 

L-R: Outgoing FOMI Queen Tourism, Queen Obodozie Adaeze presenting Maritime Amazons Award to Barr Obiageli Obi at FOMI 2020 Grand Finale held last Sunday in Lagos.

Similarly, 7 awardees were also honoured with the Nigeria Sheroes & Heroes Award. They are: Mr Jibola Dabo, popular Nollywood actor, Mrs Nkem Okocha, social entrepreneur and Founder of MAMAMONI; Dr Boniface Aniebonam, National Chairman of New Nigeria People’s Party, and Founder of National Association of Government Approved Freight Forwarders (NAGAFF). 

Others include: Prof Dr Aderonke Lawal-Are, Lecturer at University of Lagos; Hon Tony Iju Nwabunike, National President, Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA); Miss Magdalene Elembe, Nollywood Actress and Founder of De-blisskids Entertainment; as well as A.B Hamisu, Commandant, Customs Training College, Ikeja. 

The occasion was well attended as it attracted so many dignitaries both within and outside the maritime sector. 

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