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Monday, March 11, 2013

Nigerian women's rights advocate, Josephine Odumakin honored by Michelle Obama

Nigerian democracy activist and women's rights advocate Dr. Josephine Okei-Odumakin, was one of the 10 phenomenal women who were honored by US first lady, Michelle Obama and US Secretary of State, John Kerry, on Friday March 8th in the US.

Dr. Josephine, who is the president of Campaign for Democracy and President of Women Arise for Change Initiative, was presented with the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award by John Kerry and Michelle Obama at a ceremony that held at the Dean Acheson Auditorium of the U.S. Department of State.

The annual Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award honors extra-ordinary women around the world who have done great work in advocating for human rights, women’s equality, and social progress. See more photos after the cut.


 
 

149 comments:

OSE said...

Nice work!!!!

Terungwa said...

For any good thing a man does, there sure is a reward, Linda - both on earth and in heaven. She got hers, you are getting yours and we all shall, if we continue doing good, get ours.

Terungwa blogs at: akaahanterungwa.blogspot.com

manymen said...

Congratulations Dr. This are the kind of people our government should honor with the National awards. Not drug barons and individuals with questionable antecedents.

★★PRINCE CHARMING™★★ said...

Worthy commendation indeed! Nice one!

Anonymous said...

That's awesome!

Anonymous said...

First to comment whoooo hooooo

↭PRINCE JOBLESS↭ said...

I love Michelle so much!!! My role model. This woman's one of the greatest women in history alongside the ever radiant Oprah Winfrey.

Anonymous said...

Congratulation to her. Need to have more sincere and upright women like this who strive a better society. More power and strength for her. True activist!
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Terungwa said...

Hard work surely pays, Linda - here and in heaven. She has got hers, you are getting yours and we all hope to someday, in the near future, get ours. Kudos. (the lesson: benefit humanity in all your actions!).

Terungwa blogs at: akaahanterungwa.blogspot.com

BONARIO NNAGS said...

awwww! congrats,a well deserved honour.
Her efforts at championing d course of women in our country cannot be overemphesized,a very intelligent woman dat knows her onus,as it pertains a voice to d voiceless and d rights of citizens in a democratic dispensation.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

BONARIO NNAGS said...

awwww! congrats,a well deserved honour.
Her efforts at championing d course of women in our country cannot be overemphasized,a very intelligent woman dat knows her onus,as it pertains a voice to d voiceless and d rights of citizens in a democratic dispensation.

~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA3310

Anonymous said...

D@s rili kul....congrats 2 her!

Long Dick

Anonymous said...

This no no lady always looking for her any avenue to boost her personal attention. She is about herself behind all this social advocacy agenda . Trust

Anonymous said...

Ugly ass manly-woman

Anonymous said...

Must she wear a green n white top?*rme* nyways...congrats! Dats a job weldone!

Anonymous said...

Way 2 go woman!! Thank God,4 d few sane n hardworking people who know d value of women.

MAXIMUS™ said...

*stands up - claps*

She is so deserving of this honour. Josephine has always been at the fore front of human rights activism in Nigeria. Congratulations! Well deserved!

Anonymous said...

Congratulations Mrs Odumakin . If na to crucify or to bad-mouth person ,comments go com quickly and sharply .

Anonymous said...

This is impressive.I like.

Daughter of Zion. said...

This is great achievement.We are coming behind you.

Anonymous said...

Now dats wot I call acheivement!!! Nice 1 doc.

Onakachi said...

NICE!

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of this great woman. God bless her.

Anonymous said...

Book good oooo. Linlin ikwuo gini

Anonymous said...

We are proud of our own..congrats dear :D

Yemily

Anonymous said...

An honour well deserved... Keep up th good work Josephine.

zinny said...

Lol she sha had to wear a green shirt ^__^

Anonymous said...

Congratulations 2 d Ódumakins!

Anonymous said...

...I have always bn pround of this Woman. She's one of the better Nigerians.

Anonymous said...

She really deserves it,been jailed over 17times n arrested uncountable times,she's really courageous,even met her hubby when she was in jail for activism

Anonymous said...

It's a really great achievement for her.. I also want to get to a point in my life where I'll be recognized for the good that I have done/contributed to the world and I'm working towards that.. So help me God.. Congratulations to her.. #Dr Kaodi#

Derick Hosagie said...

"IGBO" ppl I hope you see what a Yoruba has done!! Awards are Better than Awoff n Woru Woru Paroles

Jumyk said...

‎​ℓ̊'ll get there!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Congrats Dr Odumakin, we met @ a book launch recently and she hinted about this event. An intelligent and well-read woman! God bless you

Anonymous said...

I'm next to be celebrated globally! Amen.

lincoln Olalekan said...

Afterall, Goodwill pays, This woman has really been a great advocate For Human rights and Good Governance in Nigeria. I hope we can have more of her in Nigeria also Hope we the Youth can take a Emulate this Woman.

Anonymous said...

Did you see this as well?

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Mena mwah mwah said...

Congrats to Josephine.

Women Rights are my favourite topic http://efemenaoreoluwa.blogspot.com/2013/03/memorable-quote.html and I hope more and more people join this cause.

nahmebiko said...

This 1st Lady is fine sha... and she doesn't care how much ppl complain about her bangs! lol

Have Joe Odumakin's efforts been recognized at home yet? Most likely not, is my guess.

But this 1st Lady is gen-gehn mehn!

Amber igwe said...

Wow! Hope to be like her someday and even better.

BadGuy said...

Wow!!! U see, hardwork pays cos I've been reading stuff abt her works. This is nice and should encourage younger girls. No be by BB10 and Brazillian Hair. Work yourselves hard...and not ur pussies.

Vivian Nzekwe said...

Kudos Dr.. I am also a woman advocating for safe food and water in Nigeria..Join the fight
www.safefoodnaija.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Great Stuff from Mrs Obama!!

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Amber igwe said...

Wow! Hope to be like her.

Anonymous said...

Wow!this is news!this is what u get when u have the interest of poeple at heart.

Amber igwe said...

Wow! Hope to be like her.

Taiwo, Kehinde O said...

Brilliant!! Indeed, sticking to what is right, just and true is all that needs to be upheld.
Big ups to Dr. Josephine Odumakin on this feat..

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Dr. Joe Odunmakin.

Anonymous said...

I am so proud of Jojo Odumakin. She is such an admirable leader and visioneer. If only we had more honest people like her in Naija, it sure would be a better place. May God keep you Ma.

Omaa... said...

Amazing....I'll meet u @ the top!

jj said...

Keep on fighting for wats right madam.good work

Anonymous said...

Nice one.

INe said...

at least our women will know that its not all about painting faces and tieing big geles in vanitous parties that counts. congrats Dr odumakin and to your ebullient husband also, Yinka.

Anonymous said...

Dis is good.. Keep it up dear. Hardwork trully pays.

Anonymous said...

Simply awesome

ANYA IKENGA said...

Na our rulers de fall our hand. Nigerians are too much. Weldone Joe Okei.

TLS said...

Nice one, good work pays.

Anonymous said...

I love this woman, Dr Jo Odumakin. She's one human write activist who can't be bought by the corrupt Nigerian govt... I am a man, but I don't think there's been any genuine male Human rights activist after Fela. Na fake male activists we get everywhere, allover naija. God bless you ma'am. May you live long.

Anonymous said...

Yay dats aunty josephine. More grease 2 ur elbow 4rm ur niece ijeoma odumakin

M_M Sistas said...

Weldone ma!

Anonymous said...

This are the things I want to be seeing on this blog not those ashawo girls you put their pics here that don't have one education.

Anonymous said...

Joel is truly a wonderful woman and a true modern heroine. She took 4 bulletss during the abacha rule and still persists in human rights activism. I am so happy for her. A well deserved honour. IAI

JustPorsh said...

Amazing achievement.

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Anonymous said...

Congrats Dr Joe.This is an encouragement to the womenfolk that harder work does pay off!!

Anonymous said...

She's so patrotic,she had 2wear a grEen shirt!lol,I like her though!

Anonymous said...

Linda,saw this in Sunday sun newspaper yesterday and was like you should post this, so that libers will have opportunity to rejoice with this woman, also emulate her courage and make efforts to make things better with our own little contributions to our society. I'm proud of you Joe odumakin,more strength and courage.muah!.

Maureen Uhama said...

Nice! Pls Linda how i contact Mrs Obama?

Maureen Uhama said...

Nice! Pls Linda how do i contact Mrs Obama?

Anonymous said...

Wow!.. Great!.. Finally!.. Some thing good have come from nazareth!..

Anonymous said...

Rosie Said.......Congratulations to Dr Okei-Odumakin for all the good work you are doing,you must be doing something right to get such a recoginition.My prayer is that the lives of our brothers up North should be affected so that they can stop slaughtering human beings like cows.......And our dear first lady mrs Obama,am not not feeling your style today,what with the "bangs" looking like you just got out of bed,the flowey dress and the boots,whats going on?

GREAT love said...

Well done sister! The greastest job on earth is serve human kind with love and sincerity.

Myne Whitman said...

Congrats to Josephine, Nigerian women are going places.

zinnie said...

Deserved! Congratulations Ma'am. One thing ur life proves is that commitment to and deligence in the pursuit of purpose pays!

Anonymous said...

Way to go..Nigeria ladies.. We are beautiful, classy and intelligent.

KayDiaries said...

Wow! I'm impressed, God bless her.

maryam said...

so happy for her, I like it when women r doing great things like this

Mofeoluwa said...

WELL DONE.... DR. ODUMAKIN.... MORE GREASE TO YOUR ELBOW!

KayDiaries said...

Wow! I'm impressed, God bless her.

Anonymous said...

Equality D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥γ̲̣̣̥ say extols all men/woman.muchoo gracias for takn notes of G Ơ̴̴̴̴͡.̮Ơ̴̴̴͡D̶̲̥̅, deedz Michelle.

bami said...

Way to go Nigerian women, intelligent and classy

Anonymous said...

Where is Bloglord???

Mofeoluwa said...

Well Done.... Dr. Joy Odumakin... More Grease to Your Elbow!

Anonymous said...

Honestly this is exactly the kind of stuff I want to be doing bt instead of advocating for women's right I want to be an advocate for the poor and environmental health issues.
Tosin

Anonymous said...

Congrsts Jo! An award well deserved... And a big hug for your patriotic green and white shirt. #bighug...

Anonymous said...

Linda, I see you got my email. No need to acknowledge me, let it be our little secret.

Anonymous said...

Wow!! Dis is indeed a great feat. Congratz to her. Beta Nigerian.

Anonymous said...

She deserves it

y e t t a i said...

This is great! Congrat woman of courage, I receive the grace too IJN. What a good thing to emulate.

Anonymous said...

congrats 2 her

Anonymous said...

Wooow! clap..clap, clap! she really try. For every good work there is always a reward. Salute.

Anonymous said...

Whn u see things like this happening to a Nigerian dn hope is rekindled that Nigerian women ar nt only about designer dress,tatoo,red carpet and all dos other vain stuff.congratulation to one of us,congrats to Nigeria

Anonymous said...

Whn u see things like this happening to a Nigerian dn hope is rekindled that Nigerian women ar nt only about designer dress,tatoo,red carpet and all dos other vain stuff.congratulation to one of us,congrats to Nigeria

Troublemaker said...

Nawa o see the kind Ok a whole Obama wife dey wear haba!... Our dear Patience rocks jooor

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congrate to her

Paula said...

Congratulations to you Madam!

jbaby said...

Wow! Good to see nigerian women being recognised worldwide. Kudos to u mah

Anonymous said...

Sweet,I'm getting there

Anonymous said...

Nice one. Congrats Dr. Keep the flag flying high

nelo said...

Wow! Welldone Joe odumakin. Some recognition for your courageous work

Anonymous said...

aww well done to her!

chuksboy said...

Nice one. Congratulations to Dr Odumakin . It takes determination for her to do rights advocate . God bless her.

Onyekuni Ekawu said...

Gud tin we stil Nigerians reppin us in a positive way.

Louisa said...

Congratulations to Dr. Joe! She deserves the award and I'm sure there's still more to come.

She has been a steadfast human rights campaigner right from her Aluta days up till now and has remained true to what she believes.

God bless you Dr Joe!

Anonymous said...

Hmmmm nxt pls...........princess jobless

Anonymous said...

Congrats to her. I know she was trying to rep Naija by wearing the top she had on; I don't think it was necessary especially when it is so tight on her. You don't see Michelle wearing the US flag on her. A simple pin of our flag would have spoken volume than the tight shirt she had on. Good job all the same.

ice said...

I just love michelle obama, she's just an icon, see how simple humble and loyal she looks. She's one 2b reckon with

Sharon Sexy said...

@ Ice u r right,u got d words out of my mouth

Anonymous said...

Full on Ankara would have repped us better. Some graceful looking attire at least..haba!! Mbanu! She for help one Nigerian female designer by giving them some exposure via this platform. Think!!

Anonymous said...

Quite impressed...thumbs up...

Adele said...

Congratulations to Mrs Jo Odumakin. She is a real aluta activist. When you hear her speak, you'll know the aluta thing is in her blood! Lol! I like the fact that she dressed so simply with her green white green shirt. That's just how she is normally. Even though I wouldn't dress that way to see the first lady of the most powerful country in the world, I respect Mrs Odumakin for not trying to change who she is, just to impress. God bless her!

Anonymous said...

She surely deserves it

@doyexy on twitter said...

Congrats mam,,Lord bless U!!
Dis someone I want to look up to!! Being. A role model in d society..Lord bless ma hustle

Anonymous said...

You fool! STFU. Always criticizing meanwhile you are not even done with University. Face your numerous carry overs and get out of blogs. Silly Cow.

Anonymous said...

Na wa for una wey dey criticise her shirt. is dat wat is important? she's being honored for her achievements. Let's celebrate that instead

ladex said...

Plus dd shirt is even tight sef.SMH

cicy said...

Ashawo girls like ya mama, abi?

ade baptista said...

Must u complain abt d dress....,w wah 4 u

cicy said...

As she no help designers, wetin u dey wait for?
Abi no be ur mate they collect award so?

Anonymous said...

wow, congratulations. This is the type of news we want to be reading about Nigerians.

Anonymous said...

If she does drugs now she became an igbo woman,yoroba and double faces.tribes of naked dancers

Anonymous said...

This is a well deserved honour. I watched this woman during the Fuel Subsidy protest in Jan 2012. She spoke with so much conviction, strength, passion, grace and knowledge. I really admire you. And I wud say: keep up d good work

Anonymous said...

Yimu for u

Anonymous said...

Let's see ur hairy self

Anonymous said...

Can u make the sacrifice?

Anonymous said...

That's true ooooo- whr's she?

QueenRita983 said...

That's huge o. Really happy for her

Anonymous said...

Congrats 2 one of our country's best activist. Pls keep on d good work and I believe some day that our young naija girls will rise up n stand 4 justice and strive 4 d best. Congratulations ma'm

Anonymous said...

Dem dey lock man and woman together for naija prisons? Embellishment no good oooo. Congrats to d woman sha

Anonymous said...

Abeg what is the 'good thing' linda is doing abeg??? Don't trivialise odumakin's efforts abeg

Anonymous said...

I hate Michelle's dress. I HATE IT. who is her stylist? She is not a "too much design" personality. She needs straight cuts, no frills, no flowery stuff, military style. Fine woman and she come dey resemble housegirl and I hope she develops ringworm on her head. That seems to be the only way to cause her to get rid of that NASTY bang thing that is hiding her beauty and [no pun intended] making her look HIDEOUS!

omo onile said...

And your point? You sound like a person with inferiority complex!

Anonymous said...

You sound like a teen bigot, what's with the tribalism.pls growup nobody is fighting any tribal war. She is not even aware you exist. Odeeee.

Anonymous said...

pple who dey naija proud congratulations oh

Anonymous said...

God bless you

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Anonymous said...

Surely, your indefatigable fight against the ills in our society&the world in general is gradually gaining recognition. Just keep the fire burning.

Anonymous said...

Surely, your indefatigable fight against the ills in our society&the world in general is gradually gaining recognition. Just keep the fire burning.

Jayne Whyte said...

She deserves the recognition and much more. Nigerian women are doing great things.http://jaynewhyte.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Honour well earned,congr@ Dr.what soever a man sow he shall reap.

Jay O said...

Who is this Derick Hosagie clown commenting. If you did your own research, you'd see that her middle name is Obiajulu!! Which means she is prob an Igbo woman married to a Yoruba man. Regardless she is a Nigerian, quit with the tribalistic nonsense. Dont go there!

Anonymous said...

STFuP who said anyfin abt yoruba or ibo pple here! Gt a life! Bsids are u a nigerian? You name sounds like someone from mali!

Anonymous said...

HONOR WELL DESERVED.

Anonymous said...

I am so so proud of this lady, indeed she has worked so hard putting all at risk including her family she deserves it. Love u plenty my mentor.

Deb. said...

Congratulations Dr. Joe!!!. We are so proud of you

Derick Hosagie said...

Three of you b*tches Above would always remain anonymous all your miserable lives...... Hahaha get a face b*tch

jaja said...

I fully support and endorse this opinion. Enough of half naked ashies who's only talent is a big butt or yellow skin!!!

Gbosa! said...

Yes o ...na me...I made the comment about helping designers via this platform. I also totally congratulate and celebrate her. But true true, if na some people dem for dress well, yes we get brains but also carriage and beauty. THIS IS NOTE FOR MANY MORE NIGERIAN WOMEN WHO WILL BE RECOGNISED REAL SOON.SEEK ADVICE. Rep Nigeria properly na.... graceful, humble, motherly, not jaga jaga like eh bus conductor. This look will attract pity from some people in that room ( like omg,she is really from a very poor clueless country) which is not the message she is sending..Kapish?

..THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. WHEN YOU STOP 'SHITTING' FOOD BECOMES POISONOUS., ALLOW ROOM FOR FRESH SUPPLIES. (in other words, when you stop learning you become obsolete)

ALL THE INSULTERS, THE BRAIN IS USED FOR THINKING BEFORE TYPING.ENGAGE IT.

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bunmi Yomi said...

Nigerians can talk sha! Say person do good again una still dey complain kilode Just say somthing good and if u've got nothing good to say just let it pass is that too much to ask for?

Kudos to you madam may u get the eternal reward also Amen!

Anonymous said...

Its called having an opinion. If every person totally has the same perspective on a single story, wont the world be like a bee colony....