Nkeiruka, Pate, Coker others emerge influential African health personalities
In celebration of global Black excellence, Nkeiruka Obi, Vice President and Regional Director, Africa at Smile Train, dedicated to providing comprehensive and free cleft surgeries worldwide, will be honoured as one of MIPAD’s 100 Most Influential Global Health and Wellness Personalities for 2023.
The event is renowned for bringing together a diverse group of Black leaders, visionaries, and influencers from around the world to discuss issues affecting people of African descent and celebrate remarkable success stories.
The Most Influential People of African Descent (MIPAD) is gearing up for its annual Recognition Week 2023, scheduled from September 28th to October 2nd in New York City, coinciding with the commencement of the 78th UN General Assembly.
Nkeiruka Obi’s inclusion in this year’s exclusive list of honourees alongside other eminent Nigerians like Dr. Muhammad Ali Pate, the Minister of Health, Dr. Timi Coker, Kate Isa and many others is a testament to her outstanding contributions to healthcare in Nigeria, Africa, and globally through her work with Smile Train.
Her efforts have unquestionably transformed the lives of numerous vulnerable individuals, particularly children born with clefts, providing them with life-changing surgeries and support that not only restore their smiles but also their dignity and pride.
The theme for this year’s event is “Attaining Equity for People of African Descent Worldwide,” aligns with MIPAD’s commitment to promote equality and justice.
The recognition of Nkeiruka Obi underscores her role in ensuring that every child born with a cleft, regardless of their social status, has an equal opportunity to aspire and lead a normal life.
This is achieved through training healthcare workers, equipping hospitals, and establishing partnerships that aim to perpetuate Smile Train’s work for future generations. Undoubtedly, this makes her a beacon of hope in the realm of global health and wellness.
The event taking place in New York during the week promises to be a remarkable gathering of changemakers and thought leaders, fostering discussions, collaboration, and inspiration for a brighter future.
The impact of this global assembly of influential figures in health and wellness is bound to energise the recipient and propel her to greater heights as she continues to lead Smile Train’s mission.
In the spotlight of the annual MIPAD Recognition Week 2023 is Jamil Olufowobi, the Founder and President of MIPAD, whose visionary leadership has been instrumental in bringing together a global assembly of exceptional individuals of African descent who have made indelible contributions to society.
Under his guidance, MIPAD continues to amplify the narratives of Black excellence, uncovering untold stories of triumph and perseverance even in the most unexpected places and high positions.
Olufowobi’s dedication to promoting equity and equality in communities worldwide is at the heart of MIPAD’s mission. We salute Jamil Olufowobi for his leadership and tireless efforts in recognising and celebrating the achievements of people of African descent globally.
MIPAD is a global civil society initiative supporting the International Decade for People of African Descent, as proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly.
It identifies and celebrates high achievers of African descent in both public and private sectors worldwide, fostering recognition, justice, and development.
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