A prominent Nigerian politician and an advocate for women’s right, Mrs. Juliet Ngozi Olejeme was recently honoured with a Doctorate Degree Award at the just concluded convocation ceremony of American Heritage University of Southern California (AHUSC).
The honorary degree was bestowed on Mrs. Olejeme by Professor Tony B.E.Ogiamien, AHUSC president, for her advocacy, relentless philanthropic activities and the promotion of good governance.
Mrs. Olejeme rose to national prominence during the volatile period of military dictatorship. As a fearless leader of various community organizations, Mrs. Olejeme support the cause of many Nigerians who defiantly challenge the government of late General Sani Abacha (1993 – 1998) to pave way for democracy.
As a result of Mrs Olejeme unwavering leadership, she was elected president of Ibo Women Forum, a non-governmental organization that empowers women in national political affairs. To prove her point, she challenged the established candidates to a political duel in the 2007, when she contested the governorship election in her home state of Delta. Though she lost the fight gamely, Mrs Olejeme continues to inspire many Nigerian women to be active in partisan politics as a way to infuse discipline in the political arena.
Mrs Olejeme commitment to her party success wouldn’t go unnoticed among party officials who promptly rewarded her with a directorship position on the board of Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited. Two years later, Mrs. Olejeme was made a key member of Nigerian Insurance Trust Fund and subsequently as chairperson of the country’s Trust Fund Pensions plc. These dual appointments squarely placed her at the center of Nigeria’s effort to set up a social security scheme for workers as profound in other developed countries.
Commenting on the award, Mrs Olejeme praised AHUSC board (staff and president), said she was honoured and encouraged to continue supporting activities that help build a better society in all realms of life.