Nigerian and two other African activists win Peace, Justice and Human Rights award

December 23 (THEWILL) – Nigerian activist Wilson Atumeyi along with two other Africans have been recognized for promoting peace, justice and human rights across the continent.

The award from Africans Rising, a pan-African movement, was in recognition of their selfless contributions to the achievement of democracy, justice, human rights and good governance on the African continent.

The three African activists are Wilson Atumeyi, a Nigerian who won the Activist of the Year, Youth for Parliament, a Zambian movement won the Movement of the Year category and Joice Zou, an Angolan poet won the Artistic Activist. of the year.

The winners received a thousand dollars each, the first finalists received five hundred dollars each while the second finalists pocketed three hundred dollars each.

The prices of three categories; Activist of the Year, Movement of the Year and Art Activist of the Year were presented to the winners in Abuja, the capital of Nigeria.

Movement co-chair Wangui wa Ngoro said the award aims to encourage young African activists to lobby for desired change on the African continent and inspire others to join the cause.

Ngoro also stressed that the movement is not an enemy of the government but whose vision is in line with the African Union Vision 2063 which politically states what Africans want in accordance with the constitutions of the countries.

“The AU has Vision 2063, which politically defines the Africa we want, so we are only pushing this agenda alongside our countries’ constitutions.

“It is a political framework of Africa itself. We are no one’s enemy, we rely on and support our governments. The aim of the movement is also to ensure that Africans can speak out against all forms of injustice, inhumanity and brutality.

She added: “We are excited about this event where, last year, young African activists made their voices heard and made positive changes in their communities despite the growing challenges of global health and political crises.

“However, we are inspired by their selfless activism and African Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity comes together each year to recognize and celebrate their achievements through the awards for rising Africans activism,” said Goro.

Ms Coumba Toure, a movement coordinating collective, said the award was not limited to celebrating just the winner, but recognizing the efforts of everyone listed in the categories for their efforts.

“What we’re doing with these awards is showing they’re there. We have criteria and our members vote to decide who is the winner. But the truth is that every activist, every movement, every artist who has participated in this competition is the one we want to be seen, ”said Touré; adding that African Rising is built on the fact that wherever there is injustice, these are people, organizations and movements fighting for justice and we want them to be seen and their voices heard.

“So whether they are chosen or not our job is to show who they are, our job is to amplify their voices and what we want is what they are fighting for, and those who can see them. or hear them through us support them.

“We in Africa have to move beyond the moment when speaking your opinion becomes a threat to your life, so it is a big challenge,” Touré added.

Also speaking, Muhammed Lamin, another movement coordinating collective, noted that Africans Rising is a movement that supports and shows solidarity with movements across continents to achieve their cause.

Lamin lamented the high rate of brutality against activists and journalists on the continent, noting that this will not make them back down in their efforts.

He noted, however, that “thanks to African Rising’s campaign for freedom, more than 80,000 journalists and activists have been released from prisons across Africa during the pandemic. We have lost many of our compatriots to bullets, detentions, torture and all forms of human brutality inflicted by our governments.

Lamin also noted that “in the name of raising their voice against injustice, corruption and the brutal nature of governance on the continents, many of our activists are in jail in Nigeria who have raised their voices against police brutality. during the courageous #EndSARS demonstration.

“Brutality will only give us hope that no one can come from another continent to give us the change we want, it has to be us.”

Another co-chair of the movement and Nigerian activist, Deji Adeyanju, said the movement has made solidarity interventions in Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, among other countries to ensure the reestablishment of democratic rule.

One of the laureates, who won the award for Activist of the Year, Wilson Atumeyi, Founder and CEO of Water With Development (WaterWide), a non-profit organization that solves water sanitation issues. water and sanitation in Nigeria, talks about the price.

“The Africans Rising Award is a great award that shows that our water scale work is getting the attention it needs and that we are getting success stories and ensuring that people have access to water facilities. water and sanitation in rural communities. The Africans Rising Prize is for Africans and I think it guarantees and shows that development itself and activism are at the heart of its concerns, ”he said.

In the coming year, Africans Rising will highlight the work of African women, through a program called the Invisible Giants.

50 African women will be celebrated for their efforts to advance the desire for peace, justice and dignity.

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