Apostle Eunice Gordon Osagiede, a social crusader for women and youth empowerment has received the prestigious United States of America Congress Women of Excellence award for the year 2019.
She got the award along with 19 others out of the 150 that were screened across the globe.
She is the only African woman that featured in the 2019 award. U.S. Congressman Danny K. Davis said that the 7th congressional district’s Multi Ethnic Advisory Task Force (MEATF) is celebrating 7th Annual International Women’s day, March 8, 2019 by honouring top “Twenty Global Women” who have excelled in their respective fields.
According to Danny K Davis “The International Woman’s day, March 8, is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The 2019 theme is “Think Equal, Build Smart & Innovate Change”.
The AMEC Awards Jury 2019 named Apostle Eunice Osagiede among the 20 influential and inspirational women who are trailblazing women using passion, indignation and anger to spark real change in the world around them. The achievement of the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) he said requires transformative shifts, integrated approaches and new solutions, particularly when it comes to advancing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.
Based on current trajectories, existing interventions will not suffice to achieve a Planet 50-50 by 2030. Innovative approaches that disrupt “business as usual” are central to removing structural barriers and ensuring that no woman and no girl is left behind”.
Further more he said “innovation and technology provide unprecedented opportunities, yet trends indicate a growing gender digital divide and women are under-represented in the field of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design. It prevents them from developing and influencing gender-responsive innovations to achieve transformative gains for society. From mobile banking to artificial intelligence and the internet of things, it is vital that women’s ideas and experiences equally influence the design and implementation of the innovations that shape our future societies.
Based on the set criteria Apostle Eunice Osagiede was sported through her bio data for the congressional award as a result of her pioneering initiative in women empowerment in Nigeria aimed at lifting widows, orphanage and the less privilege out of poverty. One of such lofty programme is TABITHA Integrated Services that targets job provision for widows. Tabitha Global Empowerment Programme is for Aged Women and Widows Empowerment and enlightenment. Another of her pioneering initiative is WINN.
In her burning desire to improve the lots of Nigerian women Osagiede established the Women in the New Nigeria and Youth Empowerment Initiative (WINN), a non-governmental not-for-profit interfaith organisation that seeks to change the battered image of Nigeria, especially known globally for girl -child trafficking. However now empowering and changing the mind set of women and youth through free trainings, and free skills acquisition. WINN focused on personal development programs workshops, health care services, advocacy, community responsibility programmes, such as Girl-Child Time-out in schools, sanitation, free healthcare delivery, and many more.
Her humanity field work WINN, emphasises training and re-orientation, as the special means and approach for individual changes in attitude, positively transforming lives even to the world at large. WINN activities are geared toward celebrating and promoting Nigeria through the years. It equally promotes Nigeria’s future with focus on ‘the change starts with us, the change starts now’.
Women In New Nigeria her brain child collaborates with government agencies such as SMEDAN, BOI, NDE, NEPC, Ministry of Women Affairs, EFCC, INEC, NGOs like IWAYEC, Mother & Child Enhancement Foundation, Business and Professional Women (BPW) and international such as KAIDO, British Council, to organise programmes that benefits women and youth in Nigeria. This organisation was birthed March 2010 and just barely 5 years after so many lives were impacted and several communities transformed.
In its few years of existence, it has over 5,000 members mostly grass root women and youth across the country and well represented in over 20 states in Nigeria. There is also WINN in Diaspora, such as WINW. UK, Ghana, Serria leon, Liberia, Chad Cameroun and South Africa. This is born out of her recognition of the fact that all around the world women and children are the victims of wars, insurgency, earthquakes, abuse which often left them helpless. She said “we have to take up the challenge as a church, as an organisation, as an individual and make a change in the lives of these women/girls”. WINN she asserts stands by this adage “if you empower a woman/girl you empower the whole nation”.
Through her instrumentality three free training for empowerment exhibitions have been organised by WINN in Abuja , Edo state and Nasarawa State. These exhibitions were organised in collaboration with some public sector agencies to show case the women small scale entrepreneurs and farmers from the grassroots becoming manufacturers and producers of goods, both edible and non-edible.
The exhibitions were flourished with up coming exhibitors and WINN had to invite organizations from individuals to government officials such as SMEDAN, National Directorate of Employment, Bank of Industry, Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Ethics and Values, Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
All came to witness her free training for empowerment exhibitions. The exhibition helped to expose the grassroots women to the world and for them to be able to show the world what they can produce if given the chance. It also brought them closer to their market and customers.
From the records of Apostle Eunice Gordion Osagiede’s empowerment programme, WINW (UK) donated bags of Soya Bean seeds for rural women in 30 villages around Shere koro. This took place on the 5th June, 2013. WINW (UK) has imparted African Nations such as Chad, Liberia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone , Cameroon , Ghana and South Africa, through free skill empowerment for widows , Women and Youths, Mindset training and nation building seminars/conferences. Since its inception ( 21st September 2010), Winn has done so much, all of which where showcased through video clips of WINN Flag off’s, WINN inaugurations, WINN Exhibitions, WINN Rallies, Empowerment and free skill acquisition programs sponsored by WINN.
Previous award she had received include: PSR Women of Merit Gold Award 2004, Great African Merit Award (GAMA) 2004, Distinguished Leaders in National Development Gold Award, 2005; The Distinguished Nigerian Woman of Merit Award, 2005, Development in Nigeria Merit Award, 2005; Complete Success Magazine’s Distinguished Nation, Builder’s Merit, 2005; Time News Magazine’s Distinguished Nigerian, Women Merit Award, 2005; Achievers Award Certificate as Best Female Television Preacher of the Gospel and Woman of Prayer 2005; Eminent Nigeria Leadership Diamond Award, 2006 (for her indefatigable effort in Championing Evangelism and Winning Souls for Christ).
Others are Patriotic Achievers’ Award 2006; Most Outstanding in Ministry 2006, (this award was in the Distinguished Women Gold Award organised by the Destiny Broadcasting Network in Kano); Fellowship Award of Strategic, Finance and Administrative Institute 2006; Distinguished Women God Award, 2006; Award of Excellence for Outstanding Dedication, Commitment and Leadership in Kingdom Assignment of Turning Millions of hearts to Jesus; Pillar of National Development Gold Award, 2006; Star Diamond Award (Restoration) 2006 USA & Canada; Outstanding Global Touch Award 2006 USA & Canada; African Pacesetters Award October 2008 Ghana (Accra); (Acknowledgement of her immense contribution to the building of the African Continent in the field of religion and certificate of honour); Distinguished Award of Excellence 2009 to the President of Youth of Excellence (In recognition of your selfless commitment to advancing the kingdom of God and tireless support to the vision of the Youth of Excellence on the occasion of the 10th Year Anniversary of Youth of Excellence, Worldwide.
Certainly her pioneering efforts speak volume and this award is another feather in her cap of great service to humanity. She is being well appreciated within and outside Nigeria. Like one Pastor said on hearing of the news of the award “if the adage that the voice of the people is the voice of God, then God is rewarding her openly through the hands of men”. Nothing can be more revealing than when she said on receiving the award, “my late husband used to call me first lady of global evangelism, I am grateful that today this is being fulfilled.