Ibrahim Aeisatu receives award for championing indigenous people’s emancipation
by Fonban E. Lendzemo
The Founder and National Coordinator of Cameroon Indigenous Women Forum, known by its acronym CAIWOF has received a special award in the just ended 18th edition of The Guardian Post 2020 Achievement Award. This took place on Friday, April 9, 2021 at the Yaounde City council hall, in Cameroon’s political capital.
The award which came under the ticket of Indigenous People’s Emancipation Champion took place in the presence of high-profile personalities like the Canadian High Commissioner to Cameroon, the Nigerian Consular Officer for the two English speaking regions and other representatives of state institutions as well as the boss of The Guardian Post in the person of Ngah Christian.
In his portfolio as the organiser, Ngah Christian, Founder and Publisher of The Guardian Post media group, congratulating laureates for this edition, highlighted that laureates should not give a lot of honors to the award but get a motivation to work harder which is the motive of the award.
For her part, Ibrahim Aeisatu Bouba who is the Founder and National Coordinator of CAIWOF expressed her delight to have emerged a laureate in such an achievement award following her efforts to emancipate indigenous women in Cameroon.
“I am so grateful and I think it is due to our hard work. I think it is also to push us to work harder and try to improve on our commitments to communities. We have been working in seven regions in Cameroon and we have had a lot of impact notably in the areas of fighting against gender-based violence by raising community awareness to sensitize on issues relating to gender-based violence with focus on women and girls. We have been working so hard to educate community and religious leaders on the dangers of early and forced marriages and we have so far rescued about 1200 girls from early and forced marriages that we have enrolled in different schools. So we are so far having many of these girls who are already university graduates and some in professional schools” said Ibrahim Aeisatu Bouba, Founder and National Coordinator of CAIWOF.
She added that her organisation has been working on promoting indigenous women political participation by encouraging the “Mbororo” women to take part in the development of their communities.
CAIWOF’s efforts and commitments have been able to get the Mbororo women seats as counsellors and as of now a lady within the Mbororo community who is a first deputy mayor.
All these is thanks to the efforts of Ibrahim Aeisatu and her organisation. Earned by merit, The Guardian Post Achievers Award for Emancipation of Indigenous Women coming to Ibrahim Aeisatu is a sign that her efforts are seen beyond those she serves and also an encouragement for her not to relent efforts in increasing the jurisdiction of CAIWOF to move to other regions.