Popular journalist cum activist, Welisane Mokwe Nkeng has been recognised for her unwavering efforts in seeing that young girls and women are empowered.
She was honoured during the 18th edition of The Guardian Post Achievement Award which was organised last April 9, in Yaounde.
The award ceremony was chaired by the Canadian High Commissioner to Cameroon, Richard Bale in the presence of the Nigerian Consult General for the North West & South West regions, Ibrahim Bashir, members of parliament amongst other high personalities.
The famous media woman cum diplomat won the The Guardian Post 2020 Gender Empowerment awards for championing the crusade against issues that affect and hinder the advancement of the girl child and women in Cameroon.
Speaking after receiving her award and trophy, she said she was honoured to have been chosen by committee of judges as well as the readers of the paper.
“I am humbled and honoured at the same time. I’m encouraged to do better by this awards and I also congratulate the other winners of this award,” she posited.
“This awards is a stepping stone to higher height for me and I dedicate to my mother of blessed memory because this is the fruit of a seed she planted some 30 years ago,” she declared, before dedicating the awards to “all the members of the Welissane Foundation team who are very dynamic and it is thanks to them that we have won this awards”.
While promising to remain steadfast to championing for a better women situation in Cameroon, she emphatically dedicated the award to girls forcefully displaced from their homes by the ongoing armed crisis.
”I also dedicate the award to all the girls that have been displaced by the ongoing Anglophone crisis. I salute their resilience and I know that it is thanks to them that we are encouraged to do better and thanks to their courage to keep fighting and going that we are also encouraged to also keep fighting and forging ahead”.
She added that “I promise to keep on working harder for the plight of the girl child and of the woman because there’s more work to be done and we need more hands on deck, more associations, foundation and individuals to better the situation of the woman in our society”..