The Emerging African Leaders Academy (EALA), an initiative which showcases the next generation leaders from Africa, has honoured Anchor Heritage Empowerment Initiative (AHEI), a Non Governmental Organization (NGO), for its humanitarian service of providing legal aid and empowerment to prisoners and beautification of Nigerian prisons.
The event, held recently in Lagos, was in efforts to get the world to see Africa from the viewpoint of productivity instead of criticism and for Africans to live up to the occasion to always be producers and not just consumers.
The Founder of EALA, Abiola Stephanie Afolabi, who doubles as the Ambassador of Goodwill to the state of Georgia, said the award was to honour people who are out to make impact in their different fields and change the tides of the negative reports around.
According to her, the project EALA started in 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia, and in 2015 it was launched in Lagos, Nigeria and was also launched in Accra, Ghana in 2016.
The pilot face of EALA has been running for five years as a project and this is the last year. It was instituted under what is known as w EALA vision 2020, which aims to showcase 2000 leaders from Africa and by the year 2020 the initiative would start a leadership institute.
The president of AHEI, Bidemi Oladipupo, said the award was a welcome development and motivation to the NGO as it looks forward to reaching out to all prisons in the South West region of the country by the end of 2020.
According to him operations started in September 2017 and presently the foundation has been able to reach out to the Kirikiri Medium Prisons and is currently working on having a workshop in Kirikiri Maximum Prisons. They were able to beautify the Kirikiri Medium Prisons, and the inmates themselves produced all the paints that were used.
The foundation hopes move out to Mandala Prisons at Ilorin, the Ile Ife and Ilesha Prisons in Osun State by the end of the first quarter of 2019.