The One Percent Project, an organisation on whose board I am a member and which I’ve written about here and here, dedicated to finding lasting solutions to the problem of the lack of safe and reliable blood for transfusion in Nigeria through advocacy, blood drives, and other direct action, made the limelight today. It was featured, through the founder, Temie Giwa, on the BBC’s list of 100 Women in 2014 working to make a difference in the world.
She is the only third Nigerian on the list, along with Funmi Iyanda (a famous former TV presenter) and Obiageli Ezekwesili, Former World Bank Vice President for Africa and Former Minister for Education, Nigeria. Other non-Nigerians on the global list include Joyce Banda, the current president of Malawi, Dr Yasmin Altwaijri, Saudi mental health and obesity scientist, among others. She is also the youngest.
Well deserved, even if I say so myself.