How my passion earned me British honour – Iginla-Aina

How my passion earned me British honour – Iginla-Aina

Nigerian based in the UK, Mrs Olusubomi Iginla-Aina has bagged the third highest national honour of Member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE).

Iginla-Aina presents her award to Dabiri-Erewa.

Aina, while presenting the award to Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman/CEO, Nigerians In Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) in Abuja said that her passion for uplifting the less privileged earned her the award.

She said that through her NGO, Lightup Foundation, she had been able to impact the lives of thousands of people through various humanitarian programmes both in Nigeria and in the UK.

“Most of the time I spend everything I have and after doing that you find there is always a problem on ground. My goal is to ensure that we solve the problem. So whatever I have got goes into it.

“I cannot count the number of people whose lives I have impacted. I started it in secondary school and when I got to the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, that was when I started Lightup Foundation,” she said.

Iginla-Aina joins other Nigerians who were conferred with similar awards in the past, among them Dr Nneka Abulokwe, the Founder, MicroMax Consulting.

Responding, Dabiri-Erewa praised Aina for her humanitarian service and urging her not to relent in the good work of impacting the lives of the less privileged.

According to Dabiri-Erewa, Iginla-Aina is a reflection of true Nigerian ideals and also represents what the real Nigerian in the diaspora should be.

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