50th Anniversary of The ISA WALI EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE (IWEI) – WRAPA joins in Commemoration
Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative (IWEI) is a non-governmental, non-profitable organization founded by Mrs. Maryam Uwais MFR in memory of her late father, Ambassador Isa Wali.
IWEI’s structure comprise of a strong board of twelve (12) directors that includes professionals from all aspects of life who advise and guide the organization. IWEI also has a growing network of staff and volunteers that executes programs.
From its establishment to date, Isa Wali Empowerment Initiative continues to support women and children in areas of family health, women empowerment, access to justice, human rights and education for women and girls.
IWEI programs are supported and funded through donations from individuals, corporate organizations and international agencies. Thus, in order to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Man ‘Isa Wali’, in whose memory IWEI was founded, the organization planned this fund-raising event on 19th February, 2017, (actual day he died 19/2/67) to further support and continue with its programs in order to expand to other states in the country.
The purpose of this Event was for a Fund Raising Lecture and Lunch to mark 50th Anniversary of the death of Ambassador Isa Wali.
The event, which took place at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre in Abuja was attended by dignitaries, friends, family, CSOs (WRAPA, GLOBAL RIGHTS), donors (MacArthur, FORD Foundation) and corporate organizations. Dignitaries in attendance were, Acting President, Vice President Yemi Osinbanjo, Hajiya Amina Mohammed, Hon Minister of Environment and UN Deputy Secretary General Designate, HH Muhammad Sanusi II, Emir of Kano, Alh Yusuf Maitama Sule, Dan Masanin Kano, Ambassador Isaac Sagay, a former colleague of late Isa Wali, Ministers of States and some Senators and members of House of Representative. WRAPA was represented by the Secretary General, Saudatu Mahdi, MFR and Umma Rimi, Executive Programs Officer.
A brochure on the Man: Isa Wali from an exclusive interview by a distinguished historian/reporter, Suzanne Cronje printed in the Independence Day Special Edition of African Horizon in 1960, was distributed to guest. Part of the introduction stated that ‘Not only is this interview historic, it is a consummate narrative on subject matters that span years but are still of such contemporary significance, with particular regard to Nigerian politics, gender issues, religion and globalization
A brochure on IWEI which includes the 2015 Annual Report was also distributed to guest for further information on the Organization.
Donations, contributions and pledges were collected at the end of the event before lunch was served.