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Nigeria’s Aderibigbe emerges first African recipient of Martin Luther King Jr. Award

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Nigeria’s Aderibigbe emerges first African recipient of Martin Luther King Jr. Award

A 20-year-old Nigerian student, Adebola Aderibigbe, was honoured with the Horizon Award at the 15th Realising the Dream Legacy Awards Banquet on January 12 in the United States as she became the first African and the youngest ever to receive the prestigious Horizon Award.


She was recognized alongside former Birmingham Mayor Richard Arrington, Jr. and attorney and former U.S. Senator Doug Jones who both received the Mountaintop Award and the Call to Conscience Award respectively. Aderibigbe is recognised for her advocacy for girls’ rights, literacy promotion, and community engagement. She won the International Day of the Girl Child Essay Contest at the age of 15 with her essay titled “What Gender Equality Means To Me.”


The annual event recognises a person in keeping with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s ideals of promoting social justice, peace, and equality providing vision, courage, and leadership to improve the quality of life for all.

Author: Bunmi Johnson

New York, USA

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