Charity Simon, Abuja
A Diasporan Nigerian, and publisher of AMOI Magazine, Chioma Ikejiani, has been listed among 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada for 2016.
Her nomination was conveyed to her in a letter signed by founder of Canada International Black Women, Rose Cathy Handy.
According to the letter, Ikejiani who is currently working on international projects in Nigeria, would be inducted into the top 100 Hall of Fame on June 10 at Novotel Hotel Mississauga, Canada.
Accepting the nomination, a highly elated Ikejiani thanked the organisation for the honour done her. She said the honour would rev her up to do more for black women in Canada while also remaining focused as an ambassador of the organisation.
Ikejiani, is also a recipient of the Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for achievements as a Canadian entrepreneur. An internationally recognized motivation speaker, Ikejiani was recognized for her tireless contribution to the development of the African community in Toronto, Canada.
In her letter conveying the nomination, founder of the organisation, Handy, has said the selection was a testimony to Ikejiani’s dexterity and achievements.
“This is a great testimony of the impact you, your work and achievement are having on the people who witness it around you. You should take great pride in that”, she said.
According to Handy, Ikejiani’s profile “will be displayed on the special magazine printed and distributed to all the attendees of the Canada International Black Women Event on June 10 and 11. And the full profile will be displayed on the event website after the event with your link and will stay there for the full year to give you more visibility. We may also do some specials promotions within the year to attract more attention to your profile and achievements”, Handy noted.
The organisation said “last year winners have been able to leverage this recognition by adding the mention in their signatures, bio, profiles, website, business cards…etc.”
The letter also disclosed that keynote speaker at the awards dinner “will be our past year winner and now the most power Black Woman in Canada: Celina Caesar-Chavannes, who went from a research consultant at the time of the event last year to now the “Door to the Justin Trudeau”, the Prime Minister of Canada”.
“Indeed since winning last year, Celina became the newly elected MP for Whitby, then was appointed the Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister last fall. You have to go through her to talk to Justin Trudeau in Parliament Hill”, Handy informed Ikejiani.