On Wednesday 25 November, Funmi Iyanda will receive an honorary fellowship award from the University of Cumbria, England, during a graduation ceremony in the historic Carlisle Cathedral in acknowledgment of her outstanding and high profile work.
The Nigerian media entrepreneur, activist and journalist, will be the first African woman to receive this award. Funmi is a Director at Creation television, a film production company in the United Kingdom, acquiring classic African literary content for film adaptation to a global audience. She is also the founder of the Change-A-Life Foundation, a social service non-profit organization that acts as a bridge between exceptional but indigent youth and women and the individuals, agencies and organizations with the capacity and willingness to meet these people’s needs.
She has worked closely with the University of Cumbria for a number of years, in particular with its Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS), where her achievements and inspiration make her a role model to the growing contingent of African MBA students in the institution. She has been recognised by the World Economic Forum making her a Young Global Leader (YGL) and by Forbes magazine naming her one of Africa’s most powerful and influential women, and is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute World Global Leaders Programme.
Speaking on receiving the award, Funmi said, “I am truly honoured to have my work and career recognised by such a historic institution and thankful for a great space to contribute to a diverse body of knowledge.” Also, here is what IFLAS Founder and Professor of Sustainability Leadership, Jem Bendell, says of her, “She demonstrates how celebrity and media can be used to raise the level of debate about what kind of society, politics and economy we want.
“Given the gossip and squabbling in much mainstream media, it is important that our cultural leaders call us to consider what really matters in life, like poverty, equality, and the environment. We look forward to working further with Funmi on a range of our activities in both the UK and Africa.”
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