Nigerian broadcaster, blogger, and social crusader,Funmi Iyanda, is now in the history books. She became the first African woman to receive a honorary fellowship from the University of Cumbria.
Funmi Iyanda has played a big part in the development of Nigeria’s National Television Authority. With her show, New dawn with Funmi, which was one of the highest rating show on the station before it was rested after 8 years.
Funmi Iyanda is being rewarded with an honorary fellowship for her significant global contribution to human rights and high profile work, at the University of Cumbria graduation ceremony in the historic Carlisle Cathedral, that will be held on the 25th November.
Funmi Iyanda is currently 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 individual agencies and organizations with the capacity and willingness to meet these people’s needs.
Funmi Iyanda has worked closely with the University of Cumbria for a number of years, in particular with its Institute for Leadership and Sustainability (IFLAS). Her achievements and inspiration make her a role model to the growing contingent of African students who enroll in the MBA program.
She has been recognized 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. Also, she is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute World Global Leaders Programme.
Funmi Iyanda had this to say about receiving the honour:
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.”
IFLAS Founder and Professor of Sustainability Leadership, Jem Bendell, says of Funmi:
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.”
Funmi Iyanda is also a UN ambassador, and she has often advocated for gay rights in Nigeria without a doubt this accolade is well deserved.