The World Economic Forum has released its Global Leader Class of 2017, a list of people recognized for making considerable contributions to their field and society.
Out of a total number of 93 shortlisted candidates, 15 of them are from Africa, and Lois Auta is the only Nigerian that made it to the list. She has been named one of 2017 World Changers for advocating for disabled people’s rights in Nigeria.
Who is Lois Auta?
Lois Auta, 2017 World Changer was only two years when she was struck by poliomyelitis.
The young vibrant lady saw as an opportunity to not only carve a niche for herself but to also show others that disability shouldn’t be deterrent to achieving greatness in life and fulfilling one’s calling.
Throughout her 37 years of life, she has never allowed her disability to make her a liability despite her humble background but fought her way through life.
Lois’ advocacy made some persons with disabilities to be fully employed, scholarship awards to be given to students with disabilities, sign language interpreters to be included during meetings, ramps to be built in some offices, schools, churches, and restaurants and other social places.
She is a Mandela Washington Fellow, Vice President, Mandela Washington Fellowship Alumni Association, Nigeria, a support staff with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, the Founder and Executive Director of Cedar Seed Foundation among others.
Her credibility and activities also featured in a selection in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders the first class of 2014, an initiative of President Barack Obama. She met with President Barack Obama and got a presidential handshake from him and a hug from Michelle Obama.
Lois is making things happen by ensuring the inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in government policies and programs.
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