o others, their rewards will
definitely await them, Delta State Chapter of Young Women Christian Association
of Nigeria YWCA has Saturday 9th May, 2009 honoured a distinguished
and erudite scholar, Prof. Mrs. Eunice O. Igunbor with an award of excellence.
first award ceremony by the state chapter of YWCA which took place at the Delta
State Sports Council, Asaba, indoor sports hall attracted eminent personalities
from different Local Government Areas of the State.
an address, the third National Vice President of YWCA Nigeria, Mrs. Queen A.
Frank-Megbele JP who took the audience to memory lane of the foundation of the
association said it was founded by Bishop Tugwell in Nigeria in 1906 to educate
young girls in the fear of God through prayers and vocational skills in a small
town of Igolo in Abeokuta.
Frank-Megbele stated that the Young Women Christian Association has been in
existence since 1855 in
Great Britain as a
non-governmental and inter-denominational group through the duo of Miss Emma
Roberts and Emily Kinniard who opened or her home for nurses on their way to
the hospitals in Crimea.
described the YWCA which originally comprised twenty three persons who formed a
prayer union to pray for women and girls from shattered homes which later
spread out other parts of the world like, USA, Sweden, Norway among others as
the oldest NGO in Nigeria.
noted that as the association grew in numerical strength and otherwise, women
and girls of different Christian backgrounds were brought into a fellowship of
service and activities to promote their spiritual, mental, social and physical
YWCA which the president said is open to every Christian girl and woman from
ages 12 and above, welcomes people from different tribes, nationality, status,
profession and religion, with their motto as: ?by love serve one another? taken
from Galatians 5 verses 13.
Association is said to have many projects to their credit, among which are
provision of Day Care Centres, Nursery and Primary Schools, Hostels, Domestic
Science Centres, Poverty Alleviation programmes, youth empowerment and
development, health talks in rural areas and markets.
that YWCA operates in twenty two states of the federation with Lady Comfort N.
Ani as her National President and one of the World?s Vice Presidents, Mrs.
Frank-Megbele said they still have their state and Local Government
representatives, who are Mrs. C.N. Unoka, Asaba Branch Chairman, Lady Ngenegbo,
Agbor Branch, Mrs. O.N. Alakpodia, Abraka Branch, Mrs. Uzor Ebonka, Orogodo
Branch Chairman, Gladys E. Evuen, Warri Branch, other Chairmen are Mrs. Awana,
for Owa Branch, Mrs. Deborah Onomakpome, Sapele Branch, Mrs. Mercy Awara,
Efurun Branch, Mrs. V. Origho, Eku Branch, Mrs. Mary Meka, Abo-Ato Branch, Mrs.
Odili Kwale Branch.
the award with profound gratitude, Prof. Mrs. Igunbor who was recognized by the
YWCA for her immense contribution to the development of humanity, achievement
in life and interest in the things of God said the encomium belongs to God as
the giver of life and for using her as an instrument of refuge. She promised to
continue in her good service to humanity.