The organizers of the 2022 African Genius Awards (AGA) – Plus 94 Analysis and Precedence Efficiency Challenge and the College of Pretoria (UP) have introduced the manager director of Challenge PINK BLUE, Runcie C.W. Chidebe as one of many Excellent African Achievers awardees for his advocacy for higher most cancers care in Nigeria and Africa.
Chidebe, 36, is the founder and govt director of Challenge PINK BLUE, a most cancers non-governmental group. He has been a frontline most cancers affected person advocate and a number one voice urging the Nigeria authorities to make most cancers management a nationwide well being precedence.
In 2016, he co-led sequence of campaigns and advocacies that led to the passage of the invoice for institution of the Nationwide Institute for Most cancers Analysis and Therapy by the Nationwide Meeting.
The invoice was finally signed into regulation by President Muhammadu Buhari in December 2017.
In the identical, he based the primary breast most cancers assist group in Abuja often known as Abuja Breast Most cancers Assist Group with 9 most cancers sufferers, at the moment, the group has grown right into a nationwide network- Community of Individuals Impacted by Most cancers in Nigeria (NePICiN) connecting tons of of most cancers sufferers to steer advocacy throughout the nation.
Globally, Chidebe is thought for his constant advocacy on world inequities in entry to most cancers care- urging world leaders to make most cancers care accessible to each affected person in Africa and low useful resource nations.
Talking on the award ceremony in Pretoria, Vice-Chancellor of the College of Pretoria, Principal Professor Tawana Kupe mentioned, “Africa is wealthy in expertise, and its individuals must provide you with options to its personal issues, by changing into a information financial system.
He mentioned Africa has the youngest inhabitants and can be a supply of human assets for the remainder of the world including that AGA serves as an inspiration to younger individuals on the continent to be modern and resilient, regardless of the continent’s challenges.
Additionally, the CEO of Plus 94 Analysis and Precedence Efficiency Tasks,Dr Sifiso Falala defined that an ‘African Genius’ is outlined as any particular person who possesses distinctive traits and expertise and has used them to handle challenges or to influence African societies in methods which might be uplifting, transformative and construct the esteem of Africans, and that encourage them to make important contributions to the continent and its nations’ growth in several methods.
Whereas reacting ,the Government Director of Challenge PINK BLUE,Runcie C.W. Chidebe mentioned “I’m not apprehensive about what Africa has been via, I’m apprehensive about what Africa goes via proper now and what Africa could undergo sooner or later.
“Therefore, I cannot stand and watch Africa sink. I’m taking a stand to assist this stunning and resourceful continent. I hope that many younger individuals will decide up various sectors of our sufferings and work in the direction of fixing it.
” I’m eternally grateful to the organizers of AGA for this continental honour. It means Africa to me,” he mentioned.
Chidebe is among the many two Nigerians acknowledged among the many eleven people honoured with this prestigious award. Different awardees are Dr. Akinwumi Adesina (Nigeria), Dr David Moinina Sengeh (Sierra Leone), Dr Ngalula Sandrine Mubenga (DRC), Ms Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu (Ethiopia), Mr Joseph-Achille Mbembe (Cameroon), Mr Kelvin Doe (Sierra Leone), Mr Paulin J. Hountondji (Benin), Prof PLO Lumumba (Kenya), Mr Nana Kwame Bediako (Ghana) and Mr Vusi Thembekwayo (South Africa).