Women in Nigeria: Bene E. Madunagu

By Wendy |

Entrant: Meredeth Turshen

Nominee: Bene E. Madunagu, professor of botany at the University of Calabar, Nigeria

Bene E. Madunagu, a founding member of Women In Nigeria (WIN), is a professor of botany at the University of Calabar, Nigeria, where she is an active member of the Nigerian Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU). A radical socialist and feminist activist since the 1970s, Bene founded Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) with Grace Osakue in 1993.

Currently, she chairs the board of the Calabar International Centre for Research, Information and Documentation (CIINSTRID), which executes a critical and anti-sexist program for male adolescents. She also chairs the boards of the International Centre for Reproductive and Sexual Rights (INCRESE) and Baobab for Women’s Human Rights, and is a board member of AMANITARE (African Partnership for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights for Women and Girls).

In 2003, Bene became the General Coordinator of DAWN (Development Alternatives With Women for a New Era), a network of women scholars and activists from the global South who are committed to working for gender justice, economic justice, and democracy.

51 Comments

  1. Zahid says:

    Sub: Application for enlistment / enrollment as member.

    Dear Sir,

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    ` Md.ZahidHossainKhan

    Executive Director

    GDS-Grameen Development Society

    Shahanaj Complex(1st Floor)

    North Bagura Road

    In Front of Forest Departmen

    Barisal-8200,BANGLADESH

    Phone -+ 8803742001154

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  2. Zahid says:

    Sub: Application for Partnership

    Dear Sir,

    Greetings from Grameen Development Society (GDS) in Bangladesh.

    We have the honor to you that Grameen Development Society (GDS) is a non Government Voluntary human development Organization. This Organization has been conducting various socio-economic development activities such as Education, Health, HIV/AIDS Prevention & Awareness Program, Legal Aid, and Protection to the Persecuted Women and Children are worth mentioning Program.

    As such if we get enlistment enrollment from you we will be able to speed up and extend and development our effort.

    Under the circumstances we pray and hope that you would be kind enough to enlist enrollment our organization as member and oblige thereby.

    Thanking You

    Your faithfully,

    Thanks a lot and keep up the good work.

    With my most sincere thanks,

    Md.ZahidHossainKhan

    Executive Director

    GDS-Grameen Development Society

    Shahanaj Complex(1st Floor)

    North Bagura Road

    In Front of Forest Department

    Barisal-8200,BANGLADESH

    Phone -+ 8803742001154

    Fax – + 880431 648814

    Mobile – +8801716952749

    email –gdsbsl@gmail.com,gdsbsl@yahoo.com

  3. Olukunle says:

    I have known Professor Bene Madunagu for over 5 years as a safe motherhood advocate and Co-director and Chairperson of the Nigerian Partnership for Safe Motherhood (NPSM). For the period I worked as the Program Officer of the Partnership, she distinguished herslf as a leader, goal getter and human rights activist who will never support marginalization or discrimination of any kind.

    I am voting for her not only because of her historical milestones but the potential and zeal in her to trurn anything around for better. Being nominated for this position is based on her worthy character, invaluable passion and struggles for gender equity.

    Olukunle Daramola

    Program Officer, Country Office

    FHI/GHAIN

    Abuja, FCT

    Nigeria

  4. Emman says:

    Bene has my vote. She is a wonderful lady who has done so much for women in Africa and beyond.

    I have known her over the years as a consistent crusader for rights. Activism flows in her blood with Uncle Edwin Madunagu,her hubby of man years.

  5. Gloria Henry Edet says:

    I have been impacted by Prof. Bene Madunagu, alogside other young girls through the GPI programme. Mumsy Bee has my vote. She deserves it!!!

  6. Sussie Metu says:

    I wish to vote Prof Bene Madunagu for the award, she is one woman who has continued to touch the lives of the girl child in Nigeria. Her contribotion speaks for itself and it will be no surprise that she is recognised. If we have more of Prof Bene Madunagu’s type’ I can assure you that Nigerian women and in particular girls will look all the violence metted against women in the face and say to them, I am out of your box’.

    I have no doubt that she deserves the honor.

    Sussie Metu

    P.O BOX 289

    Festac Town

    Lagos.

    NIGERIA

  7. Kudi says:

    Of course my vote goes to a woman who is making a difference in the place of my birth. Thank you!

  8. Kate Bourne says:

    Bene is a true champion for girls in Nigeria and around the world. I vote for her!

  9. abdulrahman says:

    only GOD can reward a woman like you,please keep more to nigerian girls especially to our girls in the northern part where we couldnt find women of your nature.please my vote to mother bene.

  10. Reine Agang says:

    For what she has done to change lives of women and girl, let us all support Bene

  11. Mercyeffiong says:

    Bene is my role model and mentor. I have worked with her for 7 seven years in an adolescent programme of Centre for Research, Information and Documentation (CENTRID), Calabar, now CIINSTRID. She has impacted so much on my life that is why I am what I am today. Women worldwide owe Bene this singular act of honour by voting for her. Bene please have my vote you deserve it.

  12. Liz Maguire says:

    Bene Madunagu has my enthusiastic vote. What an extraordinary and eloquent champion of women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights! She has transformed the lives of thousands of girls in Nigeria and has been an inspiration to girls and women throughout Africa and around the world through her words and deeds. It is a privilege to know and work with Bene!

    Liz Maguire

  13. Pat Mahmoud says:

    Bene is mightly desevering of this award. I congratulate you for recognising her immense contributions to the struggle for women’s health and rights. She has my vote over and over.

    Pat.

  14. Roselyn Otu-Anyafulu says:

    Prof. Bene is a woman of many parts who have contributed so much towards the upliftment of women in Nigeria, Africa and beyound. She is one woman who is so passionate on issues of women. A lot us, young feminist look up to her. It is a privilede to know and work with her.

    ‘Mumsy B’ as Bene is fondly called by her close associates has my vote.

    Rose otu-Anyafulu

  15. Adenike says:

    Please, count my vote for Bene. I am a 25 year old young lady who has benefitted from her good work. I was part of the young feminist training that GPI and IWHC facilitated in Abuja, Sharon Ultimate Hotel, Nigeria 2007. After that programme, i became informed and empowered.

  16. Zeedah says:

    Bene has my vote. Her work is a pioneer and example for women across all continents.

  17. Sophia Mbula says:

    I have learnt many useful things, but the things I learnt from Aunty Bene are critical! She has all my votes

  18. Corinne says:

    Bene exemplifies a women’s health hero in her work and life. Over the course of her career she has had significant influence on both policy and practice addressing the health of girls and women locally, nationally and globally. Her contributions and continued involvement guide current work and future work on women’s health. She has also trained and mentored more than one generation of new leaders in this field who share her fundamental commitment to gender equality and women’s rights as well as her sensitivity to addressing the issues of boys and men. She deserves this award many times over.

  19. Cynthia Steele says:

    I happily endorse Bene as an extraordinary woman and pioneer for womens’ and girls’ sexual health and rights. Good luck, Bene!

  20. Maureen Palumberi says:

    Bene has my vote!

    I applaud her passion and committment to the rights of women and girls around the world.

  21. Tina Onah says:

    To say I have come this far in my career because of what Bene exposed me to is a gross understatement. My entire life both professionally and personally, has been hugely influenced by the opportunities she gave to me. As a graduand of GPI, class of 2000, I can proudly say that today I am a social worker. GPI training empowered me and many more girls with the required tools to become self reliant, productive and effective leaders. It also gave us the leverage to exploit all we were taught formally.

    As a result I have been able to promote sensitive issues like, gender equality, sexual health, and leadership role play both in the print and electronic media – this was a regular activity as a GPI trainee. Also I have passed on all I learned from GPI to other girls at different programs.

    Today, I have founded an organization which is based entirely on my training in GPI.

    Bene remains a role model for young women and she has consistently lived out her teachings.

    With all honour, I nominate Bene Madunagu who in our eyes will ever be an icon.

  22. Iniobong says:

    Professor Madunagu literarily changed our family. I have three sisters and all three of them were trained at GPI, today they are very independent and sucessful women with a high self esteem. It is not very common in Nigeria to find women who are not shy of being at the fore or speaking up in public let alone take resposibility with a view to see out a crisis situation without looking for scape goats. Bene made leaders and social change agents out of my sisters and we will be ever grateful to her and GPI as a whole.

    I graduated from the University of Calabar and you cannot help but know about Professor Bene, her contirbution towards women empowerment and her indelible mark in Botany is clear for all to see. Bene is an ever shinning beacon and wherever she goes she is a leading light.

    I vote Bene Madunagu.

  23. SHEHU IDRIS says:

    I have known Bene as an intelligent lady and i so much admire her work and strugle for womens rights. I bet you if i know of any other person that worthy of this award, then is Bene. You have my vote Bene – cares. Shehu Idris -

  24. Prof is my role model and her work has inspired me. I dream of a time that i will be able to touch so many young girls like she has. I met her first in 2003 and i know i will be tutored by her to follow her foot steps. Bravo! She has my vote!

  25. Wariosa says:

    Prof Bene, Yes! her passion and dedication to development of women in sub-saharan africa is legendary

  26. COMFORT IKPI says:

    I AM VOTING BENE, SHE IS ONE OF THE WOMEN THAT SHOULD BE MENTIONED WHEN STORIES ARE TOLD ABOUT WOMEN IN NIGERIA WHO HAVE CONTIBUTED TO THE GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT OF WOMENS’ HEALTH AND RIGHTS.

  27. JULIET ENYIA says:

    Bene Madunagu, is an outstanding lady everybody should vote for, she has inspire alot of girls in the society at large, for me she has my vote a million times.