Onyinye Omenugha, a 24-year-old student at the Nigerian Law School, has earned the coveted Princess Diana Award, which recognizes outstanding young people each year in the UK and around the world.
The prize was created in 1999 in memory of Princess Diana, known for her support of the marginalized, with former British Prime Minister Gordon serving as board chairman.
In the spirit of Princess Diana, it honors individuals between the ages of nine and 25 who have accomplished outstanding deeds that have a beneficial impact on humanity.
Former British Prime Minister David Cameron and former Scottish First Minister Jack McConnel are presently patrons of the Diana Award Charity.
In acknowledgment of the nongovernmental organization (NGO), Lawsanaid, which she formed to help law students with disabilities acquire a top-notch education, Onyinye was given the prize on Friday.
Onyinye founded Lawsanaid after being inspired by a family member’s experience. According to Tessy Ojo, chief executive of the Diana Award Charity, Lawsanaid’s work is consistent with that of other Diana Award winners who “demonstrate their ability to inspire and mobilize new generations to serve their communities and create long-lasting change on the global scene.”
“Onyinye has become a role model for young people in the legal profession and her effort has inspired others.
She supports youth-led initiatives and engages in mentorship and the promotion of creativity.
Onyinye’s undergraduate studies were taught by Professor Cornelius Ukwueze of Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, who exclaims: “Having taught her at the Law Faculty a few years ago, I am not shocked by this international acclaim. She’s going places.
The final child of Dr. Mike Omenugha, a physician, and Dr. Kate Azuka Omenugha, Nigeria’s second female full professor of mass communication who served as the Anambra State Commissioner for Education for eight years starting in 2014, Onyinye is from Nnobi in the Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State.
Onyinye is a certified arbitrator with the Chartered Institute of Arbitration (UK) and a member of the Institute of Chartered Mediation and Conciliation, despite not having been admitted to the Nigerian Bar as of yet.
She has also participated in conferences and training sessions held by Harvard University, the European Union, and the United Nations.
Willie Nwokoye, an investment banker and economist who served as the former governor Willie Obiano’s senior secretary, claims that “she is steeped in the family tradition of excellence.”
“When her mother served as the Commissioner for Education, she brought numerous awards to Anambra State.”
According to Dr. Emeka Obegolu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) located in Abuja, Onyinye’s receiving the Diana Award is “a testament to her passion and commitment”.
The honor is “the shape of things to come,” according to The Hon Henry Nigeria Mbachu, a newly elected member of the Anambra State House of Assembly who represents the Awka South 1 Constituency.
“She will achieve more,” I’ve known her for a while.