The organisers of Ekiti Peace Day (Kiriji Memorial Festival) which is in conformity with the United Nations International Peace Day will confer the award of EkitiParapo Peace Day Legend of the Millennium on HRH Queen Mother Ambassador Temitope Ajayi, (alias Mama Diaspora) the Chairman of Silicon Valley Nigeria Economic Development SV-NED Inc/SV-NED Nig Ltd. and Honorary Chair of Global Connection for Women Foundation Organization GC4W.
HRH Queen Mother Ambassador Amina Temitope Ajayi JP (aka Mama Diaspora) is a US-based Nigerian business consultant who is an accountant by training, a social entrepreneur and an ardent community activist.
She will be offered the prestigious EKITI PARAPO LEGEND OF THE MILLENNIUM AWARD on Wednesday, September 21, as the lineage of Ekiti Parapo Warrior, Pa Alfred Labinjo from Imesi-Ile in Osun State, southwest Nigeria.
This iconic award ceremony is scheduled to hold at Owa AJERO Palace, Ijero-Ekiti, Ekiti State by 11a.m prompt.
Her Royal Highness Amina Temitope Ajayi is the daughter of the late Pa Hector Labinjo and Mrs Elizabeth Labinjo of Ita Garawu in Lagos Island of Lagos State, Nigeria.
She was the former President of the All Nigerian American Congress (ANAC). Her efforts and continued advocacy on the Nigerian Diaspora issues have earned her in the media the moniker “Mama Diaspora”.
HRH Ajayi is well known for promoting women’s empowerment and poverty eradication in Africa through Agri-business. Through the Arkansas-Nigeria investment forum and other bilateral economic forums in the US, Her Royal Highness Ajayi’s tenacity and genuineness have been very instrumental in convincing and attracting a lot of key investors in the agri-business from the US to Nigeria.
From 1991–1993, HRH Ajayi was appointed as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Her Excellency Alhaja Sinatu Aderoju Ojukutu. She played an active role in the Better Life for Rural Women project sponsored by the then First Lady of Nigeria, Maryam Babangida and was a delegate for the International Women’s Conference held in Morocco and London.
After a horrific experience during the oppressive military regime in Nigeria, HRH Temitope Ajayi migrated to the United States of America in 1996 and, since then devoted her life to doing business that would serve her Nigerian community both in the US and Nigeria.
After a brief self-imposed exile in the US, she returned to Nigeria to revolutionize agriculture with the intention of helping in the eradication of poverty in the country.
HRH Temitope Ajayi was the former National Coordinator of Goodluck Support Group (GSG) in the USA. She congratulated Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, who is now the current President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for his doggedness in winning the 2015 presidential election; and also praised the former president, Mr Goodluck Jonathan for his extraordinary statesmanship, godliness and courage to become the first ever incumbent Head of State in Nigeria to lose an election and wholeheartedly accepted defeat peacefully to prevent post-election violence and crisis in Nigeria.
As a Community Activist, HRH Ajayi has been lobbying the Nigerian federal government on behalf of all the Nigerians living in the diaspora in such areas as granting voting rights and approving housing scheme projects for the diasporas.
She is the Founder/CEO of the Nigerian American Agricultural Empowerment Program (NAAEP), which engages in the Agricultural empowerment of farmers, women and young adults in Nigeria in order to increase food sufficiency and sustainable employment for women and youths in the agricultural sector.
NAAEP has been a grassroots organization that trains and empowers farmers in the mechanized farming system while facilitating business loans, accessibility to farm implements, and the harvesting and marketing of their end product both locally and internationally.
In 2010, Her Royal Highness Queen mother Ajayi called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to reduce the interest rates on loans to farmers in order to boost the agricultural sector and alleviate poverty in the country.
HRH Queen mother Temitope Ajayi is an Ambassador of Goodwill for the State of Arkansas and Maryland, USA. She was a distinguished delegate at the past 2014 Nigeria’s National Conference where she represented the National Council of Women Societies (NCWS) in Nigeria and served in the Confab’s Committee on Agriculture.
HRH Queen mother Ambassador Temitope Ajayi in her address at the Annual Meeting of the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund informed delegates that “Women are the engine of the private sector, women run the economy of any nation – because they are more into commerce than their male counterpart, the power of any currency is in their ability to meet the demand and supply”.
Aare Afe Babalola, SAN, OFR, CON was the only personality that is so honoured as the Ekiti Man of the Millennium at its inception in 2019.
Ekiti Peace Day is celebrated annually since 2019 in conformity with the United Nations International Peace Day on September 21.