The Queen of England has awarded Nigeria’s Anne-Marie Imafidon, 27 with the Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE). According to a release from the palace the founder of Stemettes was honoured for her work inspiring the next generation of women into STEM subjects.
Stemettes which has attracted thousands of women from across Europe has the objective to encourage women into STEM subjects and careers.
Anne-Marie has been named on Evening Standard’s list of ’25 under 25s’ and a Guardian ‘Top 10 women in tech you need to know’.
Imafidon was honoured together with three other Nigerians including Chris Ofili, an artist who got a CBE for his services to arts.
Elizabeth Nneka Anionwu, a Professor of Nursing, got an OBE for her services in nursing and the Mary Seacole statue appeal.
Cadet Colour Sergeant, Jeremiah Oluwatosin Ayotunde, got an OBE for his services to young people and the community of London.
It will be recalled that only two weeks past, another Nigerian was also honoured with an MBE. Chukwu-Emeka Chikezie received his MBE from Her Majesty The Queen in a ceremony at the Buckingham Palace on Friday, May 5th. Chukwu-Emeka is the Executive Director and co-founder of the London-based African Foundation for Development (AFFORD), an organization with a mission to expand and enhance the contribution that Africans in the Diaspora make to Africa’s development.
He is of dual Nigerian/Sierra Leonean origin with family ties extending to Equitorial Guinea. He has worked as a consultant for several international development donor agencies around engaging the Diaspora in development and has commented widely on migration and development issues in the media and in public fora.
Chukwu-Emeka was educated at early primary school in Cheltenham, UK followed by later primary and secondary schools in Freetown. His first two years of university were at FBC, Freetown with the remainder at Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology, Northeast London Polytechnic(now University of East London) the London College of Printing and Distributive Trades and City University.
His first job was ‘flipping burgers for MacDonald’s and working behind the bar at a seedy Cheltershire nightclub.
In 1963 Queen Elizabeth also named Nigerian bandleader I. K. Dairo a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for his cultural contributions to the Commonwealth, making him the only African musician to receive that honor.