By Babajide Okeowo
For their impactful leadership style which motivates emerging young leaders in the field of public health, the West African Academy of Public Health, a semi-autonomous department of the West African Institute of Public Health (WAIPH), has named Africa Development Bank AFDB’s President, Akinwumi Adeshina, Tedros Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization; and two other people as winners of its 2020 Distinguished Fellowship Award.
Leith Greenslade of JustActions; and Winnie Byanyima of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS make up the list.
The announcement was made by the African Development Bank through its verified Twitter handle.
The four outstanding leaders were recognized for their unique style of impactful leadership which motivates emerging young leaders in the field of public health to strive to make a difference in their work.
The tweet by AfDB reads “Congrats are in order! AfDB President
Akinwumi_Adesina has won a 2020 Distinguished Fellowship Award from West African Academy of Public Health along with Tedros Ghebreyesus of the World Health Organization, Leith Greenslade of JustActions; and Winnie Byanyima of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS for their inspiring leadership”
Reacting while receiving the award, Adesina said he is greatly honored to receive the award
“I am greatly honoured to be selected to receive the Distinguished Fellowship of the West African Academy of Public Health together with Dr. Tedros, Winnie Byanyima, and Leith Greenslade! Africa and the rest of the world will overcome this pandemic against all odds” he said.