Africa’s Legend Award Goes To Dr. Chioma Amajoh

Dr. Chioma Amajoh, a Nigerian-trained medical practitioner, who also goes by the name “Mama Malaria”, has spent the past 3 decades advocating for proper malaria control and elimination in the country, was honoured with the Africa’s Living Legend Award this weekend.

Her passion for the control of malaria was developed during the time when she worked as the National Coordinator for the National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) at the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH), where, over the course of her career, she gradually moved up the ranks.

As she received her award in Abuja, Dr. Amajoh called upon Nigerians to keep the environments clean to address challenges of malaria in the country. She also thanked God for seeing her through the challenges she had faced, while working as the National Coordinator of the NMCP.

The Africa’s Living Legend Award is organized by the Royal International Magazine to honour those who have contributed towards the development of Africa.

Chief Darlington Momon Umoru, the Editor-in-Chief of Royal International Magazine, stated that Dr. Amajoh deserved the honour, having contributed immensely to the development of the African communities. He said that Dr. Amajoh had led and galvanised Roll Back Malaria (RBM) Partnership in Nigeria for impact as a Director of Integrated vector management (IVM) and National Coordinator of NMCP.

“These awards are for individuals who have worked to develop the society, many of them have been working silently. And they have not been at the forefront. They are not using the resources of federal or States governments to work. Some of them do it by borrowing money to achieve the success they have achieved. So these are the kinds of people we bring out to appreciate. Many of them don’t have sponsors. Many of the philanthropists you saw here today don’t even have sponsors. So that is the main reasons we have to honour them.”

He pointed out that the award is not limited to politicians, but, to Nigerians who are bringing happiness and joy to many homes across the continent and beyond.