Nollywood actress, Caroline Danjuma, has been selected as running mate to the African Action Congress (AAC) candidate in the 2023 governorship election in Akwa-Ibom state, Mr. Iboro Otu.
The state chairman of the African Action Congress (AAC), Mr. Utip Etiebet, and the Secretary, Mr. Gabriel Ekpo made the announcement to party members and the general public on Monday, July 18, in Uyo.
In a jointly signed statement, made available to NTN, the party described Chief Mrs. Caroline Danjuma, the Obong Uwana of Eket, as an international businesswoman, award-winning actress and philanthropist.
They said that she was chosen in recognition of her exemplary life, love for humanity, leadership ability and commitment towards the betterment of Akwa Ibom communities especially and Nigeria in general.
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“Her passion for humanity led to her founding of the Hopeville Foundation, an organization she has utilized to impact and change lives over the years. Some of her outstanding works include her support in separating the conjoined Ayeni Twins, advocating for the rights and freedom of Lybian slaves, feeding over 3, 000 people on numerous occasions, providing medical assistance to women requiring fibroid operations, providing free IV financial assistance and empowering female entrepreneurs.
“Chief Mrs. Caroline is a hardworking mother of three who is passionate about education for all children and youths especially women, she’s a supporter and campaigner for women equality, and an advocate for community development through youth and women enterprise,” the statement reads.
Caroline Danjuma is from the family of the former paramount ruler of Eket, His Royal Majesty, Edidem William Esiet Ekwere. She has two masters degrees – an MBA and a Masters in International Law and Diplomacy (MILD) among other educational qualifications.
In her known career as an actress and filmmaker, she has won a host of international and domestic awards including for Best International Film in the Harlem Film Festival, New York and Best Female Entrepreneur 2015 from the Nelson Mandela Pan-African Exemplary Leadership Honor.
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The party expects that she would bring to the table, her experience in rallying global and national attention towards developmental, social and political issues, which they believe be instrumental to their success at the polls.
“Our mandate, come 2023, is on delivering our comprehensive people and community development manifesto titled ‘The Lazarus project’. It is focused on empowering Akwa Ibom communities by empowering Akwa Ibom indigenes, prioritizing education, healthcare, agriculture, tech and the creative and cultural industries,” the governorship candidate added.