Deaf Women Association of Nigeria, DWAN recently elected her 5th set of national executives. The association was formally established on 4th September, 2001 as Deaf Women In Nigeria, DWIN. It was later renamed Deaf Women Association of Nigeria (DWAN) on January 27th, 2012 after registering with the Corporate Affairs Commission.
Pioneered by Deaconess Adedoyin Beyioku-Alase, leader and two time National President (2012 – 2016 and 2016 – 2020), she now retires and hands over the leadership baton to the newly elected executives led by Madam Hellen Beyioku-Alase.
The Electoral Committee, which was supervised by Adebimpe Afolayan, Ashibel Cordelia Peter, and Ikwueze Blessing ensured the elections were free and fair and that the best candidates are elected.
Five executive members from some States and the FCT were invited to the elections. However representatives from Plateau, Ondo, Osun, and some Northeastern and Southeast States including two members of the Electoral committee couldn’t make it due to security challenges and logistics.
The DWAN top seat was keenly contested by two candidates with the winner set to represent the organization for the next four years.
At the conclusion of the elections conducted on 28th August, 2021 at the MKO Abiola National Stadium Complex, Goodluck Jonathan Hostel, Abuja, Mrs. Hellen Beyioku-Alase emerged winner with a massive 42 votes out of 55.
The election was confirmed free and fair by the electoral committee who praised the candidates for their display of maturity and understanding.
While appreciating the members, Hellen thanked all involved for the massive votes and promised to unify Deaf women across Nigeria. She added that Deaf women face a lot of challenges in terms of lack of accessible health care, poor access to communication, lack of access to sexual and reproductive health rights, domestic violence, sexual and gender based violence, etc.
She noted that whatever challenges the society face, deaf women face twice such, so tackling these challenges will be her major priority.
The DWAN President-elect also promised to be honest and transparent in dealing with the association and its partners.
Below are names and portfolios of the new DWAN national executives made available to us by the electoral committee.
1. Beyioku Alase Hellen – National President
2. Jenebu Anyebe – National Vice President
3. Olakulehin Mary – National Secretary General
4. Eden Lovina – Assistant Secretary
5. Morinsola Alesinloye – National Treasurer
6. Uche Andrew – PRO
7. BoseBose Enuiyin – National Financial Secretary
8. Alhaja Abdulkarem Tawa – National Social Secretary
9. Patricia Gyang – Chief Whip
10.Hajia Amina Ahmed – North Central Coordinator
11. Miyausa Wayuta – North East Coordinator
12. OmoniyiOmoniyi Obadare – South West coordinator
13. Hajara Makarfi – North West Coordinator
14. South south – Vacant
15. South East Coordinator – Maria Alufo.