On the February 19th, 2017 in Eko Convention Centre Lagos, Founder of the Medicaid Cancer Foundation (MCF), Dr Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu was awarded a ‘Special Achievement Award’ by Silverbird group for her contribution to creating awareness, diagnosis and treatment of Cancer in Nigeria.
Dr Shinkafi-Bagudu who is the wife of the Executive Governor of Kebbi state was accompanied to the event by her supportive husband, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu.
In her speech, Dr Shinkafi-Bagudu appreciated the contributions of her Father, Late Umaru Shinkafi, her mother and her husband the Executive Governor towards her achievements and that of the Foundation.
Dr Shinkafi-Bagudu used the opportunity to introduce her school mate and breast cancer survivor, Folake Ajibade. “The key is early detection and all beautiful ladies in the house, when you get home tonight and remove your spanx, do a breast exam” Bagudu said after she received her award from His Royal highness, Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe the Obi of Onitsha.
Founded in 2014, MCF was conceived out of the need to create a support system for patients, families and caregivers dealing with cancer and aims to provide a sustainable platform for tackling issues surrounding the disease.
Former Vice President, Abubakar Atiku (Turakin Adamawa), Senator Ben Murray Bruce, Dr and Mrs Ebele Obiano(who joined Dr Bagudu to receive the award) and other dignitaries were also at the event.
She urged Nigerians to use the concept of 3 bridge builders in her life to walk the path to success.
She said, “Of all the projects of the current state governors, the agricultural agreement that gave birth to Lake rice is the most innovative in terms of building ties between the north and south of Nigeria and brings about not just greater food security for the country but also economically enhances the lives of our farmers in Kebbi state.”
She added that this broad mindedness of her husband reflects in the success of the foundations work, adding that “Without his input, we couldn’t have even taken the first vital steps.”