NIGERIA’S LOIS AUTA CREATES PLATFORM TO IMPACT THE LIVES OF DISABLED INDIVIDUALS IN THE SOCIETY
Lois Auta has been positively impacting the disabled community. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Cedar Seed Foundation Nigeria, a non-profit organization formed to highlight the issues of disabled persons in Nigeria, especially women, girls, and children.
Lois is a graduate of Public Administration from the University of Abuja. She is a support staff with NNPC from September 2010 till date at Central Transport Services Section (CTSS) under the Group Admin Services Department.
Having been an orphan and affected by polio at the age of 2, Lois had to endure several challenges that inspired her to want to make a difference and ensure the voices of disabled people were heard.
Thanks to her advocacy, many disabled people have been employed and are now treated equally in matters of national development.
Auta is a sports athlete and the President of FCT Disabled Sports Club in Abuja, and Founder of Women on Wheels Multipurpose Cooperative Society, among other key positions that she holds.
In recognition of her work, she has received numerous awards, including in 2014 when she was honoured with the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders award, an initiative by Former US President, Barack Obama
Lois Auta has placed Nigeria on the global map by being the only Nigerian selected as a young global leader in 2017, after the induction of the class of 2017 in Argentina Lois realised she is the first disabled African woman to be named a young global leader of the world economic forum in April 2017. This is very huge for the disability community in Nigeria and Africa.
As a young physically challenged lady, she has risen above her disability to promote and champion the cause of persons with disabilities.
Lois is a role model to everyone she encounters, she is a proactive individual who is able to develop, motivate and inspire others to achieve their goals in their lives.