Delectable Nollywood actress Monalisa Chinda and prominent producer
Emem Isong have both been distinguished and specially honoured for
their "outstanding contribution to raising awareness, understanding
and hope to those affected by autism spectrum disorder and advocating
The two major Nollywood players, who recently took part in the
production of the first film on Autism ever produced in Nigeria, were
awarded by WOW Divas, an international network of professional women,
at their second Autism Awareness Conference held on Friday, June 22,
2012 at Four Point by Sheraton in Lekki Lagos.
Speaking on the award, Monalisa Chinda and Emem Isong said: "It feels
great to be honoured and encouraged to do more. Though we deal in
different fields, we have something in common, and that is helping
people to improve themselves and live a meaningful life."
Speakers and special guests at the event included Dr. Abiodun Aluko,
Dr. Bosede Askhia, Dr. Yinka Akindayomi, Adeola Holloway Oduyemi,
Dotun Akande, Mrs. Udo Maryanne Okonjo and Honourable Jerry Alagbaosa,
member of the Imo State House of Rep amongst others. Parents and
caregivers, who filled the hall to the brim, were eager to receive
more information on Autism which is affecting more and more families
The conference which also saw the launch of The Nigerian Autism
Directory emphasized key messages, one of which includes,"Autism is
not a death sentence! With early diagnosis, intervention and therapy,
the child can recover without a trace.'