OK! Nigeria salutes Nigerians honoured in the Queen’s 2011 Birthday Honours and 2012 New Year’s Honours Lists

The Prince of Wales made Britain’s first NBA basketball star John Uzoma Ekwugha Amaechi, 41, an Officer of the British Empire for his services to Sport and to the Voluntary Sector. Born in the US, Amaechi is the son of an Igbo father.

Founder and executive director of Africans Unite Against Child Abuse [AFRUCA], Modupe Debbie Ariyo was awarded an OBE for services to Children and Families. AFRUCA, a children’s NGO based in the UK and Nigeria, promotes the protection, rights and welfare of vulnerable African children.

British-Nigerian Phillips Idowu was awarded an MBE for services to Athletics. The triple-jumper who is in training for this year’s Olympics said, “I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded an MBE. But getting an MBE for athletics seemed a little unimportant compared to all the other amazing people in the room who were nurses or worked with kids or whatever. There were some pretty inspirational people there.”  He collected his MBE from the Princess Royal at Windsor Castle.
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Remi Adefarasin, 64, was appointed an OBE in the Queen’s 2012 New Year’s Honour’s list for services to television and film. Some of the films Adefarasin has contributed to include Truly, Madly Deeply [1991]; The English Patient [1996] and Little Fockers [2010].

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