The Maritime and Offshore Award (The OMIS) has announced it would be honoring late frontline maritime law expert, Princess (Barrister) Margaret Nkem Onyema-Orakwusi, with a special Posthumous Award.
The Chief Executive Officer of The OMIS, Mr. Femi Da-silva disclosed this in a statement issued in Lagos.
He said that the Posthumous Award would be presented at The OMIS Award Gala / Techical Summit sponsored by Prime Atlantic Safety Services, Hybrid Group, SafetyPlus, Global Wealth University and JPTS International slated for September 23 at Lagos Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island.
Orakwusi, who was Chief Executive Officer of Morbod Group and former Chairman of Shipowners Forum, died on April 28, 2023.
Da-silva said that this unique honor comes as a tribute to her unparalleled impact on the maritime legal fraternity.
He described the deceased as a true icon in the maritime industry whose contributions to maritime law not only transformed the legal landscape but also left an enduring legacy that continues to inspire aspiring professionals today.
“Throughout her career, she demonstrated an unwavering commitment to advocating for fairness, justice, and sustainability in the maritime industry.
Her expertise was sought after by governments, international organizations, and fellow experts alike, making her a respected figure on the global stage,” he said.
Da-silva recalled his discussion with Orakwusi at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Lagos during the Ocean Ambassadors stakeholders event December, 2022 where she bubbled with excitement about gracing The OMIS Award Gala without a premonition that she would be called to glory before she had the chance.
“The posthumous award will serve as a reminder of the lasting legacy of Barr. Margaret Orakwusi, whose passion for maritime law will continue to inspire generations of professionals and help shape a brighter future for the maritime and offshore industries.
“As the date of the award presentation approaches, the maritime community has overwhelmingly indicated it is eagerly anticipating this momentous event,” he said.
Da-silva further disclosed that a plan is underway to name an award category after the deceased in subsequent years to immortalize her memory.
“The OMIS is determined to ensure Barr. Margaret Orakwusi’s contributions are recognized and celebrated with the utmost respect and admiration,” The OMIS CEO added.