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Dr. Maymunah

Dr. Maymunah Yusuf Kadiri is a recognized mental health physician, advocate, speaker, and author. She is the recipient of numerous awards and received recognition as a passionate advocate for mental health

Selected accolades:

Afenmai Award, 2021 for distinguished Achievement in Medicine

Business Day award for Championing Mental Health Advocacy in the last decade.

The initiative is in commemoration of the 2021 International Women's Day. We were commended and appreciated based on our profiles and impressive social enterprises, and how we represent the ideals and vision of  USGEAA for social transformation and have over the years exhibited remarkable passion and commitment towards deploying profound and diverse knowledge, trainings, skills and competencies towards diverse programs, aimed at transforming lives and impacting communities.

Cumulatively, our selfless endeavors have indeed bolstered the delivery of essential services and development projects, across the country, particularly in undeserving communities.

It is with great pleasure that we were formally announced as the nominees for the USGEAA Women Achievers 2021.

January, 2021
Aspen Institute

Among the 25 Aspen New Voices joining a community of passionate, frontline experts from the Africa, Asia, and Latin America who are changing the global health & development conversation.

These experts are focused on issues from mental health, to vaccine development, to climate change, to sexual and reproductive health and rights.

The fellowship trains standout development professionals in media and communications skills to share perspectives with global audiences.

Eloy Foundation
Dec 2020
Exquisite Lady Of the Year (ELOY) Recognition Award For Healthcare Professional. This is for the outstanding role played by a healthcare professional in changing the narrative in the health sector.

Business Day, Nigeria Oct 2020 Recognized as one of the 60 WOMEN CHAMPIONS and Change makers in Nigeria and by extension in Africa working for a better Nigeria and making a difference as Nigeria turned 60years on 1st, October 2020.

Usmanu Danfodiyo University

December, 2019

In recognition of my dedication and meritorious service to the UDUS Alumni, Lagos Chapter.

Women in Geo-Sciences & Engineering (WIGE)

November, 2019

In appreciation of an inspiring presentation at the Women in Geosciences & Engineering Forum at the 37th NAPE Annual International Conference & Exhibition.

November, 2019

Presented as the Newsletter Editor/Protocol Officer during the 2017-2019 Blennium.

June 2019

The United States of America International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP)

For qualitative contributions to the IVLP Alumni Association – Secondary Schools Mentoring Program.

Business Day Mar 2019 Honored to be named as one of Nigeria’s 50 most inspiring women by Business Day

Doci Healthcare
Mar 2019
Honored to be named as one of the most inspiring female Physician by Doci healthcare.

Investing In Women, UK
Mar 2019
Honored to be one of the nominees of the 7 wonder women award by Investing In Women, UK

Dec 2018
HER NETWORK is a global networking platform created to connect, inspire and encourage women of diverse strata of life to help one another grow.

Global Ties Network
Dec 2018
The Global Ties Network since 1961 has been helping to tackle some of the biggest global challenges by fostering relationships through international exchange programs. The Global Ties Network has supported the U.S. Department of State's premier professional exchange program, the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) of which I am an alumnus.

Guild of Muslim Professionals

December, 2018

In appreciation of immeasurable contribution as the guest speaker at 6th Annual Convention

Chartered Institute of Personnel Management, (CIPM)

November, 2018

In appreciation as the guest speaker at the CIPM 50th Annual National Conference

Atlantic Hall School

September, 2008

In recognition for my talk on identifying symptoms of depression in teenagers and understanding the emotional needs of children.


May, 2018

For invaluable contributions towards the advancement of the emotional well-being of the citizens at Pride Women Conference.

May, 2018

Lifetime Achievement Award (Health and Media Broadcasting)

During the Maiden Edition of Nightingale Merit Awards on International Nurses Day.

Leading Ladies Africa
Mar 2018
Honored to be named as one of Africa’s #100 Most Inspiring Women by Leading Ladies Africa.

Vanguard Allure Newspaper
Mar 2018
Honored to be named as one of the outstanding women under 50 by Vanguard Allure Newspaper.

Coalition of Nigeria Youth Association for Integration and Sustainable Development (CNYAISD) 2020. In recognition of my immense contribution towards Nation building, human development, educational development and youth empowerment for the benefit of Nigeria at Large

United States Government
Oct 2017
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs' premier professional exchange program. The IVLP builds mutual understanding between the U.S. and other nations through short-term visits to the U.S. for current and emerging foreign leaders.


Northern Youth Initiative For Peace And Good Governance
Sep 2017
Award of excellence as Gimbiya Matasan Arewa by the northern youth initiative for peace and good governance in recognition for the immense contribution towards nation building, human development, health development and youth empowerment for the benefit of Nigeria at large.


July, 2017

In Recognition of outstanding excellence and impart to humanity on Mental Health Development.

Weconnect Nigeria
Mar 2017
The City Champion Award was given to women during the International women's day by Weconnect International (Nigeria branch) for taking BOLD STEPS that are creating BOLD CHANGES. This appreciation award was presented to me by Forbes richest black woman, Mrs. Folorunsho Alakija and it was well received and appreciated.

This award is presented by Empathy Driven Women International Initiative (EDWIIN)

in appreciation of my contribution in arresting disabilities in humanity.

Ashoka Changemakers/MasterCard Foundation
Jun 2016
The Ashoka Change makers are proven leaders and social entrepreneurs, who have been identified to be solving one or more social problems in their is society.

Vital Voices Grow
May 2016
The VV GROW Fellowship is a highly competitive one-year accelerator program for women owners of small and medium businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa. The program includes customized business skills training, technical assistance, leadership development, and access to networks to grow their businesses and increase their leadership impact.

Mar 2016

The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme is the flagship entrepreneurship programme of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, founded by the entrepreneur, respected investor and philanthropist Tony O. Elumelu.

The pan-African programme is inspired by the Founder’s.


Mar 2016

Road to Women’s Business Growth is a collaborative venture designed to build the business skills and financial literacy of women entrepreneurs in Nigeria. As part of this initiative, the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women with its partners carried out research to assess the needs of women owners of small businesses in Nigeria. The research concluded that they need a greater understanding of a range of finance aspects to help manage and grow their businesses. This includes improved skills in issues such as managing cash flow, undertaking market analysis, determining financial needs, choosing financial products and understanding loan processes and requirements. The project trained 500 women owners of small businesses in financial literacy and investment readiness over six weeks.

Sep 2015
The Women's Federation For World Peace is proud to announce Dr. Maymunah Kadiri as one of their #AmbassadorForPeace

The Women's Federation for World Peace International (WFWPI) supports a network of National WFWP Chapters in over 120 nations that are dedicated to empower women with "the knowledge, the tools and the support needed to create #peace at #home, peace in our #communities, our #nations and throughout the #world.

Sep 2015
I'm dedicating this #Humanitarian #service #award from #Rotary #club of Ajara to everyone suffering from psychological/mental illness and to their lovely #family members and friends that have been part of their pathway to recovery.

Thanks to the Rotary Club of Ajara.

May 2015
American Psychiatric Association (APA),is the largest gathering for PSYCHIATRISTS in the WORLD. This reputable association inducts new members from all over the world during its annual meeting as FELLOWS.

At the 168th APA Annual Meeting which held in Toronto, 2015, yours truly was among the newly inducted fellows.

It's all about Medical Leadership for the Mind, Brain and Body.

China European International Business School, CEIBS Mar 2015 Organizational Impact Award for Mental Health Advocacy through our NGO platform, S.P.E.A.K.O.U.T. INITIATIVE. This involves creating awareness and public enlightenment on psychological, emotional, behavioural, and mental health related issues in schools, religious organizations, and to the general public. The goal is to minimize and completely eradicate DISCRIMINATION and STIGMA associated with people living with mental illnesses and their families.


December, 2014.

In recognition of my contribution to Medicine and Public Health Advocacy through our SPEAKOUT (our NGO) Initiative to humanity.


Federal Government of Nigeria, FGN
Jul 2013
For an exceptional, inspiring, job creating business plan in a gray area of medicine.

Goldman Sachs, NY
Aug 2012

Aug 2011
In recognition of my outstanding leadership and performance in the field of psychological and mental health, I was selected for a Course on the Development of Leadership and Professional Skills for Young Psychiatrists in year 2011, a World Health Organization affiliated programme