Saturday, February 24, 2018

Wike, Saraki, Ambode, others glow at 15th The Sun Awards

Yesterday’s event, which saw Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, who said he was going to win again, next year, retaining the Governor of the Year diadem, is the 15th in the series. It also coincides with The Sun Publishing Limited’s 15th anniversary.

The evening which was livened up by ace comedian Bovi Ugboma and a foremost Nigerian musician, Innocent Idibia, popularly known as Tu-Baba, who thrilled the audience to hilarious jokes and music respectively, also saw the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, being bestowed with the Outstanding Politician of the Year Award, while the Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode was bestowed with the Man of the Year award, which is the flagship prize. Obi Ezeude got the Manufacturer of the Year Award.

At the event, held at the Expo Convention Centre of Eko Hotels and Suites, Lagos, about eight million naira was raised for the family of the late Sergeant Chukwudi Iboko, who fought gallantly to foil a robbery operation at the Zenith Bank branch, Owerri, Imo State. For his rare display of bravery, he was bestowed with the Hero of the Year award.

His seven children were also offered scholarships up to the university level by the management of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

Announcing the scholarship award, the Managing Director of NDDC, Nsima Ekere, who went home with the Public Service Award, said the only way to keep the memory of late Iboko’s heroic exploits alive was to ensure his children get quality education. The event was anchored by A-list compere and former Big Brother Africa (BBA) host, IK Osakioduwa.

Other Nigerians who were honoured for distinguishing themselves in their various fields were: Wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Hajia Aisha Buhari, who was represented by the Special Adviser, Media and Publicity to the president, Mr. Femi Adesina. She got the award for the Most Supportive First Lady; Central Bank Governor (CBN), Dr. Godwin Emefiele, Public Service Award; Dr. Emeka Okwuosa, Investor of the Year; Mr. Amaju Pinnick, Sports Personality of the Year; Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, Humanitarian Service Award and Mr. Ayo Makun (AY), who got the Nollywoood Personality of the Year Award. Others are: Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua, Prince Samuel Adedoyin and former Vice Chancellor of University of Benin, Prof. Grace Alele-Williams, all of whom got the Lifetime Achievement Award. Governor of Ebonyi State, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government (SSG), Prof. Bernard Odoh, and his Kebbi State counterpart were awarded for their Outstanding Performance in Agriculture, while Dr. Chika Okafor won the Business Person of the Year Award. On his part, emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi 11, who was represented by the Group Managing Director of Freedom Radio, Alhaji Abbas Muhammad Dalhatu, En Dagan Kano, got the Courage in Leadership Award.

Credit: The Sun

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