As part of its activities to commemorate Nigeria’s independence anniversary celebrations, Trinity House will be holding the sixth in the series of its annual Honour Nigeria Awards ceremony on Sunday October 2, 2016 at the church’s main auditorium, Zion Centre, situated on Trinity Avenue, through Water Corporation Road, off Ligali Ayorinde Street, Victoria Island, Lagos. The event will hold by 9.30 am.
The Honour Nigeria Awards ceremony inaugurated in 2011 is a day set aside to honour outstanding Nigerians of high integrity who have exemplified themselves in different areas of life. The objective of the awards ceremony is to recognise those who have contributed to Nigeria’s national development and acknowledge them as role models for present and future generations. The awards are in the areas of Leadership, Professionalism, Industry, Philanthropy, Female Leadership and Role Model and the Africa Prize.
Honourees in past years have included Chief Olu Akinkugbe, Chief Arthur Mbanefo, Chief (Mrs) Leila Fowler, Late Pastor Joshua Adah, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Chief Mrs Opral Benson, Chief Chris Ogunbanjo, Mr. Akintola Williams, late Chief Mrs HID Awolowo, Gen T.Y. Danjuma, Pa Laban Namme, Prof Grace Alele Williams, Mr. Otto Orondaam, Dr. Christopher Kolade, Chief Mrs Priscilla Kuye, Otunba Subomi Balogun and late Dr. Ameyo Stella Adadedov amongst others.
The event is the church’s own way of contributing to the development of the Nigerian nation. According to the Senior Pastor of the church, Ituah Ighodalo, “Nigeria has as her citizens, some of the most outstanding people that the world has ever seen. We must begin to celebrate all these people and begin to celebrate the good about Nigeria and as we begin to speak great things about this country; we must raise up bright and new role models. As we honour Nigeria and outstanding Nigerians, thanking God in spite of all that has happened, Nigeria will begin to be outstanding. Nigeria is still looked upon as the giant of Africa and one with the greatest potentials on the continent; in spite of everything, Nigeria is still a dominant force along the West Coast, has the largest economy in Africa and amongst the top 20 in the world. Nigerians must join hands together, and work hard to ensure that in the next 10, 30 and 50 years, Nigeria becomes truly outstanding and makes its mark amongst the committee of nations. We must begin to look right now for the right kind of leadership; we must begin to look into the right kind of processes that will take us to where we are going; we must begin to make use of our natural resources and use them optimally; we must begin to encourage again the spirit of labour, hard work, and honesty. We must begin to look at the things we can do to take Nigeria forward and say no more to all the elements of backwardness that has held this nation back. We must begin to honour our own, say good things about Nigeria and as we do that, God in His infinite wisdom and mercy will begin to move the right people into the right places. That is why we are honouring Nigeria.”
Nominations have opened for this year’s awards in the following categories: Professionalism Award Nomination which is to recognise an outstanding Nigerian who has excelled in their chosen profession e.g. Law, Accountancy, Engineering, Medicine, Journalism etc. Industry Award Nomination to recognise an outstanding Nigerian who has excelled in building an enterprise, creating employment for Nigerians while adding value to the Nigerian economy. Leadership Award Nomination to recognise an outstanding Nigerian leader whose leadership has been transformative and who has mobilised and unified people, institutions, or causes that improved people's lives. Female Role Model Nomination to recognise an outstanding female who has distinguished herself in her life endeavours, thereby acting as an inspiration to women to achieve their full potential. Philanthropy Award Nomination to recognise an extraordinary individual of integrity who has made innovative personal financial contributions to social development and who has demonstrated initiative and leadership in building philanthropy in Nigeria and the Contribution to Society Award Nomination which is to recognise an individual who has contributed in some form to the Nigerian society, against all odds.
Completed nomination forms are available at Plot 318, Akin Ogunlewe Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, or 2 Fawole Lane, Off Ikorodu Road, Obanikoro, Lagos. Nominations can also be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Nomination form can also be filled online at www.trinityhouseng.org