Sunday, 21st November 2021, will forever be remembered as another memorable night in the history of the Africa Illustrious Awards event, partly powered by My Media Africa.
The event Nomination Dinner received twenty-six (26) highly distinguished Legends and personalities from different African countries who made up the 26 Special Nomination Panel Members. Their job was to research, investigate, select and endorse all nominees after the public opened nominations via the website and social media.
The Nomination Dinner held at Ikoyi Hall, Radisson Blu Hotel Victoria Island Lagos started at 5:00 pm with a brief board meeting. Then, the event began around 5:30 pm with an opening prayer and opening speech by Henry Iwuanyanwu, co-convener of Africa Illustrious Awards.
Henry Iwuanyanwu thanked the 26 Special Nomination Panel Members Present, known as men and women of conscience, honesty and integrity. He thanked them for their research and investigations on the nominees who were nominated. He charged them to discharge their verdicts well without fear or favour accordingly. He challenged them to see the task ahead of them as crucial as the public will be looking up to them, and history will record all their selfless contributions in assisting in honouring others. He encouraged them to also see the task as a legacy that will forever leave the minds of millions of Africans and a gift to those who truly deserved to be honoured. He finally reminded them of the aim and the vision of the Africa Illustrious Awards. It remains a worthy recognition reserved for only a few making a tremendous impact in Africa, yet, unnoticed. He reminded them of his excitement hearing of many good stories and activities this year across Africa. These nominees have made this year’s event an exceptional one. Hence, many nominees coming from far African countries to the event venue in Nigeria will be fully supported and sponsored on their trip.
The event, which attracted more than 17 media houses, was also anchored and moderated by Laurel Ikeji, Okey Bakassi and Aminat Saka.
The Special Nomination panel members spoke about their researches and investigations on each nominee, and finally, they were allowed to endorse the Nominees accordingly on the categories openly. Many Nominees nominated by the public didn’t make the final selection by the board, but others highly recommended and indeed spoke well of making the list of prestigious nominees.
It was indeed a memorable night, seeing all the distinguished personalities speak about each nominee as the Nominees slides rolls and the moderators and journalists ask questions.
Some celebrities present spoke well of the Africa Illustrious Awards and said both the nomination and selection processes are very tough. It wasn’t easy endorsing the Nominees who genuinely deserve the awards, as many in the nomination list are too good to be left out. They said this is the first time in the Award’s history that they have seen a highly organised process for nomination. They thanked the organisers for their exceptional strategies and modus operandi for the event.
The endorsed nominated list was officially handed over by the Chairman of the 26 Special Nomination Board around 7:45 pm.
Some Nominees who made the endorsed Nominees list by the 26 Special Nomination Panel Members are; Emmanuel Tuloe from Liberia, Mutebe Henry from Uganda, Ousman Touray from The Gambia, Prof. Patrick Lumumba from Kenya, Strive Masiyiwa from Zimbabwe, David Adeleke (Davido) from Nigeria, Hon. Jewel Taylor, the Vice President of Liberia, Dr Alfred Mutua from Kenya, Chinedu Okoli (Flavour) from Nigeria, Uganda Airlines from Uganda, Dr Charles Hackman from Ghana, Muhammed Danjuma from Nigeria, Dr Christopher Imumolen from Nigeria, TsTV Africa, Nigeria, Prof. Monique Ekpong from Nigeria, Peter Ndifon from Cameroon, Larry Ndianefo (Larry Gaaga) from Nigeria, Praise Nelson from Nigeria, Gaius Chibueze from Nigeria, Prince Godswill Edward from Nigeria, Omotola Jalade from Nigeria among others.
Many celebrities and highly respected Legends who came as Special Observers for the Nomination process used the opportunity to speak about the event. Among them are; Uti Nwachukwu, Benjamin Omesiete, Samuel Ajibola, Shirley Igwe, and Ogbonna Kanu.
The event ended around 8:10 pm with a vote of thanks by one of the co-conveners of Africa Illustrious Awards.
Now that the Nomination process is complete, the endorsed Nominees will receive official invitations by the organisers for the D-Day, where many will be recognised, honoured, and awarded.
Africa Illustrious Awards main event will be happening on Thursday, 9th December 2021 at Radisson Blu Hotel Victoria Island Lagos, time 4:00pm.
The event will attract millions of viewers and spectators worldwide via live streaming and Television. Many highly distinguished personalities from all over Africa and diaspora will be gracing the occasion.