25 Distinguished Achievers Receive Nigeria Silent Heroes Awards in Abuja

It's the Fifth Edition of the Nigeria Silent Heroes Awards (NSHA) anchored on a process of identification, recognition and celebration of those whose life have positively impacted humanity in their immediate environment.

About twenty five (25) silent achievers in their own right within our plural society were identified and recognized on the Saturday, 17th September, 2023 at Abuja Continental Hotel, Abuja.

According to the project Coordinator, Mrs. Ozioma Odita Sunday, those celebrated were carefully nominated among hundreds of others in view of the outstanding contributions they have made over the years in their various spheres to add value to humanity.

She noted that the awardees in their individual capacities and activities, particularly in the public space; have remained humble and not audacious in self-praise, in spite of their outstanding achievements; hence chosen to honour them as Silent Heroes.

"Silent Heroes Awards initiative was ours, we could certainly not have gone far in actualising the vision if some organisations and individuals did not key into the vision nor give support in their own way.

She emphasized that the Silent Heroes Awards has come to stay as an annual event. In furtherance of the initiative, she disclosed the organisers intention to institute the Africa Heroes Awards in the nearest future with a view to celebrating unsung achievers within the continent of Africa.

The Special guest of Honour, the Former Minster for Women Affairs, Mrs. Pauline Kedem Tallen, she thanked the organisers for the recognition and said her life has been a dedication to humanity and would continue to make a difference in the life of others.

“If you put smile on the face of your neighbour, you are putting a smile on God’s face, so we should try to make the world a better place by making those in need happy, speaking up for those who can’t speak for themselves, sharing in the plight of others because that’s the essence of life,” Mrs Tallen said.

She urged Nigerians to support the renewed hope agenda of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for a better Nigeria.

In his word, Barr. Mike Ejiofor, a former Director, Department of State Service urged Nigerian to love their country, saying "we have no other country, we must love our country, we must be patriotic to make things work in the country. He advised government to step up activities in terms of employment as a lots of people do not like going into crime. 

In his remarks, a guest of honour, ACP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer note that, the Silent Heroes Award has become a history. He said, he is so delighted to be part of history and he promised his unalloyed support to the founder of the Silent Heroes Award.

"This initiative is a good thing because we have many unsung heroes in Nigeria, people dot know the, but they contribute to the development of the country and the society at large. There are so many of them that the silent Heroes award has fished out and they have been giving National Honours. The founder of this Silent Heroes award goes out to fish out those unsung heroes and that is a catalyst to do more." he said

Another recipient,  said the Silent Heroes Award is one of a kind, it is not like other award, this is a special one because they selected awardees from all spheres of life, religious, security, artistes and as a recipient of the award, it came to him as a pleasant surprise because he didn't lobby for it, neither did he spend a dine to achieve it.

According to HRM Obi Ezedimbu Emmanuel Obi, Obi of Ugboba, of Aniocha North LGA of Delta, "what we see today is vision of a man who want to recognize those who are silent but performing very well in their various field. Those who have helped this country in various ways.

In his vote of thanks, the founder of Silent Heroes Awards, Mr Sunday Odita opined that, Nigeria still has quality people, great minds, people of excellence, and its about time to change the narrative. 

"The ceremony associated with the Fifth Edition of Nigeria Silent Heroes Awards (NSHA) has come to pass with some grandeur, appreciation, camaraderie and true belief in the spirit of giving honour to whom honour is due. We, at the Nigeria Silent Heroes Awards Initiative cannot be less grateful to God Himself and to all those who in one way or the other made the event a huge success.

Dignitaries at the award ceremony were the former Director of DSS, Sir Mike Ejiofor, former Director General of Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) Prof (Sir) Epiphany Azinge, SAN, former Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, the Provost of Kogi State College of Health Sciences, Dr. Nuhu Solomon Anyegwu, the Obi of Ugboba, in Aniocha North LGA of Delta State among other.

The highlight of the award ceremony is the unveiling of Magazine and a Compendium of the Nigerian Heroes Award volume one, presentation of award to 25 distinguished recipients, spoken word presentation by SpyeTV manager, cultural display by National troupes, comedy and music.

Recipients of the award include: Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, Director Public Information Nigerian Air Force, HRM Obi Ezedimbu Emmanuel Obi, Silent Hero in Tradition Leadership. Dr. Ebenezer Onyeagwu Silent Hero in ICT Development, Mr. Oliver Alawuba, MD/CEO UBA Bank, Dr. Solomon Arase, Dr. Daniel Kolawale Olukota, Silent Hero of Faith, CP Idowu Owohunwa, Silent Hero in Policing, Mr. Ikalumhe Cornelius, Desmond Utomwen, Engr. Chichi Philip-Orioha, Pastor Judge Chukwunwike, Barr. Samuel Ihensekhien Silent Hero in Law and Advocacy, Oradea Adekunle Adedonun Silent Hero in Medicine, Mayor C, Bolivia Osigbemhe, Mr. Frank Oshanugor, Publisher Ante News Online, Pastor Nordert A. Sochukwudina (NAS), Hajiya Husanah Nacho Silent Hero in Business and Enterprise, Austine Adigwe, Chief Patrick Eholor, Silent Hero in Tourism and Hospitality, Rt. Hon. Ahmad Chindo, Silent Political Hero, Hon, Innocent Esewezie, Alhaji Musa Mohammed, Dibie Oriekose Charles, Crogamiane Global Braces LIB, and Kelvin Jombo Onumah.

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