The hugely anticipated maiden edition of Civil Society Awards held as planned with its fun and excitement. The event which started with a call by Amb. Phillips Obuesi, President of the Civil Society Awards, that June 29th be declared a Civil Society Day by the United Nations lived up to its billing as social entrepreneurs converged from across the country and continent of Africa. He called on civil society practitioners everywhere around the world to raise their shoulders high and celebrate themselves for their ground swelling contributions towards a just, inclusive and sustainable society for humankind.
The event which was anchored by Dayo Isreal of the Gleedh Foundation and Ego Ojo of Trybe Tv attracted the presence of distinguished dignitaries including His Excellency Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, the Executive Governor of Lagos State represented by his Special Adviser on Civic Engagement Mr. Kehinde Joseph, Amb. (Dr) Asabe Shehu Yar’Adua (FSM), wife of the Late General Shehu Yar’Adua, Mr. Luigi Maria Miraglia, Dr. Femi Idowu-Adegoke, Barr. Izu Osuigwe, Alozieuwa Clement, Mrs. Vickie Djevwudu, Oluwatoyin Opeloyeru, Mr. Victor Gotevbe, Mr. Chris Ibe amongst others.
The highlight of the award ceremony was the official presentation and grand performance of Make Songs | Save Lives campaign which incidentaly is the awards theme song titled “I NO GO LEAVE YOU BEHIND” taken from the slogan of the United Nations- Leave No One Behind.
Other award winners include (1.) Joint National Association of Persons with Disabilities, Nigeria – (Human Rights), (2.) Stell Row ventures, Nigeria (Poverty Alleviation), (3.) Inspire Liberia Project, Liberia (Democracy & Legislative Advocacy), (4.) SIPASI-ProtectOzone, Nigeria (Sustainable Environment), (5.) Wadi Ben- Hirki, Nigeria (Peace Building), (6.) Girls Arise for Change, Malawi (Girls Child Education), (7.) Ku Mwanachi Foundation, Zambia (Gender Based Advocacy), (8) Baby Grubz, Nigeria (Good Health), (9.) Hope for African Children Initiative, Nigeria (Quality Education) and Dwelling Places (Human Trafficking).
Award winners expressed their joy particularly the Director of the Mario Institute of Hospitality, Management and Entrepreneurial Studies, Nsukka Enugu State, Nigeria who was initially sceptical when news reached him that his organization was successfully nominated for the award in the Youth Empowerment category, but the expression on his face, when receiving the award for his organization, was more than a million words. He was happy people have noticed the effort his organization has been making to empower Nigerian youths.
The event ended on a high as organisers thanked guests for attending the epochal and monumental event, while promising to make the 2nd edition bigger and better come 2018.