Nine distinguished sons and daughters of Africa were honoured at the 17th Annual Gathering of Africa’s Best (GAB) Awards which took place at the Hilton London Canary Wharf recently.
Highlights of this year’s GAB Awards included “Special Recognition Awards for contributions to the promotion of the positive image of Africa and Africans around the world through Governance” to Senator (Prince) Lanre Tejuoso – Chairman of Nigeria’s Senate Committee on Health and the Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs.
Also honoured for their individual contributions in their kingdom were: HRM Oba Bakare Ajibade Agoro – The Ranodu of Imota, Lagos State and HRM Oba Babatunde Ogunlaja – Kalejaiye II Aladeshoyin of Odo-Noforija Kingdom, Noforija, Epe.
Awards for Excellence for contributions to the promotion of the positive image of Africa and Africans around the world, were also presented to: Eucharia Ihenacho Obih (Community Development), Rukayat Basaru (Community Development), Isaac Oyekunle Adegbite (Visual Arts), Wambui Njau (Community Cohesion), Kaft Trendz (Fashion), Shoggy Tosh (Entertainment), and Sidumiso Moyo (Media).
GAB Awards Founder / CEO – ‘Femi Okutubo explained that: “The Trumpet Newspaper, concerned with the negative stories about Africa and Africans which was not a true reflection of the community and the continent; had earlier started The Trumpet Newspaper in 1995 as a way of promoting the positive image of Africa and Africans.
“In 1999, we took steps beyond the objectives of The Trumpet Newspaper, by establishing the GAB Awards to not only promote, but reward, excellence among those who promoting the positive image of Africa and Africans. It is open to Africans and Friends of Africa.”