By Nwosu Obianuju Gelsey : The governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano represented by his deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke was once again decorated alongside other Nigerian greats at the Times Heroes Awards 2017 held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
This is another worthy feather on the cap of governor Obiano of Anambra State who has been adjudged the Governor of the Year at Sun Awards 2015; 2016 Vanguard Personality of the Year Awards; 2016 New Telegraph Outstanding Performance Awards; to mention but a few in addition to emerging as the Winner of Zik’s Prize for Good Governance, 2015 and the Silverbird Man of the Year 2016.
The Times Heroes Awards were instituted to honour deserving heroes who have distinguished themselves in various endeavours and whose activities have positively impacted lives,“a legacy the Times Nigeria has canvassed over the years.”
Heroes decorated include President Muhammadu Buhari, who was honoured with Nnamdi Azikiwe Leadership Award; President Nana Akufo-Ado of Ghana with Babatunde Jose Leadership Award while the immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan was honoured with Ernest Ikoli Leadership Award; amongst others.
Other outstanding governors honoured with the Good Governance Award include Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos); Ibrahim Dankwabo (Gombe); Bindo Jubril (Adamawa); Nyesom Wike (Rivers); and Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi).
Also honoured were business icon, Mr. Tony Elumelu, Chairman, Heirs Holding and UBA, who received the “Man of the Decade Award”; Mrs. Ibukun Awosika, Chairman, First Bank Plc, “Woman of the Decade” while veteran Nollywood actor, Pete Edochie, Pastor Paul Adefarasin, and many others bagged the “Life Impact Awards.”
Other honourees were Pinnacle Communications Limited and Nigerian Media icons such as Nduka Obaigbena, John Momoh, Linda Ikeji, and Chris Ubosi, etc.
The event which involved a lecture session with the former governor of Lagos State, Sen Bola Tinubu as the Keynote Speaker attracted people from all walks of life and marked the peak of the activities celebrating the 91 years anniversary of the Daily Times of Nigeria (DTN), the nation’s heritage newspaper.