• Countdown to February 18 begins
As Nigerians begin countdown to the 13th edition of The Sun Awards, prominent individuals and awardees have continued to confirm their attendance.
The Sun Awards 2016 is billed for the Expo Centre of the Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on Saturday, February 18, 2017.
A statement by the management of The Sun Publishing Limited, organisers of The Sun Awards, revealed that serving governors, former governors, serving ministers and ex-ministers as well as members of the National Assembly had indicated interest to attend the event.
The Sun management said captains of industries, bank chief executives, top professionals, including Nollywood stars and members of the diplomatic corps would also attend the Saturday event.
“In the last couple of days, we have been receiving confirmations from top-ranking government officials, both at the federal and state levels, bank chief executives and members of the organised private sector, who want to be part of The Sun Awards,” said Managing Director/Editor-in-Chief, The Sun Publishing Limited, Mr. Eric Osagie.
Among governors, who have confirmed their attendance are: Senator Ibikunle Amosun, governor of Ogun State, who is The Sun Man of the Year 2016; Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State (Governor of the Year) and Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State (Courage in Leadership award winner), among others.
Also expected is Hon Yakubu Dogara, Speaker, House of Representatives, who won the Political Icon award; former governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio; ex-Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi and Dr. Obinna Uzoh, chairman, GOCUZ Group Limited.
Award winners, who have also confirmed their attendance are Prof Anya O. Anya; Chief Razak Okoya; Chief Nike Akande and Dr. Kalu Idika Kalu (Lifetime Achievement award winners) as well as Dr. Cosmas Maduka (Investor of the Year), among others.
Former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, had already confirmed acceptance to chair the grand event.
Other distinguished awardees at this year’s occasion include Sir Tony Ezenna (Manufacturer of the Year); Dr. Stella Okoli, CEO, Emzor Pharmaceutical (Business Personality of the Year); Alhaji Abubakar Balarabe Musa (Lifetime Achievement); Alhaji Tajudeen Owoyemi, Chairman, Avalon Intercontinental Limited (Hospitality Firm of the Year); Rita Dominic (Nollywood Personality of the Year); the late Lt Col Mohammed Abu Ali (Nigerian Hero) and Azubuike Nelson (Phyno) & Olamide Adedeji (Creative Personalities of the Year).