Akinwale Awatt has won the inaugural edition of Naija Highlandah, a contest organised by William Lawson’s, the scotch whisky brand.


The organisers announced this in a statement sent to TheCable Lifestyle on Sunday.

According to the statement, Awatt snagged an all-expense paid trip to Scotland as well as cash award of two million naira.

The statement said the contest, which featured 15 participants, commenced on October 6 in Lagos and ended on Saturday at the Stables, Union Bank Sports Ground in Surulere.


Lerato Makume, Bacardi marketing manager in Nigeria, lauded Awatt for winning the competition.

“We are proud of Awatt and are pleased to have him on board to be the first Naija Highlandah for William Lawson’s. Awatt embodies the qualities of William Lawson’s of bucking convention, setting your own rules, and being daringly different. Our customers enjoyed The Naija Highlandah Challenge, and we will surely be back,” Makume said.

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Awatt, who hails from Lagos state is an entrepreneur, talent manager and a student of Economics at the National Open University (NOUN).

Speaking on his victory, he said: “I want to thank William Lawson’s for giving me the chance to compete and take home the Naija Highlandah trophy. It has motivated many Nigerians, including myself, to come out in big numbers and to be their fearless selves. I am thrilled to be a part of it and looking forward to the trip to Scotland.”

The Naija Highlandah was determined by various challenges, including spin the bottle, animal imitation and balloon games.

There were also bold challenges, including the walk-a-plank game involving men on high heels who are timed and needed to walk briskly on raised thin planks


The finale of the competition was graced by top celebrities including 9ice and Orezi.

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