The union of campus journalists at the University of Ibadan (UCJ UI) has given awards to five personalities for distinguished performances in their various areas of focus.
The event tagged “Famous Five Awards 2019” held at the university premises on Saturday.
The recipients of the awards include Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, wife of governor of Ondo state; Dotun Sanusi, chief executive officer, Ilaji Resorts and Farms; Bolarinwa Kazeem, special assistant to the Oyo state governor on youth and sports; Oluyemisi Bamgbose, chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association Women’s Wing; and Yinka Ayefele, CEO of Fresh FM.
Anyanwu-Akeredolu was honoured as ‘humanitarian personality’ for her works on Breast Cancer Association of Nigeria (BRECAN), a non-profit organisation founder by her, while Sanusi was honoured as ‘entrepreneurship personality’.
Kazeem, Bamgbose, and Ayefele were recognized as ‘youth, education, and entertainment personalities’ respectively.
In his address, Martins Isaac, UCJ UI president, said the awardees were honoured for distinguishing “themselves in the Nigerian society as highfliers and role models for the younger generation.”
He said their lives are testimonies that despite the poor state of the country, Nigerians can still aim high and make impacts in their various fields.
“I must say it is a great privilege to have the Awardees present at this event. They have all distinguished themselves in the Nigerian society as highfliers and role models for the younger generation,” he said.
“They have also come along as embodiments of true success despite the odds, and live testimonies to the fact that despite the sorry state of the Nigerian society, the present generation youths can climb the ladders of greatness and equally become relevant to societal progress.”
In his remark, Bayo Ajala, chairman of the occasion, commended the union for finding the awardees worthy of the honour.
Ajala, the director of National Institute of Social and Economic Research, also encouraged the members of the union to emulate the good values projected by the award recipients, adding that Nigerian youths must strive towards contributing their quota to the nation’s development rather than being angry at the nation’s leadership.
The awardees commended UCJ UI for finding them worthy of the honour. They also encouraged members of the union to strive for excellence and to be determined towards achieving success.
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