- Written by Yvonne Unubun
New York, NY – On Saturday, September 27, the Nigerian community in the U.S. came together at the Grand Ballroom in New York City for the Nigeria Centenary U.S Awards (NCUSA) to recognize individuals and organizations for their achievements and commitment to society as part of the celebrations to mark Nigeria’s 100 years as a nation.
In attendance were His Excellency, Amb. Habib Habu Baba the Consul General of the Nigerian Consulate in New York, who gave the opening address for the evening, Bob Brunner the VP of Marketing/Sales for Arik Airlines, also the official airline sponsor for the awards and Dr. Bola Omotosho, Chairman of the NCUSA planning committee among other notable guests from all across the U.S, Nigeria, and even the U.K.
The award ceremony was hosted by Dayo Olomu and Comedian Simon Adeniyi, with entertaining performances by Kaline, Michael Dada, ASAMPETE dancers, Canaan Sisters, Phrey Tunez as well as fashion feature presentations by Nigerian designers Oyato and Nice Trads. The highlight of the evening were the awardees that were honored to be recognized and celebrated by their own community. Some of the award recipients include Chetachi Ecton of Chibase, Oliver Oscar Mbamara, Femi Ojetunde, Dr. Yetunde Odugbesan-Omede, Hon. Ugochukwu Nwaokor, the deputy mayor of Newark, Michael Ikotun of Applause Africa, Mary Olushoga of the AWPNetwork, Jason Njoku of iROKO TV, and Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, Govenor of Ondo State to mention a few.
During their acceptance speeches the awardees thanked the NCUSA committee, expressing their deepest appreciation for the recognition, and saw the award as a drive to do even more for the Nigerian community and society at large. In his acceptance speech Stephen Hendel, the co-producer of FELA!, described himself as an honorary Nigerian, and went on to say he was thankful for the warm reception and love shown to him by Nigerians all over. Recipients continued to share inspiring stories of their charity works and achievements, their journey to success and how they used adverse times as motivation to chase their dreams even harder, to rousing applause from the audience.
Prince Chris Enweremadu, the CEO of Royal Maids and Chairman of the NCUSA planning committee gave the welcome address and vote of thanks. He expressed sincere gratitude to everyone in attendance for their support, and went on to thank members of the planning committee, sponsors, partners, volunteers and well-wishers for their respective roles in making the event a huge success. The NCUSA was organized by Royal Maids in collaboration with the Consulate General of Nigeria in New York. Prominent event organizers include Yetunde Oso, CEO of The UpperRoom Events and Yvonne Unubun of Mayven PR. Major sponsors include Ocean Glory, Chibase, Win Foundation, and Arik Air, supported by a host of other generous sponsors. Media partners include AfricanEvents.com, Africa.com, Applause Africa and Sahara TV.
For more information on the NCUSA visit www.nigeriacentenaryusa.com
- Created: 06 October 2014