Lecture to replace Awo leadership prize for 2016213

Emeka Anyaoku

Emeka Anyaoku

The Selection Committee of the Obafemi Awolowo Prize for Leadership has held a series of meetings to consider nominations received for this year.

“The final meeting was held on December 15, 2016,” according to a statement by Chief Emeka Anyaoku, chairman of the committee.

“The committee received many quality nominations and wishes to note that the nominees are highly respected persons who have made significant impact, in various spheres of endeavour.

“However, it is important to reiterate that the criteria for selecting an awardee for the Prize include integrity, credibility, discipline, visionary leadership, people-centred leadership, grassroots-friendly policies, positive policy intervention, impact on poverty reduction/increased welfare, respect for rule of law, honesty, courage, selflessness and accountability as epitomised by Chief Obafemi Awolowo. A recipient of the award is expected to substantially embody these criteria.

“After thorough and detailed consideration, we regret to announce that we are unable to award the prize this year.“In lieu of the award ceremony that would have been held on March 6, 2017, the committee decided that a public lecture will be delivered on the same day by a renowned scholar familiar with the thoughts and accomplishments of Chief Obafemi Awolowo.  More details will be provided later.

“In consonance with the regulations governing the award, therefore, the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation will advertise for nominations in June 2017. “It is our hope that a suitable awardee will emerge from the process next year.”



1 Comment
  • Daré AKPATA

    If the committee sincerely seeks to bestow a deserving and truly worthy recipient the award as loftily encapsulated in the virtuous criteria adumbrated by the venerable board, chaired by Chief Anyaoku, it would equally serve best to allow for non-Nigerian or African nominees. Chief Awolowo’s vision and ideals were of global benefit, if imbued and projected by each individual. It was for universal good, not parochial benefit. In this wise, equally, it would be Nigeria’s gift-back to the spirit of honourable excellence.
    Daré AKPATA

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