Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 Under: Home and Abroad

The Nigerian Voice newspaper and Western Union jointly hosted a gala dinner in celebration of Nigeria’s 53rd independence anniversary on Friday 4th October 2013 at the Midrand Conference Centre in Midrand area of Johannesburg, South Africa. The event was also the occasion of the newspaper first year anniversary in which many Nigerians and South Africans were honored with various categories of Nigerian community Excellence awards.

The event which was chaired by the Nigerian High Commissioner to South Africa, Ambassador Sam S. Yusuf, also attracted an A-list of senior officials from the Nigeria’s missions to South Africa, business executives from corporate South Africa such as officials of Western Union, Amex, Sanicare Zambia, and Eurodollar Foreign Exchange. The media was also represented by the crew of Planet Image Productions’ Good Morning Africa and Planet Radio TV-PRTV, Southern African Bureau Chiefs of News Agency of Nigeria-NANS and Voice of Nigeria-VON. Members of Nigerian associations and related groups also graced the occasion. Among them were the Nigerian Doctors’ Forum and United Nigerian Wives Association. Other important personalities at the event included Mr. Goldman of Western Union,  Professor and Mrs. Akin Bamigboye, Professor Ehi Igumbor and his beautiful mother, Professor Eunice Igumbor, Diana Games, CEO of Africa @ Work, Pastor Peterside Idah, Pastor of Christ Ambassadors Church, South African hip-hop sensation Themba, the son of African Music great, Yvonne Chaka Chaka.

The event was anchored by versatile communication and entertainment specialist, Mega ‘D’ Abodedele who added oratory brilliance to the night from the podium. The Nigerian High Commissioner who was represented by his Deputy said in his speech,. As part of activities marking the Nigerian independence anniversary, Mr. Wale Ojetimehin of NANS and Mrs. Dianna Games both presented insightful papers on ‘the impacts of Nigerian presence in South Africa’. Mr. Ojetimehin highlighted major Nigerian positive impacts in South African society as…. Mrs. Games shared an unbiased account of Nigerian-South African relations. She noted that….

While guests were relishing variety of Nigerian popular dishes, many South-African based Nigerians artistes were on hand to serenade them with genres of contemporary African music.  Upcoming hip-hop youngster, Morf performed his popular number ‘let me take you to Nigeria’ to the delight of the audience and Ollysax, the saxophone master wowed the stole the show with his musical dexterity with the horn. Themba, son of Yvonne Chaka Chaka raised the bar with the performance of ‘Southgeria’- a fusion of South and Nigeria.

The climax of the night was the presentation of the Nigerian Community Awards presentation to different category of winners. Nine categories of the awards were keenly contested by eminent Nigerians and Nigerian business organizations as well as some South African citizens and corporate organizations. This culminated in the cutting of the Nigerian Voice Newspaper first year anniversary and Nigeria’s 53rd birthday cake by members of editorial team as well as Mr. Wale Akinlabi who headlined the awards ceremony winning in two awards categories.

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