Posted by Olaniyi Abodedele on Sunday, July 6, 2014

Mr. Olaniyi-thevoice- Abodedele proved that a prophet can be honored by its own people when he bagged the award for media excellence and national development in reporting authentic Nigerian news abroad. Mr. Abodedele won the award at the Supreme Magazine Heritage Awards 2014.  The event took place at the Presidential Hall of the Gallagher Convention Center, Midrand, Johannesburg on the 6th of June 2014.

The Supreme Magazine Heritage Awards event combined with the 11th Port Harcourt Fashion Show organized by the management of Supreme Magazine- a soft-sell publication published in Port Harcourt, Nigeria and distributed across Africa, Europe and the US.

The Nigerian publisher towered high on the roll-call of honor among other prominent Nigerians awardees from Nigeria and in South Africa. Among them was His Excellency, Okey Emuchay (MFR), the Consul General at the Nigeria Consulate, Johannesburg. Mr. Emuchay was honored for helping to restore and promote Nigeria’s image positively in South Africa. Other prominent Nigerians honored included Mr. Wale Akinlabi of Planet Image, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan, Dr. Kingsley Kuku, Modela Couture, Mr. Kenneth Ayere and Chief Cletus Ibeto among others.

In his welcome speech, the publisher of the Supreme magazine and producer of the Port Harcourt Fashion Show, Mr. Raymond Ukaegbu remarked that the award ceremony was the magazine special way of celebrating industrious and role model Nigerians who have excelled in the areas of business, governance, professional careers, and service to humanity.

According to Mr. Ukaegbu, the major success of the night which was also the theme of the twin events was “the celebration of excellence and discovering of local talents”. To this end, the Supreme magazine publisher revealed to the applauding audience that “all the models on the runway are freshly discovered indigenous South African talents”. Highlighting, the need for sustained partnership between the two giants of Africa; Nigeria and South Africa, Mr. Ukaegbu explained that the 11th Port Harcourt Fashion Show was a combination of Nigeria and South Africa fashion scenes. He added that the dance groups that performed on the night were young South Africans sourced and auditioned from SOWETO area of Johannesburg.

In his acceptance speech, the Nigerian Voice newspaper publisher thanked God for the inspiration and strength that have sustained the publication of a media platform for Nigerians in South Africa. He also showered praises on his parents for their training and support. None the least, Mr. the voice as he is fondly called, dedicated the awards to the team of The Nigerian Voice newspaper for their hard-work.

Speaking to the Nigeria Voice at the awards ceremony, the chief organizer, Mr. Ukaegbu said that all the awardees are deserving of the awards because of the impact their works are making upon Nigeria and Nigerians at home and abroad. He revealed that a similar event will be staged later in the year in the United States.

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