Nine distinguished sons and daughters of Africa were honoured at the 17th Annual Gathering of Africa’s Best (GAB) Awards which took place at the Hilton London Canary Wharf recently.
Highlights of this year’s GAB Awards included “Special Recognition Awards for contributions to the promotion of the positive image of Africa and Africans around the world through Governance” to Senator (Prince) Lanre Tejuoso – Chairman of Nigeria’s Senate Committee on Health and the Lagos State Council of Obas and Chiefs.
Also honoured for their individual contributions in their kingdom were: HRM Oba Bakare Ajibade Agoro – The Ranodu of Imota, Lagos State and HRM Oba Babatunde Ogunlaja – Kalejaiye II Aladeshoyin of Odo-Noforija Kingdom, Noforija, Epe.
Awards for Excellence for contributions to the promotion of the positive image of Africa and Africans around the world, were also presented to: Eucharia Ihenacho Obih (Community Development), Rukayat Basaru (Community Development), Isaac Oyekunle Adegbite (Visual Arts), Wambui Njau (Community Cohesion), Kaft Trendz (Fashion), Shoggy Tosh (Entertainment), and Sidumiso Moyo (Media).
Senator Tejuoso responding to the honour
The Mayor of Enfield – Cllr Patricia Ekechi presents GAB Award to Eucharia Ihenacho Obih
The Nigeria High Commission presented a donation to the GAB Awards
Miss Dami Okutubo and Mr Adewale Okutubo present GAB Award to Mr Isaac Adegbite of Adesons Productions
Janet Wainana of UK-ENTV and Organiser of Face of Kenya paegeant presents GAB Award to Shoggy Tosh
Senator Lanre Tejuoso receives his award from GAB Founder – Femi Okutubo
Cllr Sade Sobanjo-Etti presented the GAB Award to the Lagos State Council of Obas which received by Oba Fatai Agoro and Oba Babatunde Ogunlaja
Mrs Nkechi Amanze who represented Nigeria’s Acting High Commissioner addressing guests
Wambui Najau responds to her honour
Ibiyemi Alabi – Founder of Kaft Trendz (far right) receives her award from Mr & Mrs Joseph Oladosu of Action for Community Development
Sidumiso Moyo (right) receives her GAB Award from Councillor Doris Jiagge
Wambui Njau (centre) was presented her GAB Award by Mr & Mrs Paul Olubunmi of PK Sales and Lettings
Alhaji Afolabi, Rukayat Basaru, and Michelle Odumuyiwa
GAB Award recipient (2nd left) – Eucharia Obi poses with from left – Cllr Doris Jiagge, Cllr Ekechi, Cllr Anna Mbachu and Otunba Ade Adesina
GAB Awards Founder / CEO – ‘Femi Okutubo explained that: “The Trumpet Newspaper, concerned with the negative stories about Africa and Africans which was not a true reflection of the community and the continent; had earlier started The Trumpet Newspaper in 1995 as a way of promoting the positive image of Africa and Africans.
“In 1999, we took steps beyond the objectives of The Trumpet Newspaper, by establishing the GAB Awards to not only promote, but reward, excellence among those who promoting the positive image of Africa and Africans. It is open to Africans and Friends of Africa.”