LONDON: The General Overseer of Omega Fire Ministry (OFM), Apostle Johnson Suleiman, has won the “Edo man of the year” award at the 10th edition of the Edo Festival and Award ceremony held in London, United Kingdom.
Also rewarded for their contributions to the development of the state were the Senator representing Edo Sourh Senatorial District, Sen. Mathew Ughoghide and West Idahosa, on the House of Representatives category.
In a highly competitive selection process where where votes were cast online by Edos at home and in the diaspora, Apostle Suleiman polled a distant 84 percent of the total vote cast, ahead of the late businessman and philanthropist, Captain Hosa Okunbo who emerged runners-up.
According to the organizer, Amb. Ken Odeh, the annual festival and award event is to honour outstanding Edo men and women who have contributed to the growth of the state in their field of endevour.
It also afforded Edos in the diaspora to display their rich cultural heritage and showcase the potential of the people of the ancient Benin Kingdom.
He said that “This year’s event witnessed the gathering of Edo sons and daughter in the United Kingdom and Europe, gathering under one roof in the celebration of our rich cultural heritage.”
Hosted by J. J. Barry Conglomerate, the event witnessed cultural dance from the three senatorial districts of the state, food and music fair, while the host, Nosa Rex Okunzuwa and Goodluck Uwaigbe added colour to the event.
Other awardees at the event which attracted thousands of Edos and their friends to the United Kingdom, included, Senator Daisy Danjuma, who won the Edo woman of the year award, while Destiny Ebagua, won the entrepreneur of the year in the male categories.
Others included, Iyare Mottos, best transport company; Young Elder, best online comedian; Prince Dombraye Aghama, the best musician, while Independent Television/ Radio were given award as the best in the television and radio category.
Source: The Nigerian Observer