January 18, 2019
The venue was Eko Hotels and Suites, in Lagos State. The man at the center of the show was Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams.
It was indeed another glorious moment for him as he stood tall among the giants again.
Just four days after his first anniversary as the Aare Onakakanfo on Thursday, January 17, he was named the “bridge builder” at the 2018 edition of the Independent awards.
Speaking at the occasion, Aare Gani Adams, said the award was a big testimony to his resolve as rallying point for both the strong and weak in the society.
“I want to appreciate the management of the Independent Newspapers for this honour. It is indeed, a great privilege to be counted among the best, especially, in a country like Nigeria, where people don’t appreciate their heroes.
“On this note, I think the new award is a call to higher duty, even as it is evident that I have never for once rested on my oars. For me, it is not how far, but how well. It is indeed a great honour and I am very happy to be one of the recipients of these glorious awards”.
Managing Director, Editor- in-Chief of Independent Newspapers Limited, Mr. Ade Ogidan, in his remarks, said Aare Adams had distinguished himself as a man of strong will and great virtues.
He noted that even as a young man, he was able to command glowing respects and accolades both in Nigeria and abroad.
Ogidan reiterated the importance of appreciating the movers and shakers of the society saying that Adams’ name was prominently mentioned by top management and members of the screening committee for the award.
“We had thorough debates selecting individual recipients for these awards. These awards mean a lot to our brand. That is why it is difficult for anybody to doubt our sense of judgment.
“It was a rigorous attempt picking the best candidate in all sectors, but in the end, we are of good conviction that we have chosen the Nigeria’s best for this year awards, he said.
Other recipient of awards at the occasion were the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki, (National Legislator of the year 2018), Governor of Bayelsa, Seriake Dickson (Man of the Year 2018), Delta State Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa (Governor of the Year 2018) and Rivers state Governor Nyesom Wike (Political Icon of the year 2018).
Also Abia State Governor, Okezie Victor Ikpeazu was honored as (Governor of the Year in Entrepreneurship 2018), Ekiti State First Lady, Erelu Bisi Fayemi, (Gender activist of the year 2018) Aare Afe Babalola (Achiever of the year 2018) and Prince Samuel Adedoyin (Life Achievement) and several others.
Dignitaries at the occasion also included Publisher of Independent Newspapers and former governor of Delta State, Chief James Ibori, Chairman of the event, Eng. Mansur Ahmed, Osi Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Kayode Balogun, and Former governor of Ogun state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.
Others were PDP stalwart, Chief Olabode George, PDP standard bearer in Lagos state, Jimi Agbaje, former Deputy Governor of Lagos state, Kofoworola Bucknor Akerele, Barrister, Babajide Tanimowo, Mr. Lasun Ogunfowokan, Dr. Abiola Ayankunbi, and Asari Dokubo.