Nominations for Uncelebrated Nigerians Awards UK opens today

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Nominations for Uncelebrated Nigerians Awards UK opens today

ORGANISERS of the Nigerian Uncelebrated Awards (UNA) UK have begun accepting nominations for the 2017 event due to take place at the Mayfair Banqueting Suite in Chadwell Heath on September 30.

Now in its second year, the event will be a classy gala dinner that will attract community leaders, guests from Nigeria and high commission officials. Organised to honour ordinary Nigerians in the UK who are excelling in numerous fields, the awards ceremony has been organised to honour ordinary Nigerians who have generally been overlooked in the past.

Last year's event saw 56 awards handed out and in 2017, the figure will rise to 57 in recognition of the number of years Nigeria has been an independent nation. Organisers are now calling on members of the public to go to their website and complete the nomination form.

Ronke Udofia, the chair of the UNA awards sub-committee, said: "On the night, we will hand out 57 awards in recognition of how old Nigeria will become this year. Last year was a huge success as we honoured people who had hitherto never been given awards and we look forward to building on that on September 30.

"Unlike other awards ceremonies that only honour public figures and VIPs, UNA recognises ordinary working Nigerians in the UK like bus drivers, teachers, care workers, train conductors, etc. We have opened the nominations and the process will run for two months until July 19, during which time we hope to attract a wide range of nominees from every nook and cranny of the UK.

Bola Ganiyu, the chair of UNA's events management sub-committee added: "UNA 2017 will be the bomb as we have secured the hall until 4am in the morning and the night will be a mixture of awards, entertainment and fun. We have already secured the services of stand-up comedian Kenny Blaq, who will be travelling down from Nigeria for the event.

"There will be a host of other entertainers, we will have DJ Kachif on the turntables and the food will be a true representation of authentic Nigerian cuisine. For just £50 for standard tickets and £75 for VIP tickets, guests will be treated to an evening they will never forget."

Malcolm Benson, the chair of the publicity and marketing sub-committee added that the committee hopes there will be a lot of new entries from outside London, so all the regions of the UK could be served. He added that it is important that the other regions of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are also recognised on the day.

Organising committee vice coordinator June Douglas, said: "With there unlikely to be an official independence day party organised by the high commission in the UK this year, UNA 2017 will be the independence day bash. Our event will run into the morning of October 1, so will serve as the main independence day event in the UK."

She added that among the distinguished guests who have been invited to UNA 2017 include the acting high commissioner Simon Ogah, the chair of the House of Representatives Committee on the Diaspora Rita Orji, the special adviser to the president on diaspora affairs Abike Dabiri-Erewa and the Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi. Ms Douglas urged members of the public to contribute to the success of the event by going to the website to nominate now.

For more information contact:
Agatha Ewruje Ronke Udofia
Secretary Chair, awards sub-committee
Uncelebrated Nigerian Awards UK Uncelebrated Nigerian Awards UK
07958 687309 07828 119278

Ayan De First Malcolm Benson
Chair, sponsorship sub-committee Chair, publicity & marketing sub-committee
Uncelebrated Nigerian Awards UK Uncelebrated Nigerian Awards UK
07956 482148 07930 202250

Bola Ganiyu June Douglas
Chair, events management sub-committee Vice coordinator
Uncelebrated Nigerian Awards UK Uncelebrated Nigerian Awards UK
07950472548 07931 595287

Note for editors
The Uncelebrated Nigerian Awards UK gala dinner will place at Mayfair Banqueting Suite in Chadwell Heath in east London on September 30 2017. Starting at 8pm and lasting until 3am will involve the handing out of awards to 57 Nigerian heroes who have excelled in numerous fields of endeavour.

For only the second time ever, Nigerian diasporans in the UK who have never had anything to do with awards ceremonies will be honoured and recognised. It is a way of reaching out to them and getting them involved in the community.