Nigeria’s Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi have something in common.

They have both been adjudged to have been committed to building African values, economic development, youth empowerment, community and educational development, humanitarian services and efforts at building peaceful coexistence.

Therefore, they are nominees for the 2018 edition of the prestigious African Value Awards (AVA).

Amb. Daniel Obah, Chairman Planning Committee of AVA 2018, revealed this in Abuja on Friday.

According to him, other Nigerian nominees for the continental award, which will hold on November 17 in Abuja, include: Nigerian Business mogul and Philanthropist, Arthur Eze, Gesi Asamaowei and Davematics Ombugadu.

“The award is for men and women from different spheres of human endeavours, who through innovation, hard work and exemplary leadership, ensure peace and development across the continent.”


“Prof. Osinbajo, as the Vice President of Nigeria is a tested and trusted leader who has shown commitment to the comprehensive change programme of the Buhari administration, especially in the fight against corruption.

“He has always shown leadership values of character, strong will and commitment to peaceful co-existence among Nigerians, which is in consonant with what the AVA represents.

“He is a bridge builder and a symbol of loyalty and patriotism in the service of fatherland, “he said.

For the Ooni of Ife, he would be honoured with the “African Tradition Icon of the Year” award, for his commitment to preserving African culture and values with his exalted throne.

“He is a unifier and a true representative of African values and cultural heritage, who has attracted deeper respect to the traditional institutions in Nigeria and Africa at large.”

Some entrepreneurs and corporate bodies are also listed on the honour roll for their contribution to the economic growth of the continent.

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