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Daily Trust, a leading independent newspaper in Nigeria, has called for nominations of exemplary personalities for the coveted African of the Year 2021 award.
In a statement issued at the weekend, Nura Daura, acting chief executive officer of Media Trust limited, publishers of Daily Trust, said ideal nominees should be ordinary Africans who have made extra-ordinary contributions to humanity in any field from any part of the continent.
Nominations are open from August 22, 2021, to midnight of October 22, 2021.
Daura disclosed that the award consists of three components, namely, a permanent plaque, a certificate of merit and a cash reward in aid of the awardee or his/her chosen charity project.
Valid entries for the 2021 award will be for works, events or activities undertaken by the nominee between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021, and nominations are to be made online at award.dailytrust.com.
The eventual winner will be selected by a six-member prize committee chaired by Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana.
Other members of the committee who represent Africa’s regional blocs are: Mona Omar (North Africa), Amadou Mahtar Ba (West Africa), Gwen Lister (Southern Africa), and Rigobert MINANI BIHUZO (Central Africa), Kabiru Yusuf, chairman of the board of Media Trust limited, represents the award promoters
Daura emphasised that a winner will emerge, strictly based on the selection criteria and not the number of entries submitted on his/her behalf.
He also disclosed that the presentation ceremony for the 2021 edition of the African of the Year Award will hold in Abuja, Nigeria, in January 2022.
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