The Nigerian community in the UK is set to host a glam awards night in honour of Nigerians who have made outstanding contributions to the UK society.
The awards scheduled to take place on the 27th of June at the grand Walthamstow Town Hall in London will have in attendance the Nigeria High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Dr Dalhatu Tafida and other dignitaries.
A statement by the organisers of the event states, “Since Nigeria formally became a part of the British Empire in 1914, Nigerians have been travelling to the UK to study, work and live.”
“Over the last 100 years, Nigeria has produced 15 British mayors and numerous local government councillors and currently, three members of the UK House of Commons (MPs) are of Nigerian extraction.”
They also add that “Nigerians have excelled in numerous fields of endeavour across the UK including medicine, law, business, engineering, the media, etc and the event is being planned to celebrate them.”
The dinner will involve certificates handed out to 100 outstanding Nigerians who have contributed to British society over the last 100 years.
Many notable Nigerians have been actively involved in the planning of the event including veteran media personality DJ Abass, Nigerian Watch top journalist Ayo Akinfe and Mayor Enfield Mayor Kate Anolue.
The event will be hosted by Women4Africa winner and Ben TV presenter Priscillia Nwikpo and motivational speaker Dayo Olomu.
Chairman of the organising committee Ayo Akinfe said, “Over the years, Nigerians have contributed immensely to British society with very little recognition for their efforts. Last year we had two mayors in Brent and Enfield and this year the mayor of Lewisham is a Nigerian but nobody remembers their predecessors who opened the way for these breakthroughs.
“We want to correct such anomalies by recognising and celebrating those our heroes who have made an immense impact on peoples’ lives. This event will be the main Nigerian event of 2014 and will be an appropriate celebration befitting our 100th birthday as a nation.”
Waltham Forest is one of those British councils that recently had a Nigerian mayor, as did Enfield, Hackney and Brent, while the current mayor of Lewisham is a Nigerian. To ensure the event goes according to plan, a high-powered committee made of community activists has been set up to facilitate its planning.
To get tickets or to find out more information about attending the event, please visit the event website.