Nigerian Awards: To The Merited Or Highest bidder?

19 February, 2017
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Last night, I read on @instablog9ja that a governor allegedly paid for 150 rooms in a luxury hotel to host people coming to see him receive an award.

This morning, I learnt Rivers State governor Nyesom Wike who had won the #SunAward could be the governor who brought an entourage to see him receive it.

All morning on social media, the trending question has been “If he deserved the award?” That’s an interesting question considering that Rivers state has been riddled with many political tussles in recent times and many of what we read about the state have been more on the negative.

From security concerns, daytime assassinations and lets not forget cult activities and beheadings, you may ask “What was the criteria for naming him governor of the year”?  

Not looking for drama but the award for governor of the year could have so comfortably gone to Willy Obiano of Anambra. Even Enugu State governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi could have been a more acceptable choice.

One would wonder if this award went to the highest bidder? Could that be the reason, he brought an entourage to watch him receive it?


Awards were once given in recognition of excellence and exceptional virtues or actions. Now, with all the controversies surrounding awards, I wonder what if awards are just for bragging rights.

What do you think?

 


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