As the saying goes, the golden fish has no hiding place. Since he heroically pulled Nigeria from the precipice of economic depression by securing the life-saving multi-billion dollar Paris Club refunds, torrents of top rated awards and honours have continued to rain with higher intensity on Prince [Dr] Ned Nwoko, the Delta State-born philanthropist, international attorney and entrepreneur.
Even as the amiable spouse of star actress, Regina Daniels is currently traversing the globe with her young wife on holiday and top profile business engagements, series of awards have continued to trail him the same way swam of bees are attracted to sweet honey.
Among the latest awards to the Star Prince is the AFRIMMA award which came his way from across the Pacific in the United States. Indeed, it was a night of beauty, culture, rich colours and celebration of African music and talents as AFRIMMA awards held in Dallas, Texas amidst pomp.
At the glittering event, Prince Nwoko was presented with the prestigious AFRIMMA Community Impact Award while the Governor of Mombasa, Kenya, Mr. Joho Hassan received the Transformational Leadership Award.
The award ceremony which was hosted by Basketmouth and Dj Poizon Ivy, saw Burna Boy carting away the Artiste of the Year diadem.
The AFRIMMA Awards founder, Anderson Obiagwu during his closing remarks emphasized that it’s important to encourage and recognize leaders and philanthropists in Africa who are making a difference in their various communities, districts and nations. He also charged the honorees not to relent in their efforts in creating an enabling environment for the people to succeed.
Among top African stars on parade at the huge music and entertainment ensemble were Fally Ipupa, Ommy Dimpoz, Lisa Yaro, Daphne and more. Nigerian star Burna Boy was the biggest winner of the night bagging four awards namely Artist of The Year, Best Male West Africa, Song of The Year with Zlatan and best collaboration with Zlatan.
Rema took home the AFRIMMA Video of The Year Award while Zlatan won Best Newcomer as well as Best Collaboration and Song of The Year alongside Burna Boy. Other winners include Aya Nakamura – Best Female West Africa and Ommy Dimpoz – Best Male East Africa.
Akothee from Kenya, Nandy from Tanzania, Toofan from Togo alongside the Nigerian duo of Rema, Zlatan as well as Congolese superstar Fally Ipupa provided unforgettable performances on a spectacular night.
Literally, the AFRIMMA 2019 Awards and Music Festival shut down the city of Dallas as an avalanche of African stars stormed the US city.
It is noteworthy that recently, Dr. Ned Nwoko bagged the prestigious International Polo Stallion Star Award in Dubai, United Arab Emirates [UAE]. The award was conferred on the Delta State-born education, sports, culture and tourism patron in recognition of his sterling roles in promoting sports and educational development in Nigeria and globally.
Dr Ned Nwoko’s laudable initiative in founding a reputable tertiary institution in Nigeria, the Stars University, Idumuje-Ugboko, Delta State, that goes into the history books as sub-Saharan Africa’s premier Sports University has won him numerous recognition and accolades in Nigeria and abroad. The pace-setting tertiary institution which is planned with on-campus primary and secondary schools, is billed for completion and take off in September 2020.
The organizers of the AFRIMMA awards just like those of the International Polo Stallion Star Awards in Dubai were fascinated by Prince Ned Nwoko’s towering stature as an amazing philanthropist and a veritable international figure whose influence straddles continents of the world.
Prince Ned Nwoko’s AFRIMMA award equally came on the heels of other honours and recognition for the founder of Stars University who was recently conferred with honorary membership of the Alumni Association of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria’s premier university. In September this year, he was conferred with the Man of the Year.