An Abuja-based private media outfit, DAILY TRUST, has called for
nominations of exemplary personalities for the coveted African of the
According to a statement on Sunday by the Ag CEO, Media Trust Limited,
publishers of DAILY TRUST, Mr. Nura Daura, the nominations are open
from August 24, 2020 to midnight of October 24, 2020.
He said ideal nominees should be ordinary Africans who have made
extra-ordinary contributions to humanity in any field from any part of
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.
He said, “Valid entries for the 2020 award will be for works, events
or activities undertaken by the nominee between October 1, 2019 and
September 30, 2020 and nominations are to be made online at
award.dailytrust.com. The eventual winner will be selected by a
seven-member prize committee chaired by His Excellency, Mr. Festus
Mogae, former President of Botswana.
“Other members of the Committee who represent Africa’s regional blocs
are: Ambassador Mona Omar (North Africa), Mr. Amadou Mahtar Ba (West
Africa), Ms. Gwen Lister (Southern Africa), Mr. Pascal Kambale
(Central Africa) and Professor Sylvia Tamale (East Africa). The
Chairman of the Board of Media Trust Limited, Mr. Kabiru Yusuf
represents the award promoters.”
While stressing that a winner will emerge, strictly based on the
selection criteria and not the number of entries submitted on his/her
behalf, Daura also disclosed that the presentation ceremony for the
2020 edition of the African of the Year Award will still hold in
Abuja, Nigeria, in January, 2021, despite the prevailing Covid-19
pandemic, but in adherence with internationally established protocols
for convening events under the corona virus atmosphere.
He noted that in its 13th edition, the African of the Year Award was
inaugurated in 2008 by DAILY TRUST in fulfilment of the newspaper’s
commitment to African unity and sustainable development across the
continent, adding that the newspaper hopes to entrench the culture of
selflessness among Africans with the aim of creating a pool of
role-models for others to emulate.