The prestigious award and recognition ceremony carefully nominated distinguished individuals, corporate and private entities in other to spotlight the best in business, entertainment, hospitality, entrepreneurship, community development and humanity advancement from Ogun State and Diaspora.
The selected awardees were nominated for in the following categories: Excellence in Art and Creativity – Alh Teju Kareem – Lifetime Achievement in Culture and Entertainment – Tunde Kelani, Excellence in Hospitality and Hotel Services -Park Inn by Radisson, Housing Solution Firm of the Year – Adron Homes, Telecom Icon of the year – Mr Kunle Adebiyi, Excellence in Commerce and Education – Chief Mrs Alaba Lawson, Oil & Gas Investment of the year – West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited, Freight Forwarding Expert 2018 – Alhaji Hakeem Olarenwaju, Excellence in Public Service – Barrister Jide Odusolu, Ogun Person of the Year 2018 – Alhaji Abdul-Jelil Adeogun
The history making event was staged at Park Inn by Radisson, kuto Abeokuta, on 19th of January 2019 and had in attendance the awardees and their representatives.
Some of them stated the uniqueness of the award as it came from their birth state OGUN STATE.
Yewa born telecomunication expert who is the Sales and Distribution Executive of MTN, Mr Kunle Adebiyi recieving the Telecom Icon of the year expressed in his gratitude.
In His words “I never knew that my service here at MTN is being monitored from my home state. I never saw this coming, thank you for nominating me and this will spur me to do more”.
He said this when he received the confirmation letter in his MTN Falomo office in Lagos.
At the premium event, each awardee was represented on Ogun Excellence Award’s Hall of fame which added glamour and prestige to the event and the massive black carpet session at the entrance.
According to the publisher of Publicfaces Magazine and Lead organizer of Ogun Excellence Award, Adebola Ayedun-Solate who stated the uniqueness of the award ceremony and its future intention.
“We carefully waited till this moment to stage an acceptable and prestigious award ceremony, knowing that less regards are given to award in recent times, we wanted a plaque that each of awardees can celebrate when they get home, an award that can spur people to do more, that one that each recipient will regard as part of their success story in life, thereby making them a role model that others can emulate, such award platforms are not being influenced in cash or deeds” she said
She further stated challenges faced “having this state of mind towards value and dignity in award ceremony has caused us more funds and energy, but at the end of this maiden edition we realized that it worth it, presently we’re preparing for the second edition which promises to be more interesting, we are ready to keep rewarding success in all ramifications.
Mr Tobi Joseph Head of Presentation Rockcity Fm, who is the brand adviser of Ogun Excellence award also shared efforts exerted by the Team in choosing Mr Wale Adeogun who won the Person of the Year Award.
Tobi said “this singular award was the highlight of the day, if we were looking for a popular brand or influential individual, we would have chosen a politician knowing that this is their season, the person of the year was left for general public for free and fair selection, it online advert campaign gathered more than 10,000 exposure, after which Mr Wale Adeogun came top on the search, he was reached out to 3 days to the event and we invited him as a guest, he was more than overwhelmed when he was called upon because he never saw it coming, we are happy to have started with this standard as a foundation to build upon in the next edition.”