Film Director calls for recognition of African geniuses, philanthropists


By Friday Idachaba, Lokoja

Taiwo Oduala, a Film Director and Executive Producer, Afro Awards, has called on government at all levels to evolve deliberate policies for honour and recognition of geniuses and philanthropists in Africa to stimulate development.

Oduala, in a statement issued in Lokoja on Tuesday said Nigeria remained one of the most blessed, talented and God-fearing African nations with individuals that have continued to turn things around for good.

He said that all the government and organisations needed to stimulate development was to identify the genius and philanthropists and accord them honour and recognition to spur them to do more.

Oduala said that such steps would go a long way in stimulating national growth and development adding that Afro Awards was already neck-deep in identifying and recognising talented individuals in various fields.

He stated that Afro Awards was identifying those who have excelled in humanitarian to honour them in big way.

“Just recently in far away Los Angeles, California, U.S., we honoured some individuals both in Africa and U.S. that have distinguished themselves in various fields of endeavours that have touched many lives.

“Among them is Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives; Aliko Dangote, the Founder of Dangote Group and Osun Governor-elect Ademola Jackson-Adeleke,” he said.

Oduala described the 2022 Afro Award as a “Huge success and plus” to Nigeria and Africa.

“The Afro Awards honoured American and African community leaders, philanthropists, dignitaries and celebrities who are pioneers in their fields and have demonstrated exceptional humanitarian excellence.

“This year’s event was hosted by a Hollywood star Masika Kalysha, who was also an honoree.

“We are looking toward hosting another another award in Nigeria to continue with our encouragement efforts towards individuals that have distinguished themselves in various fields,” he said.