By – Opeyemi Aregbesola
The 7th Kwara Tabloid Award ceremony which took place on Friday, December 18, 2020, at Kwara Hotel, Ilorin, has come and gone but its memory will linger for a while.
The event was a perfect blend of glitz, glam and edutainment.
From the exquisite decor to the high profile personalities in attendance, the happy demeanour of the awardees, the articulate keynote address, and the alluring dance performance by the Nupe troupes, the event was one of a kind.
The keynote address delivered by the chairman of the occasion, Engr. Sunday Babalola was hinged on the challenges confronting Nigerians in general and Kwarans in particular.
He spoke about the deplorable state of Nigeria’s education sector; youth restiveness occasioned by unemployment; economic mismanagement; insensitivity and lack of vision by the leadership at various levels.
Engr. Babalola concluded that the pathway out of the present quagmire is youth empowerment and human capacity development, noting that this can be achieved through collective efforts.
One of the highlights of the event was the presentation by an SS 2 student of St. Anthony Secondary School, Ilorin, Gift Adegboyega.
Gift spoke on the need for government to revamp the education sector, create an enabling environment for both teachers and students, and equip the science labs to bridge the gap between public and private schools.
The administrator of Hope Orphanage was also allowed to make a presentation at the event.
She highlighted the challenges experienced by both the staff and children at the orphanage and solicited for financial support in giving the parentless children a new lease of life.
The heart-melting presentation spurred some of the attendees to extend their benevolence to the Hope Orphanage.
The event had in attendance eminent personalities from both within and outside the country.
The Kwara Tabloid award ceremony is an annual event organized by the Convener of Kwara Tabloid Offline and Online, Mr Tunde Bakare.
The event is geared towards identifying and honouring Kwarans who have shown passion, commitment and resilience towards the Kwara project.
For 7 years, The Kwara Tabloid and its partners have navigated through rocky and turbulent times to bring it to a place of glory and statewide recognition.
The Kwara Tabloid has become the voice of the voiceless and a force to reckon with in Kwara’s socio-economic and political space.
Its distinguished members are Kwarans drawn from different strata of the society. They have been closely-knitted to such an extent that The Kwara Tabloid has become one big family.
At SpiceyGist, we are honoured to be associated with this wonderful family and we won’t take this golden opportunity for granted.
Thanks for honouring one of our own, Engr. Tunde Fadipe, with the Hero and Icon award.