Celebrating Akwa Ibom

When we conceived the idea of celebrating Akwa Ibom people (alive), who are excelling in their different callings globally, as a part of the activities marking the 33rd anniversary of state creation, we thought that we will exhaust the list in 33 days. That has been an impossibility, as there are still hundreds of qualified people who are yet to be celebrated, even after we extended the period beyond the 33 days.

We received more than 2,800 nominations via our website and after initial evaluation, we found that more than 75% of the nominees were worthy of celebration. To decide who to put up became a challenge, so we decided to use the number of nominations a nominee had as the determinant and that made the job easier.

Click here toNominate your Community Champion or favourite Akwa Ibom brand
Ini Ememobong

The Punctuation

When we conceived the idea of celebrating Akwa Ibom people (alive), who are excelling in their different callings globally, as a part of the activities marking the 33rd anniversary of state creation, we thought that we will exhaust the list in 33 days. That has been an impossibility, as there are still hundreds of qualified people who are yet to be celebrated, even after we extended the period beyond the 33 days.
We received more than 2,800 nominations via our website and after initial evaluation, we found that more than 75% of the nominees were worthy of celebration. To decide who to put up became a challenge, so we decided to use the number of nominations a nominee had as the determinant and that made the job easier. To handle the sorting of nominees and scripting, we had set up a team of credible minds sourced from the media, different professions, political leanings and civil society groups. I clearly insulated myself from the process, taking up the task of only posting the contents sent to me. We did that to prevent bias and to ensure that we were celebrating Akwa Ibom people without prejudices.
It’s been a very revealing period for me and the entire group who worked on the project. We have realized that our state has contributed greatly not just to our country but to our world-our people are doing exploits around the globe. It brought a great sense of pride to me as an Akwa Ibomite.
As we draw the curtains online, there are two categories that we must celebrate-community champions and Akwa Ibom brands. To this end, we will allow people to visit this link to nominate them.
Community champions are those who through their little but Strategic efforts, our communities are bettered. Akwa Ibom brands are concepts and business ventures owned by Akwa Ibom people that are market leaders or revolutionary in their field. We will take seven days to celebrate these categories together.
May I, on behalf of the entire team thank all the nominators and congratulate the nominees who made it to the online space. We will soon commence work on the book form of the celebration which will be widely circulated.
Thank you.

Celebrating indigenes of Akwa Ibom with remarkable records of attainments and achievements.



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Criteria For Selection

1. People of proven integrity, outstanding social, economic, political and cultural impact, locally, nationally and Internationally.
2. Achievers, innovators and inventors.
3. Excellence in music, arts, culture and the creative industry and all those who have contributed to the success story of Akwa Ibom State.
3. People whose lives have been inspirational, who have demonstrated the can-do spirit of Akwa Ibom viz, honesty, integrity, hardwork and courage.

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