The Christian Association of Nigeria as part of celebration to mark her SAPPHIRE (45TH) ANNIVERSARY, organized an Award/Dinner Night to celebrate and honour deserving individuals who had and are still contributing their God-giving potentials towards the advancement of Christianity in Nigeria and Christ’s Kingdom in General.
The event which was held at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja, was a successful convergence of high powered dignitaries and leaders from the Christian domain, Political sphere, Business and even the social domain. The event was graced by the Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo GCON; The President of CAN, Rev. Dr. Supo Ayokunle (host), The SGF, Barr. Boss Mustafa; Distinquish Senator Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Church Leaders; and a host of highly respected men and women within the Christian faith.
Held on the 25th of September, 2021, the well attended event saw the presentation of Awards of Excellence categorized in different categories such as: Governance, Fathers of Faith, International Ecclesiastical Achievers, Business/ Professionals, Spoke Persons for the oppressed, Young Christian Achievers Award, and a Special Recognition award.
Find the list of Awardees below:
- His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo GCON (Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria)
- His Excellency, General Yakubu Gowon GCFR (Former President of Nigeria)
- His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo GCFR, Ph.D (Former President of Nigeria)
- His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR (Former President of Nigeria)
- His Excellency, Dr. Samuel Ortom (Executive Governor of Benue State.)
- His Excellency, Dr. Dave Umahi (Executive Governor of Ebonyi State.)
- His Excellency, Barr. Nyesom Wike (Executive Governor of Rivers State)
- His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun (Executive Governor of Ogun State)
- His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong (Executive Governor of Plateau State)
- His Excellency, Dr. Udom Emmanuel (Executive Governor Akwa Ibom State)
- His Excellency, Darius Ishaku (Executive Governor of Taraba State)
- His Excellency, Sen. Douye Diri (Executive Governor of Bayelsa State)
- His Excellency, Sen. Hope Uzodinma (Executive Governor of Imo State.)
- Barr. Boss Mustafa (Secretary to the Government of the Federation)
- His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara (Former Speaker, House of Representatives.)
- His Excellency, Senator Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege (Deputy Senate President of Nigeria)
- His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha (Senator Representing Imo West Senatorial District.)
- His Excellency, Dr. Peter Odili (Former Governor of Rivers State)
- His Excellency, Dr. Andy Uba
CATEGORY: FATHERS OF FAITH
- His Grace, Archbishop Dominic Ignatius Ekandem (Former CAN President (Post-Humous Award)
- His Eminence, (Dr.) Sunday Coffie Mbang (Former CAN President)
- His Grace, Archbishop Olubunmi Okogie (Former CAN President)
- His Lordship, Archbishop Peter Jasper Akinola (Former CAN President)
- His Grace, Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan (Metropolitan Archbishop of Abuja and Former CAN President)
- His Eminence, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor (Former CAN President)
- His Eminence, Pastor E. A. Adeboye (General Overseer, The Redeemed Christian Church of God)
- Bishop David O. Oyedepo (General Overseer, Living Faith Church AKA. Winners’ Chapel)
- Her Eminence, Reverend Mother Esther Ajayi (Love Of Christ Generation, C&S Church.)
- His Eminence, Pastor David Ibiyeomie (General Overseer, Salvation Ministries.)
- His Eminence, Dr. Samuel Kanu Uche (Prelate, Methodist Church of Nigeria)
- His Most Eminence Baba Aladura, Elder (Dr.) D. L. Bob-Manuel (Prelate, Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim & Seraphim)
- Rev. (Dr.) William Okoye (Founder and General Overseer, All Christians Fellowship Mission)
- His Eminence, Rev. Caleb Ahima (Vice President, Christian Association of Nigeria)
- Engr. Samuel L. Salifu (Former General Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria)
CATEGORY: INTERNATIONAL ECCESSIATICAL ACHIEVERS
- His Eminence, Rev. Dr. Samson Olasupo Ayokunle President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Vice President, World Baptist Alliance. Executive member, World Council of Churches. Central Working Committee Member, World Council of Churches Honourable President, Religion for Peace.
- His Eminence, Archbishop Dr. Panti Filibus Musa, (President, Lutheran World Federation.)
- Rev. (Dr.) Ezekiel Lesmore (Director, African Alliance Christian Council)
- Rev. (Dr.) Ibrahim Yusuf Wushishi (Director, Peace and Diaconia for Africa, World Council of Churches.)
- Apostle (Dr.) Folorunso Alakija Group Managing Director, Rose of Sharon Group
- Rev. Yakubu Pam Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC)
- Mr. Godwin Emefiele Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria
- Chief Arthur Eze CEO Atlas Oranto Petroleum
- Chief Michael Adenuga GCON Founder, Globacom Nigeria.
- Femi Otedola Founder/CEO, Zenon Petroleum and Gas Ltd.
- Dr. Harold Olusegun Demuren Former DG, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority
- Priscillia Ekwueme Eleje First Female Director of Currency operations, Central Bank of Nigeria.
- Prof. John Kennedy Okpara Former Executive Secretary, Nigeria Christian Pilgrim Commission (NCPC)
- Sir Olusegun Adekunle Former Permanent Secretary, OSGF
CATEGORY: SPOKEMEN FOR THE OPPRESSED
- His Lordship, Bishop (Dr.) Matthew Hassan Kukah Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sokoto
- Dr. Obadiah Mailafia Former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria. (Post-Humous Award)
- Rev. John Joseph Hayab Chairman, Kaduna State Chapter of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)
- Rev. Gideon Para-Mallam Founder, Para-Mallam Peace Foundation
- Barr. Femi Falana Human Rights activist
YOUNG CHRISTIAN ACHIEVERS AWARD
- Leah Sharibu One of the abducted Dapchi School girls, who stood for her faith.
- Maduafokwa, Egoagwuagwu Agnes Best JAMB Candidate 2020, Scored 365
- Miss Ogwubie Chikemzi praise Best 2020 WAEC Candidate in Nigeria
- Master Monwuba Chibuikem Best 2021 JAMB candidate, Scored 358.
CATEGORY: SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
- Imam Abubakar Abdullahi (Projected Value for humanity and projected Inter-Faith aid: Though a Muslim, Sheltered over 200 Christians in Barkin Ladi LGA, during an attack in that region.)
- Mr. Ikenna Nweke (Projected honesty and Christian values: Returned found money and valuables in Japan.)