The Nigerian Community Excellence Awards is divided into 3 different categories with sixteen (16) awards in total, and they are:
Community Excellence Awards
Community Special Appreciation Awards
Community Special Recognition Awards
NIGERIAN COMMUNITY EXCELLENCE AWARDS
These set of awards honors members of the Nigerian Community in South Africa who stands out and are flying the Nigerian flag positively. In this category individuals and members of the community nominate themselves or individual Nigerians who they know stand out in what they do. The awards in this category are:
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR
This award recognizes an inspirational young Nigerian business leader aged between 18-40 years who, through their own commitment and passion, has built and operated a successful business; and who demonstrates outstanding entrepreneurial spirit, strategic direction, and innovative ideas.
NIGERIAN YOUNG TALENT OF THE YEAR
This category recognizes an outstanding young Nigerian aged 8-21 years, who has achieved great feat in any area of talents- i.e. sports, education, craft, arts, entertainment, etc. or has showcased exceptional academic achievement, extra-curricular involvement and a significant contribution to his/her community with his/her exceptional talent.
OUTSTANDING NIGERIAN FEMALE ACHIEVEMENT
The award celebrates the strength and outstanding achievement of an outstanding Nigerian woman in South Africa who stands out in what she does in South African in the year under review.
OUTSTANDING INDIVIDUAL COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT
The awards celebrate a person who has demonstrated innovation, teamwork, passion, and integrity throughout their involvement with others, in business, and who has produced an identifiably profound effect on the community through their work, business and/or leadership.
OVERALL ACADEMICS EXCELLENCE IN SOUTH AFRICA
The award recognizes outstanding achievements in academic studies and/or research at the postgraduate level (Masters and Doctorate or Professorship) by a Nigerian individual in South Africa.
OUTSTANDING NIGERIAN IN CREATIVE ARTS
The award recognizes the excellent achievements of a Nigerian Deejay, model, artist, sculptor, painter, fashion designer, Comedian, illustrator, and photographer or any other profession in the innovative and creative space.
BEST NIGERIAN ACHIEVEMENT IN SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT
This award recognizes promoters and producers of Nigerian music, entertainment promotion, film production, acting or a Nigerian ambassador in any sporting activity who has achieved success or great feat in the year under review in South Africa
OVERALL BEST NIGERIAN MUSIC ARTIST
This category recognizes outstanding achievement of Nigerian musical artiste who has distinguished him/herself through hit song/album, top-flight collaboration, song/album sales and positive impact on individual or community through his/her musical career. This award is open to all types/genres of music.
SPECIAL APPRECIATION AWARDS
The Special Appreciation Awards category are 4 in number and are dedicated to South African individuals and organizations. The award is the Nigerian Community’s way of showing appreciation to South Africans and to foster unity so as to encourage social cohesion, citizen to citizens’ interaction, cultural and education integration. In this category individuals and members of the community nominate South Africans who they know have done collaborations with Nigerians.The award categories are as follows:
BEST COLLABORATION IN ENTERTAINMENT
This award recognizes a South African individual or group in the entertainment industry who has collaborated with a Nigerian individual or group to promote Nigerian music, culture, traditions, language, food and arts of both countries.
EXCELLENCE IN CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AWARD
The CSR Award recognizes the active involvement of any organization and its team supporting the Nigerian community or community projects in South Africa or through its partnership with a Nigerian charitable, voluntary or community organization that has had a quantifiable positive effect on the community over the last year/s.
COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIP & SUPPORT AWARD
This award recognizes a South African Association, Organization or Non-Profit Organization in any field of business who has demonstrated excellence in partnering and supporting a Nigerian, Nigerian Association or a Nigerian NGO to provide opportunities for Nigerians or the Nigerian community to engage in and have their voices heard or have shown compassion, love, and understanding to an individual Nigerian, group of Nigerians or to Nigeria as a nation.
SOUTH AFRICAN MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR NIGERIANS
The “South African making a difference for Nigerians award" is developed to honor a South African person/s who is/are making significant contributions or supporting the Nigerian community in South Africa through their time, actions, talents, and dedication. The honoree selected should serve as a role model for compassion, service and be striving to make the world a better place.
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AWARD
The Special Recognition Awards category is dedicated to Nigerian individuals in South African and Nigeria. The award is the Nigerian Community’s way of recognizing top Nigerian achievers in Government, business, academics, entertainment and community service or any other field. The recipient of this category is solely determined and awarded by the Editorial Board of The Nigerian Voice Newspaper South Africa.
The award recognizes an Outstanding Nigerian top heavyweight Achiever who has achieved in no small measure in any field of career and flying the Nigerian flag high in South Africa.
NIGERIAN DIPLOMATIC PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
The award recognizes an outstanding, honest and hardworking Nigerian Diplomat in South Africa who has been diligent, compassionate and mean well for Nigeria and Nigerians in South Africa.
EXCELLENCE AWARD IN LEADERSHIP & GOVERNANCE
The award recognizes an inspiring, hardworking and impactful Nigerian politician, a government official at the Federal, State or Local Government level or a Nigerian lawmaker who has made a significant impact through their program or processes that have positively affected or impacted the lives of Nigerians at home or in the Diaspora.
NIGERIAN BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR AWARD
The winner of the Business Leader of the Year category will a Nigerian individual who exemplifies outstanding leadership in business. He/she will have achieved positive financial results, increased shareholder value, sound management, proven corporate governance, demonstrated innovation, together with intangible qualities such as integrity and vision.