The Nigerian Community Excellence Awards now in its fourth (4) year and with the introduction of the Independence Party to mark Nigeria’s Independence Day to the community awards will be a milestone achievement for the event, for Nigerian Community in South Africa and Nigeria as a nation because Nigerian Independence day is usually not celebrated in South Africa.
2020 is a significant year in the history of Nigerian nationhood. The year marks the sixtieth (60) anniversary of Nigeria as a country and in recognition of how passionate Nigerians are about the Independence celebration considering their patriotism and how widely celebrated it is by millions of Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora, It is definitely a perfect event to use to celebrate Nigeria-South Africa relationship, social cohesion, citizen to citizens engagement, as well as cultural and educational interaction. Below are other reasons and the importance of the event.
- To identify, recognize, celebrate and encourage excellence within the Nigerian Community in South Africa.
- The event will be the very first event by any Nigerian, Nigerian Association/Organization within the Nigerian Community in South Africa to foster unity, love, and friendship as well as appreciate South Africans who have/is collaborating/supporting/assisting Nigeria/Nigerians in South Africa.
- To create an avenue for social cohesion, citizen to citizen interaction, educational and cultural integration between Nigerians and South Africans.
- To create a Nigerian platform for talented Nigerians and South Africans in South Africa to showcase their talents and encourage entertainment, cultural and educational collaborations.
- To create network opportunities and business partnerships by opening the door to the Nigerian community to Corporate Organization and business-minded South Africans.
- To create a credible, prestigious and glamorous annual event for the Nigerian Community so as to change perceptions about Nigeria and Nigerians positively.
- To use the event as an avenue to break down the barriers and causes of Xenophobia and to preach unity and love.
- To defeat the general stereotype that the majority of Nigerians in South Africa are into drugs and illegal activities.
- Identify and honor outstanding role models that the younger generations can look up to as motivations for excellence.