Citing love for country and unity of purpose as core to national development, the Nigeria Prize for Patriotism invites Nigerians to nominate individuals they feel have lived up to these ideals as the call for entries for the national award programme commences. The Nigeria Prize for Patriotism (NPP) is an award program aimed at celebrating Nigerians who are living a life of sacrifice in service of the people and the country in general.
Speaking on the call for entries, the program’s visioneer, Abidemi David Edmond, Chief Responsibility Officer, the Nedola Initiative Ltd (TNIL), a leading sustainability management firm, said that patriotism and a love for country that unifies Nigerians, irrespective of tribe, is the panacea to solving our development challenges as a nation.
"When you look beyond the differences, there are more commonalities between us Nigerians than there are differences. When we understand and unify behind one purpose of building a great nation, then we will we be able to take our place as a leader amongst nations. I believe very strongly that patriotism plays a big role in unifying us and the NPP aims to highlight those everyday Nigerians who have shown these ideals of patriotism by serving Nigerians and playing their part to build the Nigeria we all want to see”, Edmond said.
The prize is structured to reward patriotic Nigerians in the area of Education, Health, Civil service, Business, Agriculture, Sports, Security, Governance, Media and Entertainment. The overall winner of the Nigeria Prize for Patriotism for 2016 is expected to receive N50m in winnings and another N50m in a grant to further the cause for which they had been nominated.
Entries for all categories of the award are currently being received and you can nominate you chosen candidate via the following channels by visiting the NPP page on our website at www.thenedolainititive.com/NPP/ or checking out the information on any of the following social media handles on Facebook, twitter and Instagram by searching for Nigeria Prize for Patriotism.
Prof Pat Utomi, a respected social entrepreneur and management expert has added his voice to the campaign calling out the importance of this initiative at this time saying “When the citizens of a nation realise that ‘I am because we are’ then the national character perception takes hold and that country can hardly go wrong. The Nigeria Prize for Patriotism can help us understand this very valuable point that patriotism matters to our national development.”
The call for entries will run for 30 days and close on Friday, the 30th of September 2016. Entries can come via video or text with pictures and must provide as much detail as possible as to the impact and difference that has been made by these patriots.
Edmond added: "Our aim is to inspire every Nigerian to put the interest of the country and the nation above theirs. We are all aware that recognition plays a big part in achievement and this is what has helped the developed nations of today get to where they are. We need to acknowledge and celebrate our own in order to get where they are today."
"Following this call for entries, we will be asking Nigerians to vote for their winners. It is important for us that everyday Nigerians have this platform to really celebrate our heroes; those people who are making the most difference to the most people. We are looking out for those who have gone over and beyond the call of duty to serve the best interest of Nigeria."
The programme is also continuing to look for sponsors and supporters – interested parties can donate to the programme or volunteer their time. Please visit the website www.thenedolainitiative.com for more information.