I have always been an advocate for blacks to be CELEBRATED globally, especially those doing us proud internationally. In line with this, it gives me a sense of pride to join the world in celebrating a great African, and Nigerian-born, Canada-based writer and academic, Professor Nduka Otiono. He was honoured last weekend by the Ottawa community with a Black Ottawa Community Builder Award at a well-curated event to celebrate the official launch of Black History Month in Ottawa.
In his words, the multiple awards-winning Prof. Otiono who lectures at Canada’s Capital University, Carleton University, was so excited about the RECOGNITION that he wrote on his social media page: “Feels good to be honored with a Black Ottawa Community Builder Award at a well-curated event to celebrate the official launch of Black History Month in Ottawa. The ceremony today was at Ottawa City Hall, with the theme “Our Canadian Story: Honoring the U.N. International Decade for People of African Descent”. The event featured the unveiling of the official BHM stamp, presentation of the Royal Bank of Canada national BHM student essay competition winners, and the proclamation of Black History Month 2018 in Ottawa by the city’s Mayor, Jim Watson. The event was brilliantly anchored by Sarah Onyango, and attended by Ministers, Members of Parliament, members of the diplomatic corp in Canada, etc. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s brief but moving Goodwill message ignited the celebration of the contributions of Black Canadians to the Canadian multicultural mosaic.”
We bring you highlights of the event in pix:
We at KARIFEST Join his family, friends and well wishers to CELEBRATE this Iroko and ACHIEVER by all standard.
KARIFEST DUCHESS ONYEKAAH
FOUNDER/CHIEF Operating Officer KARIFEST GROUP.