2017 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship

In recognition of its work to increase the profitability of thousands of smallholder farmers in Northern Nigeria over the last 6 years, Babban Gona (“Great Farm” in the Hausa language) emerged as the first for-profit enterprise to win the 2017 Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship.

The Skoll Foundation presents the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship each year to a select group of social entrepreneurs whose innovations have already had significant, proven impact on some of the world’s most pressing problems, and invests directly in the promise of even greater impact at scale. Each Awardee receives a three-year core support investment to scale their work and increase their impact.

They also gain leverage through their long-term participation in a global community of visionary leaders and innovators dedicated to solving the world’s most pressing problems.

Babban Gona supplies training, consulting, logistics, raw materials and financial services to small-holder farms that lack the knowledge, resources or buying power to compete successfully.

2017 City People Excellence Awards (CPEA)

Minister of the Year – Mr. Babatunde Fashola, The Minister of Power, Works and Housing

The Most Effective Government Agency – Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)

Best Presenter of the Year – Bukola Samuel Wemimo (TVC News programme, Fire Works)

Best Television station of the Year – Television Continental (TVC)

Indigenous Station Of The Year – Faaji FM

Media Personality Of The Year – Funke Egbemode

Leadership Brand of the Year – Dana Air 

Airline of the Year – Air Peace


2017 Commonwealth Class Story Writing Competition

Four Nigerian teachers are among top 10 winners of the 2017 Commonwealth Class Story Writing Competition for stories that address the theme “Belonging”.

Kaduna-based teacher Ngozi Razak-Soyebi’s story, There’s Always a First Time, depicting the struggles of an abandoned street child, came overall second among 130 entries across Commonwealth member states.

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