Ex-Super Eagles Coach Christian Chukwu, Prof. Dike, NellyUchendu, Others for Igbo Awards 2017

Ex-Super Eagles skipper and one time coach of the team, Christian Chukwu, the first Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan, Prof. Kenneth Dike, are set to receive life time achievement award from the organisers of Igbo Awards and Lolo Cultural Pageant.
Also ace singer, the late Nelly Uchendu, will get a posthumous award for her contribution to the development of music in South Eastern Nigeria.
The organisers of Igbo Awards and Lolo Igbo Cultural Pageant, Vinen Shield Limited Ebnugu announced that it will be honouring these deserving Igbo sons and daughter in the 2017 edition of Igbo Awards to be held later in the year.
In statement by the Executive Director of the company, Mazi ThankGod Ofoelue, the organisation is lining up the likes of ex-Super Eagles skipper and former coach, Professor Dike and Uchendu as recipient of the award for their hard work and commitment to Igbo world view.
He explained that Igbo Awards is a recognition award designed specifically to honour, reward and celebrate illustrious sons and daughters of the Igbo who have distinguished themselves in different areas of life endeavour.
“It is designed to project the Igbo identity, promote hard work and compliment the sincerity of the Igbo nation and present them at the front burner as people with relentless zeal to succeed in any field chosen.
“Beneficiaries in the past include Pete Edochie, Professor Barth Nnaji, Archbishop Olisaemeka Chukwuma, Mike Ejeagha and Lady Ifeyinwa Ezenwa to mention a few. Igbo grammarian FC Ogbalu is also one of those who have been given a posthumous award”.
Highlight of the event will be the emergence of a new cultural Queen for Enugu, Chekwube Geraldine Ugwuanyi, who will be crowned as the new Lolo Enugu.
Throwing more light on the Lolo Igbo Cultural Pageant brand, Ofoelue said the pageant has been instituted in order to exalt the dignity of the Igbo woman.
He said: “Lolo Igbo Cultural Pageant encourages young Igbo ladies both home and abroad to embrace their cultural heritage. It provides a platform for young Igbo daughters to serve humanity and empower communities in the Igbo nation, Nigeria and around the world. As
goodwill ambassadors and Igbo cultural advocates, these ladies will be leaders that will drive the vehicle of restoring the pride and greatness of the Igbo woman in the present and coming generation.
There have been two editions of the pageant, with six Lolos (Queens) emerging in 2015 and 2016 respectively. While there is an overall winner, five others represent the five states of the South East- Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, and Imo States.
Meanwhile, two neighbouring states, Lolo Anioma (Delta) and Lolo Mbammiri (Rivers), will be included in this year edition
“Overall winner of the contest is given the star prize of a car, while a contract is signed with her to perform in movies to be produced by Vine Shield Productions, the department in our company that produces movies. Other five Lolos win a cash prize of N100, 000 each, and also go into the same contract as Lolo Igbo. Each of the six Lolos must also execute a pet project before the end of her reign as Lolo.
“The 2017 Edition offers a crash course on Igbo Culture and Tradition, two weeks Camping in an Igbo village where the ladies shall compete for grades, online voting and promotions, and the grand finale later in November”, he said.

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