Lokoja, Kogi State – On January 26th, Kogi State will celebrate its brightest as 79 individuals receive prestigious honours in a ceremony showcasing the diverse contributions of its citizens. From political giants to community leaders and rising stars, the list shines a light on those who have shaped the state’s past, present, and future.
Late political figures like Dr. Steven Makoji Achema and Senator Sunday Awoniyi will be posthumously recognized for their service, while former military leaders like Gen. Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida and Brig-General Danladi Mohammed Zakari receive honours for their national impact. The legal field sees recognition for Justice Umaru Eri, OFR, CON, and the late Justice Sylvester Umoru Onu, JSC, along with countless others representing various sectors.
But the list extends beyond established names. Everyday heroes like Inspector Joy Onoja, Miss Olubukolami Adeyemi, and the late Flying Officer Tolulope Arotile find themselves alongside business leaders like Mohammed Bello Adoke, SAN, and cultural icons like His Eminence John Cardinal O. Onaiyekan. This inclusivity underscores the spirit of the awards, celebrating not just titles but the dedication and impact of individuals who inspire their communities.
The governor, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, expressed his pride in recognizing such diverse contributions. “These individuals,” he stated, “have shaped Kogi and the nation through their dedication, talent, and leadership. Honouring them not only celebrates their achievements but also sets an example for future generations.”
The ceremony promises to be a vibrant display of Kogi’s rich tapestry, a moment to reflect on its history and celebrate the individuals who continue to build its future. With such a diverse and inspiring list of honourees, the event promises to be a powerful testament to the spirit of Kogi State.