On Tuesday, October 11, 2022, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), conferred national honours on several Nigerians, who were adjudged to have contributed their quota to the development of the country. Entertainers were not left out. Saturday Beats takes a look at some of the entertainers who were honoured on the occasion
Emeka Rollas (MON)
Actor and President of the Actors Guild of Nigeria, Emeka Rollas, was conferred with the Member of the Order of the Niger. He took to his Instagram page on Tuesday to celebrate the award. He wrote, “Glory be to God for the grace to attain this level. On October 11, I was among the distinguished Nigerians honoured by the Federal Government. I received this honour as Member of the Order of the Niger (MON) with a joyful heart.
“I dedicate this award to my wife, who has been my backbone. Special thanks to Ned Nwoko, states, national executives and the entire members of the Actors Guild of Nigeria for their support and contributions towards the successes we have recorded.”
Popular singer, Teniola Apata, aka Teni, was awarded with a Member of the Order of the Niger. However, the manner in which she received the award has caused uproar on social media. While some people felt that she disrespected the President with the way she walked away after receiving her award, others have said the ‘Billionaire’ crooner did nothing wrong.
The singer wrote on Instagram on Wednesday, “With honour and gratitude to God, it was indeed a joyous moment to receive a national honour yesterday. I was conferred with a Member of the Order of the Niger by His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, Grand Commander of the Federal Republic and the National Awards Committee headed by Justice Sidi Muhammad, a retired Justice of the Supreme Court, after diligently going through over 5,000 submissions.
“Special thanks to God, the Federal Government, my beloved ones and to you all supporting me from day one. This honour is for the entire family of Rt. Brigadier General Simeon Olaosebikan Apata, my father.”
She also gave reasons why she got the national honour and she dedicated the award to young girls in the country.
Teni said, “I was granted this award for ‘consistent and meaningful participation in community and/or national development, rendering unsolicited, selfless and philanthropic services to humanity; outstanding sacrifice in the defence of a cause popularly judged to be positive, relevant and beneficial to the nation and community’.
“To all the young girls, this one is for you. Let’s not forget to stop dreaming. Nothing is impossible.”
Mo Abudu (OON)
Popular filmmaker and the Chief Executive Officer of EbonyLife Films, Mosunmola Abudu, aka Mo Abudu, was awarded with the Officer of the Order of the Niger (OON). She wrote on Instagram, “I am deeply grateful to God Almighty for this national honour. I thank my family, especially my praying mother, my amazing EbonyLife family, and you all my friends and supporters.
“I have received many awards around the world. I have sat in many great rooms representing our dear continent and my beloved country, Nigeria. But today, all I feel is deep gratitude that my country also honours me with one of the highest honours in the land. One instituted by the National Honours Act of 1964 –the year of my birth – to recognise Nigerians and friends of Nigeria who have rendered service to the benefit of the nation.
“The Nigerian creative industry continues to rise in both financial returns to Nigeria’s economy as well as boosting the image of our country.”
Wasiu Ayinde (MON)
Veteran fuji musician, Wasiu Ayinde, aka K1 de Ultimate, was awarded Member of the Order of the Niger. He was present to receive his award from Buhari. Speaking on the award, the singer’s wife, Emmanuella Ayinde-Marshal, wrote on Instagram, “A well deserved honour to the doyen of music, my darling husband. Congratulations my Olasunkanmi. Still in the spirit of celebrating your 50 years on stage and God added this again to your feathers.”
Burna Boy (MFR)
Damini Ogulu, aka Burna Boy, was honoured with a Member of the Order of the Federal Republic. The singer, who is presently not in the country, was represented by his father, Samuel Ogulu.
The award was given to the ‘Last Last’ crooner for his achievements in the music industry. The letter of award said Burna Boy was honoured for winning the Grammy Awards in 2020 and “he along with other artistes have repositioned the Nigerian entertainment industry and placed it on the global map.”
Innocent Idibia (MON)
Singer, Innocent Idibia, aka 2Baba, got a Member of the Order of the Niger award. The singer posted a picture of himself on the Instagram page of his record label, Hypertek Digital, with a caption, “New update! Drop comment when you see it. #2Baba #MON.”