The Chairman of Orile Agege Local Council Development Area, Hon. Johnson Babatunde and several other grassroots leaders across Africa were honoured at the weekend in Accra, Ghana during the inaugural edition of the Grassroots Africa Awards and Conference 2019.
The event, which took place at the Airportview Hotel, Accra, has the theme: enhancing community development through appreciation and commitment for holistic African growth.
The Convener, Mr Kazeem Balogun, of Kalo Africa Media, expressed his appreciation to the appreciation to those present, most especially Mr Babatunde and his team.
Others awardees are Mrs. Zingosan Huette, a diplomat from Zimbabwe; Mrs. Chimene Sossah, an African girl child education advocate; Dr. Kehinde Kadiri of Grassroots Aid Initiative; Apostle Emeritus ING Kwadwo Safo, a philantrophist, Nana Esin Ninsin VIII.
Others are Nana BEEYIN III, Nana Osageyfo Eckom I, Owusu-Fourdjour Alexander;
Balogun thanked Mr Babatunde and his wife, Mrs Babatunde as well well as the Vice Chairman, Mrs. Akanni; the deputy Deputy Speaker of the council, Mr. Akinola and the information Officer, Mrs. Hamzat for gracing the occassion.
“I am very grateful to you coming all the way from Nigeria to be a part of this, May God continue to bless you,” he said. “Also to other awardees from Ghana, you are all welcome.
“The aim of this award and conference is to celebrate those of you helping at the grassroots level within African communities. Take for instance Hon Babatunde, he has been able to achieve great work within the community where he is at the helm of affairs. This is what we all can do to help our communities. It is because you are doing one thing or the other at the community level that you are here and I want to encourage you to continue to do more, hence this award.”
In all, nine people were honoured with awards. Mr Babatunde got two, one for the local government and one for himself, which was received by his wife.
There was also a life band video show of activities of Orile Agege Local Council Development Area and others.