Lagos, Nigeria. Last weekend Vanguard Personality of the Year Award ceremony was held at the prestigious Eko Hotel and Suites, Lagos with some of the country’s leading personalities in attendance.

Even before the proceedings commenced at 7.00 p.m. the Eko Convention Hall was practically overflowing with all seats taken up.

Editor-in-Chief of Vanguard, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye who welcomed dignitaries on behalf of Vanguard publisher, Mr. Sam Amuka said the award ceremony was in continuation of the Vanguard spirit of recognising excellence in the professions saying, “In our usual tradition, we have meticulously handpicked these highly motivated individuals who have shone through challenging times and have gone beyond their call of duties for the sake of service.”

The award ceremony which had former governor of Cross River State, Mr. Donald Duke as chairman, kicked off with the recognition of the services to mankind rendered by some of the country’s leading lights.

Receiving his award as Governor of the Year, Governor Ayade of Cross River State said it was a challenge for him to do more. “I accept this award as a catalytic energy to push me, to challenge me to do my very best because Vanguard is a credible organisation, I accept this award and dedicate it to the entire people of Cross River State, Nigeria and indeed Africa.”

See pictures from the ceremony below: