Startup South (#StartupSouth7) the biggest Nigerian South East and South South Startups event, organised by the StartupSouth Enterprise Development. This year, 2022 StartupSouth event, in it’s 7th Series, will be hosted in Port-Harcourt City, Nigeria.
Naira Diary Unveils NDI Awards 2022 Lagos Themed ‘THE HEROES’, Picks Lagos As The Host City
Naira Diary, one of the leading news blogs in Nigeria telling Nigerian stories and amplifying stories told by Nigerians while keeping everyone entertained, informed and educated, has unveiled the theme for this year’s Naira Diary Impact Awards – THE HEROES.
NDI Awards by Naira Diary also announced Lagos as the host city for NDI Awards 2022.
As a blog, Naira Diary has painstakingly given a voice to the voiceless, promoted businesses and events, and led conversations in areas of national development within Nigeria. However, with NDI Awards 2022, this news and entertainment blog is looking to take it activities to the next level.
Explaining the theme, “THE HEROES”, Henshaw Jacobson, the director for Naira Diary Impact Awards said, “ Heroes as a project, was started with the sole aim of appreciating real-life heroes and their ‘heroic’ actions in Nigeria. This project recognizes that there are heroes and that not all of these heroes wear capes.
“THE HEROES”, award project aims to recognize and celebrate these people, groups, and entities who have contributed to bettering lives and making society better.
Part of the plan is not only to recognize and appreciate, but also to bring publicity and attention to the works “THE HEROES”, individuals, organizations, and entities. We hope to bring more attention to the need of our society to accept and celebrate heroes doing little or great things to better their environment.
Objective of The Heroes Award – Naira Diary Unveils NDI Awards 2022 Lagos
A portion of what the project seeks to achieve is to reinstate the mindset that we need more heroes, by recognizing and appreciating these heroes. The is award would also highlight the works of such individuals, groups, and entities. The objective behind this is to motivate them to do more, and through them, inspire more impact-driven people across Nigeria”.
Why We Picked Lagos
The city of Lagos was picked as the host city. Henshaw said this will help Lagos city connect with more unrecognized Nigerian heroes. NDI Awards is looking to give special attention to those who have taken heroic actions, but are not known nor celebrated by other cities.
On the nomination and voting, The NDI awards would rely on public nomination for its entries. This means that the public will be solicited to nominate and subsequently vote for candidates. The nomination period is expected to last for four(4) weeks, followed by a grand finale that would include both virtual and in-person voting.
In addition to the nomination process, there would be a selection process which would involve a jury whose primary responsibility is to properly assess the nominated individuals and compile the final list of nominees who would be voted.
Fairness and Transparency
To promote fairness and transparency. The award project would thoroughly access all nominated candidates through a an assessment timeline of 12 to 14 months. During this period, the jury will be paying close attention to what these nominees have done within the period. In addition, each award category would have its individual eligibility criteria.
The Bonny Island Marathon 2022 #Run4Nigeria is in its 5th Edition, scheduled for Saturday, 10th December 2022. The theme for this year’s edition is Run for Nigeria, using the event hashtag #Run4Nigeria, it seeks to draw attention around the current political climes and wants to attract attention of especially youths on the need to become active citizens and participate positively in selecting the right leadership in order to ensure progress in Nigeria.
Officially the Bonny Island Marathon 2022 #Run4Nigeria campaign spotlights the prospects surrounding Nigeria’s polity, hopes amidst challenges, and the desire for better leadership. It is intended to promote civic responsibility, political consciousness among young people, and the clamor to include young people in governance.
Prize Awards for 2022 Winners
The reward pool has been increased to $15,000. This amount will be shared amongst 6 winning categories, which are the winner, runner ups(male and female respectively), indigenous winner, children category winner and persons with disability winner category.
Inaugural Board of Advisors
At press release held on the 2nd of July 2022 at Creative Hub, in New GRA, Port-Harcourt, the Bonny Island Marathon(BIM) organizers Realmlux Limited announced the addition of an inaugural Board of Advisors, and they include:
Eso Celestine Ugoeze,
Zainab Muhammad Garba,
Venerable Peter Kiribo Blu-Attoni,
Adams Nasiru Joseph,
Luckyn Loveday Belema
Lady Edith Opuada-Hart.
Promoting Sports – Bonny Island Marathon 2022 #Run4Nigeria
The objective of the Bonny Island Marathon is to promote the sports-tourism sector of the Bonny Kingdom. It was also set to discover and export next generation Athletes, and be a platform known for global reputation in sports. It will portray Bonny Island to the global community as a safe, peaceful and emerging metropolitan city to live and invest in – beyond oil and gas.
So far so good the BIM has grown to over 10,000 participants from across 23 states in Nigeria, awarded over $10,000 in awards and prizes, recorded zero casualty across four successful editions, got featured on Africa Sport On by Supersports, with to come with this 5th edition.
The Bonny Island Marathon has a mandate to spotlight and promote promising local athletes, and therefore they sponsored its 2019 Marathon Winner, Nengiye Wilcox for the second time to the Access Bank Lagos City Marathon and the 2022 Okpekpe 10K Road Race. This will present him the opportunity to not only activate his career, but to see competition from a professional and global perspective and get more serious at striving to make an impact on the world.
The future of BIM is continue to improve, engage relevant sports agencies, apply international best practices and to become an internationally marathon brand that is recognised by the World Athletics Organization, AIMS
Thanks to key stakeholders for being with, and supporting the Bonny Island Marathon.
His Majesty, King Dr. Edward Asimini Williams Dappa Pepple III, Perekule XI, CON. JP. Amanyanabo and Natural Ruler of Ancient Grand Bonny Kingdom,
The Bonny Chief’s Council,
The Bonny Local Government through the Chairman, Hon. Anengi Barasua D. Claude-Wilcox,
Interested partners and sponsors including stakeholders who would like to contribute and be part of the success for this 5th year’s edition should contact the organizing team for sponsorships and collaboration.
Plans for Bonny Island Marathon 2022 #Run4Nigeria logistics and sorting out the necessary technicalities that will allow for hosting International runners are underway by trying to establish conversations with other countries’ embassies in Nigeria.
Bonny Island Marathon is a sports-tourism 21K marathon in Bonny Island, Rivers State. It started as a 10KM Marathon in 2018, to a 21KM Marathon today, and a 42km in the near future. Participation has been growing and it is currently recording over ten thousand aggregated participants spanning over 23 states across Nigeria with interest coming from Kenya, Ethiopia and others. BIM attracts professionals, amateur, and leisure runners of all genders and also aspires to accommodate people with special needs.
Marathon Winners :
Run for Nigeria #Run4Nigeria
Racing for Earth
Nkeki Maina(1st),Egu Michael (2nd),Godspower Benson(3rd)
Racing for Unity
Racing for Unity
There will be two main classes of runners;
Elite Runners – 21km : These are actual runners competing for the ultimate Prizes,
Leisure Runners – 10km: These are participants running for fitness, enthusiasm or for a course.
Extra Runners Categories:
In order to be an all inclusive event, provisions for extra 2 categories are being considered;
Special Needs – People living with disability, and
Secondary School Students who will compete for an opportunity to win scholarships.
Data recorded over 10,000 participants in the last 4 years. Internal data shows that over 80% of participants are young people within 18 – 35 years with about 25% aggregate appearance for women.
The official Marketing and Communications Agency remains Outsaurce PEP.
What started as a community event is now attracting global attention,with the likes of Supersports, Rhythm 93.7 FM, Wave FM PH, Groth Network, Accurial media (USA) and others supporting as media partners.
The Bonny Island Marathon 21km category will maintain its routes and terminate at “Government School ”, while 10km runners will kick-off from Willbros Junction and terminate at Government school, Shell Gate in Bonny Local Government Area.
The Media Week in South-South Nigeria, convened by the South South Media Week organizers in Port-Harcourt, #SouthSouthMediaWeek hosted in Port Harcourt. This is the 3rd edition and so far it has been successful, if you are not here, then you are missing out.
The Event is in Port-Harcourt
SouthSouth Media Week 2021 #SouthSouthMediaWeek Coming Soon Themed: #Emerge – Building Better & Bigger. Meet, Learn and Network with Startup Founders, Seed Investors, Media Professionals, Entrepreneurs, Pace Setters, and more.
Live at The Autograph, Abacha Road. Port Harcourt. From 24th – 28th May 2021.
NeurIPS Meetup Port Harcourt 2019. NeurIPS acronym for Neural Information Processing Systems is a non-profit corporation whose purpose is to foster the exchange of research on neural information processing systems in their biological, technological, mathematical, and theoretical aspects (source: NeurIPS | About Us https://nips.cc/About).
Tech for Females Event Port Harcourt, “The Opportunities in Tech for Females”. The event is aimed at exposing females to the business of technology and help them find a suitable career path in technology.