Nollywood star actress, Tonto Dikeh, has been nominated for the 2016 edition of the South-South Progressive Awards.
Tonto will be honoured alongside other Nigerian politicians and dignitaries at the award ceremony scheduled to hold at Hotel Presidential Port Harcourt, Rivers State on December 16.
Other awardees include Gov. Nyesom Wike, King Alfred Diete-Spiff, Florence Ita Giwa, Friday Ossai Osanebi, Friday Ossai Osanebi and Victor Tubotamuno.
The project director, Kingsley Amafibe, said the award was borne out of the need to celebrate more people who were contributing to the peaceful coexistence and development in the South-South.
“The choice of Rivers State as the host is very intentional in the South-South; its peace or otherwise can affect other states in the region in one way or the other,” he said. “The 2016 edition of the award will feature a summit with the theme: “Peace in the South-South, Our Hope to Economic Development.”
“Peace in the Niger-Delta is very crucial to our economic survival as a nation, especially as the recession bites harder. We must do everything collectively to sustain peace in the region, and that is the essence of choosing the theme for the summit.”
The awardees would be honoured because of their contributions to the peace, youth empowerment and development of the South-South, he said.
“We believe that this recognition will always be the push for them to achieve more in their various fields. “After looking critically at the various achievements of these sons and daughters of South-South, there is no better way to appreciate them than giving them a boost,” he said.
The South–South Progressive Awards is an annual award that honours Nigerians, especially those from the South-South and those who reside and do business in the South-South. The awards cuts across over 25 categories, with recipients handpicked from various fields and backgrounds.