Guests protest as Obaigbena fixes American anthem before Nigeria’s at THISDAY awards

Nduka Obaigbena, Chairman of Leaders & Company Limited, which runs THISDAY Newspaper titles and Arise TV Network

The guests at the event refused for the American anthem to be sung before the Nigerian anthem.

There was a mild drama on Tuesday at the 18th Annual Thisday Awards held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, as guests at the ceremony kicked against singing the American National Anthem before the Nigerian anthem.

Guests were already seated when the award organiser, Nduka Obaigbena, publisher of Thisday Newspapers; and the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun; ushered in Bill Clinton, former American President. After that, the Master of Ceremony announced that the American Anthem will be sung followed by the Nigerian anthem.

In swift response to the announcement, there was a spontaneous, and overwhelming resistance from the guests, who vehemently kicked against the arrangement, insisting that such arrangement was insulting to Nigeria and her citizens.

The guests, many who spoke to PREMIUM TIMES after the event, argued that in Nigeria, the country’s anthem should be sung first and that in America, one should expect the Americans anthem to take priority. They demanded a reversal of the arrangement.

A change was effected. The Nigeria national anthem was sung, followed by Ogun State anthem while the American anthem was eventually dropped.

The ceremony was in celebration of Nigeria’s best teachers and fifteen teachers were honoured at the event. It was organised by Mr. Obaigbena’s Thisday Newspapers and held in the Ogun State capital.



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  • Chantella

    Talking about inferiority complex at its climax. Who was the MC? Nigerians it’s high time we believed in ourselves.

  • Sepsis

    Nduka is undoubtedly one of PDP’s worst scammers. Cups don’t run shallow forever!

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      somehow you manage to smuggle PDP in to this. Have you no conscience?

      • adetutu

        mptikwelu, but is Mr. Nduka not a member of PDP? what is your problem with the truth? Stop this small childishness.!!! Please grow up. We like to read you because we can guage the temperature of your master Jonathan at the presidency.

        • Ayemi

          Adetutu, why did you give this thing called mptikwelu attention? He was bought to standby to respond to any criticism on his master, Jonathan. Have you forgotten that he has to justify what he is being paid for? You don’t know that people like mptikwelu would not mind if the american anthem was sang before the Nigerian anthem. They are the ones licking america’s ass. If shit is well fried, mptikwelu and his types will eat it as long as it is from america!!!! And for Nduka, did you see the smile on his face? He is so cynical about our dear country. He does not have any respect for his own country. Imagine!!!

        • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

          no worries. shey na you give am PDP card. shameless liar.

          • adetutu

            you know now mpitkwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa, sebi una dey di same PDP working for di same Oga Jonathan. You also know that part of working for President Oga Jonathan is to use Nigerian peoples tax payers money to bring in American prostitutes called “celebrities’ in the name of showbiz. We understand these things. Sebi you wan hear word. You go hear am tire boy. Go on bring sluts with tax payers money in the name of publicity for Oga. You know this baby mptikwelu. “Four more years” of PDP , “four more years” of Nduka bring in American prostitutes who call themselves celebrity!!!

  • G-beng

    Wish I knew what makes the order count, cos I even feel ours should be sung last as d boss, would arrive last!

    • Philemon A.

      Interesting twist to the whole palaver

      • G-beng

        Just what i felt, u could enlighten me. Am not a rigid person

  • alabi akindele

    If the bulk of Africans are like Nduka Obaigbena, this shows why peoples of African descent will be eternal slaves and will be in perpetual slavery behind Caucasians and Asians. Characters like Nduka and his masters in the Presidency of President Jonathan who give Nduka money to run these rubbish and silly programs (sometimes bringing in American prostitutes called “celebrities” and struggling to shake hands with them and take photographs with them) suffer so much inferiority complex, they cannot even demonstrate independence in their own country! Friends, please think deep: there is no difference between what this character called Nduka has done and how members of Nigerian so-called elite class run abroad for health care. See how characters like Mrs Jonathan, Mrs Diezani Madueke-Alison run everytime abroad for medical treatment. The so-called elites in Africa are simply slaves. The worst thing is that they do not even realise this! It is beyond redemption when you do not even recognise your slave position. Failing to recognize this, they even call it “CLASS”!!! When a slave calls his/ her slavishness, subservience CLASS, you know the problem may pass solution and redemption. The women amongst them pour chemicals on their hair to look European and they call it “being modern”. This means the more European or caucasian you look the more “modern” you are. They bleach their bodies away to fit the European model. This is tragic for the black race. For the so-called men amongst them like this Nduka, it is so bad the slave cannot even exhibit any independence or autonomy in his own country-Nduka’s example and examples of our so-called elites explain why Africa may be doomed for ever. This is tragic and sickening.

  • Philemon A.

    A simple case of unbridled enthusiasim and eye service. It can be treated with gbogbonishe.