100 Nigerians get Centenary Awards Friday (tonight) [Full List]

Fireworks at the Nigeria Centenary celebration

The families of Gani Fawehinmi, Moshood Abiola and Fela Anikulapo have given indications they won’t accept the awards on behalf of their patriarchs.

The Nigerian government will tonight honour 100 distinguished Nigerians with the Centenary Awards. Some recipients are being awarded posthumously.

The families of Gani Fawehinmi, Moshood Abiola and Fela Anikulapo have given indications they won’t accept the awards on behalf of their patriarchs.

Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, has also rejected the award.

However, the award ceremony is holding tonight (Friday, February 28) at the Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja, according to an official government statement.

All award recipients are expected to be seated by 6.30 p.m. and attendance is strictly by invitation.

Accommodation has already been reserved for the award recipients at the NICON Luxury Hotel in th Garki District of Abuja from where they will be conveyed to the venue of the ceremony.

The full list of the awardees, including those who have rejected the honour is reproduced below along with the categories:

1. Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
2. Frederick John Dealtry Lugard
3. Dame Flora Louise Shaw, Lady Lugard
4. Herbert Samuel Heelas Macaulay
5. Rt. Hon. Dr. Benjamin Nnamdi Azikiwe, GCFR
6. Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, KBE
7. Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo, GCFR
8. Sir Ahmadu Bello, KBE
9. Professor Eyo Ita
10. Jaja Anucha Wachuku
11. Pa Michael Imoudu
12. Chief Anthony Enahoro
13. Chief Joseph Sarwan Tarka
14. Mallam Aminu Kano
15. Margaret Udo Ekpo
16. Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti
17. Hajiya Gambo Sawaba
18. Christopher Sapara Williams
19. Chief Frederick Rotimi Alade Williams, SAN
20. Chief Akintola Williams
21. Major-General Johnson Thomas Umunnakwe Aguiyi Ironsi
22. Vice Admiral Joseph Edet Akinwale Wey
23. Brigadier General George Tamunoiyowunam Kurubo
24. Louis Orok Edet
25. Major-General Abdullahi Mohammed
26. Professor Thomas Adeoye Lambo
27. Professor Kenneth Onwuka Dike
28. Capt. Chinyere Kalu
29. Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Oviemo Ovadje
30. Professor Grace Alele-Williams
31. Louis Odumegwu Ojukwu
32. Alhaji Alhassan Dantata
33. Chief Adeola Odutola
34. Alhaji Shehu Usman Aliyu Shagari, GCFR
35. Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola
36. General Shehu Musa Yar’adua, GCON
37. General Abdulsalami Alhaji Abubakar, GCFR
38. Madam Chioma Ajunwa
39. Nwankwo Kanu
40. Richard Ihetu (Dick Tiger)
41. Chief Michael Okpala (Power Mike), MON
42. Monday Ochuko Emoghawve
43. Chief Stanley Olabode Wey
44. Justice Egbert Udo Udoma
45. Chief Emeka Anyaoku
46. Sir Adetokunbo Adegboyega Ademola
47. Dr. Taslim Oluwale Elias
48. Dr. Rilwan Lukman
49. Alhaji Ibrahim Dasuki
50. Alhaji Aliyu Mai Bornu
51. Alhaji Aliko Mohammed Dangote
52. Chief Mike Adenuga
53. Chief (Dr.) Innocent Chukwuma
54. Professor Benjamin Oluwakayode Osuntokun
55. Professor Kelsey Harrison
56. Professor Chike Obi
57. Professor Dagogo Fubara
58. Professor Jacob Festus Ade Ajayi
59. Professor Claude Ake
60. Professor Aliu Babatunde Fafunwa
61. Professor Godwin Olu Patrick Obasi
62. Professor Umaru Shehu
63. Michael Taiwo Akinkumi
64. Professor Wole Soyinka
65. Professor Chinua Achebe
66. Prof John Pepper Clark
67. Cyprian Odiatu Duaka Ekwensi
68. Alhaji Abubakar Imam
69. Daniel O. Fagunwa
70. Ernest Sesei Ikoli
71. Alhaji Ismail Babatunde Jose
72. Kenneth Nnebue
73. Patience Ozokwor
74. Alhaji (Dr) Mamman Shata Katsina
75. Hubert Adedeji Ogunde
76. Fela Anikulapo Kuti
77. Stephen Osita Osadebe
78. (Dr.) Ladi Dosei Kwali
79. Ben Enwonwu
80. Oludotun Jacobs
81. Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule
82. Professor Akinlawon Ladipo Mabogunje, NNOM
83. Dr. Barnabas Sanyaolu Oloruntoba, OFR
84. Honourable Justice Maryam Aloma Mukhtar, GCON
85. Chief Gani Fawehinmi, SAN
86. Michael Chukwugekwu Ihuka
87. General Yakubu Gowon, GCFR
88. General Murtala Ramat Mohammed
89. General Olusegun Mathew Okikiola Aremu Obasanjo, GCFR
90. General Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR
91. General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, GCFR
92. Chief Ernest Shonekan, GCFR
93. General Sani Abacha, GCFR
94. Alhaji Umaru Musa Yar’adua, GCFR
95. General Theophilus Yakubu Danjuma, GCON, fss
96. Sir Abubakar Sadiq III
97. Sheikh Abubakar Mahmud Gumi
98. Blessed Cyprian Michael Tansi
99. Pastor Enoch Adejare Adeboye
100. Sheikh Dahiru Usman Bauchi


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  • Sam

    Where is the Record Breaker’s Name? James Onanefe Ibori


      Very, very sad Dr Arikpo’s name was omitted. I remember the prominence of hus name on our lips in our primary school days. I also remember that he never joined the madding crowd of corrupt federal commissioners while his service lasted. For his contributions to the political, diplomatic and academic evolution and development of nigerian state, this distinguished hero deserves a mention and a place in Nigeria’s Centenary Hall of Fame.

  • Dumbo

    Incomplete list with the likes of bisexual Alameiseigha, thie Ibori, Al-Mustapha, Asari Dokubo, Thug General Wike, PDP Enforcer Mbu, Malam Shekau etc etc missing

  • Okoi Obono-Obla

    As we marked the 100 years anniversary of the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Protectorate of Nigeria on the 1st January 1914, let me register my displeasure and shock over the failure of the Presidential Committee on Centenary Celebration to include the late Dr. Okoi Arikpo (SAN) among the 100 Nigerians listed for recognition and honour by President Goodluck Jonathan. I think by whatever criteria or parameter used by the Committee that did the recommendation of those to be recognised and honoured for their contribution towards nation building, Dr. Okoi Arikpo is eminently qualified. I have seen the names of several people honoured and recognised who were the contemporaries of Dr. Okoi Arikpo before and after independence. I have seen the name of Professor Eyo Ita. Professor Eyo Ita and Dr. Arikpo were both members of the Eastern Region House of Assembly. Dr. Okoi Arikpo was a member of the NCNC and one of the members of the Eastern Region House of Assembly that were nominated to represent the Region in the Central House of Legislature (the precursor of the House of Representatives) in Lagos. Dr. Arikpo was appointed the Minister of Lands and Surveys in1951 and Minister of Mines and Power in 1953. However he resigned from the NCNC because of the crisis that erupted when Professor Eyo Ita was forced to resign as the leader of Government Business in the Eastern Region House of Assembly to pave way for Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe. Dr. Azikiwe was elected a member of the Western Region House of Assembly under the platform of the NCNC and was widely expected to be elected Leader of Government Business in the Western Region House of Assembly but the bid was frustrated by mass defection of NCNC in the floor of the Western Region House of Assembly. An exasperated Dr. Azikiwe left the West to return to the East to seek the position of Professor Eyo Ita. This angered minority members of the Eastern Region House of Assembly led by Dr. Arikpo and resigned enmasse from the NCNC to form their own Political Party known as the United Nigeria Independence Party( UNIP). The UNIP then allied with the Action Group. This was the genesis of the formation of the Calabar/Ogoja/ Rivers State Movement to agitate for self autonomy. I saw the name of Honourable Justice Udo Udoma on the List of Honorees. Justice Udoma was the President of the COR State Movement. Dr. Arikpo was the Secretary General of the COR State Movement. I saw the names of Chief Joseph Tarka. Chief Tarka was the President/Founder of the United Middle Belt Congress. The United Middle Belt Congress was the political party formed by the Northern Minorities to advocate for the creation of a separate region for the people of the Middle Belt (Central Nigeria) out of the defunct Northern Region. He was a member of the House of Representatives in the First Republic. He was appointed a Federal Commissioner in the regime of General Yakubu Gowon from 1967-1974 when he resigned from the cabinet after Mr. Aper Aku and Godwin Dabo accused him of corruption. Chief Tarka was Dr. Arikpo’s Colleague in Gowon ‘s administration. Another Colleague of Dr. Arikpo listed for recognition and honour to mark the Centenary Celebration was Chief Anthony Enahoro. Chief Anthony Enahoro was the Federal Commissioner for Labour in Gowon’s administration from 1967-1975. Chief Enahoro was a member of the House of Representatives just like Dr. Arikpo. Another colleagues of Dr. Arikpo who were recognised are Dr. Olawale Taslim Elias. He was the Attorney General of the Federation from 1960-1966 in the cabinet of Sir Abubukar Tafawa Balewa (Prime Minister of Nigeria from 1959-1966). Dr. Elias was later appointed Attorney General of the Federation in 1966 by General Gowon and was in office until 1972 when he was appointed Chief Justice of Nigeria. Undoubtedly, Dr. Elias was a contemporary of Dr. Okoi Arikpo, as they were in cabinet together from 1967 till 1972. Another colleague of Dr. Arikpo honoured was Dr. Jaja Anucha Ndubuisi Wachukwu who was Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1959-1960 and later Minister of Foreign Affairs. Another contemporary of Dr. Arikpo listed among the 100 heroes to mark 100 years of the amalgamation is Mallam Aminu Kano. Malam Kano and Dr. Arikpo were colleagues in the cabinet of General Gowon from 1967-1975. He was the President and founder of the Northern Elements Progressive Union (NEPU) that championed the interest of the common people in the North. Dr. Okoi Arikpo was reputed to be longest serving Minister of Foreign Affairs of Nigeria from 1967-1975. He ably led the delegation of the Federal Government of Nigeria to several peace talks during the civil war years abroad and handled his schedule with great ability so much so the Federal Government had the upper hand in the international court of public opinion despite the vociferous propaganda unleashed by the Republic of Biafra to sway the international community to be sympathetic to its cause. Dr. Arikpo was the First Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission. He also played a crucial role in swaying the support of the Eastern minorities for the Federal Government of Nigeria during the civil war. He was a distinguished academic. He made a first class in Chemistry in the University of London and later veered into the arcane discipline of Anthropology where he bagged a PHD in the field from the University of London. He made history when he became the first West African to bag a PHD in Anthropology. In the Federal Capital Territory some of the streets have been named after ministers that were colleagues of Dr. Arikpo in the 1950s-1970s but his name is deliberately omitted. In 2010, the Federal Government of Nigeria under President Jonathan honoured 50 eminent Nigerians that had contributed towards National Development. Many of those honoured were contemporaries of Dr. Arikpo but he was inexplicably omitted from the list of those honoured. I wrote a letter to President Jonathan concerning the omission of the name of Dr. Arikpo but nothing was done to correct the obvious mistake. One would have thought that the Centenary Celebration presented a veritable opportunity to correct this huge mistake but it seems for reasons best known to the Federal Government of Nigeria the name of Dr. Arikpo has been perpetually consigned to the dust bin of Nigerian history. How sad!

  • Don Kester…

    What of Ken Tsaro Wiwa, Isaac Adaka Boro, Michael Opara, et al. With these omissions? we can see that Jonathan is not ethnic chauvinist…

  • jonathan

    The Nigerian people deserve a collective Centenary Award for their endurance and courage in living under a string of despotic, corrupt and incompetent leaders – They are the real heroes!

  • Theking

    50% of all the persons listed here for the awards are part of Nigerian problems today.. Persons like Queen of England, lugard/wife, Buhari, Awolowo and many of them. Thank God the so called amalgamation has expired and Nigeria now is an ilegal entity!


    Let us thank this heartless and wicked government for this Centenary Award. However, as much as we honour these hundred heroes , there is also the need for the 100 infamous Nigerians in the last 100 years. If you are interested in nominating, please contact the number one fugitive and the governor-general of of the Ijaw nation, DSP Alams

  • Peace man

    Category M–outstanding promoters of unity, patriotism and national development : I stand to be corrected but I feel that if Abacha’s name is honorable to be in this group, Chief Ikemba Ojukwu is over qualified to be listed. Someone whose exit from the earth made over 50% of Nigerians happy was honored over a person whose burial has not been equaled since the birth of Nigeria.