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Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos Receives Award from the National Conference of Black Mayors in America



Former Governor of Lagos State and national leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was yesterday given an award by the the National Conference of Black Mayors in America. The association held its 38th annual convention recently in Atlanta, Georgia.

He was presented with the association’s highest award, the President’s Award.

Vanessa Williams, the Executive Director of the National Conference of Black Mayors in America while presenting the award to him in Lagos said the choice of Tinubu was based on merit.

“We searched for Africans leaders who have made great impact in linking African-Americans with Africans towards positive development and you emerged as one of such”.

Venessa Williams, the daughter of the first black speaker of the state of Nevada revealed that the association had followed the stewardship of Asiwaju Tinubu in the areas of support for people in the Diaspora and African –American causes. “You have linked your international experience with national experience to chart a path for development for your people. You fit our bill of leaders who think locally, but act globally and we thank you”. Miss Williams made special mention of Asiwaju Tinubu’s knack for finding, developing and empowering a new generation of leaders at all levels of government.

Asiwaju Tinubu while receiving the President’s Award thanked the National Conference of Black Mayors of America for the recognition awarded him. “African-Americans and Nigerians are the same in their crusade to achieve freedom and liberty. We must work together to elevate our people. We share a common aspiration in the struggle to eradicate poverty and give hope to our people.

Tinubu further added that Martin Luther King, a crusader extraordinary has shown us the way. He told Venessa Williams that he did not go into politics for want of anything except to give hope and elevate the standard of living of the people.

Identifying selfless leadership as a major pre-requisite for development, Tinubu said a new crop of leaders will be needed to bring about change. “In Lagos, we have a model for change and good governance. Massive infrastructural development that is being sustained and a rejenuvated Judiciary where women judges now play prominent roles. Lagos as had four successive State Chief Judges”. Tinubu revealed that he has gone beyond Nigeria to invest in the development and growth of other countries such as Ghana, Sierra Leone, Senegal and Gambia.

Congratulations Asiwaju on your award.

News Source: PM News


Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. Lolan

    June 29, 2012 at 5:26 am

    Black people are seller outs all over the world. Who told them that Tinubu represents such a thing? All I see around Lagos is what he stole to build his own personal empire. The mayors need to be ashamed. Bella make sure you post this.

  2. iamfascinating

    June 29, 2012 at 6:31 am


  3. Paddy

    June 29, 2012 at 6:49 am

    u la la. Way to go ma’am! Really? Arrangee Madam Vanessa Williams, hope you get a juicy Lagos state govt contract for this one.

  4. ami

    June 29, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Who is giving all of them this awards first Patience now Tinubu, What a great way to reward incompetency.

  5. ade

    June 29, 2012 at 8:52 am

    positive development ! probably for his family only then that would make sense. Considering how much they have plundered from the people of Lagos state and Nigeria – I would say it is definately an award for positive development in enriching himself and his immediate family to the detrimant of the common man – and so far not only seeming to be getting away with it (for now) but also winning awards for it. Association of black mayors in america you should be VERY ashamed of yourselves…… mschewwwww

  6. sassycassie

    June 29, 2012 at 9:28 am

    it’s sad when thieves and rogues that have contributed to nigeria(s dire economic and social situation are celebrated and given awards. i guess money-even ill-gotten money- talks. just make a big donation and you get awards thrown ur way. smh

  7. titi

    June 29, 2012 at 9:31 am

    how can they allow this rogue and crook win such award. My gudness, im sure Tinubu awarded that vanessa lady a check her freezer, youll see money stashed up there. Big hiss

    • ADE

      April 8, 2013 at 1:57 pm


  8. Seun

    June 29, 2012 at 10:52 am

    so thieves also receives awards…….waht a shame

  9. Gods own

    June 29, 2012 at 11:03 am

    Tinubu was given the award because of what they will get frm him[money]by now tinubu is suppose to be in jail by now,but am not suprised a rogue is been celebrated,but one day we will all give account of our deeds not only in heaven but also here on earth. ibori is still giving his.

  10. Abs

    June 29, 2012 at 11:54 am

    @ami your comment made me laugh. why you want to sue the people giving the awards? Easy dear.

  11. pynk

    June 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    somehow i was expecting congratulatory messages only. I guess Bella has unlocked the flood gates. I agree TInubu deserves no accolades in terms of his tenure as governor.

  12. Love

    June 29, 2012 at 8:47 pm

    Tinubu, does not deserve this award at all. Charity begins at home, and he hasn’t done anything except steal money for himself. Don’t blame Black Americans, they don’t know the details of these incompetent leaders. I hope that Black American and Nigeria’s relationship can improve because I feel a special connection to them, knowing that most of them came from Nigeria.

  13. NNENNE

    July 1, 2012 at 6:02 am

    No comment!

  14. Ginger

    July 1, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    African Americans pimping for contracts in Nigeria. Isorai

  15. Unity

    July 2, 2012 at 10:24 pm

    @ Ginger

    Pimping for contracts to work, live in Nigeria? I doubt it. Many of them will rather work, stay, live in America than in Nigeria. I think, they are just trying to connect to the motherland, and be familiar with us. I’m sorry, I love my country but there’s nothing that you want to be chasing in Nigeria that America doesn’t have to offer, even beyond.

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