- Nigerians who are excelling in their second home, South Africa, have been awarded
- The Organisers of the Nigerian Community Excellence Awards in South Africa are on a mission to change the perception of their countrymen in SA
- The award ceremony aims at identifying those Nigerians who are contributing to making South Africa a better place
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The Nigerian Community Excellence Awards in South Africa are seeking to rewrite the story being told in South Africa about Nigerians. Currently, under the cloud of xenophobic attacks and a negative perception of foreigners the award ceremony is seeking to focus on the positive.
Briefly.co.za learned that Olaniyi Abodedele, from The Voice, says that these negative perceptions need to change.
"We need to begin to tell our own narrative, let South Africans know who we are outside the negative news, we want to showcase role models for young South Africans and young Nigerians,” Abodedele said.
The ceremony is not new and has been held for the past three years. However, this year a new category has been created, "Outstanding Friend of Nigeria in South Africa".
The winners of the award see it as recognition for their hard work and their intent to make their second home a better place according to ENCA.com.
Recently, South Africa and Nigeria's relations have not been the best and the awards are an opportunity to improve the two countries relationship. Focusing on the positive is one of the best ways to offset the negative.
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