October 12, 2021
By Kweku Nelson
After several months of commitment toward planning and anticipating about the outcomes of the Concord Times Nation Builders Awards, it all came to an end on the Night of 9 October 2021 at the Bintumani International Conference Centre in Freetown were several Individuals and Institution received awards for selfless services and outstanding contributions made towards Sierra Leone.
At the Bintumani Conference Centre, Aberdeen, Organizers of the Concord Times Awards, Staffs of Concord Times, Award Nominees, Ministers, Dignitaries, Entertainers, Comedians, Media Personalities gathered to honour the Nominees of 2021 Concord Times Nation Builders Awards.
The 2021 Concord Times Nation Builders Awards Night, which complemented the Concord Times Summit 2021, was set to recognize and honour Individuals and Institutions who have consolidated good governance and democracy, promoted gender equality and children’s right, initiated creative and innovative business ideas and fostered economic development.
Before the Head of Paining Committee could give the opening remarks, a renowned Cultural Dance group performed which was followed by a satirical skit.
In that short opening remarks, Gabriel Benjamin, captured the essence of the Nation Builders’ Awards. He said the Awards are meant to celebrate, inspire, motivate, and most importantly encourage citizens toward making meaningful impacts in society.
He said the nomination process for the awards were fair, honest and unbiased and that neither Concord Times Staffs nor members from the Planning Committee of the Nation Builders’ Award was not part of the nomination process.
He said the nomination process was spearheaded by prominent Sierra Leoneans whose credibility and public life is unblemished.
He said ‘’ if you are a recipient of the Concord Times Nation Builders’ Awards, it means Sierra Leoneans value, recognize and grateful for what you have been doing.’’
Benjamin encouraged those who did not win to see themselves as winners because everyone who was nominated for the awards was a winner.
He called on all nominees to double their efforts and put in their best and continue to significantly impact society.
The 2021 Concord Time Nation Builders’ Awards Categories were Entrepreneur of the Year, Emerging Visionary of the Year, Most Impactful Policy of the Year, Start-up of the Year, Best NGO of the Year, Gender Equality Champion, Child Rights’ Champion of the Year, Dedication to Public Service Award, Leader by Example Award, Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility Company Award, Ease of Doing Business Award, Best Innovative Product and Best Innovative Service.
From the Concord Times Nation Builders’ award Category, Fatima Sesay emerged as Entrepreneur of the Year, Ibrahim Kebe emerged as Emerging Visionary of the Year, Uman 4 Uman emerged as Start-up of the Year, Sabrina Mahtani emerged as Gender Equality Champion, while Hassan Kanu emerged as Child Rights’ Champion of the Year.
Interestingly, the Organizers of Concord Times Awards surprized the audience at the Award Ceremony when the MC of the night, Samuel Wise Bangura (AYV TV Presenter) and the sensational Camareh S Kamara (former Participant of Big Sister Salone) announced that a Special Recognition Awards will be given to three distinct individuals for hard work and valued performances.
Recipients of the Special Recognition Awards were Mohamed Raman Swaray (Minister of Information and Communication), Honourable Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo (Member of Parliament) and Regina Pratt (Concord Times Staff).
In his appreciation speech for receiving the Special Recognition Award, the Minister of Information and Communications, Mohammed Raman Swaray thanked Concord Times for organizing the Award and mentioned that he truly appreciated the Special Recognition Award which he said was special to him.
He dedicated the Awards to President Bio for his unwavering and unrelenting commitment toward repealing the criminal Libel law.
It was a tear of joy for Miss Regina Pratt-the longest serving Staff of Concord Times, who emotionally ran out of words when she was called upon to receive the Special Recognition Award.