Rear Admiral Samuel Alade (Rtd)has emerged as the  ONDO  STATE OUTSTANDING MAN OF THE YEAR   at the 15th  edition of the awards. He emerged the overall best among 10 other nominees selected for this year edition. He pulled the highest votes to defeat the 3 runner up in the online selection process.

The Former Commandant of National Defence Academy, Rear Admiral Samuel Alade (rtd.)i who is  The Balogun of Akure Kingdom, Jagungboye of Afa Okeagbe, Aare Atayese of Oyin Akoko is a proud Son of  Akoko and a great Ambassador of Our  Dear State. 

He   emerged as the  ONDO  STATE MAN    of the Year at the 2021/22 edition of the awards. 

The award presentation which is scheduled to take place at the De Dome International Event Centre, Igbatoro Road, Akure, Ondo State ,on 18th   April ,2022,  will attract creme De le creme of personalities all over the country and outside.

Extolling the virtues of  Rear Admiral Samuel Alade, the Coordinator of the program, Dr Sunday Akinbiola commended them for their developmental strides in Ondo  State and Nigeria as a whole  ,; his  empowerment drives  and the people’s opinion about him  and  his philanthropic disposition to the people. .. The organisers of the award, Hero Magazine and Nigeria Outstanding Leadership Award Platform , said they Admiral Samuel Alade was  chosen for the honour because of his  “striking attributes of hard work; development initiatives; tenacity of purpose; philosophy of giving back to the society there making him  a worthy ambassador of the state. While speaking on the credible award platform, (ondo States Man of the Year  Award), He describe the award platform as the one that seeks to publicly celebrate excellence, reward exceptional accomplishments, salute positive personal character and industry, honour the outstanding career achievements of illustrious sons and daughters whose performances have made a significant contributions in private and public sector to engender on a local, national or international basis. The award also seeks to attract annually the political and business leaders, academics and professionals from all disciplines, both famous and uncelebrated, whose daily work makes a difference and not just those who populate the headlines. Some of the past winners of  of the award are Prof. Ajayi Borroffice, Senator of the federal republic of Nigeria, Justice Babatunde Adejumo, President National Industrial Court of Nigeria, The Late  Emeritus Professor of law ,Prof  David Ijalaye SAN, Prince Rotimi Ibidapo ,The Aare Atunluse of Owo kingdom,  Dr Tunji Abayomi ,  Prof Friday Okonufua,VC UNIMED, Oba David Olajide, the Late Olojoda of Oda, ,  Dr Adeleke Adedipe, Executive Director, Lekoil Nig Ltd, Lagos, Engr. IfeOluwa Oyedele,,The Group Managing Director of Elizade Group of Companies, among others.         

“Among the lined-up programmes that will add glitz and glamour to the event includes, a  red carpet reception, live studio broadhumour command performances,  ; arts exhibition,  and a national roundtable specially designed to garnish the award dinner with an intellectual spice geared towards fostering the cross pollination of ideas, engendering national debate and pushing the frontiers of conceptual solutions on contemporary national issues such  that, beyond the limits of award presentations, the event would also serve a national interest through an assemblage of a robust discuss among some of the nation’s  most prodigious leaders and intelligentsia.”

A book titled ”DIARY OF AN ENIGMA “ which will be the autobiography  and risen profil and achievements of this living legend which will be presented to the public on the Award day. 

Expected at the occasion  is His Imperial Majesty, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ooni of Ife,as the Royal Father of the day, Oba Aladelusi Adetoynibo, ODUNDUN II, the Deji of Akure and the Chairman, Ondo State Council of Obas is the Royal Host, Other Royal Fathers from Akoko ,  other Traditional Rulers from Ondo state, and beyond ,  His Excellency Arakunrin  Rotimi Akeredolu will be  the Chief Host and Special Guest of Honour, under the Distinguished chairmanship of   Governor John Kayode Fayemi, Executive Governor of Ekiti State.

Other Royal Fathers of the day, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Frederick Enitiolorunda Obateru, Okoro Ajiga 1, the Olugbo of Ugbo, Paramount Ruler and Prescribed Authority of Ugbo Kingdom , His Imperial Majesty, Oba Oluwasegun William Akinyomi, Alagwe Goro, the Amapetu of Mahin, Paramount Ruler and Prescribed Authority of Mahin Kingdom.A  lecture titled ,, Economic Recession, UNLOCKING THE POTENTIALS OF OUR PEOPLE FOR YOUTH EMPOWERMENT, DEVELOPMENT AND EMANCIPATION will be delivered by Prof. Akinbo Adesomoju, Pro Chancellor and Chairman Governing Council, Ondo State University of Science and Tech (OSUSTECH),Okitipupa, 

Top government functionaries from Abuja, Lagos ,America ,UK  among others.

we also use this opportunity to call on his well wishers to to identifying with this great icon by placing a congratulatory Advert message in his honour in the book that will be presented to the public on Award day as  proudly present to you an Outstanding Ambassador of Ondo State, REAR ADMIRALSAMUEL ILESANMI ALADE (RTD)  as he bags the prestigious ONDO STATE MAN of the Year 2021.

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