The Guardian Post celebrates laureates of its achievement awards with foreign diplomats
by Fonban E. Lendzemo
The 18th edition of The Guardian Post 2020 Achievement Award has ended in Yaounde, Cameroon’s political capital.
The event took place on April 9, 2021 at the Yaounde city council hall in the presence of high-profile personalities who came to celebrate the over 20 laureates who were recognized by this edition of the award.
Present at the award ceremony was H.E Richard Bale who is the Canadian High Commissioner to Cameroon, Ibrahim Bashir who is the Nigerian Consular General for the North West and South West as well as the Nigerian Consular General for the Littoral Region, Bar. Agbor Balla, Founder of the Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa, Mgr Jervis Kebei, Secretary General of the Episcopal Conference and a host of other dignitaries.
The presence of dignitaries at the award ceremony was a sign of love and support to Ngah Christian, the CEO and Publisher of The Guardian Post Media Group and his business family.
Addressing those present at the award ceremony, the boss of The Guardian Post, Ngah Christian said the achievement award of The Guardian Post was created as a tool to encourage and recognize nationals and foreigners who are offering fervent services for the development of Cameroon.
He urged the award winners not to look at the award but to focus on the motivations behind the award which is an encouragement for good deeds that must be continued.
The National President of the Cameroon Association of English-Speaking Journalists, Viban Jude who chaired the jury bench of the award giving a talk at the ceremony said he smiles when he sees such initiatives and saluted The Guardian Post Publisher and his team for putting up such an award. Viban Jude further expressed the need to make such an award take another dimension and to him, there is no other way this could be given the reputation its dues if there is no support from sponsors.
He stole the show to address some challenges of journalists calling on the Ministry of Communication to make efforts in providing information cards to Journalists so as to help them dig information from the right quarters and become better in what they do.
The expression of laureates was a sign of excitement as they received the awards.
“This is for our work in fighting against the illicit proliferation of small arms and light weapons. 2014 we were recognized as one of the best campaigners and this time again we are getting a similar award on the fight against arms flow in this country” said Eugen Ngalim of the Cameroon Youths and Students Forum for Peace who is a laureate.
Kum Leonard, a renowned Journalist received a broadcast award while Ibrahim Aeisatu Bouba was also recognized among many others for her works within the indigenous communities.
Other renowned awards went to Agbor Balla’s CHRDA, the Canadian High Commissioner, Mgr. Samuel Kleda for his herbal medicine which helped a lot in the fight against COVID 19 as well as Honorable Nourane Foster for the most impacting woman in politics.
The list continues as the awards were given to individuals as well as organizations that have distinguished themselves in their commitments.