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Nelson Obinna Omenugha Bags Outstanding Youth Leadership Award

The Mass Communication Department of Nnamdi Azikiwe, Awka, has bestowed a prestigious award on Dr. Nelson Omenugha, the Convener of Youths Earnestly Seek Soludo (YESS).

A former Vice Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam, Prof. Paul Orajiaka, made the presentation of the award at the silver jubilee celebration of the Mass Communication Department of Unizik and maiden alumni homecoming of the department.

Presenting the award, Prof. Orajiaka described Omenugha as a hardworking young man who had distinguished himself both academically, leadership wise and otherwise; and noted that the award was well deserved, urging him to continue the good work, as well as continuing to be outstanding.

Dr Nelson Omenugha, 3rd from right, standing, receiving his award from Prof Paul Orajiaka on his immediate right, at ASUU Secretariat, Unizik, Awka, June 10, 2021.

Responding, the awardee, Dr. Omenugha, appreciated the department for the recognition and congratulated it for the feats attained over the past 25 years; even as he promised never to relent. He advised the students to remain focused in their studies.

Dr Omenugha who was admitted as a full-time regular student into the Mass the Communication Department of UNIZIK in 2008, had been elected Student Union Presdient at the age of 19, becoming the only Mass Communication student to be elected as such.

Among others, Omenugha’s administration introduced and facilitated the operation of 49 tricycles in UNIZIK. Currently, the number of tricycles has grown to over 300, advancing the flexibility, free and easy movement of members and visitors of the university community. The administration was the first to organize all students’ week activities inside the university, against the prevalent norm of using hotels in town.

Through student-plant-a-tree initiative, the administration mobilized students to take action towards protecting the mother-earth, including the university community. This SUG initiative has blossomed into Nelson’s current interest in green environment & renewable energy. These initiatives advance sustainable project management, as well as promote healthy culture and living.

Other awardees at the event include: Prof Chinyere Stella Okunna (Pillar, Mass Communication Department, UNIZIK); Prof Kate Azuka Omenugha (Education Leadership Award); Sen. Andy Ubah (Grand Patron, Mass Communication Department, UNIZIK); HRH Igwe Prof Onuora Nwuneli (Ogboo Ogu 1 of Mass Communication Department, UNIZIK); Prof. Nnamdi Ekeanyanwu (Distinguished Alumnus Ambassador Award, Mass Communication Department, Unizik); Sen. Obinna Ogba (Youth Motivator Award); Chief Okey Nwosu (Youth Motivator Award, Mass Communication Department, UNIZIK); Prof A. U. John-Kamen (Pathfinder, Mass Communication Department, UNIZIK); Ifeanyi Igwebike Mbanefo (Youth Motivator Award, Mass Communication Department, UNIZIK); Ms Dora Mmuo (Long Service Award (Non-teaching staff), Mass Communication Department, UNIZIK).

Others are Deji Bademosi (Outstanding Alumnus Ambassador Award, Mass Communication Department, UNIZIK); Chief Godwin Chukwueloka Agbasimelo (Eminent Youth Mobilizer Award, Mass Communication Department, UNIZIK); Prof Godson Okechukwu Okafor (Long Service Award (Academic Staff), Mass Communication Department, UNIZIK); Emeka Aginam (Outstanding Alumnus Ambassador Award, Mass Communication Department, UNIZIK); Hon. Chris Azubogu (Youth Motivator Award, Mass Communication Department, UNIZIK); Mr Ikenna Okpani (Outstanding Alumnus Ambassador Award, Mass Communication Department UNIZIK); and Hon. Kingsley Udechukwu (Youth Motivator Award, Mass Communication Department, UNIZIK).