International Men’s Day 2018 was observed with an all-week programme of activities mainly in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial nerve centre. It opened on Sunday with prayers for men at as many churches as agreed to insert it into their Sunday services on November 18.
From Monday, November 19, the International Men’s Day media campaigns were mounted on radio and online feturing calls to celebrate men, recognise the challenges they face and help them to embrace positive masculinity.
The Observance climaxed with a special edition of our Men’s Breakfast Roundtable on the theme of the year, POSITIVE MALE ROLE MODEL. At the event, which held at Presken Hotels, Maryland, Certificates of Appreciation for positive role modelling were awarded to three men, one of them in absentia. (Click here for photo report)
The awardees are: Dr Christopher Kolade, a widely recognised leader of men, with an exemplary record of integrity, probity and consistency in his nearly 60 years of service in the public, private and social sectors of Nigeria, including a tour of duty as Nigeria’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
Mr Imohimi Edgal, the Commissioner of Police of Nigeria’s economic capital, Lagos State, who was represented by the Divisional Police Officers of Ikeja, the State capital, Mr Emmanuel Onah, a Chief Superintendent, also got one of the awards. His vanguard role in the fight against crime, including cultism is nationally acknowledged. He is a leader who does not lead from behind.
The Positive Male Role Model appreciation certificate was also presnted to Mr Oguazi Onyemobi, a lawyer and evangelist. His was recognised for his commitment to raising men and women of good conduct through good grounding in Christian spirituality. Apart from serving as National Coordinator of Global Outreach Day in Nigeria, he is also National President of the Students Christian Movement, a position from which he is the number one role model for Christian students all over the country. He was guest speaker at the event.
International Men’s Day was first observed in Nigeria in 2017 at an event organised by this ministry in Port Harcourt, Nigeria. The event coincided with the first KMEN’s Men’s Breakfast Roundtable and formal launch of the ministry in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria.