The Executive Commissioner Stakeholder Management of the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, Mr. Sunday Dare has been honoured with Democracy Heroes Award for his decades of consistency in promoting democracy in Nigeria.
Organisers of the event, Face of Democracy Nigeria (FDN), said Mr. Dare has acted in manners worthy of emulation by Nigerian youths. They urged young people to step out to participate in the democratic process by contesting elections in order to represent the people of Nigeria conscientiously. This year’s award ceremony is the fifth in the series.
The FDN team leaders, Olufunsho Ajagbonna and Vivian Lam noted that all the awardees were honoured to enable young people to draw inspiration from their courage, consistency and selflessness.
The event was held at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja and featured a potpourri of dances and other artistic displays to reflect the diversity of Nigeria.
Among those who received awards at the event were former Governor of Kano State and serving Senator, Dr. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso; Senator Gbenga Ashafa, APC Lagos; Actor-turned-politician, Hon. Desmond Elliot; Chief Dele Momodu, Publisher of OVATION Magazine; and.Dr. Chimaobi Anyaso, an entrepreneur with investment in oil & gas and financing among others.
Prior to his appointment as an Executive Commissioner in NCC, Mr. Dare - a multimedia journalist, author, social entrepreneur and development enthusiast - was the Convener of the Social Media Clinic, a media/ICT initiative focused on educating the citizens about ICT utilisation.
Earlier in his fruitful career, Dare worked at the Independent Network Communications Limited, publishers of The NEWS, Tempo, AM and PM News, one of the leading media outfits in Nigeria that deployed its professional resources to challenge the callous authoritarianism of the military regimes of the 80s and early 90s in Nigeria. For 8 years, he was the Chief, Hausa Service, and African Division of Voice of America in Washington. In 2010, Mr. Dare was listed as one of the 50 most successful Nigerian professionals in America.
He had also recently combined the role of Special Media Adviser as well as Chief of Staff to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State and a national leader in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were he contributed immensely to the success of the party at the polls in 2015. Promoters of the Award said that Mr. Dare's almost three decades of journalism, advocacy, strategic political thinking and impeccable managerial skills has set him "apart as an emergent leader in Nigeria today". Mr. Dare is a Nieman Foundation Fellow at Harvard.