16th December, 2010
The wife of the late human rights activist, Gani Fawehinmi, has dedicated the 2010Â KARIS award given to her husband last weekend by the Pastor of the Household of God,Â Rev. Chris Okotie, to God and the masses.
The posthumous award, which was received by his widow, Ganiyat, at the churchâ€™sÂ auditorium carried a N1 million cash prize. The award also had a plaque which wasÂ also received with joy by the widow.
In her remarks, the late lawyerâ€™s wife dedicated the award to God and the masses.
â€œI dedicate this award to God Almighty and to the masses,â€ she said.
The Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, was represented by the commissionerÂ of Special Duties, Mr. Niran Akinsuyi, who showered encomium on Okotie for impactingÂ on the society.
The chairman of the event, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), the former President of theÂ Nigerian Bar Association, praised Okoite for honouring worthy personalities who haveÂ one way or the other impacted on the society. He urged other religious institutionsÂ to emulate the pastor.
The highpoint of the award was the Queen Esther Beauty Pageant, which was won by Ms.Â Yusuf Oluwadamola, a Biochemistry student of the Lagos State University.
Yususf, who beat 33 contestants to clinch the crown, was elated and expressedÂ surprise that she won.
The new queen, who carted home N1 million cash prize and a car, dedicated the awardÂ to her family.
The event recorded a huge turn out, as thousands of guests came to witness anotherÂ year of the annual programme, which started over a decade ago.