The Igbo Excellence Awards, IEA, an annual cultural and social contemporary event, will berth on Saturday, 1 February, 2014. The event is designed to celebrate Igbo sons and daughters, who have excelled without any undue scandal in their endeavours.
With developing the culture and people as a key value, IEA will celebrate and honour Igbo individuals/businesses/governments/corporate bodies with outstanding contributions towards sustaining and developing the essence, pride and image of the Igbo culture as well as the country Nigeria across the world.
The award initiator, Prince Onyekachukwu David of Tobems Media Limited, said "our vision for the IEA is to be a global brand recognized for its genuine commitment to promoting the socio-economic and cultural values of the Ndi Igbo through-out the world. We are poised to drive this vision to accomplishment by focusing a lot on the Igbo youths, with awards categories that allow young people to compete fairly for exposure and recognition".
This maiden edition of the award will hold in Lagos, and David defended that the neutrality of this location is to help emphasize the credibility of the award and its willingness to reach out to all Ndigbo simultaneously irrespective of their states, cultural, and political differences. He added that subsequent editions will be hosted in different eastern states of the federation.
"We believe that starting with a successful execution of this forthcoming maiden edition, we would have started a journey towards accomplishing our vision within the next 5 years. We are also open to partnerships with organizations willing to share in this dream and make history with us", he said.