2016 Award Winners
Take a trip down memory lane. Introducing the winners and presenters of the Vigor Awards International award ceremony 2016.
White Hat Ceremony
Presenter: Queen Amina
The Vigor International Leadership Award is reserved only for international
leaders who have demonstrated achievement in their capacity as exceptional
leaders shown through vision and wisdom in achieving the greatest good to those
whom they serve.
We have followed President Goodluck Jonathan’s illustrious career in Nigerian
politics. He rose to the office of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the
Federal Republic of Nigeria from very humble beginnings. His exemplary
leadership skills in governance are well-noted especially in the peaceful and
humble way in which he handed over power to a newly elected president,
Muhammed Buhari in March, 2015. His decision and action in that instance
showed to the entire world his character and commitment to peace and democracy
in Africa. Very few expected that he would make such a decision of concession
which has indelibly imprinted his name in the annals of Nigerian history as a
sitting president who willingly relinquished power to his opponent, an action that
has endeared him to the heart of many in the world and has never been done in the
history of the country. Such a monumental step, prevented what could have been a
very bloody civil war in Africa’s most populous black nation. We wish to use this
opportunity to commend him for such a wise step. There are very few African
leaders with such wisdom and foresight.
The Vigor International Leadership Award is exceptionally unique in that it is
conferred upon only one single individual in a calendar year. Although we were
hopeful that Former President Dr. Goodluck Jonathan would be able to attend this
evening, scheduling conflicts prevented him from being in attendance. We did
however receive a letter from his office sending his regrets for not being here in
attendance due to scheduling conflicts because of other prior engagements.
Please, let us give our applause for this Leader of Peace, Dr. Goodluck
Ebele Jonathan, recipient of the 2016 Vigor International Leadership Award.
Presenter: Chaz Okparanta
Our first 2016 Vigor Philanthropist Award goes to a man whose roots lie in
Cameroon. Bertini Heumegni has overcome much adversity and many obstacles
in life starting with the death of his mother at age 10. Despite the tragic childhood,
he believed education was the way to overcome. He graduated from high school
and gained a degree in Marketing from the University of Lagos. In 2010 he was
named as one of the top ten African Sexy Men.
Now residing in New York City he has made a name for himself. He has appeared
on the American television show “AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL”.
Heumegni is multitalented and always wants more out of life, putting his talents
and education to good use, he founded Camerlywood Productions,a production
company which he hopes will instill pride in Cameroonians around the world and
provide opportunities for actors and models to realize their dreams as he did, as
well as promoting Cameroonian culture. His first production, American Dream,
was nominated for awards at the 2011 Nollywood African Film Critics Awards and
the 2012 Cameroon Entertainment Awards. Heumegni is also an entrepreneur in
the men’s fashion industry by creating The BH Collection, a men's underwear line.
Heumegni is the co-founder of Fabo Foundation of the Deaf. Heumegni's brother,
Fabo, is deaf and is a talented athlete. The Fabo Foundation works to assist deaf
children and young adults achieve their dreams through education and
sportsmanship. To support the work of the Fabo Foundation, Heumegni founded
the Mister Africa USA Pageant. Proceeds from the pageant go to the foundation
and the African Hope Committee. Just as Heumegni has tackled life challenges to
become an accomplished actor, model and community organizer, he feels it is
important to encourage the same tenacity in African men all over the world and
honor those who make a difference.
Our first 2016 Vigor Achievement Award recipient is a Writer/Director/Producer
who resides in Toronto, Ontario.
He has had a lifelong passion for the movie industry which began in his home
country of Nigeria, that has the third largest movie industry in the world.
Isioro Tokunbo Jaboro graduated from the Toronto Film School in 2007 with
honors in film production, and since has had several produced works, the latest
being a Feature film, Saving Dreams. It is the only Nollywood-Canadian movie
that has won a total of 7 awards from 3 continents prior to its official release. It has
been screened in Australia, New York, and Chicago and has made a record of
being the only Nollywood Canadian movie and trailer to have a back-to-back
screening both in Lagos, Nigeria and Glendale California.
He is the immediate former Social Secretary of the Nigerian Canadian Association,
he owns and manages a Facebook group page “The Canadian Black Actors and
Filmmakers Guild”. He is the owner of True-Sail Production & Motion Pictures
Inc. which recently received confirmation for a distribution deal with the largest
film distribution company in West Africa for his film, Saving Dreams. Please
welcome Isioro Tokunbo Jaboro!
Presenter: Fasa, Efe and Marlene
Our next 2016 Vigor Achievement Award recipient is a strong community leader
who is actively involved in the Canadian political system and is currently an
elected member of the board of directors for the Conservative Party of Canada.
He has a passion for social development and community empowerment which has
led him to sit on the boards of several non-profit organizations.
Shola Agboola works for the department of Justice for the Government of
Manitoba and has just completed his Masters Degree in Public Administration
from the University of Manitoba, speaks at international conferences, and has
published articles on immigrant rights in international journals.
He is the president of the Nigerian Association for Young Adults of Canada which
is a non-profit socio-economic organization. Through NAYA, he was instrumental
in partnering with another well- known charitable organization in Canada in
sending a 40 foot container of much needed medical equipment to Nigeria. It
contained items as large as X-ray scan apparatus and cardiac machines to uniforms
and gowns, curtains, bedding, and dressings.
Please, let us welcome Shola Agboola…
Presenter: Pricila Olubunmi
• World Health Organization Research has shown that 1 out of every 3 girls and 1
out of every 6 boys will have experienced one form of sexual abuse before
attaining the age of eighteen.
• In 1999, WHO declared child sexual abuse a PUBLIC HEALTH EPIDEMIC.
• In 2004, WHO declared child sexual abuse a major factor fuelling HIV/AIDS
and therefore declared it a SILENT EPIDEMIC.
• It is estimated that a child is sexually abused every 2 minutes.
• 1 in 10 homes are involved in child sexual abuse: a leading cause of child
prostitution and Teen suicide.
• Child sexual abuse can happen anywhere, any time to any child
• 90% of child sexual abusers are people our children love and trust.
• 95% of children who are abused know the person abusing them.
• The effects of child sexual abuse is devastating to both parents and child –
could have a life time effect.
Mrs Christianah Akindolie is the Founder and Executive Director of Christianah
Fate Foundation, a non-governmental organization tasked with a vision to see
children enjoy their childhood free of any form of abuse.
Mrs Christianah Akindolie has raised and nurtured many children (who are now
adults) through her exceptional and innovative teaching styles.
Mrs Akindolie, a B.SC (ED) holder in Social Studies is a Social Worker, an
Associate Member of theInstitute of Social Work of Nigeria, a Member of Child
Protection Network of Nigeria and a Member of the International Society for the
Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Christianah has authored three books – Child Sexual Abuse A Silent Epidemic,
Child Sexual Abuse, A Handbook For Children, Understanding Child Sexual
Abuse. She works as an Administrator in a Government establishment uses her
time after work and during the weekends to speak in several local and international
conferences/ trainings, faith-based organizations, schools, and communities to
create awareness on prevention of child sexual abuse. She advocates the
prevention of child sexual abuse. Through her doggedness and advocacy, she has
trained and educated over 50,000 children, parents and teachers with the assistance
of dedicated volunteers.
She has also spoken in numerous television and radio stations both in Nigeria and
abroad. Christianah presently runs a radio programme on 95.1 WAZOBIA FM (an
indigenous radio station in Lagos, Nigeria) every Sunday evening (6.00pm-
6.30pm). Her organization runs an office called the Child Sexual Abuse Awareness
and Prevention Centre where cases of sexual abuse are reported and through which
victims get the help they desperately need.Please welcome Christianah Akindolie
of Christianah Fate Foundation to receive a 2016 Vigor Humanitarian Award
The Spirit of Windsor Award