In acknowledgment and appreciation of his contribution to the positive growth of the media industry, Veteran journalist and Chairman, Ovation Media Group, Aare Dele Momodu, has been honoured with the Media Icon Award at the South-West Advancement Award and Investment Summit.

The event, the fourth edition, coincided with the celebration of Nigeria’s Democracy Day as well as 25 years of unbroken democracy in the country, was held at the Lagos Oriental Hotel in Victoria Island, Lagos.

In his words, on receiving the award, Momodu, who has on two occasions expressed his intentions to be President of Nigeria, first as a candidate under the National Conscience Party (NCP) in 2011, and recently as an aspirant with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023, and has contributed so much to push the positive image of Nigeria through his writeups and publications, acknowledged the organisers for considering him for the award.

“It is always a thing of joy when your modest contributions to humanity and the society is recognized and rewarded. Thank you for recognizing me as a person, and invariably recognizing Ovation as a brand,” he said.

A fearless writer and social commentator, Dele Momodu is the publisher of Africa’s number-one celebrity journal, Ovation International Magazine, The Boss Newspaper, and Ovation Television.

It would be recalled that as part of activities to mark his 64th birthday on May 16, 2024, he established a series of Leadership Lectures with edition delivered by former Minister of Power and Chairman, Geometric Power Limited, Prof Barth Nnaji.

Speaking on the Summit and Awards, a yearly retreat to honour citizens of the South-West, the organisers said they designed to foster unity and development in the southwest region as well as appreciate the Excellence and Accountability of the average Yoruba person for their good works from within and outside the region.

Also specially honoured for his invaluable contribution to the development of Osun State, was the Executive Governor of Osun State, His Excellency Senator Ademola Adeleke.

Among other notable personalities, who were also honoured were Chairman, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Zaccheus Adedeji; Mr. Seyi Tinubu, who was represented by Dr Seriki Muritala Ishola, veteran broadcaster, Dr. Reuben Abati and Princess Ganiyat Alli.

Other Awardees were Chief Corporate Communications Officer, NNPC Limited, Mr Femi Shoneye; Chief Executive Officer OnileOnile Global services, Amb Dr Mrs Tobiloba Awosoga; Chairman, Into Group, Amb Dr Joel Adesokan; MD/CEO AkModels Group, Parallex Bank, Dr. Odegade Abdulhakeem; CEO Nottinghano Nigeria Limited, Alhaji Olanrewaju Abdul-Hakeem Atilade; CEO Mateno Authentic Designs, Princess Joylin Mateno Ohooro; Mr. Tolulope Joshua Oginni, Mr Fredrick Olunloyo Olonila and Prof Ojo Ademola.

The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Enitan Ogunwusi, who was the Royal Father of the Day, was represented by His Royal Majesty Oba Muraina Adebanjo Adedini Asoya of Ile Isoya.

A major highlight of the Summit was a Panel Session featuring Amb. Tosin Sanusi, Mr. Abayomi Adewumi and Prince Joseph Eniola, with CEO, TOD Media, Ms Odunola Abayomi as the anchor person.