It’s been an eventful year for our country Nigeria, and as citizens, we saw it all: the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. As the year ends, Viva Naija takes a reflection through the commendable moments and the people behind them.
Welcome to Viva Naija’s Person of the Year 2015. We have hand picked 10 persons who we deemed suitable enough for consideration. And, in no particular order, check them out below and vote afterwards!
Goodluck Jonathan Arguably the most underperformed Nigerian President, this man from Otuoke surely courted a lot of disregard from a host of Nigerians. But back in March, he made a historic call to congratulate President Buhari on his victory even before official results were announced. He was hailed world over for being gracious in defeat, in the process, averting post-election chaos. Does this singular act qualify him as your man of the year?
Muhammadu Buhari At his fourth attempt to be Nigeria’s democratically elected President, Muhammadu Buhari got it right. Yes, his candidacy rode on the back of the previous government’s many faults, but his tenacity and passion to lead finally got fruition. He has since been said to have a slow start into his administration, but a large percentage of Nigerians still believe he is actually gradually leading the nation on a steady process back to greatness.
Josephine Ugwu Josephine Ugwu, a cleaner at the Murtala Muhammad International Airport (MMIA) in Lagos. She found a whopping sum of N12 million (in foreign currency o!) and returned the whole amount to the owner, who just said thank you and walked away. For her rare honesty and integrity, she has been adjudged one of the finest humans, not just of Nigerians, but of mankind. Ugwu works 12 hours daily for Patovilki, a cleaning agency contracted to the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) and earns a paltry N7800 monthly.
Jagaban Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Jagaban Borgu of Borgu gradually became the Jagaban of Nigeria in 2015. He almost singularly masterminded, bankrolled, and led the ‘Change’ movement that overthrew the PDP government in Nigeria. The first time an opposition party will topple the incumbent.
Soldiers in the Nigerian Army Despite been under-armed and under-motivated, the gracious men and women, soldiers of the Nigerian Army remained brave, resolute and on their feet in the fight against Boko Haram in Northern Nigeria. They kept faith with their oath to defend their country even when their country did not defend them.
Attahiru Jega He was the umpire in Nigeria’s make or mar election that actually tilted the nation to a brink. He was professional about the whole process, his calm was his charm at very important moments. Everyone was awed by his calm and masterful response to the infamous Orubebe moment that threatened the national accord.
The D’Tigers The Nigerian Male Basketball team made the country proud by winning the 2015 Afrobasket Championship in Tunisia. It was the first time they won after many close attempts.
Paul Adefarasin The House on the Rock Pastor successfully hosted the 10th edition of the largest Musical concert in Nigeria, The Experience. An estimated 700, 000 people attended the event set up 10 years ago with the intention of lifting Nigeria up to God in space. The day went down as a historic one, the social media got agog with it, and it was adjudged great success by many.
Golden Eaglets They won the FIFA U-17 World Cup for the record 5th time, raking in a host of individual and team awards in the process. The Emmanuel Amuneke-led boys were excellent.
Wellington Jighere A Nigerian became the World Scrabble Champion this year 2015 – Wellington Jighere (pictures in white). The unassuming word-savvy Wellington won in a competition that enlisted the acclaimed ‘scrabble god’, Nigel Richards.
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