Nigeria’s most authoritative Islamic newspaper, Muslim News, is set to hold the third edition of its annual awards tagged #MNAwards2020.
In a statement signed by the Publisher, Mr. Rasheed Abubakar, on Monday, the organisers formally unveiled the newly introduced categories for the annual ‘Global Muslim Personality’ and ‘Nigerian Muslim Personality’ awards.
Mr. Abubakar said, this year’s award, like in the past, is aimed at celebrating Muslim achievers who have excelled and made the Muslim community proud, both in Nigeria and globally.
He further said that apart from the annual announcement of Muslim Personalities for Nigeria and across the world, the #MNAwards2020 will also feature five additional categories to honour Muslim professionals in media, health, law, finance and entertainment circles.
Last year, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Borno State Governor, Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum emerged the Global and Nigerian Muslim Personality respectively.
“We believe that in every profession, there are some exceptional Muslims who go the extra mile to use their knowledge and expertise to benefit their fellow Muslims and humanity at large,” Mr. Abubakar said.
“Now, it’s time to recognise their efforts and celebrate them, because if we don’t blow our trumpet, no one will. Besides, as Muslims, no one can write our success stories better than us.”
HOW WINNERS WILL EMERGE
According to the Muslim News publisher, a panel of professionals and trustworthy Muslims set up by the organisers is already putting finishing touches to come up with the overall winners in the two topmost categories — Global and Nigerian Muslim Personality of the Year 2020.
For the winners to emerge in the newly introduced categories, Mr. Abubakar said the committee is working closely with the National leadership of four notable Muslim professional bodies in Nigeria — Muslim Lawyers Association of Nigeria (MULAN), Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN), Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) and Muslim Professional Accountants’ Association (MPAAN).
“To ensure that the right people emerge in all these categories, we’ll be teaming up with MMPN for the selection of Muslim Media Person of the Year; MULAN, IMAN and MPAAN will assist in the selection process for the winners in Law, Health and Finance respectively,” he said.
“The last, which is Muslim Celebrity of the Year will be handled by the #MNAwards2020 Committee. In a situation where more than one credible person is selected in each category, we would result to voting and the best among the best will emerge.”
The organisers says they are seeking moral and material support from individuals, corporate organisations and relevant government agencies in actualising the project, while appreciating those who have been of assistance from the inception in 2018.
Mr. Abubakar added that the winners would be announced in February 2021.
Muslim News, a publication of Rawshield PR Media, is a mouthpiece for underreported Muslim achievers and events in Nigeria and across the world, which “are never given prominence in the mainstream media.”
“Among its mission is to give special media attention and coverage to important people and events in the life of Muslims that do not gain mainstream media attention and to change the media narrative of blaming Islam and Muslims for offences committed in its lofty name,” the publication says.