In years gone by, the Edo produced great people such as Ogun Ewuare the Oba who extended the empire the most. Oba Esigie who first visited Portugal, Queen Idia, the first recorded female general who led the army to stop the imminent invasion of Benin Kingdom by the Ebira People and their Nupe backers, Chief Professor Ambrose Alli, first Civilian Governor of old Bendel State (Now Edo State), Chief Anthony Enahoro the Nigerian Nationalist who moved the motion for Nigeria’s Independence from British Colonial rule in 1953 and died for the enthronement of true democratic federalism in Nigeria, Chief John Odigie – Oyegun, first Civilian Governor of Edo State and Non National Chairman of All Progressive Congress, the Party of the Government of Nigeria, Admirals Augustus Aikhonmu and Mike Akhigbe both former Military Vice Presidents of Nigeria.
General Samuel Ogbemudia, Military and later Civilian Governor of old Midwest/Bendel State. Dr. Fidelis Ayebare, Pharmaceutical manufacturer per excellence, Comrade Adams Oshiomole former NLC President and Governor of Edo State, Grey Longe former Head of Civil Service of Nigeria, Chief Omobarie former Inspector General of Police, Chief Lily Ojo DG of Nigeria Prisons Services, Hakeem Bello – Osagie Banker extra Ordinary, Raymond Dokpesi foremost Media Mogne, Mike Enahoro, Bruce Ovbiagele NCC Broadcasters, Peter Pan Enahoro doyen of Nigerian Journalists, Abraham Ordia Former President of the Supreme Council of Sports in Africa, Isaac Ikhoria Boxer and first Olympic Medalist for Nigeria and the list is unending.
Although these people excelled in their chosen fields of endeavours, many of them were not recognized, none celebrated in their life time at least not at home among their people. Now BOEA (Best of Edo Award) is saying, NEVER AGAIN! We want to celebrate the Best of our people by recognizing their exploits and achievements before their Obituaries. BOEA wants to tell them, thank you for showing the way to the possibilities out there as long as you are diligent and excellent in your work.
BOEA is out to show that impossibility is nothing and excellence is possible if you try hard enough and it pays because you will stand proud before kings when you excel at your work. Best of Edo Award are the light of our World. “A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. So says Jesus Christ in Matthew 5 verses 14-16.
BOEA is determined to shine the lights show the way as they are already doing only this time BOEA is providing this special platform of an Award Ceremony to let their light show their good works to the people and glorify God, the giver and rewarder of all.