LEADERSHIP Newspapers yesterday bagged City People magazine’s award of Best Newspaper of 2015.

Presenting the award of excellence to the group managing director (GMD), LEADERSHIP Group, Mr Mike Okpere, at the City People’s award ceremony, one of Nigeria’s classiest and most glamorous awards, in Lagos, a former Lagos State commissioner for environment, Dr Muiz Banire, said LEADERSHIP was in a class of its own.

He said, “LEADERSHIP Newspaper is a newspaper that belongs to some of us and I will claim part of the glory. As you all know, it is a newspaper that has been very focused; it is making waves not only in the northern part of the country, but across the country. The newspaper is very much in the south now and it stands absolutely for change.

“I am not personally surprised at the award because the company deserves it.”

Receiving the award, LEADERSHIP Group’s GMD, Mr Okpere, who was accompanied by the group executive director (GED), Mr. Jude Sualeze Onoh; divisional director, Mr. Salisu Alhassan Bichi, and editor, Sadiq Abdullateef, said:” I just want to thank City People for this honour. Our newspaper, LEADERSHIP, is embedded in the federal capital and it is established for God and for the country.”

Okpere said the media outfit parades an array of the best professionals, adding that he was greatly honoured to head the team.

According to him, the newspaper is well positioned to report the various activities in the country without fear or favour, saying he was quite confident that under his watch LEADERHIP would occupy an enviable position in the country.

On his part, publisher of City People, Dr Seye Kehinde, said the awards were carefully tailored 18 years ago to celebrate those who had done so well, in its own estimation, in diverse fields of human endeavour.

Kehinde, however, lamented the funding constraint affecting the awards this year due to paucity of sponsors, which he attributed to the economic downturn in the country.

Prominent Nigerians at the event include Barrister Taiwo Adeolowu, secretary to the Ogun State government and Sir Olowo Okeowo, who bagged the Businessman of the Year.

Tony Elumelu Foundation won Best Supporter Award for Entrepreneurship in Africa; Mr Paul Akinola bagged Young Male Entrepreneur of the Year award, while Engineer Henry James Semeniteri of Unity Bank bagged Bank CEO of the Year, with his firm, Unity Bank Plc, also honoured as the Bank of the Year.

Other winners on the night include Cordelia Okpe of Metro FM who emerged Radio Personality of the Year; Dr Abayomi Ajani, a fertility specialist, got the award of Medical Professional of the Year; Galaxy took Television of the Year award, while Airtel Nigeria grabbed the Best Telecommunication Company of 2015.