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MAY 28, 2010


As Nigeria turns 50, Diamond Bank and Inspire Africa have rolled out the drums to celebrate the true Nigerian Spirit by unveiling Naija Diamonds; a 6-part TV documentary series.

According to a statement issued by Mo Abudu; the founder of Inspire Africa and Executive Producer of hit talk-show Moments with Mo, Naija Diamonds is created to showcase and celebrate 36 “unsung heroes and world class Nigerians whose lifestyles and values serve as a standard for generations to come”.

“Naija Diamonds will bring to limelight everyday people who have done significant things to change and challenge their environment positively, those who have come up with creative solutions to manage and change their situations. They are the unsung heroes in our mist. You can find feel or notice the impact of their actions, their initiatives, their solutions. But you can hardly find them on the list of achievers,” she stated.

Mo further stated that selection would be via a thorough screening of nominations made by the general public. Nominations are open to undiscovered Nigerians who have by their own tenacity and determination, accomplished something or have been catalysts for outstanding feats that make them worthy of celebration.

Nominees must be worthy Nigerians with no gender, ethnic, religious or other restrictions. Nominations open on May 30 and closes June 27, 2010 while nomination forms are available at www.naijadiamonds.org.  Naija Diamonds will be on air on major satellite and terrestrial TV stations; every Friday for 6 weeks, starting from October 1, 2010.

Speaking on Diamond Bank’s involvement in the project, the Head Corporate Communications of the bank; Charles Udoh noted that Naija Diamonds is part of the bank’s commitment towards giving unsung Nigerian heroes their pride of place in the annals of the country’s history. According to Udoh, the project is another platform through which Diamond Bank gives back to the society.


Q:    Who is eligible to be considered as a Naija Diamond?
A:    Nominations must be in the name of a single undiscovered Nigerian individual, who is dynamic, with strength of character and a positive mind to succeed in life. An eligible candidate is an individual who by his/her tenacity and determination has accomplished or overcome something or has been a catalyst for something, that makes him/her worthy of celebration. Send us your stories if you know someone that is changing, impacting or affecting their communities positively.

Q:    Who are the sponsors of Naija Diamonds? Who is giving our diamonds an opportunity to shine?
A:    Diamond Bank, one of the leading banks in Nigeria – respected for its excellent service delivery, and driven by innovation and operating the most advanced banking technology platform in the market, is the sole sponsor of the Naija Diamonds project. For more information, please visit: www.diamondbank.com.

Q:    Who is the creator of Naija Diamonds?
A:    Naija Diamonds is a brain child of Mo Abudu, creator and founder of Inspire Africa. For more information, please visit: www.inspire-africa.com

Q:    Must my nominee be an ‘unsung hero’? What if my nominee has done something laudable, but is someone who is already popular? Would he/she be eligible?
A:    No. The focus and objective of Naija Diamonds is to put a spotlight on people who are not celebrities, and people who are not popular and widely known.

Q:    Are Groups and Organisations eligible for consideration?
A:    No. Groups and Organisations are ineligible for consideration.

Q:    Can I nominate myself?
A:    Yes. Self-nominations are allowed.

Q:    How many nominations am I allowed to make?
A:    You are allowed to make as many different nominations as you wish, but you are not allowed to nominate the same individual more than once.

Q:    How will I know if my nominee has been selected?
A:    Because of the high volume of nominations received, we cannot respond individually to each submission. However, if your nomination advances, we will contact you and your nominee through the contact information you provide.

Q:    What if I don’t know my nominee’s telephone number and address?
A:    Please make every effort to provide as much information as possible. We require either an email address or telephone number so we may quickly contact your nominee to obtain their permission for consideration as a Naija Diamond.

Q:    May I submit additional supportive information about my nominee?
A:    There’s space at the end of the form to provide links to articles or web sites with more information about your nominee. Please do not send additional materials unless requested.

Q:    May I hand deliver or fax my nomination form?
A:    All nominations must be submitted online through our website.

Q:     Is Naija Diamonds a reality show?
A:    No, Naija Diamonds is a documentary series.

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