The 2017 edition of the honour attracted several dignitaries including the Kano State Governor, though represented. The event which was designed to celebrate Northern peace icon and agents of change that have impacted positively towards empowering victims of crisis and supporting peace campaigns.
Amongst notable award recognitions of the night was Big Church Foundation, a charity and empowerment NGO owned by Dr. Olakunle Churchill. The foundation was honoured for its several
charity supports in the North like Bauchi, Benue, Kano, Gombe and recently in Kaduna, during the KADA River Massacre in Southern Kaduna. The foundation was also in the news days ago for paying off the house rent debt of an orphanage in Nassarawa state.
Other personalities and individuals that were honoured were e said that Alhaji Ibrahim Comassie, Chairman of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) ,Amb. Hussaini Coomasie, a veteran Nollywood actor, Ali Nuhu, veteran TV presenter Amb. Rachel Bakam, Queen Oluchi Madubuko, Comedian Ayuba etc. Also honoured though received by her mother was Chichi Mbagwu, the reigning Face of Unity Nigeria Queen who bagged first Class in United Kingdom. She was awarded for her Academic Excellence haven done some projects in the north.
Amb. Kingsley Amafibe, the project director explained that although there were a lot of patriotic men and women who have contributed meaningfully in the peace building project in the North, it was imperative to honour ‘outstanding’ ones. According to him, there are some Nigerians also listed for the awards, who are not from the North by birth. He, however, noted that they have contributed in one way or the other, in the spirit of a united Nigeria, toward the peace and development of the region.