The philosophy behind the establishment of Nigerian National Merit Award (NNMA) is that the sustained promotion of merit based on excellence holds the key to continuous innovations and inventions by the people, towards economic progress and for the advancement of humankind. In the Michael Young sense, "Merit is equated with intelligence-plus-effort", which requires to be constantly recognised and rewarded for the sustenance of the knowledge society. Thus Meritocracy, which is consistent...

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Acceptance Speech

Of all the prizes and awards that have come my way in my nearly 40 years of professional and creative career, the one whose bestowal brought us all together today has a more special resonance and unusual gravitas to it than I could ever have anticipated. From near and far, the congratulatory messages pouring in in the past one week have concentrated not only on the lucky winner of the 2014 Nigerian National Merit Award, but also on the timing of the award and the country which is responsible...

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CALL FOR NOMINATION / APPLICATION FOR YEAR 2017 (click and read more to download form pdf)

The Governing Board of the Nigerian National Merit Award is currently soliciting nominations or applications for the award of the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) for the 2017 round. The deadline for nomination is exactly THREE MONTHS from the date of this announcement. Nominations are valid only for the year of nomination. However, candidates who have been previously nominated should state clearly additional work(s) done since they were last nominated or the new grounds for re-consideration...

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Latest Awardees All Awardees
Prof. Niyi Osundare (NNOM) 2014 Humanities » read profile
Prof. Francis Abiola Irele (NNOM) 2013 Humanities » read profile
Prof. Hilary Inyang Inyang (NNOM) 2013 Engineering/Technology » read profile
Prof. Seth Sunday Ajayi (NNOM) 2013 Science » read profile
Prof. Emmanuel Yoloye (NNOM) 2012 Humanities » read profile
Prof. Samuel Ohaegbulam (NNOM) 2012 Medicine » read profile
In Memoriam All Memoriam
Prof. Francis S. Idachaba (NNOM) 1943 - 2014

Prof. F S. Idachaba was born in Idah, Kogi State, Nigeria on 4th December, 1943. He had the B. Sc (Economics), University of Ibadan 1967; MA (...
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Prof. Chukwuedu Nwokolo (NNOM) 1921-2014

Chukwuedu Nathaniel II Nwokolo (19 April 1921 – 18 May 2014) was an internationally distinguished tropical diseases, nutrition, human, medical...
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Prof. J.F. Ade-Ajayi (NNOM) 1929-2014

He was born on May 26, 1929 in Ikole-Ekiti in today’s Ekiti State. His father was the postmaster in the town, hence his local nickname, &lsquo...
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